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06/07/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Dean Martin's 89th Birthday

"I've got seven kids. The three words you hear most
around my house are 'hello,' 'goodbye,' and 'I'm pregnant'.

- Dean Martin
(07 June 1917 - 25 Dec 1995)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,      

   This is considerably later and considerably shorter than I had planned, but - oh, well......  


   We have a triple today:

    Fred Field ('45) of CA - 1928;   Al Simms ('60) of VA - 1942; and Donnie Morris ('67) of VA - 1949!

   Congratulations, Gentlemen!  Have a triply wonderful day!


  From Sandi Bateman Chestnut - 06/03/06 - "Proof of Global Warming-Funny":

Thought this was cute!

Thanks, Sandi!


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 06/03/06 - "Information, Please":


You may use this or not...I just thought it would be nice to read. It's another example of a helpful person who created ripples in the pond that were a benefit to others, the way you do. And continued thanks for your invaluable work.....


ps...this is a nice font, isn't it?...and it came with the story.

   This IS a pretty font!  For those of you whose computers altered it back to something more boring, I believe it's called "Monotype Corsiva" .  I reduced it a bit to save space.....


When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it.

Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was "Information Please" and there was nothing she did not know. Information Please could supply anyone's number and the correct time.

My personal experience with the genie-in-a-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer, the pain was terrible, but there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy.

I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway. The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the parlor and dragged it to the landing. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear. "Information, please" I said into the mouthpiece just above my head. A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear.


"I hurt my finger..." I wailed into the phone, the tears came readily enough now that I had an audience.

"Isn't your mother home?" came the question.

"Nobody's home but me," I blubbered.

"Are you bleeding?" the voice asked.

"No," I replied. "I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts." "Can you open the icebox?" she asked.

I said I could.

"Then chip off a little bit of ice and hold it to your finger," said the voice.

After that, I called "Information Please" for everything. I asked her for help with my geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math.
She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts.

Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary, died. I called, "Information Please," and told her the sad story. She listened, and then said things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was not consoled. I asked her, "Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?"

She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, "Wayne always remember that there are other worlds to sing in."

Somehow I felt better.

Another day I was on the telephone, "Information Please."
"Information," said in the now familiar voice. "How do I spell fix?" I asked.

All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. When I was nine years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. "Information Please" belonged in that old wooden box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me.

Often, in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.

A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about a half-hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and said, "Information Please."

Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well. "Information."

I hadn't planned this, but I heard myself saying, "Could you please tell me how to spell fix?"

There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, "I guess your finger must have healed by now."

I laughed, "So it's really you," I said. "I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time?"

I wonder," she said, "if you know how much your call meant to me.I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls."

I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister.

"Please do", she said. "Just ask for Sally."

Three months later I was back in Seattle. A different voice answered, "Information." I asked for Sally.

"Are you a friend?" she said.

"Yes, a very old friend," I answered.

"I'm sorry to have to tell you this," she said. "Sally had been working part-time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago." Before I could hang up she said, "Wait a minute, did you say your name was Wayne?" "Yes." I answered.

"Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you called.
Let me read it to you."
The note said, "Tell him there are other worlds to sing in. He'll know what I mean."

I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.

Never underestimate the impression you may make on others.

Whose life have you touched today?

Why not pass this on? I just did....

Lifting you on eagle's wings. May you find the joy and peace you long for.

Life is a journey ... NOT a guided tour.

I loved this story and just had to pass it on. I hope you enjoy it and get a blessing from it just as I did.


   Thank you, Jimmy.  I love that story!  And you're a sweetie-pie!


  From Sandi Bateman Chestnut - 06/03/06 - "Computer Check":

This is fun! Give it a try!

This is what a computer should do first thing in the morning!

Click on the link below and then type in your first name...

   OHHHH, I love this!!!  It's just what I needed!  Thanks, Sandi!


  From Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA - 06/05/06 - "Belize":

I was so excited to see
   Chip's (Clark - '65 - of Northern VA) pictures of Belize. My family is going there in August. I am even more excited now.

Thanks for keeping us all connected. You really do an incredible job.


Lynn Brothers
Guidance Counselor
Tabb Elementary

   OHHH, how wonderfully exciting!  Congratulations, Lynn!

   And speaking of Chip......


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

   I finally finished double-posting his images from last fall where they belong:

 Thank you again, Chippy Darlin'!

 From My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of NC - 06/05/06 - "Tut

Mom, I think you'll like this:

   This is like nothing I've ever seen before!  And you're absolutely right - I love it!  Thanks, Joshli!


  From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - "June 6":

I could not bring myself to put the entire date today...ha

   GIGGLES!!! EXACTLY - why risk it?!?

Guess saying I was in a hurry would be the understatement in my last correspondence with you.. First it was your family info. I enjoyed reading...not mine.. and... I did look for the words to Ashokan Farewell at the bottom of the news letter...guess I was really rushing that day...ha I certainly could not have had a senior moment...!

   Well, being a genealogist at heart, I thought you were telling me that we were cousins!!!  WILD GIGGLES!!!  (I amended your Previous note>)

Anyway...that said, I do so appreciate all your efforts and talents in keeping our Typhoons in touch! You are such a jewel and I am so disappointed we never skipped school...uh oh...I mean, had a sick day from school together...hee hee
Peace & Blessing,

   Well, of course, that might have blown our cover, Cheryl.  I was very busy playing sick and moaning and groaning - while I watched old movies from the 30's and 40's on television (having previously consulted my TV Guide to determine how well I'd be feeling...... ) WILDER GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Lady!


 From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of VA - 06/06/06 - "Untouched Photo - This is Awesome!! ":

Can you believe this awesome picture?
Enjoy,  Jen 
This is a beautiful photo of a giant flag in Arizona.
The photo is authentic and un-retouched.
The picture was taken on regular Kodak 35 mm film.

The person who took the picture couldn't believe the image created by the sun's rays.
Nice of them to share with the world!

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

"With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

   GOOD POINT!  Thanks, Jennie!


  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 06/06/06 - "Thank You":

Hi Carol:

I hope all is well with you. I just wanted to thank you for the Birthday wishes. It is hard to believe I turned 60.

Thanks again,
Catherine Hudson

   I've come to the conclusion that I do not understand the concept of the passing of time.  It no longer seems to make the sense it did forty years ago.......

   Thanks, Cathy!


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/06/06 - "  Katherine Agee Glenny":


I don't think Katherine's obit was posted here.  She was really sweet.  Do we have any info?  


   Yes, she was.  I think I spent two full hours searching online newsletters that I thought might serve Lancaster, VA where Kathy lived to no avail.  I've posted all the information I could find.

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 06/06/06 - "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn":

Our book club just read that book... there is nothing risqu in it compared to what is being written today... just a bit of sexual innuendo... certainly nothing really graphic... everything is suggested... my my how times have changed!  It was a great story.  I cried on every page... but it has a triumphal ending! 

By the way, there is a Betty Smith website with her biography posted, a rather extensive one. 

   Might it be this one?

   I did see the movie once or twice....

I have been in a book club for ten years and have read some very interesting books.  There are 12 of us and each person picks the book and hosts the club once a year.  We have dessert, socialize, and sometimes even talk about the book.  Lots of giggling, too!

   Cool beans!  Never miss an opportunity to giggle, Jean! 

   Thanks, Lady!


From the Daily Press - 06/07/06:

           J. Channing Cole

NEWPORT NEWS - J. Channing Cole, 89, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2006, after a lengthy illness. Born in Hopewell, Va., on Jan. 5, 1917, he had been a Newport News resident for more than 88 years. Mr. Cole was a 1935 graduate of Newport News High School. He was an avid tennis player, golfer and, as a young man, played basketball in both church and civic leagues. He was a faithful member of Temple Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, Sunday School teacher, Brotherhood director and youth baseball league organizer. He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in 1979, after 44 years of service. Mr. Cole was preceded in death by his parents, William Marion Cole and Octavia Eley Cole; a sister, Marion Cole Parr; a brother, C. Eley Cole and a great-granddaughter, Morgan Cole Richardson. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Downs Cole; a son, Daniel Channing Cole and wife, Pamela, of Newport News; a daughter, Barbara Jean Garrett and husband, LaVerne, of Forest, Va.; two grandchildren, James Spencer Garrett of Baltimore, Md., and Channing Cole Richardson and husband, Don of Williamsburg; three great-grandsons, Stephen Garrett of Baltimore, Md., and Caleb and Logan Richardson of Williamsburg. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Rev. Stanley Hicks and Rev. John Burtis. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Youth Ministry at Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.

Published in the Daily Press on 6/7/2006.
Guest Book

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Cole family.


   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 Classes
of February and June 1946
are having their 60-Year Reunion
Saturday, June 10, 2006
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
at the Williamsburg Country Club,
Williamsburg, VA.

The cost will be $30 per person.
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:



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

                          Love to all, Carol





Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

(Dean Martin)

Everybody loves somebody sometime
Everybody falls in love somehow
Something in your kiss
Just told me
My sometime is now

Everybody finds somebody someplace
There's no tellin' where love may appear
Something in my heart
Keeps saying
My someplace is here

If I had it in my power
I'd arrange for every girl
To have your charms
Then every minute, every hour
Every boy would find
What I found in your arms

Everybody loves somebody sometime
And although my dream was over due
Your love made it well
Worth waiting
For someone like you

If I had it in my power
I would arrange for every girl
To have your charms
Then every minute, every hour
Every boy would find
What I found in your arms

Everybody loves somebody sometime
And Although my dream was over due
Your love made it well
Worth waiting
For someone like you

"Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime (Dean's signature song)"

"Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/07/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/07/06
Thanks again, Dave!

First Image of Dean Martin courtesy of - 06/07/06

Second Image of Dean Martin courtesy of - 06/07/06

 Colored Musical Notes Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/02/05

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

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 0406/05

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

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

Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

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

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