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06/03/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Jefferson Davis' 198th Birthday

"Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty."

- Jefferson Davis
(3 June 1808 - 6 Dec 1889)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Did you remember the significance of today's date?  Of course you did!  

   From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06 - "Jefferson Davis' 198th Birthday":

Of course we could take the easy road of Dixie or the like, but this song has always evoked in me a certain melancholy about that war, regardless of your affiliation. While it sounds melodically simplistic, doesn't it remind you of some young lady in starched white dress, sitting before a piano in some Victorian parlor, playing the song that her Granny taught her ... the same Granny who lost a husband, son, and brother in that War?


And guess what.... there really are lyrics. 

Here is an interesting biography of President Davis:

(which also has biographies of most of the key players in The Recent Unpleasantness)

   This is an excellent source, David, thank you.  I've used it many times myself.  And as always, thank you for your inspired choice of music!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 06/03/06 - "Southern Victorian Parlor Stories":

     I wasn't really planning to tell this story, but David's remarks drew it forth from me almost beyond my will.
   I wonder if    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and    Cheryl (White Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA)  remember hearing such stories at our paternal grandmother's    (Ursula Janie Tuck Buckley: 19 Sep 1885 - 31 Dec 1975) knee in her Victorian parlor in Richmond as vividly as I do?    
2206 Fourth Avenue,
Highland Park, Richmond, VA
   I even had the starched white cotton organdy dress.

   As my parents were really old enough to be my grandparents, there were fewer generations separating me from the War of Yankee Aggression than existed for many of y'all, and the stories were probably fresher to the mind and closer to the hearts of my relatives.  This is but one of many.

   My grandmother's father was born smack dab in the middle of said warWilliam Robert James Tuck was born near Virgilina in Halifax Co., VA on 23 Nov 1863.  His father wasn't home for his birth.  Captain William Munford Tuck (16 Dec 1832 - 17 Oct 1899), Commander of Company K, Kemper's Brigade, Longstreet's Corps, 3rd Virginia Infantry,  had been captured during Pickett's awful Charge at Gettysburg that July, and taken prisoner to Johnson's Island in Ohio.  After the war, he walked home (having been "relieved" of his horse), an emaciated, hardly recognizable man.

   But long before that day came, Gen. Philip Sheridan's army of Blue Bellies, oh, I mean, union forces, came riding and pillaging through the family's tobacco plantation, looting and destroying as they came.  Little Robert (for whom my father was named), a 17-month old toddler, was outside playing with his slave companion or nurse, as he was called, John Tuck, an eight year old boy.  One of Sheridan's lieutenants astride his horse spotted the children, and snarling, "Nits grow into lice!", raised his pistol and took direct aim at the baby.


   John Tuck, showing unbelievable bravery for such a young child, stepped between Robert and the craven officer.  The soldier would not shoot "contraband", and the baby's life was preserved. He lived to marry and have twelve children.  The oldest died at birth.  The second was our grandmother, our beloved "Sudie".

Robert James Tuck Family
     The ninth, William Munford Tuck, named for his Confederate grandfather, fulfilled his childhood ambition, and became Governor of Virginia:

   And throughout his life, the former slave, John Tuck, proudly took credit for saving Robert Tuck's life - as well he should.

Gov. William Munford Tuck
(28 Sep 1896 - 9 June 1983)


   To my knowledge, we have no other birthdays among us to celebrate today, but tomorrow there are two:    Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL, and    Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA.

  Y'all have a great and happy day!


  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 05/11/06 - BUT WHICH INEXPLICABLY JUST

Happy Mothers Day!  I am still in awe of you and your accomplishments, which are many and varied.  You and    Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) are true treasures, in regards to the endless work on this website

   Thanks, Jay!  I really appreciate your kind words, and I know David does as well!

It's been very busy here in the Shenandoah Valley lately, I got into the middle of an incident were a man was shot, his wife and pet dog were shot and killed and the shooter was arrested twenty hours later.  Mike Spivey ('66 - of VA), also a NNHS alumni, responded also; always good to see him.  The good thing was that no one else was hurt and the carnage was stopped. 

   YOWZERONI!!!  I'm still trying to figure out one of the first incidents you related to us about a suicide by beheading.  How is that even possible - with a homemade guillotine, perhaps???

When    Dave Arnold ('65 - of VA) mentioned the curb feelers recently, had to laugh, but I was in Richmond last week teaching, and Tuesday night when I went to dinner, I happened to see an Escalade SUV with 28" wheels and curb feelers!  On all four corners yet.  They're not dead yet, Dave. 

On a more lighter side.  A guy walks into a diner and sits down next to a large and burly State Trooper eating lunch.  He looks at the officer and asks, "So you're a State Trooper, huh?".  The Trooper looks at him and states, "Yes, sir".  After a minute, the guy states, "The man that I am today, I owe it all to a State Trooper such as yourself".  The Trooper responds, "Oh, what's that?".  The man responds, "A PEDESTRIAN."  Funny, but sometimes true and deserving. 

Anyway, the reason for my interruption of your busy day is to notify you of my new E-Mail address:

   And at long last, I've changed this in my files as well as here:

Carol, take Care.

Typhoon Nation, take care of yourselves and each other.

   You're never an interruption, Sweetie; it's always good to hear from you - even when your electronic message arrives via Pony Express!


   From Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 05/31/06 - "Victory Arch":

   Remember those five gorgeous images Steve sent us the other day?

   Well, don't anyone faint, but I actually posted them where they belong:

   Thanks again, Steve!

   And then at last I remembered what's been nagging me in the back of what I laughingly call my brain for the last seven months.....


  From Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA - 11/02/05:

   I had never cross-posted all Chip's breathtaking images from last fall!

   Not only that, but even though this page was accessible two different ways, you'd have to stand on your head to remember what and where they might be.  Now it also links directly from the front page:

   I also enlarged the thumbnails.  It still contains a non-functioning link, primarily because I do not believe I ever made any such page.....

   Now I have at least begun the cross-posting.  I have about two-thirds of it done, and hope to finish before the weekend's over:

   Thank you again, Chippy Darlin'!

   Honestly, I don't know why y'all put up with me........


  From Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/01/06 - "Breakfast Quiz":

  In the middle of the table is a round food tray with five kinds of fruits on it.
They are:

a. Apple
b. Banana
c. Strawberry
d. Peach
e. Orange

Which fruit will you choose? Please think VERY carefully and don't rush into it. This is great, I was astounded! Your choice reveals a lot about you!

Test results: Please SCROLL DOWN


If you have chosen:

a. Apple: That means you are a person who loves to eat apples
b. Banana: That means you are a person who loves to eat bananas
c. Strawberry: That means you are a person who loves to eat strawberries
d. Peach: That means you are a person who loves to eat peaches
e. Orange: That means you are a person who loves to eat oranges

I hope you find fulfillment in this new insight about yourself. May it bring you peace and understanding, tranquility and all that other profound stuff.

Also I bet that right now you would like to find me and kick my butt.

Well, You won't find me....because I am still hunting down the person who sent this to me...

Have a Purrrr-fect Day!
   Tommy, I found this in my email the other night at midnight, just after I had released that third and last Newsletter of the day, and groggy and exhausted.  I thought, "Here's another one of those fun psychological mumbo-jumbo quizzes.  I'll pick a banana (which of those five, actually is my favorite). I wonder what that will reveal about me? "

   I scrolled down and even in the sorry state I was, I laughed out loud.  Thanks so much!!!


   From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 06/02/06:

Carol -

Changing name 'protocols' was something we did as part of 50-year reunion. So you've got time, if you decide to go that route before 2015.  

   Ah, good, well then, as Miss Scarlett said, "I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow."

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Bill!



   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 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 Stacy Dorn ('64) of VA - 05/22/06 - "Happy Day" (#8 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



OH!!!  How charming!

Thanks so much, Stacy!


   Several of you have  recently sent me items relating to upcoming observances.  Never fear; they're safely placed on those pages - and thanks so much!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





  Ashokan Farewell

Words by Grian MacGregor
Music by Jay Ungar

The sun is sinking low in the sky above Ashokan.
The pines and the willows know soon we will part.
There's a whisper in the wind of promises unspoken,
And a love that will always remain in my heart.

My thoughts will return to the sound of your laughter,
The magic of moving as one,
And a time we'll remember long ever after
The moonlight and music and dancing are done.

Will we climb the hills once more?
Will we walk the woods together?
Will I feel you holding me close once again?
Will every song we've sung stay with us forever?
Will you dance in my dreams or my arms until then?

Under the moon the mountains lie sleeping
Over the lake the stars shine.
They wonder if you and I will be keeping
The magic and music, or leave them behind.

"Ashokan Farewell" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Ashokan Farewell" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Dave!  I did not know that lyrics existed!

First Image of Jefferson Davis courtesy of - 05/31/06

Second Image of Jefferson Davis courtesy of - 05/31/06

Confederate Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/31/06

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

Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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