- NNHS Newsletter
"What's wrong with sweetness and light? It's been around quite awhile."
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
| When I
realized that the anniversary of Richard Rodgers' birth was approaching, I
knew that out of his countless lovely compositions, I wanted nothing more
complicated than "Beneath the Southern Cross" from Victory at Sea.
Perry Como sang it as "No Other
Love" in 1953. I've loved it ever since. I loved it when
watching that powerful WWII documentary television series with
daddy. I loved it when we played the Victory at Sea Overture
in band. I anticipated no great
difficulty in finding a MIDI for it.
I was mistaken.
The only MIDI file either our Wizard of Wonderment, Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, or I could find managed to rip all the loveliness right out of this song which has been so precious to me for most of my life.
We made the decision to go with two formats today, and that's how you have the privilege of hearing this wonderful composition of Richard Rodgers. I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks again, David!
Danny Coleman ('63) of NC - 06/26/06 - 06/28/06:
I'm Danny Coleman (NNHS '63). I got your site info from Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58 - of TX), who I just met last week online. I'd lived down the street from Bucky Keller ('58), her first husband, on Maple Avenue. You're not far from me. I live out here in the country between Clinton and Newton Grove, off Hwy. 701, the last 24 years, my wife's home area.
This is a great site, wish I'd run up on it sooner. I'd like to help out with the expense. I'll send a few dollars this week and every so often. Don't be afraid to ask for help with it.
Bless your heart! Thanks!
I remember your name well, but I'm not sure if we've met. You might remember my sister (half sister) Nina DiGiacomo ('68), who married Charlie Shields. I'm at email@example.com, if you might wish to contact me any time off-site. Thanks.
What a nice surprise! And how nice of Evelyn to direct you to me!
I'm embarrassed to say I've been "sitting" on your name, trying to work up "da noive" to contact you since early April when you signed the Guest Book after Buddy Gibson's death:
(It's a little known fact - and believed by very few - that even now I sometimes still suffer from complete and utter shyness and timidity.)
I think you live less than an hour from me. We've been here just over four years. We came to visit my sister, Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC), and never went home. She's been here since 1986 or 7.
I believe we knew each other to speak in the halls, but probably not much more than that. I don't think we were ever in any classes together, but I could be wrong. I didn't know your baby sister at all, but her husband's name sounds very familiar.
By the way, when your Class Reunion was held in 2003, Susie (Estelle) Overton Jones ('63 - of AL) had you on the List of Missing Classmates. She'll want you to "report in":
Of the hundreds of pictures we have posted, I know of at least a couple of you:
And if I ever finish the Football section, there will of course be more....
Obviously, I added your name to my (usually) hidden mailing list. Would you mind if I added it to the Alumni List and announced you in the next Newsletter as a "Newbie"? Would you like your email addie added to the Contact Page for 1963? And may I print some or all of your note in the next Newsletter?
Thanks for the quick reply. And, yes, please post any info/pix you might have. I'm always glad to hear from folks. Didn't know '63 had a recent reunion. Often wondered if anyone was active with it. Last I remembered was the '73 reunion, when Butch Delozier ('63) was organizing. I didn't go because of an illness in my family. And Mal Whiteside ('63) said there was one later, but I didn't get the word. I've been down here for 24 years now, so I don't know much. You have quite an expansive site, challenging for a computer dummy like me, but I'll try and enjoy it all. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org for anyone interested. I'll stay close by, and thanks again.
Oh, my goodness! You've not yet seen the Reunion Images!
There are not as many as I would have liked, certainly nowhere near as many as we have of the next two years, and the pages themselves are quite lame (I should redo them immediately), but they ought to be fun for you!
Welcome aboard, Danny! You're all officially posted. Now all we need is your birth date - and of course, any memories you care to share!
|Happy Birthday today to Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA. Have a wonderful day, Cousin Henry!|
From Me ('65) of NC - 06/28/06:
|The weather reports along the East Coast are not good. Will all of you baby chicks in these rain-soaked areas please report in to Mama Hen as soon as you're able? You know how I worry about you! Thanks!|
From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 06/27/06 - "Bang Bang":
How ironic that today's Newsletter's title is 'Bang Bang', featuring flying bullets, since today, June 27, is the 162nd anniversary of the murder of Joseph Smith by thugs in Carthage, Illinois, using, of course, guns. Yes, Martin Amis got it right.
"Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented.
But they can be taken out of the gun."
- Martin Amis
(b. 25 Aug 1949)
Keep up the good work,
WOWZERS, Sweetie, you
don't miss much, do you?!?
I started to mention the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, but I think now we're down to about a half-dozen of us on the mailing list who are Latter-day Saints, and they weren't likely to forget the date or its significance anyway.
|While we lived in the Midwest for lo, those thirty years, I of course visited Nauvoo and Carthage Jail several times. The grounds have now been beautified, but the interior of that tiny jail has been restored to its appearance as it was in 1844. The blood stains are still visible on the wooden floors. The tour is an enormously moving experience, and I've yet to see anyone, Latter-day Saint or otherwise, who can finish it without shedding some tears in remembrance of the horror that transpired that day.|
|Carthage Jail, Carthage, IL||Statue of Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith outside Carthage Jail|
I really was planning to use "Bang Bang" on the first available day. The fact that it landed on June 27th was a bit of an insider, another unplanned "non-coincidence". I'm highly impressed that you caught it.
In the same vein, twenty-five years or so ago when I planned all the music for my funeral (and as it's my funeral, I'm planning about double the music normally heard, and shall so stipulate), I thought it would be fun to have the organist as she finishes the prelude music conclude with the tune by Lez de Azevedo (who interestingly enough was the musical director for The Sonny and Cher Show) which accompanies these words from Carol Lynn Pearson's LDS Musical, "My Turn on Earth."
Is it over? Have I finished the game?
I'm not ready. I don't want to go.
I'm not ready. I don't want to go
And those who were familiar with it would smile.
From One of my
Famous Marines -
Herb Hice of MI, who
served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 06/25/06 - "Dear Carol, Bishop Fulton Sheen":
Hope you are over the Hives.
You are much too young to (have seen and remember) Bishop Fulton Sheen on TV back in 1951 until 1957. There is a reason why I am sending you his story..... I know you are very busy with your reunion coming up soon and I don't like to annoy you too much but, Please take time to smell the ROSES.....
Herbie, you Sweetie-Pie! You
never annoy me!
on May 8th in El Paso, Illinois, the oldest of four sons of Newton and Delia
Fulton Sheen though he was baptized Peter John, throughout his life he was
known by his mother’s maiden name, Fulton. After his baptism, his mother
dedicated him to the Blessed Virgin Mary, a dedication he himself renewed at
his First Holy Communion. He lived with his family for a time on a farm
outside Peoria, Illinois.
1900–His family moved to Peoria in order that young Fulton could enroll in St. Mary’s Cathedral [Parochial] School. He often served Mass at the Cathedral.
1909–He attended High School at the Spalding Institute in Peoria staffed by the Brothers of Mary.
1917–He attended St. Viator’s College, Bourbonnais, Illinois, and later St. Paul’s Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1919–On September 20th, Fulton Sheen was ordained a “Priest forever” for the Diocese of Peoria. At the time of his Priestly Ordination, he made his famous promise to make a “Eucharistic Holy Hour” which he kept faithfully for the rest of his life.
1920–After ordination he began two years of postgraduate studies in Theology at Catholic University in Washington D.C., and another year at the University of Louvain in Belgium.
1923–He attended further theological classes at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Angelicum in Rome.
1923–He returned to the University of Louvain where he became the first American to receive the Cardinal Mercier Prize for International Philosophy as well as attain-ing the “Aggrage” degree with outstanding distinction.
1925–He spent 9 months working in St. Patrick’s, an inner city parish in Peoria.
1926–He began teaching Theology, then Philosophy and Religion at Catholic University in Washington DC. He was to remain there till 1950. He also began local radio broadcasting in the New York area.
1930–He began his national radio broadcast, “The Catholic Hour” which continued for some 22 years, reaching an estimated four million listeners.
1934–He became a Very Rev. Monsignor.
1935–He is made Right Rev. Monsignor.
1950–He become the National Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith supervising 129 diocesan directors throughout the country. He held this position till 1966.
1951–He was consecrated a
Bishop in Rome by Cardinal Piazza in the Church of Sts. John & Paul on June
1962–He attended all of the Vatican Council sessions in Rome, ending in 1965.
1966–He was named Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, New York on October 26th.
1969–He resigned as Bishop of Rochester. As he said, “I am not retiring, only retreading”. Pope Paul VI named him Archbishop of the Titular See of Newport (Wales). The Archbishop remained relatively active, spending last years of his life chiefly in writing and preaching.
1979–On October 3rd, the Archbishop experienced one of the greatest moments of his life when Pope John Paul II embraced him in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Holy Father said to him, “You have written and spoken well of the Lord Jesus. You are a loyal son of the Church!”. On December 9th God called the Archbishop from this life to his eternal reward.
2000–On September 14th, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints officially opened the Cause of Archbishop Sheen, and conferred on him the title “Servant of God”.
My family and I watched (Bishop Sheen) every week and he was a very personable speaker. He always had this Blackboard on a stand beside him and as he spoke to the audience he would write and draw illustrations on the blackboard. This one time he was speaking on some subject (I don't recall what that subject was), but as he spoke he was drawing what he thought looked like a tree and the audience was snickering very loudly. He turned to the audience and said "Only GOD can make a Tree". The audience cracked up with applause and laughter. He loved every bit of that adulation. I have never forgotten Bishop Sheen, After all those years I think of his off the cuff remark "only GOD can make a Tree", every time I think of the Poem "TREES" by Joyce Kilmer. I am pleased to know that is also one of your favorite poems. I hope you enjoyed hearing about Bishop Fulton Sheen.
Your Friend, Herbie
Herbie Darlin', I'm beginning to suspect you're pulling my leg about my being "much too young" to remember this, that and the other! I can remember a great many things that happened in 1949 when I was only two years old. We didn't own our own TV until we moved to Newport News in January of 1954, but I remember watching it at my grandmother's house prior to that.
One of my clearest television memories is of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II during that year we lived in Clintwood, a small town in Appalachia. The date was June 2, 1953. Loving pomp and ceremony as much as I do, I was absolutely enthralled. I was almost six years old. And if I remember that - and I do - I can certainly remember 1957 when I was ten!
I remember Bishop Sheen quite well! Like Kilmer's poem, he was a great favorite of my mama's. That may seem strange coming from a woman who taught Sunday School in the Methodist Church for as many years as she did, but she was a great judge of character and recognized Bishop Sheen for the great man he was. Not only did we watch his show together, but she even owned some of his books.
Thanks for this great memory, Herbie!
From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 06/27/06:
Christine (Wilson Starkman - '68 - of
CA), I'm glad you brought up SEX ! ?
When I was in the ninth grade I thought you could get preggers if a boy leaned up against you, clothes and all. So while in science class one day a very tall fellow did that to see over me while the teacher demonstrated a lesson.
NINTH GRADE?!? YOWZERONI!!!
I made it home only to throw-up. That blows my mind when I think about it, being the youngest of four girls, you'd think I'd know something.
Looking back, I wish our kids had just as much innocence .I don't think I really got over it (being afraid of boys/men) until I became a body builder at the age of 44! 300 sit-ups a day, dead lifting 350 lb.,leg pressing 500 lb. and doing lay-down flies with 50 lb. bells, made me comfortable with 'me' for the first time in my life. If you're strong, no one can hurt you. COOL BEANS !!
Linda May '66
Thanks, Linda May!
From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 06/27/06 - "The Special":
Hello Carol, Tue. June 27, 06
I'm glad to hear that the CD surfaced.
So am I!
Nostalgic best wishes, Fred
Fred W. Field
Way, way back when we were in high school, the Newport News Board of Education did not furnish transportation for students. Most of us had to get to and from school on Citizen Rapid Transit (CRT) public buses and streetcars. As WW-II approached, the shipyard's work force suddenly swelled and public transportation began to overload. The congestion would be fierce by 4 PM and was known as the "Shipyard Rush."
To help ease matters, the CRT arranged for a special bus to transport those high school kids living in the East End or Boulevard. This bus was called the SPECIAL because the driver would always roll the destination banner to that word. The fare was one nickel.
The Special loaded at 3:30 right across the street from NNHS. The bus was one of the really old-style - the kind with the engine protruding out front. There was no rear exit, and the front door was manually opened by the driver via a mechanical arm. The regular driver was a dour old guy named Mr. Tatum. He must have suffered greatly at our taunts and escapades.
The bus would only wait about 10 minutes and then always start up precisely on schedule. This was probably not because of Mr. Tatum's devotion to punctuality - but more likely he realized that the fewer kids on board, the better his trip would be. Our route took us over the 28th Street Bridge, turning left at Jefferson Avenue, right on 30th Street, right on Wickham, left on 25th Street, right on Buxton, then winding around the Boulevard. All the while, the torturing load would be singing, "Hail, hail, Tatum's in jail." Had we not been so loud and persistent I'm sure we would have heard Tatum's teeth grinding.
Our classmate Russell Brooks was one of the regular passengers. So was a very attractive young lady freshman named Miss G. She was about 2 grades down from us and had been well known as an active tom-boy in her pre-teens. But now, about to become a sophisticated high school sophomore, she was beginning to burst into bountiful ripeness. This was certainly noticed by us healthy young male passengers - and particularly by Russell Brooks.
On one trip homeward bound, Russell noticed Miss G. checking her hair in the large mirror positioned near the back of the bus. This mirror was mounted there so the driver could see if there was any room left in the back (on a crowded bus it was always difficult to move the standees back). Russell managed to unfasten the huge chrome plated mirror and he proudly presented it to the receptive young damsel. At Poplar Avenue she departed the bus with the mirror not too well concealed.
About two hours later a detective and a bus company representative appeared at Miss G.'s home and demanded the mirror. She quickly complied but insisted that she hadn't stolen the mirror - it was actually a present from one Russell Brooks, an older boy.
Shortly thereafter the investigating duo went over to the Brooks residence on Buxton Avenue where they confronted the home-alone culprit. There they were delivered a nervous but full confession. However Russell managed to squeak out some extenuating background, including a graphic description of the powerful motivation - in other words, the sweet young reason. Having just seen the reason, the investigators were not totally without understanding. They left after giving Russell only a stern lecture. His parents never knew.
Remembering Russell Brooks
Russell had contracted typhoid fever at age 6 and missed so much school he had to repeat the first grade. This made him a year older than most of his classmates and which by late in World War II placed him in the gunsights of the draft board. Rather than risk being drafted into the army, Russell joined the Navy just when he was about to start his senior year..
Russell came to our 2000 class reunion which he enjoyed very much. He was suffering greatly with problems in his lower legs, and after the meeting I helped him out to his car. On the way we discussed high school memories including those good times on the Special. I offered to write up some recollections to present to him the next time we would meet. He refreshed my memory of the bus mirror incident - and of the voluptuous Miss G. Indeed my memory of the incident did need sharpening up a bit - but my recollection of Miss G. was still pretty vivid.
Russell planned to attend the Classes of 1945 Dinner in September 2003, but his health worsened and he was unable to travel. He passed away on Sept. 23, 2004. I reviewed this story with his sister Dorothy Brooks McSherry, NNHS Class of Feb. 47, now living in Henrico, NC. We agreed that Russell would want it shared with his friends and classmates. However, the identity of "Miss G." shall remain a mystery.
Fred W. Field
|Thanks so much, Fred! What a charming tale - and what a poignant reminder of the urgency we all have to attend as many class reunions as possible. Three of the next four Class Reunions are open to ALL NNHS alumni. Do try to attend as many of them as possible. I cannot imagine that you would regret it.|
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
OF 1964 TYPHOONS":
|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":|
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
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 $60 per person.
Sunday, July 2, 2006,
there will be a Sunday morning brunch,
If you attend both events, the combined cost will be $75.
finalizing our plans for the reunion. If any classmates from other
mail reservations and payment for the July 1 and July 2 events at
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 - 06/24/06:
60th Birthday Celebration
INFORMAL "SOCK HOP" (WEEJUNS AND BLEEDING MADRAS, IF YA GOT 'EM), CATERED FOOD, ADULT BEVERAGES, MUSIC, DANCING, BIRTHDAY CAKE
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
CONTACT Dave Spriggs firstname.lastname@example.org
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 06/23/06:
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:
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
No Other Love
~ from the 1953
Stage Musical "Me and Juliet"
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Williamson Music Inc. ~ ASCAP
No other love
Only my love for you!
Only the dream we knew,
No other love!
Watching the night go by,
Wishing that you could be,
Watching the night with me,
Into the night I cry!
Come home to me!
Set me free,
Free from doubt,
And free from longing!
Into your arms I'll fly,
Locked in your arms I'll stay,
Waiting to hear you say,
No other love have I,
No other love!
< instrumental break >
( Into the night I cry! )
Come home to me!
Set me free,
Free from doubt,
And free from longing!
Into your arms I'll fly,
Locked in your arms I'll stay,
Waiting to hear you say,
No other love have I!
No other love! ( No other love! )
No other love!
If you ..... wish to offer a broad band option (705kB) for this one:
"Beneath the Southern Cross (No Other Love)" mp3 courtesy of
located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/26/06
"No Other Love" lyrics courtesy of
also located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/26/06
Thanks again, Dave!
Midi extracted with the kind
assistance of my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL -
First Image of Richard Rodgers courtesy of http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/songbook/multimedia/bio_rodgers.html - 06/28/06
Second Image of Richard Rodgers courtesy of http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/widescreen/wingto5.htm - 06/28/06
Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.feebleminds-gifs.com/divide2.html - 04/28/03
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the
South Pacific during WWII.
Images of Carthage Jail located
long ago from Hither and Thither by my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL
- '97) of IL
Thanks again, Nathaniel!
First Image of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen courtesy of http://www.traditio.com/comment/com0502.htm - 06/28/06
Second Image of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen courtesy of http://www.discountcatholicstore.com/sheen.htm - 06/28/06
Third Image of Bishop Fulton J, Sheen courtesy of http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/kralis/050423 - 06/28/06
Animated Applause clip art courtesy of
Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/19/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
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