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08/20/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Under the Sea

"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea
is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.”

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening
(8 Feb 1851 - 20 Aug 1904)

May 2006 - Belize May 2006 - Belize

Image by Photo Journalist Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA

Image by Photo
Journalist Chip Clark
('65) of Northern VA

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  Let's just pretend it's much earlier in the day, shall we???  


   We have another Twofer today!

     Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA and Eddie Vest ('68) of VA are both celebrating their birthdays!

   Many Happy Returns, Gentlemen!

   You are gonna come dance with me again next month, arntcha, Chippy Darlin'?!?


From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/15/06 - "Richest Girl I Know":

     Carol ......I  Said once 
before ...You Never Know Who  you Will Touch in your life or When... That will make a Big difference in Theirs ..
Well .....You have touched Many ....And All are BETTER because of it....
Our Prayers and Thoughts are with you Always....
You are the Richest Girl I know........

Typhoons Forever    AL   


   Al, I love your pictograms so much!  They're always such fun, but this one, of course, completely floored me!  And despite all y'all had told me, neither I nor my family ever really dreamed that I had so very many wonderful friends!  Thank you so very much - for everything!

    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/17/06 - "The Shipyard":

They dared to dream: Collis P. Huntington: Shipyard's founder

The yard's father was first a traveling peddler then a '49er and aggressive railroad tycoon.

August 13, 2006
NEWPORT NEWS -- From his California Gold Rush days to his mistress from Richmond, Collis P. Huntington led an unusual life, one with far more color than the smooth gray paint that's coated many of his shipyard's vessels.

Huntington is famous for establishing the Newport News shipyard, which employs 19,000-plus workers on projects like the carrier George H.W. Bush. The city grew around the yard and wouldn't be what it is without this 19th-century railroad mogul.

But the yard was an afterthought. Huntington secured a charter for it in 1886 - at 65, near the end of his life. He often visited but never lived in Newport News, instead spending most of his life in New York and California, after growing up in the backwoods of Connecticut.

Huntington liked to pay a backhanded compliment to his upbringing in Harwinton, Conn., close to a valley called "Poverty Hollow." He said it gave him the advantage of going straight to work, "for I had not a liberal education and I had no money," according to "Newport News Shipbuilding: The First Century" by William L. Tazewell.

While still in his teens during the 1830s, Huntington set about making money as a traveling peddler with a wagon full of clocks, silverware and other portable items. Peddlers like Huntington were "sharp-dealing, suspiciously regarded but essential cogs in the rural economy of pre-Civil War America," says David Lavender in his Huntington biography, "The Great Persuader."

After an older brother started a store in Oneonta, N.Y., Huntington stopped his ramblings, arranged for a stake in the store and got married. But the man once described as "a personality full of force" - as well as "six feet one and of full weight" - didn't stay put for long. In 1849, he joined tens of thousands of treasure hunters in California, all drawn there by the recent discovery of gold near Sacramento.

Huntington went west not as a prospector but as a trader, according to Lavender. He set up a store in Sacramento but was often in San Francisco, at times intercepting incoming ships in his small sailboat and striking deals on goods before the ships reached his competitors on shore.

As he grew prosperous in Sacramento, he met three men who would work with him in building the western part of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins became known as "The Big Four."

Before the project increased in scope, the group's initial goal was just to make money by building a 115-mile line from Sacramento to the state border. Huntington is sometimes called the driving force of this often-ruthless partnership, with the frontman being Stanford, the California governor and university founder.

Newport News, home to fewer than 1,000 residents, got Huntington's attention as he looked for an eastern terminus for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in the 1870s. But as "Newport News: A Centennial History" puts it, "There was another reason why Huntington was drawn to Virginia, and her name was Arabella Duval Yarrington." She was a Richmond native, became his mistress, bore him a son and eventually married him after his first wife's death.

Huntington established the Newport News shipyard, now owned by Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman, after realizing that ships often needed repairs when they reached the C&O's eastern terminus. Nonetheless, the yard lost money throughout Huntington's life, and he almost sold it. It opened in 1889, with its founder making one of his visits to Newport News for the opening ceremony, bringing with him other VIPs such as poet Walt Whitman.

In addition to his connection to Whitman, Huntington had ties to other colorful characters. His adopted daughter married a German prince. Huntington also sold a now-demolished house in New York City to the Rockefeller family, famed in this area for financing Colonial Williamsburg. The New York property is part of the Museum of Modern Art's site today.

Huntington is linked to 17th-century American history through ancestors who arrived as colonists in the 1630s, as well as to 18th-century history through his relative Gov. Samuel Huntington of Connecticut, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The railroad mogul himself, who died in 1900, came to define a significant part of 19th-century history.

"Hard-tempered first by the poverty of his youth and then by the gold-rush crucible of California, he returned roughshod to the East," Lavender says, "took the burgeoning laissez-faire spirit of industrial America as he found it, and bent it to his purposes."

   Thank you so much for saving this important piece of history for us, David!   I now have it posted on the appropriate page:


  From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 08/19/06 - "Blake's Aetna Commercial":


I totally forgot to mention how Blake and his group of friends got this commercial gig "drag race" with Aetna.  This group entered the DC area 48 hour film contest back in May---where you have 48 hours to write, make, produce, edit, etc., a short film......well, Blake and his friends WON the event....and are now in national competition....these film contests are held each year in major US cities...and once all the competitions have been held, the winners will vie for the NATIONAL award.....anyway, someone who saw their movie thought they did such a great job, they were asked to do an Aetna spot.....and now another company who has seen the Aetna spot, wants them to do another commercial.  They have GREAT fun doing this.....most of them attended GMU together....and all have talents of some kind.....Blake and another member of this group were in a band....made a cd....and played all over the DC, MD, and PA....but now since they are all married, some with children....they don't have the hours it takes to play in a band all the time. 

Enjoy the movie.....since it's about a Mormon missionary.....and let me know what you think.

   WOWZERONI!!!  Well, the film, of course, is funny, entertaining and beautifully made - obviously, or it would not have won awards!

   Mormons or Latter-day Saints (as we prefer to be called), unless they were adapt at suspending reality, might find it disturbing for several reasons.  "Andy" would never be addressed by his first name during those two years, but always as "Elder Smith" (or whatever)

   I know of few if any areas where Elder Smith would be traveling around to areas of his own choosing these days.  I think those have been assigned for the last hundred years or so (give or take a decade or two).

   He would always wear his nametag, identifying himself as a representative of the Church.



   Okay,    Dale's (Harty - American School, IL - '02 - of NC) nametag is printed in Spanish as that's what he spoke for his two years in Carlsbad, California, but you get the idea.

   Being dishonest with his leaders about his skills (or lack thereof) in bike riding (or anything else), being without his missionary companion, and being alone with a member of the opposite sex, would all be grounds for his being sent home, and earning himself a dishonorable release from his mission

   But clearly the film was a comedy, so these are "details".  I was impressed by his refusal of the coffee (which we don't drink), his reference to baptism as the woman sprayed him with her garden hose (and like Baptists, Latter-day Saints baptize by immersion, not sprinkling).  And I absolutely loved his "favorite scripture" he was trying to share - Alma 24:32 - because the Book of Alma only has 30 verses!

   Alma 24:30 is a favorite of mine, actually:

30 And thus we can plainly discern, that after a people have been once aenlightened by the bSpirit of God, and have had great cknowledge of things pertaining to righteousness, and then have dfallen away into sin and transgression, they become more ehardened, and thus their state becomes fworse than though they had never known these things.

   So all that said, Dale and I both thought the film was hysterically funny, with many interesting layers, such as Gracie's fear of going more than a thousand steps from home, but ultimately finding growth..

   Thanks for sharing it with us all, Janice! And best wishes and congratulations to Blake and his friends for a job well done!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 08/20/06:

   Speaking of    Dale, we're driving him up to Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista Tuesday morning to begin his freshman year.

   I rather doubt there'll be a Newsletter on Monday, I can guarantee there will be none on Tuesday, and I promise I'll have something or other for you on Wednesday.

   But at least I'll be back on "the sacred soil of Virginia" for a few hours!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 08/19
/06 - "Dear Carol, Here are words that I live by: House cleaning philosophy":

Dear Carol,

Even though I have a house cleaner that comes in twice a month, I asked her not to worry about Spider Webs if the spiders don't get too big. She doesn't use wax on the floors, and on the furniture she uses Pledge.

On the outside I have only Black-Eyed Susan's all around, Front and back and God does such a good job with the Susan's they crowd out all the weeds. The only reason I am telling you all this is because someone sent me the "I don't do" list below and I thought I would comment on them. This short note is long enough, so I will show you my Black-Eyed Susan's in a separate E-Mail. I know you are busy with your Re-Union in September. But, take time to smell the Roses.

Your Friend, Herbie

I don't do windows because ...
I love birds and don't want one to run into a clean window and get hurt.

I don't wax floors because ...
I am terrified a guest will slip and get hurt then I'll feel terrible (plus they may sue me.)

I don't mind the dust bunnies because ...
they are very good company, I have named most of them, and they agree with everything I say.

I don't disturb cobwebs because ...
I want every creature to have a home of their own.

I don't Spring Clean because...
I love all the seasons and don't want the others to get jealous

I don't pull weeds in the garden because ..
I don't want to get in God's way, HE is an excellent designer!

I don't put things away because .
My wife may never be able to find them again.

I don't do gourmet meal when I entertain because ...
I don't want my guests to stress out over what to make when they invite me over for dinner.

I don't iron because ...
I choose to believe them when they say "Permanent Press".

I don't stress much on anything because ...
"A Type" personalities die young and I want to stick around and become a wrinkled up crusty ol' man !!!

  Thanks, Herbie, you Sweetie-Pie!    My own maid hasn't reported for work lately at all.  In fact, the last time I can recall seeing her at all was in 1960.


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 08/19/06 - "Another fantastic newsletter...":

You have outdone yourself lady!  I can close my eyes and walk into Nachman's just like it was still there...Men's department on the right, women's millinery on the left, cosmetics, tea room in the back.  And those plastic bra models with the bras on them!  What teenager ever thought she would have anything like that to put into a bra!!! 
Those brownies must have been my inspiration because I have been told I make a mean brownie!
The founders of Nachman's would indeed be disappointed in today's clothing stores where you are likely to be waited on by teenagers who have no idea about the product they are selling...or worse walk all over the dept. store and cannot find a clerk or a customer service station that is open!  You may as well avoid the hassle and shop online...I have to say that Kanter's in Hampton was one of my favorite stores as well...the ladies who worked there would always point out that they had new things in the store and would even tell you what they had that would look especially nice on you.  I feel that customer service is a thing of the past...I wish the banks, phone companies, and other business would spend less on advertising and more on hiring human beings (in this country) to answer their phones and conduct business...well so much for my rant!

   I'm glad you like it, Jean!  I posted your remarks:

   See you in September, Lady!


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 08/19/06 - "Nachman's":

I rarely shopped at Nachman's.......a little too expensive for my pocketbook.  My favorite store and where I got my very first charge card was Leggett's.  Although Washington Avenue was a little drive from my house in Hampton, those were the glory shopping days!!  In and out of Leggett's, Woolworth's, Hofheimer's, Butler's, Montgomery Ward, et al.  When they opened a Leggett's in downtown Hampton, I was thrilled since I lived so close.  However, it just wasn't the same as downtown Washington Avenue.  :(
   AHHH, the Olden Days!!!!  WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Gloria!    I double posted your comments on the Leggett's and Nachman's pages:


From Nat Woolard Cunningham (Hampton HS - '60) of FL - 08/19/06 - "Nachman's":

I mostly shopped at Leggett's, but I think I made a few purchases at Nachman's.  I certainly remember and was fascinated by the tubes for sending payments upstairs to the office.  I don't remember eating there.  I am not sure, but I might have bought my wedding gown at Nachman's (in 1962).  I remember being at a store having a bridal show, and the gown was being modeled.  I really liked the gown and the price.  I cannot imagine any other store being large enough to have a show, except Leggett's, which probably did not do that type of thing.

   Thanks, Nat!  It's good to hear from you!  I double posted your remarks on the Leggett's and Nachman's pages, too:


From Kathy Mooney Abrams (Hampton HS - '64) of NY - 08/19/06 - "Neat article on Nachman's":

My mom had a credit card at Nachman's and I used to love when she would get her monthly billsand there would be perfumed sample cards in the bills.  I remember specifically dragging mom to Nachman's one Friday night.  I wanted to get a new pocketbookand I ended up buying a brownish all leather bucket bag -- I loved itI loved Nachman's and La Vogue (when I got older).  I never liked Leggett's, but sometimes had to shop there.  I might not have had a ton of clothes in high school, but I had some nice thingsand I knew how to sew skirts.

   Thanks, Kathy!  It's always fun to hear from a Crabber! 
  And I added your memories to the others:


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 08/19/06:

Carol -- a word of caution: calling *77 may not work in some states. Some use *55, some use *HP, and some just use 911.  Everyone should check with their local police department, who can fill them in on what to use when traveling within their state.
If you're traveling to other states -- pay attention at the border. Most states have an info sign posted about contacting the Highway Patrol.
If you don't know, call 911. You may get connected with a "local" emergency response center, but they can help you anyway, since you should be physically close to them. There's a good chance they could respond more quickly than the Highway Patrol.

   AHA!!!  Well, if it differs from state to state that way, it explains why some of us may not have heard of this number.

   Bottom Line: Be aware!

   Thanks, Ronnie!



  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/13/06:

Point Plaza Hotel is located just north of the I-64 and Route 17 interchange, Exit #258. We have reserved a block of rooms there for Friday and Saturday nights at a special rate of $84, plus tax for an efficiency, and $99 plus tax for a suite.

You must book your rooms no later than Thursday, August 31st. Please call (800) 841-1112 or (757) 599-4460 and identify yourself as an attendee of the NNHS Class of 1966 Reunion being held there on September 30th to receive this special rate.

   Thanks, Dee!


    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 Carolyn Simpson Knight (‘56) of VA - 08/17/06

The “absolute deadline” for reservations for the 50 Year Reunion celebration of the Class of 1956 is September 15, 2006!!  

Checks may be mailed to    Judy Leggette Elliott:

            Judy Leggette Elliott
            15 Rivercrest Drive
            Poquoson, VA 23662

   Thanks, Carolyn!



   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

To Pre-order Photographic Memories of the Event:


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!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol - the Richest Woman in Town





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

Under the Sea

- Words and Music by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
From the Disney movie Little Mermaid (19)

(Ariel, listen to me. The human world, it's a mess.
Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there.)

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea, under the sea
Darling it's better down where it's wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we're devoting full time to floating
Under the sea, ha ha...

Down here all the fish is happy
As after the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cause they in the bowl!
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who goin' be on the plate?

Wo-no, under the sea
Under the sea
Nobody beat us, fry us and eat us
In frickazee
We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We've got no troubles, life is the bubbles
Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
Since life is sweet here, we got the beat here
Naturally (naturally-ee-ee-ee)
Even the sturgeon and the ray
They get the urge and start to play
We've got the spirit, you've got to hear it
Under the sea

The lute play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass and they soundin' sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is the duke of soul (yeah)
The ray, he can play the lings on the strings
The trout acting out
The blackfish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow!

Yeah, under the sea
Under the sea
When the sardine begin the beguine
It's music to me (music is to me)
What do they got, a lot of sand?
We've got a hot crustacean band
Each little clam here know how to jam here
Under the sea
Each little slug here cutting a rug here
Under the sea
Each little snail here know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter under the water
Yeah, we in luck here down under the muck here
Under the sea

"Under the Sea" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/29/06
and extracted with the kind assistance of my #6 son, Dale Harty (American School, IL - '02),
who (presumably) has taught me how in the process - 08/19/06
Thanks, Dale!

Aquarium Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/01/05

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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

Missionary Name Tag for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints courtesy of my #6 son, Dale Harty
(American School, IL - '02) of NC - 08/20/06
Thanks, Dale!

Alma 24:30 courtesy of - 08/20/06

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!

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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