08/29/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Loco-Motion


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I took ONE day off, and now we have a very long Newsletter - but that's okay!  In fact, it's great!  Thanks!  Don't be
scared off by the length; there's some incredible "stuff" in here, so keep reading!

   Remembrances continue to roll in for the lovely Thelma.  Updates will continue to be added here as necessary.  I
added a great deal to it early this morning.  As always, this will be a permanent memorial, so check here often:


   I also updated the Memorial Page for the Class of 1957.  The two pages cross-reference each other:





1. Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of ?? - 08/28/05:

I would love to be on the mailing list. Thanks.

Evelyn Casey Snead

   Thanks, Evelyn!  I've added you to our Alumni List, but you'll have to let me know where you live, because I'd
probably list you as residing on "the sacred soil of Virginia", and there's always that chance that you no longer
are there.

   At any rate, we are delighted to have you with us! 


   For all of you younger (and older!) Baby Chicks who never had the privilege of knowing her,  you can find some
images of Evelyn here:





   She was also Secretary of the National Honor Society and a member of Quill and Scroll.  I know these things
because I'm a psycho - no, I mean a psychic!  That, and because I have my sister's 1957 Anchor right in front of me....

   Welcome, Evelyn!


The 60-Year Reunion of NNHS Classes of 1945 (Feb. and June)

will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 2005
at Point Plaza Conference Center (Ramada Inn),
950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, 757-599-4460.
The Saturday event will be a dinner, with a speaker not yet named,
from 5 to 9 PM.
On Sunday, there will be a buffet brunch from 11 AM to 2 PM.
Advance registration required.
Contact Mary Frances Grasty at 757-930-8446.





The 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1965

will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2005
at the Point Plaza,
950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard,
Newport News,
and is open to all NNHS Alumni.








From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 08/26/05 - "Couldn't Resist It":

Got your last newsletter just as I had sent the very same song to John... here it is by the Paris
Peace & Blessing,

   (Cheryl enclosed a delightful mp3 file of "I Love How You Love Me" which I wish I could enclose here, but that
won't really work, will it?  .........)

   That was sooo funny, Cheryl!  As I've always said, "Timing is everything!"

   Thanks - I really enjoyed that song!  As you might have guessed, it's one of my all-time favorites!


From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 08/26/05:

Hey Carol.......I want to add my thanks for all you do to keep the newsletters coming.  You can tell by all
the emails that you were missed sooooo much.

On the treasury donations, I saw the name Amber Stephenson from HHS '65.  She's not in the annual,
so maybe that's her married name.  ?? 

    Thanks, Gloria!

   Actually, I was going to ask you!  I assumed she was a friend of yours!
   All I know is what Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA)  sent me - and all he knows is what she sent him!  We may have
a mystery here.....

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/26/05:

Her brother-in-law is Freddie Wingate; try Amber Conner.


   Thanks, Dave!  Mystery solved!

From Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL - 08/26/05:

Carol -
Just wanted to let you know that you are the BOMB !!  This site is wonderful and I wish I had known
about it earlier.
When your computer was down - I really missed you and your great wit!!
Please add me to your Birthday list - May 29th, 1946 and as soon as I get to my Winter home in Stuart,
Florida which will probably be October 1st, I will send my new email address. We will be there 6 months
then back to Suffolk, Virginia.
Keep up the good work -
Donna Chadwell Nunemaker

   Hey, Donna!  It's good to hear from you!  Thanks so much for your kind words!

   "Great wit"?!?  Most people think I'm a half-wit........ or a nit-wit....... or just a twit.....

   I've added you to our fun Birthday Page:


   But Donna, seriously, wouldn't it be easier to go back down to Florida AFTER the Reunion on October 21st
and 22nd?!?  Such a long trip to have to turn right around and come back!!!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/26/05:

When I looked at the calendar today I realized that the reunion is only eight weeks
away.  It'll be here before we know it.  Planning and preparation is still underway -
the only thing we still need is you!  Check the list of those who are attending on the
attached list, which has been updated through today.  You may also look at the list
on the website which Carol updates every few days.  I'll bet one of your good friends
that you haven't seen in years has signed up.  Please make your plans now while it's
fresh in your mind.  And if you make your reservations by September 15th you'll get
the lower rate.  Please call us at (757) 345-2382 if you have any questions about the
event.  We're looking forward to seeing you in Newport News in October.

Dave Arnold

   Thanks so much, Dave!  Isn't that exciting - only eight more weeks!

   As a matter of fact, I do have a question.  Do you have any idea how I can remove the 30 pounds of blubber
that the stress of this almost unbearable year ladled back onto my poor unsuspecting body?  Stress is "posta"
make you lose weight - all God's chillin's knows that!!!  It ain't fair.  Sigh...... 

   Oh.  I suppose that wasn't the type of question you had in mind.

   In the words of Gilda Radner's Emily Litella, "Nevermind".

   I've posted the updates:




From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 08/27/05:


I thought it was just I who had been out of commission for so long.  I am glad you are back and I like
hearing that you are loving it.  Like Norman Olshansky ('64 - of FL), I think it is time to share some
good news. 

I had total hip replacement surgery on July 12 and returned to work 1/2 days 4 weeks later.  My doc said
I was ready to drive but he didn't understand how.  I reminded him of the power of prayer.    My daughter
is also engaged and will be married September 24 at St. Vincent's in NN with the reception at the JRCC.  It
is a first for both.  Phillip Epstein is from Norfolk.  Dana is 35 and Phillip is 42.  This proves the right
person is out there if you look hard and long enough.  Dana was engaged previously to a Navy Seal who
was accidentally killed on duty in Sardinia.  But she is happy now.  And we, the family, are wrapped in a
frantic rush to the finish line with all the details!  I've decided that the reason the bride's family weeps at the
wedding is because they are exhausted and all the details are complete!  Both Dana and Phillip are chefs! 
Reception food promises to be wonderful! 
Bruce Sims ('56) lost his mom this week.  Elizabeth Helen Spencer Sims was 93 and, as Bruce said,
"She had a good run."  She was buried from St. Paul's in NN this morning. 
I'm glad your life is manageable again.  You and yours have experienced more than your share of pain this
year.  But you have also shared some of your joys with us.  I hope the joys appeared in greater numbers. 

Kathy Clark

    More Good News - YEA!  Thanks, Kathy!  I'm glad to hear your surgery was so successful, and overjoyed to hear
your happy family news!  Enjoy it all through the hustle and bustle!

   Okay, you gotta know something's amiss when you read something several times and absorb nothing - as I did this.......

Elizabeth Helen Spencer Sims

YORK COUNTY - Elizabeth Helen Spencer Sims, 93, widow of Bruce C. Sims Sr., died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005.
She was born in Florence, S.C., on Dec. 14, 1911, and moved to Newport News at an early age. She
graduated from Newport News High School in 1930 and had been a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church
since moving to Newport News. Mrs. Sims was preceded in death by her husband; parents, George L. and
Annie C. Spencer; four sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Betty S. Burnes and husband,
David; son, Bruce C. Sims Jr. and wife, Charlotte; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several
great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Margaret S. Jakir and husband, Jake, of Pasadena, Texas. The
family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be
conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, officiated by the Rev. Isabel Steilberg. In lieu
of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 221 34th St., Newport News, VA

Published in the Daily Press from 8/24/2005 - 8/25/2005.

   Bruce, despite our cluelessness, we offer you and your family our sincerest sympathies in the loss of your mother.

   Thanks again for bringing this to our attention, Kathy.

   And yes, this has been an "interesting" year - crammed full of joys and sorrows of the most extreme nature.  I
haven't really tried weighing them against each other, but I suppose the joys are winning, as I'm smiling again! 
Happiness, like so many other things in life, seems to be a daily choice.  And as it's far easier to smile than
to frown, being the lazy sort that I am, I choose to be happy - sometimes even through my tears.

"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

- Abraham Lincoln (12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865)

From Jerry Gammon ('63) of VA - 08/27/05:


http://www.gammongallery.com.  THE



NNHS '63


That's incredibly generous of you! 
Thank you so very much, Jerry!


   Some of y'all who are newer to the site may yet be unfamiliar with Jerry's impressionistic "photographic paintings".
By all means, go check it out.  Here's a brief description (which I shamelessly pilfered right off his web site):

'Polaroid Image Manipulation is the technique that gives Polaroid SX-70 Time Zero photographs a "painting-like"
look and feel. The process starts with an original Polaroid SX-7O photograph. While the emulsions that make up
the image are still fluid, the Polaroid is hand-altered with blunt instruments, blending colors and creating texture
and depth. Prints are reproduced from the original Polaroid by laser copier, or by making a photographic negative.'

A Collection of Impressionistic Polaroid SX-70 Images
by Jerry Gammon

His original Polaroid SX-70 photographs are available for purchase at the following locations:

   (By the way, normally I compress and squeeze the bee bees out of any images I use on the site.  I left this one

   Ohhhh (she said, drooling...), I know just where I'll start - but I'll save it for tomorrow! 

   Thanks again, Jerry!

"Ultimate hope and daily grumpiness are incompatible."

- Mary Ellen Edmunds, 31 May 2003

(This quotation courtesy of my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 06/01/03.)
Thanks, Eleanor!

From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO (currently deployed) - 08/27/05:

Well here we go folks…it has been quite a while since I have written anyone, but it is Saturday night and I
am in Bagram, Afghanistan!  Yes, Afghanistan!

So what is the story of my latest adventure…as most of you may know, I retired from the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers at the GS-15 grade nearly 1-year ago ( 4 Sep 04 ).  Shortly after my retirement, I had received
an inquiry from the State Department to go back to Baghdad since I had been there in 2003 working on the
reconstruction plan.  Now being of sound mind and body and knowing that as a Type “A” person that I had
grown into over the years, I was anxious to go, because after all, why retire totally.  However, as fate would
have it, the State Department got bogged down in paperwork and in trying to figure out how to bring me
on board fairly…

After several months which included my turning a job (contract work) offer with James Lee Witt and
Associates in October 2004 due in large part to my wife Denise and I deciding to sell our house and move
out of California to Colorado Springs, Colorado, getting my security clearance reissued and my medical
clearance finalized, the State Department by March 2005 still could not make it happen,,, after 6-months
of relaxation, I saw a job offer for a Senior Civil Engineer in Southwest Asia, i.e., Afghanistan.   I thought
to myself and then talked with my wife Denise… how could I pass that up… I left Denise building our new
home on 5-acres in Colorado, so I look forward to my 6-month break at Christmas and being in a new home…

After the 9/11 attacks when I was with the Corps of Engineers, I wanted to go to Afghanistan, but my Senior
Executive at the time had other plans for me… thus, since I was retired, the only Senior Executive I had
to listen to was Denise, and she said go for it.  So, on June 7th I arrived in Bagram, Afghanistan where I have
assumed the role as the Facility Engineer for the Army Materiel Command… yes, I cannot get away from the
Army for some reason… I am working on a construction site for which we have built one facility for where we
provide for Adding Armor on the military vehicles used by the troops here, i.e., Humvees, 5-tons, etc.   The
contractor providing the labor force for this effort is doing a great job for the troops and it is great to be part
of the effort… since I have been here we have completed 3 more structures to provide for maintenance
of vehicles also… it is a great team effort here and it is satisfying to know that we are directly helping the troops…

The down side of being here is participating in what has been called “Fallen Comrade Ceremony”.  In that regard,
here is a short message that LTC Vickie Flack (that I work with daily) wrote just before the July 4th weekend:

Subject: Fallen Comrade Ceremony

Good evening,

Tonight, I participated in the latest Fallen Comrade Ceremony here at Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan.  This time it was for the 16 American
Heroes who lost their life in the fight for freedom this past week in Afghanistan.  It is the fourth ceremony that we have had since I arrived
here on Good Friday, 25 March 2005.

It was a simple tribute that we all gave to these soldiers - our silence, our salutes, our prayers for them and their families and friends,
our tears.  I was so moved by the awful fact that we honored these soldiers that I came back into work to send this email to you all
on the eve of our national holiday for our nation's own freedom and independence.

We stood silently, watching 16 HMMWVs with 16 flag draped coffins slowly make their way down the main road here at Bagram Airbase. 
They drove to a waiting plane on the airfield that will make its way to Dover, Delaware.

What a terrible reminder of the price that we Americans are paying to ensure freedom around the globe.  Freedoms that many of us take
for granted.  Yet this horrible sight is tempered with the joy that I and so many others here in Afghanistan and in Iraq see - in the terrific
difference that we are making in lives in these parts of the world.

I hear the airplane getting ready to take off now.

Apologies for being so somber on the eve of everyone's long weekend - but please take a moment this weekend to pray and thank those
Americans and our allies that feel the call to help defend freedom around the world.




LTC Vicki Flack
Army Materiel Command
AFSBn-AF Engineer


The positive side of all this is that the soldiers that put their life on the line and soldiers such as LTC Flack
along with the other soldiers here are doing a great job for freedom despite what the news media portrays. 
The Afghans that I deal with on a daily basis to include local contractors are indeed happy we are here and
making a difference in their own country.  While the living conditions are a bit crowded for us and it is indeed
dusty and hot, I am having a great time making a difference.  I have sent some photos of yours truly… I have
included the following address for anyone to send care packages to us here in Afghanistan... we share
packages so everyone is looked at as team members…

Paul Dobie
APO AE 09354

Best regards to all…

TO:  Carol Buckley Harty,

Carol – thanks for keeping the Newsletter going…it is great reading and brings smiles to my face…I will try
to send you periodic updates…


Paul W. Dobie
Facility Engineer
Army Materiel Command

   WOWZERONI!!!  Thank you for those moving accounts, Paul!  You are absolutely the most
Type "A" personality I have ever known - and I've known a few!  I just realized your photos didn't make it through this
time, but you nevertheless painted us a very clear image.  Thanks so much!

   Paul's email addy is here:



   Let him here from you - and send 'em some Typhoon-type care packages too!

   Be careful, Sweetie!

From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/28/05:

The following Classmates have contributed to the Class Treasury and encourage their
Classmates to follow their example.  We thank them for their generosity:

Jerry Allen - Virginia
Linda Allen Poppie - Virginia
Dave and Pam Smith Arnold - Virginia
Patsy Blackard Hallett - Virginia
Chip Clark - Virginia
Frances Goodson Wang - Maryland
Henry Hoyle - Virginia
H.P. Lucas - Virginia
Marc Snyder - North Carolina
Joe Wingo - North Carolina

   Thank you, Dave!  I've added their names here:



"Joy is not in things; it is in us."

- Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)

From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 08/28/05:

Dear Carol,
1. Are you sending emails to announce your newsletters?  I no longer receive them.
2. Colin Faison is NNHS Class of 1958.
3. I noticed you have received an email from Betty Brockwell McClure, NNHS58.  I exchanged
emails with her in 2001 and shortly after her email address failed.  Please either send her
my email or send me hers.
4.  You can make my email available:  jwdvt@aol.com
Thanks for all you do.  And in the words of Garrison Keillor --
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.® 

   Thanks, Joe - It's good to hear from you!

1. Well, that's just outrageous!  I suppose I really should attend to that problem of my broken Road Runner/Outlook
account and quit driving myself and everyone else crazy - but after all these months I was having too much fun
playing to do anything which seemed like work.  Oh, yes - I am still sending announcements - and practically every
day now!

   As I told you when I met you in June, AOL hates me.  (You know what they say, "Even paranoid people can have
enemies."  GIGGLES!
)  They routinely tell me that you (and a legion of others) are not getting my email announcements,
because I'm now sending them from NNHS65@yahoo.com instead of from NNHS65@nc.rr.com as I did previously.  As you
told me then, my notices may be lurking in your bulk mail folder, because AOL thinks I-R-A-SPAM. 


   If y'all will give them BOTH of my email addys, we'll have no more of this nonsense - MAYBE! 
(Maybe not....)

2.  Well, that explains that!  (Um - now if I can just remember where it was that I misidentified him.......)  Thanks!

3. Absolutely!  I meant to do that earlier, but - ooops!

4..  AHA!!  A very easy one!  I added your email addy to the Alumni page:


   Thanks again, Joe!

   Actually, there's even more - but I'll save it save tomorrow!  

   Y'all have a good day - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com

PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat



(Little Eva, 1962)

Everybody's doin' a brand new dance now
(C'mon baby, do the locomotion)
I know you'll get to like it
if you give it a chance now
(C'mon baby, do the locomotion)
My little baby sister can do it with ease
It's easier than learnin' your ABC's
So c'mon, c'mon, do the locomotion with me
You gotta swing your hips now
So, C'mon baby, jump up, jump back
Oh well, I think you've got the knack
Now that you can do it let's make a chain, now
(C'mon baby, do the locomotion)
like a railway train now
(C'mon baby, do the locomotion)
Do it nice and easy now
and don't lose control
A little bit of rhythm and a lotta soul
So c'mon, c'mon, do the locomotion with me

Move around the floor in a locomotion
(C'mon baby, do the locomotion)
Do it holdin' hands if you get the notion
(C'mon baby, do the locomotion)
There's never been a dance
that's so easy to do
It even makes you happy
when you're feelin' blue

Now that you can do it let's make a chain, now
Chug-a-chug-a-motion like a railway train now
Do it nice and easy now and don't lose control, now
A little bit of rhythm and a lotta soul,
So c'mon, c'mon, do the locomotion with me

My little baby sister can do it with ease
It's easier than learnin' your ABC's
So c'mon, c'mon, do the locomotion with me
c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon,
do the locomotion with me

"The Locomotion" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/~goldenoldies/jukebox5060Font3.htm
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/30/05
Thanks, Dave!

"The Locomotion" lyrics courtesy of http://www2.uol.com.br/cante/lyrics/Little_Eva_-_Loco-Motion.htm
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/30/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Green Train, Animated Blue Train Divider Line, and Red Train clip art courtesy of
http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars15.html - 08/24/05

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