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06/27/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Bang Bang

"Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented.
But they can be taken out of the gun."

- Martin Amis
(b. 25 Aug 1949)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme is brought to you by my Magic Shower, which on occasion seems to derive a perverse pleasure from torturing me with hateful lyrics.  I'm seeking to appease it by passing them along to you.  


       Happy Birthday today to    Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL.  Have a great day, Jimmy!


  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 06/26/06:

Hi Carol,
I learned this poem at PS 42, Queens (New York), in the fourth grade for Arbor Day. (We celebrated everything then, didn't we? Arbor Day, May Day, Armistice Day) We not only had to memorize it, we had to sing it!  And to listen to the snickering boys trying to sing "a tree whose hungry mouth is pressed/against the earth's sweet flowing breast" without doubling over with laughter.
It was on that school's playground that I learned you could get pregnant if a boy punched you in the arm. Does this qualify as an urban myth?
Typhoons Forever,
(Chris)tine Wilson Starkman '68

   You know, Chris, I think it is entirely within the realm of possibility that just might qualify as an urban myth! 

   Thanks for the laugh!

  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 06/26/06:

Hi Carol,

I was just reading the newsletter tonight and saw that
  Jerry Blanchard ('62 - of VA) wrote something to you. Would you please relay to him that we need his email address so we can keep in touch with him now that we are in the process of planning our 45-year reunion. I appreciate this very much.

   Done, Ma'am!

You are the "best". Keep up the great work. One day I will have the time to do some more with our webpage, but for now I am too busy being retired and still working. What is wrong with that picture?

   GIGGLES!!! I can't say I've ever heard of its happening any other way, Brenda!  It's obviously one of Life's Mysteries!


Brenda Williams

Friends are Angels who lift us to our feet when
our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world". -Ghandi

   Take care, Brenda - and thanks again for my new life!   Without you and your Class of 1962 page, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing today!


  From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 06/26/06 - "  Donny Bradley":

Hi Carol,

Just for the record, you can tell
   Tim Rogers (Hampton HS - '66 - of VA) that Donny Bradley ('59) lived on 22nd Street rather than 24th.  The Bradley's were my next-door neighbors until after I graduated from NNHS.  I lived at 1353-22nd Street, the last house facing 22nd Street before the corner of 22nd and Parrish Avenue, where the Buckinghams (Kenny, '66, Tommy, '64) lived.  The Bradley children were Jimmy, Chris ('58), Donny ('59), and Anita (spelling?) .  They all graduated from NNHS except for 'Nita.  I worked in the Bradley's  hardware store (Barnes Hardware on Jefferson Avenue) the summer after my freshman year at VA Tech.  Donny ran it after his father died.

Doug Nelson
Dahlgren, Virginia

   AHA!!!  Thanks, Doug!   I added that information to the new Ivy Farms page:


   From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 06/26/06 - "Red X boxes":

Hello Carol,        Mon. June 26, 06
I signed up for the free daily tips from the Kim Kommando radio show (which we don't get here in the OC).
Some time ago a question was answered about the evil Red X Box problem.  The Q and A follow below.  Following that is info about signing up for the free tips.  I read them every day and save about 10% of them.
Any luck in finding the CD with my essays?

   As a matter of fact, yes, I did!    Their Secret Hiding Place was discovered only yesterday.  Now all is right with the world, except that other than the start of school, and Halloween and D-Day, I cannot recall which ones we've used or which one you wanted next.  The secret file containing that data did not seem to be near them.  So if you will be so kind as to relay that information to me, I'll post one tomorrow.  Thanks again!

11-30-04        Red X Boxes
Q. What are those little white boxes with the red Xs in the center?


A.  I assume you are seeing the white boxes and red Xs in Internet Explorer. That's an indication that something that was supposed to appear on that Web page didn't make it. You probably already figured that out, but I wanted to start from the beginning.


When you go to a Web site, various files that make up the components of that page are downloaded to your computer. So you're getting a main page, graphics files, picture files and some ads, probably.


The empty frames could be pictures that failed to download. In most cases, that would be a problem with an Internet server, not your computer. However, you could have Internet Explorer set up to block pictures. Check that by clicking Tools>>Internet Options. On the Advanced tab, under Multimedia, be sure Show Pictures is selected.


It is also possible, though unlikely, that the graphic is in a form that Internet Explorer cannot read. IE can handle files ending in extensions of .art, .wmf, .emf, .png, .mov, .xbm, .avi, .mpg, .gif, .jpg, .mpeg and .bmp.


To check the missing file's extension, right-click the red X and select Properties. Check the location address under Image Properties. The address will end with the file's extension.


Internet Explorer also needs to be able to read ActiveX controls, Java programs and cookies. To make sure it has this capability, click Tools>>Internet Options. Select the Security tab. Click the Default button if it is enabled. Do the same with the Privacy tab.



1. Get a free daily computer Tip from me:     Send e-mail to:


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3. To send a question:  In case you would like me to answer a question for you in one of our

newsletters, you can send me e-mail here. Remember, be nice and give me some details:   

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

    Thanks so much, Fred!  This information is sure to be appreciated!


From Alex Nicol ('49) of VA - 06/26/06 - "Old friends":

I would like to mention that in 1949, high school and elementary school was only 11 years total. I graduated at 16 years old (almost 17), all of 6' 2" then and skinny. Now I am old and not thin.. sigh

I get much enjoyment reading about the former students and lots of names are very familiar. I notice there are a lot of you Baptists. I am not Jewish, but lots of my high school friends were Jewish. Me, I went to an Episcopal church, then later went to a Baptist church and lately ??? What I am trying to say that after all these years, I still am fond of my Jewish friends as well as my Catholic friends and people I know from different religious backgrounds. I am thankful for living a long life.

   Had I the time, I would love to have conducted a study on the numbers and percentages of us who have changed faiths from the ones in which we were raised, and the reasons behind such switches.  I did consider it for a while.  I still think it would be fascinating to know.  But as you say, the marvelous thing is that we're all still friends.  In fact, we're more than that; we're family.

Yes, I still am working and enjoying every day of work (not as many hours, now). I have been using computers very much since 1981 (work and at home).

Is it possible this site can have a forum ?

   I rather thought that was what this Newsletter had become, Alex.   If you mean a message board or a blog, I suppose (much as I have stubbornly resisted it) that at least one of them is in our future within the next few months.

   We did have a message board when we first began in July of 2000.  One day without any warning whatsoever it simply vanished due to the whim of the server.  I thought surely they'd repent and restore it to us shortly, but that never happened, and much recorded history was forever gone from us.

   I've had a very jaundiced eye towards them ever since. 

   My tech reps keeps assuring me that's a non-issue now that we could be our own server.  It would certainly be an enormous time saver for me.  It would replace all the Newsletters and the need for sending email notifications, and free me to work on the site itself.  And it could continue after I'm gone, as it wouldn't need me to do anything.

   So why am I resisting?  Because I'm a brat.  I thought y'all all knew that.

Yours truly,
Alex Nicol

P.S. I hope this post is O.K.

   Why certainly, Alex!  We love hearing from you!


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/26/06:

Hi, Carol! 

I thought it might be a good idea to report in so you would know that I am NOT deceased. My name is at the top of the Retirement list and the Deceased list in the BETWEEN THE LINES which is the Newport News Employees' Retirement Fund Newsletter for July 2006. You could imagine my surprise to receive the newsletter in the mail today and see my own name at the top of the list on page 5.

When    Jerry (Allen - '65 - of VA) came home, I told him that he might be receiving cards and phone calls of sympathy and laughed as I showed it to him. Within 15 minutes, we received a call from someone I taught with at Ferguson High School years ago.  When I answered, he said "Oh, Judy! You are alive! I just read your name on the deceased list and couldn't believe it."

Anyway, Carol, and anyone else who might like to know, I am alive and kickin'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  There was another Judith Allen who worked with NNPS.  I found that out by chance a few weeks ago.

   WHAT GLORIOUS NEWS!!!  Now keep it that way, Lady!   I'm looking forward to seeing you again in September!

   Thanks, Judy!


  From my Daughter, Adrienne Harty of NC - 06/24/06:

Dictionary for Chocoholics:
Romance: The art of slowly and seductively unwrapping your chocolate bar.

Diet: Cutting down from 21 to 11 chocolate gateaux per day.

Recipe: A formula to ensure that chocolate is included in everything from baked potatoes to onion soup.

Self control: Saving half your box of chocolates until "later."

Ultimate act of generosity: Grudgingly giving someone a square of your precious chocolate.

Love: A passionate need for another. Many believe that true love is only possible with one chocolate bar at a time.

Unrequited love: When your chocolate cake just doesn't seem to care about you any more.

Aphrodisiac: Chocolate-covered oysters served with chocolate-flavored champagne.

Chocophobia: The totally logical fear that the world will run out of chocolate.

Glutton: Anyone who refuses to share with you.

Affair: Having a wonderful time with one chocolate ice cream while another is patiently waiting in the fridge.

Sex appeal: Being so "hot" that you cause chocolate to melt at first glance.

   These are great - and altogether true, Adrienne!  Thanks!



  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 06/13/06:

Just a reminder about the cost of the 1966 reunion.  It will go from $50 per person to $60 per person July 2nd.  Please let people know about the increase (it was in the original letter).  We have catering and other financial deadlines to meet, as all reunions do, so we need to have the money as soon as possible from those that are going to attend.

   Thank you, Dee!  Sometimes we forget!  So don't forget!  You DON'T want to miss this one!



    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06 - "ATTENTION ALL CLASS

If you will require lodging, we have reserved a block of 15 rooms at the Point Plaza, 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News VA, for Saturday night, October 14th, at a special NNHS rate of $79 (Standard) or $99 (Suite) plus 12.5% tax. You must make your reservation NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2006. Call 1-757-599-4460 or 1-800-841-1112. In order to receive the special rate, you must clearly say "NNHS Class of 1964 Birthday Celebration" when making the reservation. Because of this requirement, it is recommended that you DO NOT make your reservation over the Internet.

   Thank you, David!  Y'all have fun!



  From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of VA - 06/22/06 - "1961 45 year Reunion":
We are finalizing our plans for the reunion.  If any classmates from other classes are planning to attend, we need their reservations and money ASAP.  Please mail reservations and payment for the July 1 and July 2 events at the Radisson to    Buddy David, Suite 105, 739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606.  Make checks payable to NNHS 1961 Reunion. 
Saturday night, July 1 is $60 per person.  Sunday Brunch is $25 per person or the total package is $75.  Hurry and confirm. We look forward to seeing you.
Reunion Committee

   Thank you, Jane!



   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 $60 per person.

On Sunday, July 2, 2006, there will be a Sunday morning brunch,
also at the Radisson, for the cost of $25.

If you attend both events, the combined cost will be $75.

We are finalizing our plans for the reunion. If any classmates from other classes
are planning to attend, we need their reservations and money ASAP.

Please mail reservations and payment for the July 1 and July 2 events at the Radisson
to Buddy David, Suite 105, 739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606.
Make checks payable to NNHS 1961 Reunion.

Hurry and confirm. We look forward to seeing you.

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.


We all agree that the Class of 1964 throws the best parties, and we really were flattered that so many members of other classes attended our 40-year Reunion.  However, the Committee chose to invite only members of the Class of 1964 to our 60th Birthday Celebration.

But, the good news for all you High School Reunion "Junkies" out there is that you can look forward to our 45-year Reunion in 2009.

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 care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

 Bang Bang

Words and Music by Sonny Bono
(16 Feb 1935 - 5 Jan 1998)

(Sonny and Cher, 1966)

Bang bang you shot me down
Bang bang I hit the ground
Bang bang that awful sound
Bang bang my baby shot me down

I was five and you were six
We rose on horses made of sticks
I wore black you wore white
You would always win the fight

Bang bang you shot me down
Bang bang I hit the ground
Bang bang that awful sound
Bang bang my baby shot me down

Seasons came and changed the time
I grew up I called you mine
You would always laugh and say
Remember when we used to play

Bang bang you shot me down
Bang bang I hit the ground
Bang bang that awful sound
Bang bang my baby shot me down

Music played and people sang
Just for me the church bells rang
After echoes from a gun
We both vowed that we'd be one

Now he's gone I don't know why
Sometimes I cry
You didn't say good bye
You didn't take the time to lie

Bang bang you shot me down
Bang bang I hit the ground
Bang bang that awful sound
Bang bang my baby shot me down

"Bang Bang" midi courtesy of - 06/26/06

"Bang Bang" lyrics courtesy of - 05/21/06

Image of Cowboy with Gun courtesy of - 06/26/06

Image of Cowgirl LoriDee with Horsie courtesy of - 06/26/06

Animated Bullet Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/26/06

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

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

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