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06/09/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Cole Porter's 115th Birthday

"My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director."
(press interview Feb. 8, 1955)

- Cole Porter
(09 June 1891 - 15 Oct 1964)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,      

   Cole Porter is quite possibly my very favorite popular music composer and lyricist ever.  I've used his music more than once on these pages:   

   But for his birthday, our Wizard of Wonderment,     Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA located for us this FABULOUS midi of a medley of seven of Cole Porter's brightest and best. 

   David, you are a super genius!   I love these interpretations!   I keep thinking you've topped yourself, and then you do something else spectacular.  Thank you so much, Brown Eyes!


    From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 06/08/06:

Oh, pleeeeeeeze do not attach any more music like that one.  You wanted to throw something, and I DID!  Yikes!

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  So, I wasn't the only one!  Thanks, Gloria!

   I personally was having such difficulty enduring it that I almost scrapped the entire Newsletter.  If I'm in the mood for that much cacophony, I'd just as soon listen to Metallica.  They're classically trained as well.  But then I thought I was being silly and selfish.  I mean, with over 450 people on our mailing list alone, surely my tastes should not dictate what others may enjoy.  And as incomprehensible as it may seem to the two of us, somebody out there probably liked it.  Hey, it could happen!

   Oh, here's one now.....


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/08/06:


WHhaaaaatttt???  I loved that Schumann Toccatta!!!  It was terrific!  NOW......if I could just play it!!!!!! 


   WILDER GIGGLES!!!  Well, I'm so happy you enjoyed it, Miss Sarah! 

   I'd like to play that well myself (in fact, I'd like to play at all!).  In my dreams I play quite well indeed.  I have perfect pitch, and I can transpose at the keyboard - everything.  But in those dreams, I invariably play (from memory, of course!)  Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C Sharp Minor or Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, NOT Schumann's Toccata!!!

   Actually, I've spent the day unsuccessfully trying to recall the number I most often play in my dreams.  It's a wonderfully bombastic concerto.  I suppose I'll just have to dream it again to fully remember.  It's such a great dream, too.  I'm at an elegant gathering in someone's mansion, wearing a wine colored long velour gown.  The grand piano seems to be unoccupied, so I just casually stroll over, sit down, flex my (beautifully manicured) fingers, and begin to play:


   You know the one......

   Hey, Sarah Sugah, I think you and    Jean (Poole Burton - '64 - of RI) will enjoy this site.  You can hear Rachmaninoff himself at the piano!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/08/06 - "NNHS Class of 1961 Reunion":        

Hi,    Carol (Buckley Harty - '65 - of NC) and    Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA):
Any plans to attend this reunion to be held at the Radisson in Hampton, VA?
It would sure be nice to see you all there.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan
   Well, I don't know, Joe.  Will there be dancing?!?

   Seriously, as much as I'd love to be there, at this moment I really doubt that I'll be able to make it.    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) will still be in Kitty Hawk with her family then, so that option is closed.  And    Paul's (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) job will have just permanently ended that week, having lost its contract.  ("Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Social Workers").  So I hardly think I'll have the money to be squandering, gallivanting around the country.

   And I don't know if Dave's planning to go or not.

   Oh, Da-vid....

   Thanks, Joe!  You and    Eva (Ellis Madagan - '61 - of FL) have fun!  And send pictures! 


  From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 06/08/06:

Wow!  I knew my brain works differently than others so I could read all of this....very interesting.  Maybe it's all that old handwriting I read all the time at the courthouses!  I'm in practice.


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   I had no problem whatsoever reading it, Jennie!  And you're right, the genealogy training and practice helps, but I've known for many years now that I am just plain "sgtrane"


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 06/08/06:

Hi, "WebQueen"!!

I just finished looking at the old pictures of the First Presbyterian Church on 32nd Street.  I also attended there from birth to around 1982.  I too am a Scot!

   No kidding?!?  Well, at least one-eighth of me is as well!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

We visited a few times the last years before they sold the church building.  It was sad. But! As its members scattered like seeds, fruit is produced elsewhere. For    Jimmy (Dick - '65 - of FL),    Jo Ann (Stewart - '64 - of VA),    Henry (Hoyle - '65 - of Northern VA) and others who also grew up in this wonderful church family, I thought I'd pass along a few tidbits.

  • Sara Wade Owen -- we were at Ferguson together for a few years before she retired. She was in South Hill and doing great that last time I saw her.
  • Ruthie Sanders lives in the Windward Towers and I see her on her daily walks. She loves the swimming pool. I floated around with her last summer and caught up.
  • Lucy Andrews can be seen shopping at Food Lion at Warwick Shopping Center from time to time.
  • Eddie Peoples can be heard still singing at the Methodist Church on Main Street. He has moved to The Chesapeake (from 58th Street).
  • Jerry and I have    a plate like the ones at the top of the page of pictures of the church.  We visited Massanetta Springs last summer and similar plates from churches all over are hanging in the dining hall -- including First Presbyterian, NN.
  • We were greeted like family members coming home for a reunion. You can rent cabins and do just that. What memories of summer camp at Massanetta! To think they almost closed it down.
  • And, yes, Jimmy, the stained glass windows are still there! I guess by now, you know.
  • We also see Fenton White and his wife at Golden Corral a lot.
  • Dr. Buckles was scheduled to marry us on March 31, 1968, but Jerry received orders for VN and we moved the wedding up to February 24th so he could not do the honors. My uncle came up from South Carolina and was pleased to take over. Dr. Iverson Graham, Jr.,  a marriage counselor and Methodist minister, is 90 years old. He gave us a hug last fall and said "It's good to see the ones that took". I can't wait to see him next month.
I've taken up enough room, so I'll say bye for now. Thanks again to all who contribute to our wonderful memories of life in the "neighborhood".
God Bless you all!

   Thanks, Judy!  I added your comments to that page:


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/08/06 - "Our Old Stomping Grounds -
Chesapeake Avenue; Hampton, Virginia":

Hi,    Carol (Buckley Harty - '65 - of NC) and    Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA):
On Friday, June 2, 2006 the Daily Press ran an interesting article regarding the reconstruction of Chesapeake Avenue in Hampton from the Newport News City west to LaSalle Avenue. It seems the residents were concerned about speeding motorists on the road, and speed bumps were installed but they did not deter the speeders.
Next, the City of Hampton reduced the number of traffic lanes from four to two in hopes of slowing down traffic on the avenue. Now there seems to be quite a controversy among the residents; some are taking advantage of the newly acquired space to improve the landscape of their property, while others complain that they lost the parking lane that existed before the street was narrowed.
I am sure you will remember the Hampton Roads overlook spot at the confluence of the Indian River.
Looks like one of Our Old Stomping Grounds had a make over, and not everyone is pleased.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Hmmm.  I'm in an "ostrich-mode" mood at the moment, so I'm going to post these images, and try not to think about it until September, when I'll go look.

 - I redesigned this page a bit.  If I did it correctly, it now proceeds east along Chesapeake Avenue from Newport News into Hampton.

   Thanks, Joe!


  From Me ('65 - of NC) for   Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA - 06/08/06:

   As you're such a buff of the Period, Kelly, I thought you'd get a kick out of this.

   It seems my #2 son,    Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of IL) and his family, and my #5 son,    Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL), have all decided to become Civil War re-enactors. 

     Don't worry, though.  They'll be fighting for the South.

   For more exciting images (though not necessarily on this subject), see here: 

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2006    
Brent Harty    

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 06/09/06:

Carol -- re: cats barking: one of our cats barks at squirrels whenever she sees them thru the screen door or windows!
I've had 10 or so cats over the years, and this is the only one that I've ever heard do it. It was quite a surprise when I first heard it several years ago.

   INCREDIBLE!!!  Thanks, Ronnie!


  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 06/09/06:


Could you ask Bill Lee (Warwick HS - 54 - of NC,) who his wife is? He said she went to Parkview Elementary. I would love to know if she had my mom for a 7th grade teacher. My mom's name was Mrs. Douglas.

Thanks, Jamey

   I didn't know your mama taught school, Jamey!  Wouldn't that be cool if she taught Bill's wife?!?   Let's ask him.

   Oh, Bill.......



   And no, I don't know why I so often fall behind...

  From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC to   Joe Madagan ('57)
of FL
- 05/25/06 - "North End Nostalgia (continued)":

Even better, a mystery I've pondered for years is nearing solution - thanks to you. When I explored the WGH page, I was delighted to learn that    Shirley Linkous is    Dave Spriggs' ('64 - of VA) aunt. I plan to contact him soon, and see if she is 'still around' and perhaps might have some memories of signing for the wounded troops brought back to the HRPE in 1945 by the USS WEST POINT.
Joe: That ship's name will now jump out at you, for she was the very same ship that your Marine friend, Gene McLaughlin, sailed in during WWII. I had previously seen that picture of    MS Linkous, along with about 100 others of the WEST POINT on the Library of Virginia website, and made a feeble attempt to find her (always hard to do, with only a maiden name to go by).
Carol: FYI, the WEST POINT - in peacetime - was the SS AMERICA, one of Newport News Shipbuilding's finest and most famous products. Amongst other things, I am called AMERICA's Unofficial Historian, and will provide you some summary-level info about that when I send you the Hoffmann story.
Here's what she looked like, in war and in peacetime.
This picture was taken in 1945, at HRPE (C&O Pier #8). Perhaps when Dave's aunt was nearby. I was there, but that's another story...
This picture was taken from a shipyard tug in 1955. Its a favorite of mine because I was onboard the ship when this picture was taken. Doesn't do justice to her bright colors, so...

That's enough AMERICA stuff for now. But if you want more...

   Oh, yes, we'll be returning to this soon.........  Thanks, Bill!

Bill Lee  
PS - Both my wife and I have long been members of the Reunion Committee, Class of 1954, Warwick High School. Although we no longer live on the Peninsula, we do visit there fairly often, and frequently enjoy having lunch with other committee members. We had a 10th reunion, then not one until the 25th, but have held reunions every five years since. Two years ago, for our 50th, I created the entire commemorative booklet here, and using computer software and the Internet, I was able to transmit a fifty page illustrated file to the printer in NN.
Electronic magic - at least to someone from the last century - which you both know about, its obvious!

   Thanks again, 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 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:



  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/09/06 - "From the Mouths of Babes":

Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouth of babes.

What does Love mean?

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?"

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love." Rebecca- age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth." Billy - age 4

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other." Karl - age 5

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs." Chrissy - age 6

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired." Terri - age 4

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK." Danny - age 7

"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My mommy and daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss" Emily-age 8

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen." Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate," Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday."
Noelle - age 7

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well." Tommy - age 6

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore." Cindy - age 8

"My mommy loves me more than anybody . You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night." Clare - age 6

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken." Elaine-age 5

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford." Chris - age 7

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day." Mary Ann - age 4

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones." Lauren - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." (what an image) Karen - age 7

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross." Mark - age 6


"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget." Jessica - age 8


And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry"

   Thanks so much, Cookie!


   Well, I had four more major items I thought surely I'd address today, but I suppose they're going to wait until next week!

   Y'all take extra good care of each other - and help somebody cry today!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!


                          Love to all, Carol






You're the Top, What is This Thing Called Love, Let's Do It, I Get a Kick Out of You,
My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Begin the Beguine, Night and Day

Why pick one, when there are so many?

Howsabout a medley? Runs for 9m46s.

Cole Porter selection includes, You're the Top, What is This Thing Called Love, Let's Do It,
I Get a Kick Out of You, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Begin the Beguine, Night and Day.

Lyrics:  Forget 'em. Too many songs. Everybody knows the words, anyway, right?

Well, they certainly should!!!

Cole Porter Medley for Piano midi courtesy
of at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/08/06
Thanks so much, Dave!

Both Images of Cole Porter courtesy of - 06/08/06

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

Brown Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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!

Animated Dancing Couple clip art courtesy of - 04/07/06

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

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

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