- NNHS Newsletter
"My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director."
- Cole Porter
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
music like that one. You wanted to throw something, and I DID!
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
Prelude in C Sharp Minor or
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, NOT
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:
"BOM!!! BOP-BA-BOM!! BOP-BA-BOM-BOP-BA-BOM-BOP-BA-BOM-BOP-BA-BOM-BOP-BA-BOM!"
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":
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.
|Well, I don't know, Joe. Will there be dancing?!?||
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
don't know if Dave's planning to go or not.
Thanks, Joe! You and Eva (Ellis Madagan - '61 - of FL) have fun! And send pictures!
From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 06/08/06:
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:
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.
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":
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.
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.
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/east-end.html - I redesigned this page a bit. If I did it correctly, it now proceeds east along Chesapeake Avenue from Newport News into Hampton.
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
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|
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.
I didn't know your mama taught school, Jamey! Wouldn't that be cool if she taught Bill's wife?!? Let's ask him.
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!
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:
of February and June 1946
are having their 60-Year Reunion
on Saturday, June 10, 2006
from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
at the Williamsburg Country Club,
The cost will be $30 per person.
sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1961
in honor of their graduation 45 years ago will be held
on 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
The Great Open Reunion
by the NNHS Class
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.
On Saturday, 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.
On 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.
CONTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at email@example.com.
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 03/15/06:
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.
INFORMAL "SOCK HOP" (WEEJUNS AND BLEEDING MADRAS, IF YA GOT 'EM), CATERED FOOD, ADULT BEVERAGES, MUSIC, DANCING, BIRTHDAY CAKE
CONTACT Dave Spriggs firstname.lastname@example.org
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 03/27/06:
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.
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
CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
"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 email@example.com
or Brenda Amos Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
for directions, and so that you can stay in touch.
Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 05/10/06:
From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/09/06 - "From the Mouths of Babes":
down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words
from the mouth of babes.
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
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
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
of http://www.musicforpianos.com/songs%20page.htm at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/08/06
Thanks so much, Dave!
Both Images of Cole Porter courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/porterguide/ - 06/08/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Brown Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04
Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of myFamous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Animated Dancing Couple clip art courtesy of http://www.heathersanimations.com/danceone.html - 04/07/06
Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 0406/05
Animated Birthday Cake Courtesy of Gathered Gifs at http://members.tripod.com/~B123/cd/cake12.gif - 04/15/04
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