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08/31/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Red Hill Mining Town

“He described how, as a boy of 14, his dad had been down the mining pit,
his uncle had been down the pit, his brother had been down the pit,
and of course he would go down the pit.”

- Barbara Castle
(06 Oct 1910 - 03 May 2002)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Red Newsletter is quite possibly the last of that genre; I think I've found and depleted all the available red songs.....

BONUS - - Red Hill Mining Town by U2



"Bono has said that the song is about the 1984 UK mining strike and its strain on relationships at the time.[citation needed] In particular, inspiration was drawn from the Tony Parker book Red Hill: A Mining Community."



Sunday, August 31, 1969 - World Heavyweight Champion boxer (b. 01 Sept 1923) died when his plane in Newton, Iowa, one day before his 46th birthday .



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   Happy Birthday today to      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, who is turning twelve today!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

03 - Morton Binder ('57);

05 -   Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA AND        My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL;

06 -
  Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 08/30/09 - "happy b-day":


Just wanted to say Happy Birthday in case I couldn't get hold of you today.  I hope you have a good one, with much of your family around you today.  Enjoy! 

Your loving & adoring

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   Thank you so much, Brent - love you!!!   


  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/30/09 - "BIRTHDAY":

To YOU...HOPE YOU have a GREAT DAY....

   AWWW - how cute! Thanks so much, Al!


   From Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA - 08/30/09 - "Happy Birthday!!!!":

Hi, Carol

Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for keeping the website going.  I love all the funny items that you post.  Again, have fun today.

Love ya,

Lynn Wright Hickman ('63)

  Thanks so much, Lynn - I DID have a fun day!


    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 08/30/09 - "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!":

Hi, Carol,

Just wanted to take a few minutes to wish you a Happy Birthday and tell you how awesome you are for all the wonderful things you do to keep our Typhoon family informed.  Hope you have a great day!!!


  Thank you so much, Sandi! You're still in my prayers!


   From My Friend, Patty, of NC - 08/31/09:


Sorry there is no sound so you'll have to read it out loud to yourself.  Hope it was a great day.

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Patty!


    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 08/30/09 - "Peninsula Dairy":


    Joe Madagan (’57, Fla.) strikes again. He earns a banana split for his detailed description of the Peninsula Dairy ice cream parlor.  My bedroom window on 33rd Street so long ago had a clear view of the dairy, looking past the array of new Oldsmobiles in the Suttle Motor Corp. parking area.

Joe may be off by one block in his recollection, but I offer no criticism of my distinguished elder. The horse stables were set back on 35th Street and Jefferson Avenue. Memory recalls the complex spanning to 36th Street and having a big parking area on the 36th Street side for the Dairy Wagons -- and later its trucks.

  A check of the Newport News street map from August 1944 (see attached with 34th Street and Jefferson Avenue intersection at the center) verifies that the C&O Railroad occupied what would be 37th and 38th Streets, and which marked the city boundary with Warwick County.  Of course, the north side of 36th Street is shown as city property and became Seven Oaks wartime housing at the Madison Avenue intersection. Marshall Courts was a block further south at 35th and Marshall Avenue where 34th Street merged into Shell Road.

Thanks for the memory jogger, Joe. Did you ever hear that area was called "Orrsville?"

Norm Covert (’61), MD


   Well, Gentlemen, I am just so embarrassed! I thought we had a page for the Peninsula Dairy , yet when I looked for it earlier in the week, I couldn't seem to find it. I don't know how it managed to hide from me so well, but here it is - complete with updates:


   Thanks so much, Normie!


  From Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA - 08/30/09 - "Memories":

Hi Carol!

Alice Fowler Edwards here ... Hope you are doing better and again, thanks for all you do. Speaking of memories, the book depository or whatever ... I remember as a kid playing around it and daring each other to climb the rickety looking fire escape that was on the back of the building. Not sure if it's the same building or not ... I (being the chicken-hearted kid I was) never made it to the top!

This was inevitably on our walks up and down Chestnut Avenue to Sammy's Confectionary for candy or other misc. junk food ...  

   Thanks, Alice! I added this to the Magruder page:

Also, the comment from     Norm (Covert - '61 - of MD) reminded me of having    Mr. Pillow for science -- 8th grade I think ... does anyone else remember him walking around the class with a "slinky" going back and forth in his hands? with a very serious expression on his face? He had such a quirky sense of humor! I loved him!~

   A slinky?!?  I had Mr. Pillow for General Science 3-4 myself the very next year, and what I most remember him carrying around the room was his meter stick!  In fact, I remember one day... well, see, the thing is, I have narcolepsy, but this was two years before it was actually diagnosed. So ANYWAY, one day I unfortunately had an attack in his class - I think my head was down on my stack of books on my table (very subtle, n'est pas?).  Suddenly, Mr. Pillow's meter stick came down full force on the table right next to my head. I almost certainly let out a very loud scream, and just as certainly, I'm sure I found some way NOT to fall asleep in his class again!

   And of course, I remember "the good old Archimedes Principle"!  I added your memory - and mine - to Mr. Pillow's page:


Take good care ... and you know you don't have to do a newsletter EVERY DAY!!! Take a break girl ... a couple a week would be great. Take care of you! and thanks for keeping us together.

   That's true, Alice, but then I'd hafta have a better memory so I wouldn't get lost and lose everything else in the process! I might try to cut them down to about five a week, though, during the fall.....

By the way, anyone know if Class of 59 is doing anything for a reunion this year? I know they sent out an email (my sister ... and yours I think.... were in that class) but she has heard nothing else.


   Well, now, there you have me, Alice; I do not know the status of that plan. But thanks for all the fun memories!


    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 08/30/09 - "Pictures":


Wowzers!! to use your catch phrase, or gee willickers!! Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

While looking through the NN World War II history volume for the street map, I noted this picture of the War Memorial Rec Center pool, I suppose where our     Joe Madagan ('57) Fla., began his stellar athletic and apparent girl "hunk" careers.    
  I should not neglect that the only other picture in your archives ("Odds and Ends") of the pool seems to be the August 1955 photo of the bathing beauties chosen there (I copied it and tried to touch up with Photoshop). Among them was oft contributor       Sepi (A. K. A. "Dimples") Dinwiddie Prichard ('58 - of NC), who was Miss Junior Teen.
Sunday, August 21, 1955

Maybe I missed the pool archive.

And Happy Anniversary.

Norm Covert ('61) MD

   Oh, JA, you surely did!  The Odds and Ends page is just a holding area for goodies which have no Real Home of their own - but the POOL - well, it has a BIG time fun place - home of some of the funniest stories ever shared here, PLUS the origin of Joe's "Adonis" nickname!

      - Okay, it's listed on that page by it's real name, World War II Memorial Municipal Pool, but I shortened the file name to "pool".

   But WOWZERONI-ROONI, what you found! Thanks again, Normie! I added this fabulous image to our Pool page.



1.    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":


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 - 08/30/09:

Frying Eggs

The wife was busy frying eggs, when her husband came home. He walked into the kitchen and immediately started yelling...


The wife was very upset, "What the hell is wrong with you? Why are you yelling like this? Do you think I don't know how to fry an egg?"

The husband calmly replied, "This is to show you what it feels like for me when I am driving and you sit next to me..."


Paradise Lost

Two men who haven't seen each other for many years meet on the street. One asks the other how things have been.

"Wonderful, for a while," the other says. "I had it all: money, a magnificent house, a fast car, the love of a beautiful woman. Then, one day, poof! It was all gone."

"What a shame," the friend says. "What on Earth happened?"

Says the other man: "My wife found out."


The Jury

A prosecuting attorney just could not believe that a jury had found the defendant not guilty.

Astonished, he asked the jury foreman, "How could you possibly have found this man innocent?"

The foreman replied, "Insanity."

The perplexed prosecutor asked, "All twelve of you?"



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


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  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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Red Hill Mining Town

Written by Bono
(b. 10 May 1960)

Recorded by U2, 1987

From father to son
The blood runs thin
Oooh....see faces frozen still
Against the wind
The seam is split
The coal face cracked
The lines are long
There's no going back
Through hands of steel
And heart of stone
Our labour day
Has come and gone

Yeah, you leave me holding on
In Red Hill Town
See lights go down

I'm hangin' on
You're all that's left to hold on to
I'm still waiting
I'm hangin' on
You're all that's left to hold on to

The glass is cut
The bottle run dry
Our love runs cold
In the caverns of the night
We're wounded by fear
Injured in doubt
I can lose myself
You I can't live without

Yeah, you keep me holding on
In Red Hill Town
See the lights go down on
I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to
I'm still waiting
Hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to
On to...

We'll scorch the earth
Set fire to the sky
We stoop so low
To reach so high
A link is lost
The chain undone
We wait all day
For night to come
And it comes
Like a hunter child

I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to
I'm still waiting
I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to

Slowly stripped away
Has seen its better day

Hanging on
Lights go out on Red Hill
Lights go down on Red Hill
Lights go down on Red Hill Town


"Red Hill Mining Town" midi courtesy of - 08/31/09

"Red Hill Mining Town" lyrics courtesy of - 08/31/09

Image of Coal Miners courtesy of - 08/31/09

Miner's Axe and Helmet clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 08/31/09

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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!

Embarrassed Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/01/09

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

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

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

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