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07/18/06 - NNHS Newsletter

A feeling of sadness and longing,
That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
As the mist resembles the rain.”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(27 Feb 1807 – 24 Mar 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   It's seems like more than just "Yesterday" since I've compiled a Newsletter, but then that's only because it's so  true!   


1. Vernon Edwards ('60 - sorta) of - um, FL?? - 07/13/06 - "My heart was with the 1960 class":

My name is Vernon L. Edwards and I attended Newport News High in the 8th & 9th grades and really love the school. I played JV football and enjoyed singing in the school choir.  My family broke up and moved me to Jacksonville, Fla.  I had a lot of friends in the 60 class. That is why my name is listed in classmates in the 60 class. My e-mail is; I welcome anyone to contact me.  


   We're not real picky about technicalities here, Vernon, so we're delighted to have you join us.

   Your name has been added to the Alumni List, as well as the contact page for the class of 1960:



   Yesterday was Marilyn Payne Springfield's ('66 - of VA) birthday.  Tomorrow is Dale Chestnut's (Nakina HS, NC - '54 - of VA) birthday.

   Marilyn, I hope your birthday was lovely, and Dale, I hope yours is a spectacular milestone!  Many happy returns to you both!


  From Joe Wingo, President of the Class of 1965, of NC - 07/12/06:

Dear Carol,
A very sincere congratulations on your upcoming 6th web site anniversary. I can think of few instances where so few do so much for so many. You are to be applauded, saluted, and honored for your untiring efforts to keep alive a very large part of our lives.
Please accept my personal thanks for all you have done and continue to do. May the memories of NNHS live forever.
Hope all is well with you and your family and I wish you a fun filled summer.
Thanks again, Carol. Keep up the grand work you do. I know it's a labor of love but a labor, at times, nonetheless!
All my best.
Love, Joe.

   Thank you, Sweetie!   It has been the best - and probably the most difficult - labor I've ever performed.  But every moment of it has been worth it all!

   Take care of yourself, Darlin'!  And enjoy your summer!   See you in September??


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/12/06:

Hi, Carol:

Thanks for the message letting me know that you have once again labored tirelessly to bring us another Newsletter. Please permit me to make a comment or two after reading this last newsletter.

First, an apology to   Elaine Wilkinson Bracken (’61) of VA. This lovely southern gal agreed to dance with me during the NNHS Class of 1961 Reunion and we only managed to dance to the last few notes of the last song of the evening. The shame of it all! She is probably one of the best dancers to come out of NNHS. It was the great conversations that were going on that kept me off the dance floor. Lots of catching up to do, doncha know!

   Oh, no!!!  Sigh.....

Secondly, an apology to    Linda May Bond Crayton (’66) of VA. The use of the term “Gretna” was in reaction to other players getting in the face of one of the TYPHOON during a basketball game. It was the aggressive behavior being demonstrated that caused the reaction by the bench to shout out “Gretna” and for that matter we would call another TYPHOON player “Gretna” is he displayed aggressive behavior towards another teammate, so it was based on macho aggressive demonstrations. It was probably from the reputation of being fighting mountain men that coined the phrase. Since she is from Gretna, I do not wish to get her angry at me! And, I hope she writes to you again!!!

   Linda May is a sweetie-pie, Joe.  I've already heard back from her, so I'm sure she's not mad at either of us.  Prolly.  Maybe. Possibly maybe.  GIGGLES!!!

No doubt, Mrs. Sherman thought an awful lot of Tecumseh when she named her son, who went on to become a famous General in the US Army during the most recent unpleasantness employing his “Scorched Earth” philosophy throughout the south. He added the name William to his name before he was married, if I have my facts correct.

   Now, Joseph.  You're invoking the name of That Man to moi, a 14th-generation Virginian.  I shall attempt to follow Thumper's advice and hold my peace, but rest assured we shall not be celebrating his birthday!

Congratulations on achieving 6 years in managing the website, which has become one of the more pleasant parts of our week. Keep up the fine work!

TYPHOON Regards,

Joe Madagan (’57) of FL

   Thanks, Sweet Adonis!  I do love it so!

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken
(’61) of VA - 07/12/06 - "Dance With Me!":

Hi, Elaine:

So sorry I lost track of time while enjoying such great conversation during the dinner at the Class Reunion. I was sure looking forward to dancing with you again. You are such a great dancer, that you many anyone dancing with you look good as well.

I was so pleased to see your kind message posted by Carol, and took the opportunity to write. I did also write to Carol, trying to exercise my humor muscles this evening.

Maybe it will be my pleasure to introduce the two of you at one of the upcoming reunions for your class. I will be busy trying to dance with the two of you!


AHHHHH!!!  Now you're talking, Major Madagan!  Unlike Elaine, I am not the greatest dancer around, but I am surely one of the most joyful! And I will be delighted to dance with you!  See you in September???

   Thanks, Joe!



  From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 07/12/06 - "Gretna, Virginia":

Pass this along to    Linda May Bond Crayton ('66 - of VA):
Hey!  My grandparents and my mother all hail from Gretna.  How'd we go through high school without knowing that?
Mom was a Bennett before she married, so think hard and see if you remember Clyde and Cassie Bennett from - hold your breath - Toshes, Virginia.  That was the post office about a hundred yards from the family farm.  It was in a general store my grandfather, Bascom Delano Bennett ran for a while.  There were three brothers:  Bascom, Clyde, and Alvah.  Clyde stayed on the farm, Alvah had a Chrysler dealership in Chatham, and my grandfather, "Buck" Bennett owned the Texaco station across from Stonewall Jackson.  Mom graduated from NNHS in '44 or maybe '45, but while in Pittsylvania County public schools went to - I swear this is true - Climax High. 
Any of this sound familiar?
I won't go into the details of this skeleton in the family closet, but does... uh.. the ummm.. the name Ricky Franklin mean anything to you?   From the mid 1980's, maybe a few years earlier...  
Thanks Carol.  Is the drought taking hold up your way?  We're on an odd / even  watering schedule here in LaFreakin'Grange. though we've had some widely scattered, and I do mean scattered, afternoon showers this week.
Best, Bill  

   Thanks, Bill!   As far as I've been able to observe, the sandhills of North Carolina always have a drought condition, in  much the same way as Utah always has a mountain condition.  It could rain twelve inches a day for a week, and the water could be running three inches over the roads, and the television forecasters would still say, "Oh, but that doesn't take care of our drought conditions."  


    From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 07/12/06:

Carol -
Thanks for posting my 'Roy' story....

   Oh, absolutely!  What a charming memory to share with us - thank you!

I am praying for a great new career door to open for you guys. Keep the faith!

   Thank you so much, Sweetie!  I really appreciate that most sincerely!


  From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 07/12/06 - "Class of 60 graduation":

Hi Carol,

I've attached scans of the invitation, program and tickets for Commencement Exercises for the Class of 1960.  Commencement took place on Thursday, June 9, 1960 at 8 pm. Please note a typo - the program says Friday, June 9th but commencement was actually on Thursday, June 9th.

  X X  
  And this is where Karen's two lovely scans should be visible.  Unfortunately, I was unable to convert them from their .pdf status to a .jpg format.  I waited for my resident tech-rep to arrive home to do that for me, and while he admitted that it could be done in 16 steps or so, as he was pressed for time, he would much prefer that they be resent as .jpgs.  
   So, Karen, may I trouble you for them again, please?  Pretty please??  They would make such an exciting addition to our pages.

   I'd like to make a page called "Our Graduations".

I also have the invitation for the "Graduation Dance at Newport News High School Cafeteria" for Thursday, June 9, 1960, from 10 pm to 1 am; a ticket and program for the Junior-Senior Prom "Misty" for June 3, 1960, from 9 pm to 12 m, (as well as my corsage); and a program for the Commencement Service at NNHS on Sunday, June 5, 1960, at 5 pm. These are all in one big album with pictures from the 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, and 45th reunions of the Class of 60!

   I think it is simply wonderful that you have all those items of memorabilia, Karen!  What a treasure!

Take care and thanks for all the wonderful work you do to keep us TYPHOONS connected!


   Thank you, Karen!  I really appreciate your help!


    From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 07/12/06 - "Oscar Hammerstein II's
111th Birthday":

Oscar??!!  HTBL (hard to believe.)  EVERYBODY Knows that July 12th is the birthday of Bill Cosby and Henry David Thoreau (both advocates of "trust your gut" although I think there is evidence that Cosby is Thoreau reincarnated & so it's not two birthdays but one... but that's another story).
Frank Blechman

   Well, yes, of course, Freddie Darlin', but I have a confession to make.  I tell you this in strictest confidence because it's not a popular opinion, and I'm still enough of a sociopath to care what people think (well, at times, anyway).  Now, please don't tell a single soul, but I do not like Thoreau.  It's true.  Just the mere mention of his name makes me want to throw things.  I'm sure there must have been some perfectly good reason for me to take such an aversion to the man forty-eleven years ago; I just can't recall what it might have been.  As you know, I'm usually such a sweetie-pie.

    I'm reminded of the old verse:

          I do not like thee, Doctor Fell.
          The reason why I cannot tell;
          But this I know, and know full well,
          I do not like thee, Doctor Fell.

   Besides, I adore Rodgers and Hammerstein, so Oscar was my natural choice.

   Sigh.  Oh, alright.  In a rare effort to try to behave myself, next year we'll celebrate Thoreau.

   Now Bill Cosby, on the other hand, I've always loved.  And you say they're basically one and the same??  Hmmm.  Perhaps I should keep an open mind.  Perhaps I should go back and read Thoreau (or more probably his biography) all over again.  Maybe I've been wrong all these years.  Maybe I'll find that my tastes and attitudes have changed, and I'll become Thoreau's biggest fan.

   ARGHHHH!  I hate it when that happens!  Okay, Sweetie, I'll check it out.

   Thanks, Frank!


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/12/06

You wrote:

  Well, yes, of course, but that wasn't exactly what I was asking.  I wondered if perhaps this quotation was inscribed on or near the Tecumseh monument itself, and whether it might be one of those many passages which plebes are required to memorize.


I do not pretend to know everything about everything in the Yard.  All I can say is that the quotation attributed to Tecumseh is unfamiliar to me. I can say with some certainty that it was not among the many things that I, as a Plebe, had to memorize.

Inasmuch as the bronze statue in front of Bancroft Hall is not REALLY Tecumseh, it is unlikely that a quotation attributable to him would appear in connection with the statue.


   GASP!!!  David, please believe me when I say that I am being only Very Slightly Facetious when I say that I really truly thought you knew almost everything about Almost Everything.  I'm quite seriously shocked.  But you did answer my question on the matter anyway; this particular quotation was not part of the memorization list.

   Your logic is impeccable, as always.  I thought that it was conceivable that having its identity so altered, the bronze statue may have been rechristened as Tecumseh, and thus entitled to all honors and attributions connected with the original warrior.  My mistake.

   Thank you, Captain!


  From Kenny Branch ('62) of AR - 07/13/06:


Congratulations on the sixth anniversary of the website and all the countless hours you have graciously endured to reconnect all NNHS alumni and oh yeah, some of dem neighboring schools too. J

Kenny Branch, ‘62

   Thanks so much, Kenny!    I have to say this is one of my goofiest, most unrealistic dreams come true.  It's been an absolutely incredible ride!

   Give    Becky (Braswell Branch - '65) my love!


   From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 07/13/06 - "Graduating Exercises for the
Class of 62":

I have two copies of the Graduating Exercises programs. The Date/Time is as follows......
Sunday, June Tenth, Nineteen Hundred and Sixty Two at 4:00 P.M. I do not know how I came up with two of them, but I'm sure my mom could have told me. Just wish she was here to ask.
Jerry Typhoon of 62

   Oh, Jerry!  You are my hero!   Playing in the band, I was in attendance at graduation that afternoon, so you've not only helped me with the website, but with the scrapbooking of my high school albums (which I've been doing fast and furiously for the last three years now)!  Thanks so very much!


   From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/14/06 - "NNHS 64/60 BIRTHDAY":


As the invitations went out in the mail on 12 July, perhaps it is time to begin the "ATTENDING" List for the Birthday Celebration........
   WONDERFUL!!!  That's always so exciting to see!  I re-adapted the blurb for the index page as well as on this and future Newsletters.  And of course it links to the Reunion Pages as well:

 - newly separated page

 - newly separated page

 - brand new page!

   It still all sounds fabulous!  Y'all have fun, Captain!
It all looks great; thanks for putting it all up so quickly.

   Certainly, David!  Anything for you!  I'm glad you liked them!


  From Sue Miller Dearnley ('64) of VA - 07/14/06 - "I'm back!":

Hi Carol,

After months of computer problems, I have finally broken down and invested in a new computer and a new server. Please place me back on your distribution list. I've really been missing you. I've navigated to your site but it's just not the same as being on "the list".

Thanks for all you do.

Sue Miller Dearnley '64

   Well, welcome back, Sue!   And congratulations on your shiny new computer!  I've changed your email addie on my (usually) hidden mailing list.

   Let me know if you'd like me to post it for others:


  From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 07/14/06 - "St. Thomas fishing"

I hope you can make out this King Mackerel I caught off of St. Thomas in May of 2005. It was 51" and 37-1/2 lbs. Took 25 minutes to get him in the boat on 20 pound test line.

Jerry Blanchard

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!!  That is mighty impressive, Jerry!  Congratulations - and thanks for sharing that with us!

  May 2005 - St. Thomas  
  Jerry and King Mack  

  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 07/15/06:

Did you enjoy Greenville and East Carolina?  My whole family is from NC......I'm the lucky one to be born in VA!  I have relatives in Greenville (as well as Washington, Stokes, and Farmville), and my nephew and his wife graduated from East Carolina.  Back in our day, it was ECTC, a teachers' college.......which I would have attended if I had followed my childhood dream of being a teacher.  By the time I finished high school, tho, I had enough of school, and civil service beckoned me.  And good grief, 41 years later, I'm still with the govt!!
Hope you had a good time!

   I had a fabulous time, Gloria!  Thanks!   The campus is beautiful and the food was delicious.  There were 851 Latter-day Saint youths there from all over eastern North Carolina, as well as another hundred or so adults, making it the largest such gathering of the five I've chaperoned thus far.  Pictures will follow soon!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 07/
16/06 - "Dear Carol, Too cute for words AND More Smiles":

Dear Carol,

Always looking for a picture that will make you smile,

Your Friend, Herbie

   Herbie, you Sweetie-Pie, hearing from you always makes me smile!

   But these are especially sweet!  Thanks so much!

Dear Carol,

This made me smile. See?

Your friend, Herbie

   This is just sooo adorable!!!  Look at that face!

   Thanks again, Herbie!  You made my day!


   From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/16/06:

Congratulations to Sue Scott Moore and Randy Bearor, who tied for the honor
of being first to make their reservations for our NNHS 64/60 Birthday Party.
Their replies were waiting in my P. O. Box less than 72 hours after I placed
the invitations in the mail.

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!!  Y'all are gonna have such fun!

   Thanks, Gorgeous!


   From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/18/06 - "Music for 64/40 Reunion Details Page":

OK, we are going to violate a policy here. I am going to ask that you load an MP3 file onto this page:

The file is attached.


Very few people will visit this page, so the long download time is
not so much an issue .....

AND it is the perfect song for the page.


   YIKESARONI!!!  But of course, it is plus-que-parfait, and as I said, anything for you, Brown Eyes, so up it is!

   Thanks, David!



    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!



   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 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
RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, 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:



  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 07/13/06 - "Need A Laugh!?" (#1 in a series
of 12):

Hi Carol: 

Thought you might get a chuckle out of some of these, a friend of mine sent them to me. 

Catherine Hudson

     OHHH, GOODY!!!  A new series!

   Thanks so much, Cathy!  I think we're all always in the market for a good laugh!

   This one intrigues me.  I can understand how the sign might have been made wrong, but why were they forced to use it?!?

Don't drink and make signs...    



  From Me ('65) of NC - 07/10/06 - "Two Last Thoughts:":

   You might have noticed that on Memorial Day I began putting military service seals before your names, because I thought it looked so nice.  I still do.  Unfortunately, I forgot why I had decided against doing that a couple of years ago when the idea first occurred to me.

   As close as we've all become, there are still many things I do not know about many of you.  I am not always aware of who served in which branch of the military, if at all.  As much as I've tried to cajole y'all into joining our Famous Military pages, you haven't all swallowed the bait.  Then we're left to fall back on my so-called memory.  I certainly don't mean to slight anyone.  I'll just apologize now for my failure to credit you where needed.

   We can solve that problem, ya know........

   And having played total goof-off all day long yesterday with my beautiful daughter,    Adrienne, I've waaaay more material from a great many of you sweetie-pies which I neglected to address.  WOWZERONI!!!  You should see all the delightful things yet to come!

   But I must run now.  There was a chance that I'd be leaving this afternoon for "the sacred soil of Virginia" to attend the memorial service for    David Whitley's ('67 - of VA) father this evening, but we just decided against it around noon.  As much as I'd like to be there, I think under the extenuating circumstances, and with the logistics involved, we chose wisely.  Y'all please go in my stead and give David my love and sincerest sympathies.


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

                          Love to all, Carol





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


Words and Music by Paul McCartney, 1965

(The Beatles)

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away!
Now it looks as though they're here to stay,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be!
There's a shadow hanging over me,
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she had to go I don't know; she wouldn't say,
I said something wrong now I long, for yesterday.

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play!
Now I need a place to hide away,
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Why she had to go I don't know; she wouldn't say,
I said something wrong now I long, for yesterday-ay-ay-ay.

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play,
Now I need a place to hide away,
Oh, I believe in yesterday!

"Yesterday" midi courtesy of - 10/03/04

"Yesterday" lyrics courtesy of - 10/03/04

History (by John T. Marck) of "Yesterday" courtesy of - 07/17/06

Image courtesy of - 07/17/06

Animated Two Blue Arrows Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/20/06

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

History of "I Do Not Like Thee, Doctor Fell" available at - 07/17/06

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 Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy clip art courtesy of - 04/06/05

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

Tiny Angel clip art courtesy of - 08/14/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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