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08/27/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Good Morning Sunshine

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

-  Anthony J. D'Angelo

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme song sounds nothing at all like what I was expecting.  I suppose 1998 was another one of those years when I just wasn't paying attention.....

   But the title sounded like a good way to begin a new week, anyway!


1.     Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 08/25/07 - "NNHS mailing list ":

Please add my name to your terrific webpage.  I've enjoyed reading it and keeping up with all Typhoons.  Thanks.
Harry Covert
Alexandria, VA
Class of '57.

   WOWZERS!!! Thank you, Harry; that's very flattering! It's good to have another member of the Covert family join us!

   I shamelessly pilfered your image from your own fascinating website, and added it with your senior portrait to our Alumni Pages:

   Welcome aboard!


   Happy Birthday this week to - oh, no!  It's my turn! ARGHHH!!!

30 -      Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 1947 and    Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA - 1948; 
31 -
  Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 1941 and 
  Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 1943;
01 - Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA;
02 -
  Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA - 1946

   Many Happy Returns to One and All!

   Y'all be sure to take a look at that page.  How are we going to wish you a happy birthday (or in the case of my coo-coo brain, forget to wish you a happy birthday) if we don't know when it is?!?  Thanks!


1. Maureen Klesmer ('70) of GA - 08/26/07:

Sunday 08/26/2007 8:46:02pm
Name: Maureen Klesmer
Marital Status Single
City/Country: Atlanta, GA
Favorite Teachers Mrs. Sturm
Coach Nuttycombe
Coach White
Hobbies Yoga
Comments Have enjoyed browsing this website, catching up with what's going on with
my former NNHS classmates.

2. Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA - 08/27/07:

Monday 08/27/2007 10:06:24am
Name: Kathie (Avant) Taylor
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Atlanta
Favorite Teachers Mrs. Kanter
Hobbies Played tennis for years but now I golf, reading, cooking (less as I get older).
Comments I have recently become reacquainted with Nancy Wynne and Jean Poole. I will be seeing Nancy and Brenda Kruse (Todd) in Williamsburg next week. Have loved catching up on our past at Woodrow Wilson Elementary school with Jean Poole.

   Thank you, Ladies!


  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 08/23/07 - "The May Pole":



A recent correspondent [perhaps    Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC?] noted how much she enjoyed the Spring May Day celebrations conducted at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (29th and 30th Streets). I came upon this hand-colored flyer on the event held May 28, 1952. I don’t believe I was the artist, don't remember staying in the lines so well.


Mrs. Elizabeth Morris shepherded our group of third graders. The boys wore western type outfits with neckerchiefs. Somehow we survived the May Pole demonstration -- given the privilege of the big finale because we were the “graduating seniors.”

Wednesday, May 28, 1952


My mother, Mary Elizabeth Goodson Covert (’37), registered me for first grade in the big old building in May 1949. It was razed over that summer and First Grade Teacher Miss Roxie Stallings met us that September in Room 108 of the new facility. The following year Miss Ann Powell was our teacher. Ann and I met again in 1958 when we moved next door to her parents on 52nd Street. She was a lovely person.


As a side note, they crowded us into the auditorium in January 1952 so we could watch the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on a 24-inch black and white television set on the stage. They also tried with some success to teach us how to do the Virginia Reel and other square dances in that auditorium. 


We shouldn't forget the many times Miss Marie Suttle would charm us with her inimitable style reading stories to us, especially those from Joel Chandler Harris’ book, “Tales from the Old Plantation.” Thomas Jefferson was a wonderful school with great faculty and staff headed by Principal Ethel Taylor. You may note also that one of the Second Grade Teachers is Mrs. Nelson, whose son    Lloyd (’61) was among my classmates.


Norm Covert (’61)


   Thank you, Norm, for yet another one of your priceless treasures!  It seems to me we had a whole dialogue two or three years ago on the subject of May Day celebrations.  I do not believe they were ever gathered and saved to one location, so I'll try to take care of that real soon, and put together something worthy of the subject.

   By the way, the Nelson's other children include    Mary Sue ('52),    Jack ('54) and    Doug ('64), all of VA - I think...

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 08/23/07 - " Bobby Williams (Hampton HS - '64)":


Crabber ' is a "good news" note from our classmate, Bobby Williams :

As of my last cat-scan and doctor's visit the three tumors that had spread to my lungs after my operation for cancer in my right kidney have all but gone. Two have disappeared and one is still there but has not grown in size in over six months. So, due to these events I have been able to come off all medications and also been able to stop chemo for now. This could not have happened if it weren't for the prayers and thoughts from all of Crabber town and people across the county praying for Carolyn and me.

God Bless You All
Robert (Bobby) L. Williams

   Thanks, F.A.! We always delight in hearing good news!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 08/23/07:

My mother Elsie Poole's 85th Birthday party was a booming success; there were 89 people present...she had a wonderful time. I saw some girls who lived next door to me on Maple Avenue (had not seen them for 25 years!). 

Here is a photo.  Mom graduated from HHS, I believe in 1940.

The little girl in the photo is Sammie, one of Mom's great grandchildren. She is the grandchild of my brother Bill Poole (NNHS class of '70)

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 1:42 PM and 2:00 PM
Elsie Poole (HHS - '40) of VA Sammie, Jean and Elsie

   What a fabulous time y'all must have had! Thanks for sharing these with us, Jean!

  From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 08/23/07 - "Pictures":


I added    Sylvia Hall Hammond (class of 66) to the guest register today and would like to add our pictures to our names if possible.  Thanks so much for the work you are doing on this web site.


Phil and Sylvia

   Certainly, Phil! They're on there now!

    From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 08/24/07 - "Reunion Bound":



Wanda and I moved to Nashville last year and we will be traveling back to Newport News next weekend for the 1967 Reunion and wanted to let everyone know that I will be staying at the Marriott Town Center  We usually spend time with Bill Rash ('67) and   Dale Mueller ('64) in Buckroe. We love living in Nashville where we chase the Songwriters around town.

Hope to see a lot of people both on Friday night at the “open” get together as well as the 1967 crowd on Saturday night. I’ll send some pictures afterwards.


If anyone wants to contact me they can email me at  or call my cell number 703.628.4657.


I have attached a recent picture of Wanda and me…my, my how time flies!  40 Year Reunion!

December 9, 2006, 6:58 PM
Wanda and Terry Seay

   SUPER!!! Thanks for the great picture and all the info, Terry! Y'all have a wonderful time back on "the sacred soil", and we'll be looking forward to seeing those reunion shots!

 From Paula Sturtevant Comstock ('62) of TX - 08/24/07 - "Harry Lee H. Crum, Jr.":

Hey - Found this today while doing some genealogy!!

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Pretty Paula!

  From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 08/24/07 - "bday":

I would like to wish my old friend and your cousin     Cheryl (White) Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA) a Happy Birthday...I have many fond memories of our friendship when she and Don (Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA) were at Orcutt. She is a precious and sweet person!
Cheryl, hope you have a wonderful year full of unexpected blessings!
Peace & Blessing,

   Thanks, Lady! I passed your note along!

      From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/24/07 - "We'll Sing in the Sunshine":

This newsletter mentioned that    Russell Girt was a music instructor at NNHS

You may have already known that, but I bet you didn't know that Russell Girt was also the first husband of my aunt, 
  Shirley Dona Linkous Girt Callaway.

They had one child, Susan Melody Girt (Mendenhall). Shirley and Susan now reside separately in Carrollton, TX.
Sunday, April 3, 2005

Russ lives in Ohio and is a trustee in the
Local 118
WARREN, OH 44481


   No, David, I had absolutely no idea Mr. Girt was once married to your Aunt Shirley! We live in a very small world.

   I was already planning to make a teacher page for Mr. Girt; you just made it much more exciting - THANKS!

      - brand new page!

   I also added Shirley's newer image to her previous two on the WGH page, and rearranged and re-colored it a bit in the process:

   Thanks so much, Brown Eyes!

  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 08/24/07 - "Love that BAND":

Web Maestro,


Thanks for all the corrective work on “THE BAND,” plus your posting the picture of the ’59 Dance Band.


 A quick attempt (front row from left) shows Wally Craver (’60), my good pal    Jack Harrison (’61) of VA, Ed Harris ('60) of VA, Bob Cohen ('60) (both terrific guys), Sammy Lipes (’60) and Jim Workman ('61) of NC on  
Newport News High School Dance Band


saxes (alto, tenor and baritone); trumpets, don’t recognize far left, then    Chuck Anspach (’60) of NC,  Al Simms ('60) of VA; and Drum Major Norman Dick (’60) of TN; only recognize   Bill Prillaman (’60) and    Bill Gruver (’62) of Northern VA on trombones; can’t see the Sousaphone player nor drummer.

It does bring to mind the Dixieland Band we put together in late Spring 1960, mostly from the urging of Jack Harrison (’61) (before he met    Edna Whitcomb Harrison (’65) of VA and ‘lell in fove’). With tenor sax in hand, Jack convinced Joel Margolis (’61) of Northern VA that he could play his clarinet as well as Pete Fountain (real close!); Jack and his Dukes of Dixieland records helped me learn the Dixieland genre on the trombone; he coaxed Donnie Baker (’61) to play drums; and we handed Trumpeter     Robert (Buddy) Helterbran (’61) of PA sheets of music we had put together and the band was off and running. There were a couple others who sometimes “sat in” with us, but I regret I don’t remember their names. We played for a couple pep rallies (especially “On Old Newport” and “Washington & Lee Swing”), as extra act at a couple after-school events, plus a Christmas Party for employees of Nachman’s in December 1960. Sorry I don’t have a picture of us performing. Joel was the heart of the band and no one beat the drums like Donnie!    James P. Wilson never fully adopted us, but we were free spirits, playing by the rules and he helped us when he could.


   WOWZERONI!!! I never had any idea that the Dance Band was initiated by the students themselves! Thanks so much for that valuable bit of history, Norm!


   I've posted it here:



In answer to your question, I had not mentioned that the precursors to my nearly five years of cardiac problems were several strokes and so-called cerebral “events” that continue to hamper my ability to, among other things, write, which is my primary stock in trade. It takes a while to pen these missives to you, but it is good therapy. I hope the brain will reconnect soon and help me get back to normal. Playing piano and organ is difficult because my left and right hands are still not coordinated. My trombone requires a lot of lip, hot air and only one hand to work the slide. I’ve got lots of the former and the left hand holds on tight to the Yamaha and doesn’t interfere with the rhythm. I did play a two-hour set with my local Dixieland Group in July, proving my heart is on the mend. The brain can’t be too far behind – we continue to hope.


Norm Covert (’61)

   YOWZERONI!!! Feel free to seek your therapy here anytime, Sweetie! It seems to be good for all of us! We certainly appreciate your efforts, and will hold you in our thoughts and prayers as you continue to improve!


   Reunion Reservation Deadlines are looming! Please check the Reunion Page!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 31 - September 2, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1967 - FRIDAY NIGHT: OPEN TO ALL

2. Thursday, September 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7 - 9, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957

4. Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for All of Us - OPEN TO ALL

5. Thursday, October 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

6. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942

7. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

8. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

9. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

10. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   As these five messages were consuming so much space on each Newsletter, I've decided just to publish the NEXT upcoming reunion on each Newsletter:

The NNHS Class of 1967
will hold its 40-Year Reunion on Labor Day weekend:
Friday, August 31, 2007, 6:00 - 9:00 PM Friday by the Fountain, City Center, Oyster Point - Social:
Gather at the Red Star Tavern for conversation, relaxation & fun - Casual Dress - Pay your own way


Saturday, September 1, 2007 - Buffet Dinner/Dance, The Omni Hotel, Newport News

Sunday, September 2, 2007 - Omni Sunday Brunch

CONTACTS: Marty -; Wanda - 757-867-9070; or Melissa - 757-874-0094



  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/24/07 - "Summer's Not Over Yet! "- #14 in a Series of about 38:

It's not Buckroe, but it'll do in a rush!

This is sand? Thought this was one you'd enjoy seeing; it all took place in British Columbia.


   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Chris!

   There's much, much more to come - next time!

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





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

Good Morning Sunshine

(Aqua, 1998)

When the sun is up,
on a clear blue sky,
you will act like a lover
When the sky is grey,
and the rain comes down,
you will run for cover

Feel the heat, come out of cold,
and your arm is touching me

Good morning sunshine,
you're my only light
lying with me by my side,
you keep me warm all day
Just stay with me

Good morning sunshine,
be with me all day
Just don't let the rain pass you by
When it's cloudy and windy
and the snowflakes arrive,
you somehow just make me,
make me feel I'm alive

When you leave my field
then you light the stars
Fading away in horizon
there's a million streets
leading off the night,
waiting for sun to be risen

Feel the heat, come out of cold,
and your arm is touching me
Good morning sunshine,
you're my only light,
lying with me by my side,
you keep me warm all day
Just stay with me

Good morning sunshine,
be with me all day
Just don't let the rain pass you by
When it's cloudy and windy
and the snowflakes arrive,
you somehow just make me,
make me feel I'm alive

Hold it right there,
let me take a minute of your time,
to explain how I feel through these rhymes
I do the best I can, and believe me if I could
I'll build you a paradise with these two hands
the touch of your skin, makes my body go numb,
I'm thinking to myself, if my dream come true,
or is it 'cause you never give me a chance to tell you
how I feel, the moments we had were too precious to kill.

When it is cloudy and windy,
please turn your face at me

Good morning sunshine,
you're my only light,
lying with me by my side,
you keep me warm all day
Just stay with me

Good morning sunshine,
be with me all day,
Just don't let the rain pass you by,
when it is cloudy and windy
and the snowflakes arrive,
you somehow just make me,
make me feel I'm alive
make me feel I'm alive...

“Good Morning Sunshine” midi courtesy of - 08/24/07

Good Morning Sunshine” lyrics courtesy of - 08/05/07

Animated "Good Morning Sunshine" clip art courtesy of - 08/25/07

Rising Sun Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/11/05

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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