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08/27/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Little Red Corvette

“As a young man, the Corvette was one of my dream cars. I would have given anything
to have a 1957 Corvette. I have a special appreciation for the Corvette, even to this day,
knowing how much I really wanted one when I was a young man and I couldn't afford it.”

- Mario Andretti
(b. 28 Feb 1940)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's RED Newsletter appears as a complete and total surprise to me, for to say that I am not a fan of Prince is something of an understatement.  Ah, but little red Corvettes - well, now, that's a different matter entirely.

BONUS - - Little Red Corvette - Prince:

"Prince is a songwriter and musician, having released several hundred songs both under his own name and with other artists. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year he was eligible in 2004. Rolling Stone ranked Prince #28 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2008."


Wednesday, August 27, 1969 - English Novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett (b. 05 June 1884) died at the age of 85.

Wednesday, August 27, 1969 - German actress and writer Erika Mann (b. 09 Nov 1905) died in Zürich, Switzerland at the age of 63.


  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 08/24/09:


You may remove my wife   Lois (Ashworth Simms) from the prayer list

She is fully recovered from the surgery, radiation and chemo and has been told that she is cancer free - well, at least we hope so - no way to tell if a cell or two got missed and of course she still has the genetic issue that allowed it to develop in the first place and so we will remain watchful. 

Her hair has come back in very thick and so obviously there was no permanent damage to hair follicles BUT - - she used to be a blonde and now is a brunette.......  I did accuse her of fooling me for all these years....  It is still very short and about the length of my short hair although hers is WAY thicker on top than my thinning hair is.  She is enjoying it real short and may keep it that way at least for awhile - so she says now.

Thanks for all of the prayers from everyone.

Al Simms
NNHS class of 1960

   What wonderful news, Al! We're delighted to hear this - thank you for sharing it! Please give Lois our love!


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 08/24/09 - "A Vision for a Golden NNHS Reunion":

What about a NNHS Reunion for all who have graduated more than 50 years?

The concept would be to do it like a regular reunion.

Target Date would be the summer of 2011. 

All who have reunion years up to and including 1960 would be invited.

Friday night would be a block party at the Newport News Town Center.

Saturday night would be a dinner at the James River Country Club.

Sunday would be a family-style picnic at Newport News City Park.

Let me know if you have any interest.

Joseph W. Drewry. NNHS 1958

    It sounds fabulous to me, Joe! I've sent this in a separate mailing to to the reunion committee chairmen of some more of the applicable classes!


   Happy Birthday today to Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND   My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Tony Lapides ('57) (deceased 06/18/09)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

29 -    Richard Coltrane ('57) of __ AND    Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) (deceased 09/17/08);

30 -      Me ('65) of IL AND    Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA;

31 -     Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA AND      Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA AND    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA AND    My Grandson, Jacob Harty of TX;

01 - Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA;

02 - Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND   Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA;

03 - Morton Binder ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


   Hit #88,000 was made sometime on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 but I missed the whole thing..... 


   Some few of you are have been blocked from viewing the site since 07/20/09 out of safety concerns.  Most of y'all are not.  Our server, also hosts many, many other sites.  Five (down from six) of them are having malware "issues", so to protect the general public from any possible harm, a warning has been placed by some systems.  I don't want to think about it today....

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 08/21/09 and 08/24/09 - "You have received a YouTube video!":


I had the pleasure of attending a Moody Blues concert in the early seventies and it was amazing to say the least. At the closure of this video, Justin Hayward, the Blues leading singer, makes an appearance, he can still sing.  Hope you enjoy this as much as I.

Lets see if this comes through. The song is by Mario Frangoulis and is sung in Italian, with the closing with Justin Hayward. Enjoy


   Thanks, Jay Sweetie! It still didn't come through, but I think I found it anyway! Is this it?? It's certainly very beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! - Mario Frangoulis & Justin Hayward (2002) - Nights In White Satin

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/24/09 - "Welcome":

Hi, Carol:

You mentioned that you have devoted many hours of study to various religions and it prompted me to write to you and provide a recommendation to you and your subscribers.

Below is the link to the website, The Friends of Israel.

They publish an outstanding magazine entitled "Israel My Glory" which is a most interesting publication because of the outstanding articles by learned scholars who really know their subject matter.

Their website features news from and about Israel that you will not find on the BBC or any other news broadcast.

They publish books that have long been out of print written by noted scholars that are so helpful in better understanding the full meaning of "The Song of Moses" (Deut. 32) so that we can better understand how God's Chosen People will be restored and redeemed fully in the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks so much, Adonis! I visited their fine site, signed up for their newsletter, and am eagerly awaiting hearing more from them!

From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) - 08/24/09 - "George Jones...gotta hear this song ****VERY BEAUTIFUL SO PLEASE READ":

This can bring a tear to your eye even if you didn’t lose anyone in the war.

George Jones...gotta hear this song - 50,000 Names (Carved in the Wall)

A friend sent this to me.  I had no idea that the song existed.  This is an important piece of music. I think everyone should hear it.  The radio stations probably wouldn't play it because it is not politically correct. 

Turn on your sound

   Thank you so much, Karrin!

      From Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL - 08/24/09 - "A time to remember":

Don Jett

  'In God We Trust'

We have a little less than one month and counting to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America   If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the same ... You get the idea. 

On Friday, September 11th, 2009, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this eighth anniversary of one of our country's worst tragedies. We do this to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms. 
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to -shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared.  Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.  
Action Plan: So, here's what we need you to do...
(1) Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Please don't be the one to break this chain. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you. 
(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day. 

Thank you for your participation. 

God Bless You and God Bless America !

   Thank you, Don! It's good to hear from you again! We just ran a version of this yesterday, but we certainly don't want anyone to miss it!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/26/09 - "FILTHY HANDBAG BOTTOMS":


Have you ever noticed girls who set their handbags on public toilet floors, then go directly to their dining tables and set it on the table? 
Happens a lot!   It's not always the 'restaurant food' that causes stomach distress. Sometimes 'what you don't know will hurt you'! 

Read on.............
Mom got so upset when guests came in the door and plopped their handbags down on the counter where she was cooking or setting up food. She always said that handbags are really dirty, because of where they have been. 

It's something just about every woman carries with them. While we may know what's inside our handbags, do you have any idea what's on the outside? Women carry handbags everywhere; from the office to public toilets to the floor of the car. Most women won't be caught without their handbags, but did you ever stop to think about where your handbag goes during the day.

'I drive a school bus, so my handbag has been on the floor of the bus a lot,' says one woman. 'On the floor of my car, and on toilets.' 

'I put my handbag in grocery shopping carts and on the floor of the toilet,' says another woman 'and of course in my home which should be clean.'

We decided to find out if handbags harbour a lot of bacteria. We learned how to test them at Nelson Laboratories in Salt Lake , and then we set out to test the average woman's handbag. 

Most women told us they didn't stop to think about what was on the bottom of their handbag. Most said at home they usually set their handbags on top of kitchen tables and counters where food is prepared.

Most of the ladies we talked to told us they wouldn't be surprised if their handbags were at least a little bit dirty. 

It turns out handbags are so surprisingly dirty; even the microbiologist who tested them was shocked.

Microbiologist Amy Karen of Nelson Labs says nearly all of the handbags tested were not only high in bacteria, but high in harmful kinds of bacteria. Pseudomonas can cause eye infections, staphylococcus aurous can cause serious skin infections, and salmonella and e-coli found on the handbags could make people very sick. 

In one sampling, four out of five handbags tested positive for salmonella, and that's not the worst of it. 'There is fecal contamination on the handbags' says Amy. Leather or vinyl handbags tended to be cleaner than cloth handbags, and lifestyle seemed to play a role.. People with kids tended to have dirtier handbags than those without, with one exception. 

The handbag of one single woman who frequented nightclubs had one of the worst contaminations of all. 'Some type of faeces, or possibly vomit,' says Amy.

So the moral of this story is that your handbag won't kill you, but it does have the potential to make you very sick if you keep it on places where you eat. Use hooks to hang your handbag at home and in toilets, and don't put it on your desk, a restaurant table, or on your kitchen countertop. 

Experts say you should think of your handbag the same way you would a pair of shoes. 'If you think about putting a pair of shoes on your countertops, that's the same thing you're doing when you put your handbag on the countertops.' 

Your handbag has gone where individuals before you have walked, sat, sneezed, coughed, spat, urinated, emptied bowels, etc! 

Do you really want to bring that home with you? 

The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a handbag will help. Wash cloth handbags and use leather cleaner to clean the bottom of leather handbags. 


   EWWW! Y'all DO something! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/24/09 - "UNFLIPPIN' BELIEVABLE ! ! ! !":



For those not living in the west, Cochrane is NW of Calgary and east of Banff, in the foothills of the Rockies. This mural was unveiled (fairly recently) at the Cochrane Ranch House.

EACH tile is 1 foot square and has its own individual picture. Each tile is by a different artist. All of them placed together form this huge mural.

You can click on each of the tiles to see them in detail.

Check out the horse's eye, click on it and you'll see how fantastic this mural really is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Click on:

   Thank you, Glenn! We ran this mind-boggling mural some time back, but once again, it's too good to miss!


1.    From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES": CLASS OF 1964, 45 YEAR REUNION PLANS

You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!


From ArcaMax - 08/26/09:

The Bully

This guy is sitting inside a bar, just looking at his drink.

He stays like that for half-an-hour. Then, this big trouble-making bully steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down.

The poor man starts crying. The bully says: "Come on man, I was just joking. Tell ya what, I'll buy you another drink. I just can't see a man crying."

"No, it's not that. Today day is the worst of my life. First, I overslept and was late to an important meeting. My boss was outrageous and fired me. When I left the building to my car, I found out it was stolen. The police said they could do nothing. I got a cab to return home, paid the cab driver, and the cab drove off. It was then I found that I left my wallet in the cab. I finally got home only to find my wife was in bed with another man. I left home and came to this bar. And when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison..."


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact - WHS CLASS OF 1959
3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion
- For details, see: -

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

5. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/26/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Little Red Corvette

Written, composed, and performed by Prince, 1982
(b. 07 June 1958)

I guess I should have known
by the way you parked your car sideways
That I wouldn't last. See you're the kinda person
That believes in markin' out once
love 'em and leave 'em fast.
I guess I must be dumb 'cos had a pocket full of
Trojan and some of them used
but it was Saturday night

I guess that makes it alright
and you say

What have I got to lose".
And honey I say:
Little red Corvette
you're much too fast.
Little red Corvette
you need a love that's gonna last.
Guess I should have closed my eyes
when you drove me to the place
Where your horses run free
'cause I felt a little ill

When I saw all the pictures of the jockeys
that were there before me.
Believe it or not I started to worry
I wondered if I had enough class.
But it was Saturday night
I guess that makes it alright

And you say,
have you get enough gas?" oh yeah.

Little red Corvette
you're much too fast.
Little red Corvette
you need to find a love that's gonna last. - oh
no -
A body like yours ought to be in jail

'Cause it's on the verse of bein' obscene.
Move over
give me the keys.
I'm gonna try to tame your little red love
Little red corvette
you're much to fast. . .
Little red Corvette
Honey! you gotta slow down.
Little red corvette
'cause if you don't you're gonna run into the

"Little Red Corvette" midi courtesy of - 08/27/09

"Little Red Corvette" lyrics courtesy of - 08/27/09

Image of Model 1982 Red Corvette courtesy of - 08/27/09

Decorative Red Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files for quite some time.....

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks again, Al!

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

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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