09/02/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Twist and Shout


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   As we continue to watch and be moved by the suffering of those affected by Hurricane Katrina, incredibly I failed
to mention another
excellent organization which could well handle your donations - the Salvation Army.  We were
directly involved in helping the victims of the Great Flood of '93 in and around the St. Louis area for at least a year. 
The response of the Salvation Army to these people was overwhelming - fast, generous, efficient, and effective.  I
can in good conscience highly recommend it to you.  Their slogan is "Doing the Most Good" - and they do.  To that
I can bear personal witness:




   Hit # 37,500 was made on Friday, September 2, 2005 at 11:50 AM by someone accessing the page
from gateway.courts.state.va.us - and I still think that's Pete Tench ('65) of VA.




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.

That's this weekend!  Y'all have fun!!!




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 Anne Marlow Fitzgerald ('65) of CA - 08/31/05:

Hi there!
Here is another Platter Princess for the WGH page.  March 1965

And it's YOU! 

They misspelled your name, but your picture is as gorgeous as ever!

Thanks so much, Anne!  These are wonderful pieces of memorabilia!

March 7, 1965  

   I've added this to the very magical WGH page, which just keeps getting better:


From One of Our Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI - 08/31/05:

Hi Carol,

I may have sent this to you before ??? Built at Newport News Shipbuilding. Worth another look even
though you are a very busy lady.


    Herbie, I can sit and look at Naval vessels all day - especially one this gorgeous!  Thanks so much!

(And by the way - I'm usually "busy" being a bum - ask anyone who knows.....)         




Boy!!! When the Bridge pipes "Man the Rail" there is a
lot of rail to man on this monster. Shoulder to shoulder
around 4 acres. This doesn't give her displacement
but it's about 100,000 tons with full complements.


  • Top speed exceeds 30 knots
  • Powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refueling
  • Expected to operate in the fleet for about 50 years
  • Carries over 80 combat aircraft
  • Three arresting cables can stop a 28-ton aircraft going 150 miles per hour in less than 400 feet


  • Towers 20 stories above the waterline
  • 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall
  • Flight deck covers 4.5 acres
  • 4 bronze propellers, each 21 feet across and weighing 66,200 pounds
  • 2 rudders, each 29 by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons
  • 4 high speed aircraft elevators, each over 4,000 square feet


  • Dec 8, 1994 Contract awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Feb 12, 1998 Keel laid
  • Oct 1, 2000 Precommissioning Unit established
  • March 4, 2001 Christened by Mrs. Nancy Reagan
  • May 5, 2003 First underway
  • July 12, 2003 Commissioned
  • July 23, 2004 Arrived at homeport in San Diego, CA


  • Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel
  • Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days
  • 18,150 meals served daily
  • Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2000 homes
  • Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring
  • 1,400 telephones, 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets
  • Costs the Navy approximately $250,000 per day for pier side operation
  • Costs the Navy approximately $2.5 million per day for underway operations (Sailor's salaries included)


Worth another look??  It's worth its own page!  Thanks so much, Herbie!




http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/USS-Reagan-AZ.html - brand new page

From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 09/01/05:

Dear Sweet Carol,
I'm having a biopsy done in Northern VA on Friday, 9 Sep, and would appreciate you keeping me in your
prayers.  (That is if I can buy enough gas to get me there!)  .....  I will be with two friends up there who will
be driving me to the procedure ...... I can use another 350 or more prayers - it never hurts. I'm petrified
at being put "under." Guess everyone is.
Thank you.

Jennie (Class of '62).  Typhoons forever!!!

   Well, Jennie, you certainly have our prayers and best wishes!

   I had a biopsy done once back in '00.  The worst part of it was the scar it left behind.  The incision became infected
and thus doubled the intended size of the scar.  It effectively put an end to my career as an exotic dancer.  That, plus a
few other things......

   Seriously, Jen, we'll keep you in our thoughts, especially on Friday! 

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/01/05:




You just KNOW my heart skipped a few beats there, doncha, David?!?

The Oasis Restaurant  
   Bless your sweet heart!  What a treasure!!!  Thanks so much!!!

    The Oasis is one of my favorite places on earth, of course.  (We've had quite a run on these in the last few days,
haven't we?!?)
  It holds an enormous place full of warm fuzzies in my heart.  I was so delighted upon finding it still
operational two years ago, I burst into tears.

   Not that I'm a big ol' cry baby, or anything.....




From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 09/01/05:

Hope you had a wonderful Birthday, Carol!  Did Melody (Clendenin) DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66 - of VA)
send you a "throw" for your BD?
If she didn't, ask her about it.  I love mine!

   Thanks, Judy!  My birthday was nice.

   Um, nooooo, Melody didn't send me a throw, but she did throw me a send - does that count???  GIGGLES!!!


From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 07/04/05:

This is how I spent part of my Fourth of July, lying prone on the living room floor, looking through the
mini-blinds and under the Wilson Yarborough Memorial outdoor table on the back porch.  And I haven't
had anything to drink yet!
Okay.... I know some of you on the mailing list haven't heard my Wilson Yarborough stories, have you? 
July 4, 2005        

As my neighbor Elmer Fudd would say:  "Dwat!  Dhwat wascally wabbit is eating awl-l-l my red,
white, and blue impatiens!  Kill the wah-bitt,  kill the wah-bitt,  kill the whaaa-bit!" 

   Awwww, what a cute little bunny rabbit!  I just love cute little bunny rabbits!!!  He was just helping you prune your
impatiens, I'm sure!  They grew back better than ever, right???

   Thanks, Bill!  And, uh, no, as a matter of fact, I've not heard your Wilson Yarborough stories!

   In the interest of putting things back together as they should have been rather than as they were, I've posted this
on our News link:



From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 07/18/05:

The Howard Family
at the Matahorn

We just returned from our trip to Europe...John is doing well. We were freezing!
This was in Switzerland. Memories of a lifetime!

Peace & Blessing,

   WOWZERS!  Thanks, Cheryl!

   And again in the spirit of reconstructive history:



 Y'all have a safe and happy holiday weekend - 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


Twist and Shout

Originally performed by the Isley Brothers in 1962, it hit # 17 on the Top 40 charts
Remake in 1964 by The Beatles hit # 2
Re-released in the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off " (1986), it hit # 23

Well shake it up baby now. (Shake it up baby)
Twist and shout (Twist and shout)
Come on come on come on come on baby now (Come on baby)
Come on and work it on out (Work it on out, ooh)

Well work it on out (Work it on out)
You know you look so good (Look so good)
You know you've got me goin' now (Got me goin')
Just like I knew you would (Like I knew you would)

Well shake it up baby now. (Shake it up baby)
Twist and shout (Twist and shout)
Come on come on come on come on baby now (Come on baby)
Come on and work it on out (Work it on out, ooh)

You know you'll twist a little girl (Twist a little girl)
You know you twist so fine (Twist so fine)
Come on and twist a little closer now (Twist a little closer)
And let me know you're mine (Let me know you're mine)

Aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah

Well shake it up baby now. (Shake it up baby)
Twist and shout (Twist and shout)
Come on come on come on come on baby now (Come on baby)
Come on and work it on out (Work it on out, ooh)

You know you'll twist a little girl (Twist a little girl)
You know you twist so fine (Twist so fine)
Come on and twist a little closer now (Twist a little closer)
And let me know you're mine (Let me know you're mine)

Well shake it shake it shake it baby now (Shake it up baby)
Well shake it shake it shake it baby now (Shake it up baby)
Well shake it shake it shake it baby now (Shake it up baby)
Aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah!

"Twist and Shout" midi courtesy of http://www.fortunecity.com/bennyhills/candy/238/
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/30/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Twist and Shout" lyrics courtesy of http://www.oracleband.net/Lyrics/twist_and_shout.htm
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/30/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Blinking Jukebox clip art courtesy of http://www.just-oldies.com
once again at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/17/05
Thanks once again, Dave!

Jukebox Dancers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars40.html - 08/26/05

Animated Busy Computer clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/19/05
Thanks, Al!

For a History of the Twist, see: http://www.streetswing.com/histmain/z3twist1.htm - 08/25/05

(This song was the original theme music on our web page, until we all became tired of hearing it over and over.
On 11/25/03, my # 6 son, Dale Harty, installed the wonderful NNHS Juke Box for us, thus preserving our sanity.
What a sweetie-pie!  Thanks again, Dale!)

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