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09/02/08 - NNHS Newsletter - September Song

"By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer."

Helen Hunt Jackson, "September"
(18 Oct 1830 - 12 Aug 1885 )

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Oh, how I love this melancholy song! For some strange reason it makes me cry even harder now than it did when I first heard it over fifty years ago.....

BONUS #1 - - September Song - Jimmy Durante, 1955

BONUS #2 - - September Song - Frank Sinatra (who else??)


  From Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) - 09/01/08 - "  Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66 - of MD)":


My sister asked me to email you and let you know what is going on with her.  She has liver and pancreatic cancer and it does not look good for her.  She will be going into a nursing home this week.  Connie turned 60 on Friday and found out on Tuesday - not good at all.  She has asked that people do not call her but cards would be nice.

Also Connie is so sorry that she did not get thank you cards out but that the surgery with her eyes went well.  So we thank everyone who helped her to get this done.  Please keep Connie in your prayers and again we thank you all so much. 
Connie's address: 2237 Hunters Chase, Belair, Maryland  21015
I will send you her new address when I get it.
Patsy Bloxom Meider--Class of 57

   Patsy, we are all just devastated by this latest development! Thank you so much for letting us know. Please give Connie our love, and let her know how much we are thinking of her and praying for her!


The NNHS Class of 1963
is planning its 45-Year Reunion on
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008.

Please provide your current email and mailing address to Barbara Fritsche Barnes at 
to receive YOUR reunion registration info. The reunion committee has prepared a reunion registration brochure,
which we hope to have available here for you soon.

We’re Going Back!!!! 

The NNHS Class of 1963 invites all former NNHS students and their guests to join them
at an upcoming class reunion event:

A 60’s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym!!! 

What:  Sock Hop with DJ in the Newport News High School Gymnasium 
When:  Friday night, October 17th, 2008 
Time:  7:00pm - 10:00pm 
Cost:  $15 per person

Event Details 


Capacity is Limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  No sales at door.

Names of all members in your party must be provided with payment. 

Send check or money order payable to: Barbara Barnes, 4891 Parthenon Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23462 


  • All participants must travel to/from NNHS via shuttle bus from Newport News Omni Hotel
    and sign a release of liability form enroute to the event.

  • Shuttle bus will depart every half hour from The Newport News Omni Hotel, 1000 Omni Boulevard
    (off  Diligence/J. Clyde Morris Boulevard) starting at 6:30 PM. 
    Last bus will depart the school enroute to The Omni at 10:30 PM.

  • Hand stamps issued on shuttle bus will be required for entry.

Socks only, (no shoes of any kind or bare feet) will be permitted in the gymnasium.  

Soft drinks & snacks will be sold at the event. 
No alcoholic beverages allowed on the premises, (some things never change).



All events of the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1968 are open to everyone.
It will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008.
For further information, call Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally at (757) 874-1666 or e-mail her at   


Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us
will be held Saturday, September 27, 2008, 2:00 P.M. at the Canepa Cottage, 760 North 1st Street, Buckroe Beach, VA.


   Happy Birthday today to  Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND   Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA!

 Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Morton Binder ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

6 -  Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA;

7 -   The late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased 03/08/06);

8 - Carroll Elliot ('57) AND   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND    Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND    Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA;

9 -   Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to One and All!

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 08/29/08 - "Page Hits":

..... Way back when, before Dale (Chestnut - Nakina HS, NC - '54 - of VA) got sick, I was on (the website) one time and it showed that I was 75,000. I think at the time that you couldn't tell who it was, which I would think my e-mail or something would have showed up. Maybe I need to change my contacts!!! :-) hehehe! I'd meant to write you before now, but with everything that's been going on with us the past month, couldn't find the time to do so.....

   Ja, I couldn't tell it was you, because I tuned in too late! Thanks for letting me know, Sandi; this was a major hit!

   I adapted that page:

  From Bob Parrish ('68) of Northern VA - 08/31/08 - "Just ran across this info. I didn't know about part of the school's history":

Newport News High School

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Newport News High School
was a high school located in Newport News, Virginia. It was located at 3100 Huntington Avenue and operated by Newport News Public Schools.

I did not know the history about Central School and Daniel. Thought you may find it interesting.


In 1899 the high school in Newport News was called Central School. Central was renamed John W. Daniel School in 1908. Daniel served both elementary and high school until Newport News High School was finished in the 1923. Daniel served as a public school until 1960, when it became the first home of Christopher Newport University.
Newport News boasted one of the finest athletic fields in Virginia with the opening in 1935 of a concrete stadium with classrooms below at Newport News High School.
In 1971 Newport News High School became Newport News Intermediate School.
In 1980 Newport News Intermediate School was closed.
The old school building is now used by the U.S. Navy as an enlisted housing and was renamed Huntington Hall.



State IA baseball championship 1953 G. Washington-D. 1, Newport News 0
State IA baseball championship 1920


State IA basketball championship 1964 Newport News 66, Hampton 54
State I basketball championship 1958 Newport News 50, Granby 48
State I basketball championship 1957 Newport News 53, Virginia-Bristol 31
State I basketball championship 1956 Newport News 63, Geo. Washington-Alex. 52
State I basketball championship 1952 Newport News 55, Washington-Lee 37
State I basketball championship 1951 Newport News 44, Woodrow Wilson 42
State I basketball championship runner-up 1950 Granby 57, Newport News 34
State I basketball championship runner-up 1948 John Marshall 45, Newport News 35
State I basketball championship runner-up 1944 Thom. Jefferson-Rich 32, Newport News 27
State I basketball championship runner-up 1943 Newport News 33, Thom. Jefferson-Rich. 26
State I basketball championship 1942 Newport News 31, John Marshall 24
State I basketball championship 1938 Newport News 25, Thom. Jefferson-Rich. 23
State I basketball championship runner-up 1934 Jefferson Sr.-Roanoke 23, Newport News 22
State I basketball championship runner-up 1933 George Washington 24, Newport News 17
State I basketball championship 1931 Newport News 29, Geo. Washington-Dan. 19


State AAA football championship 1931
State AAA football championship 1929 - Maury, Norfolk, Newport News (tie)
State AAA football championship 1925 - Newport News 7, Lynchburg 6
State AAA football championship 1920 - Newport News 14 / Jefferson Senior, Roanoke 7. Newport News' coach in the 1920 season was Nathaniel Jarrett Webb, Sr. (April 25, 1891 - July 18, 1943).
Virginia High School League Book of Records Ninth Edition - 2005-06 (Information Current July 12, 2006) [1]

Virginia State Track & Field Championships
Newport News High School won 21 State Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

   Thanks, Bob! I myself had seen this before, but never posted it!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA to    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA- 09/01/08 - "  Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66 - of MD)":


I just read in the newsletter that Connie has developed another health problem. I am so saddened by this turn of events. I am particularity sensitive to any serious health issues after what I went thru last year with my own pancreas problems. I have talked to Connie several times over the telephone and her spirits were so low and I tried to cheer her on as much as I knew how. Connie did not really remember me from school but I remembered her and besides it wasn’t important and we laughed as she went on about everyone’s kindness and generosity!       

When I was in Georgetown University Hospital, my wife, God bless her, got on my computer and emailed everyone in my address book requesting prayer for me and believe me, I was between life and death for a while so there wasn’t much else to do. I had emotionally traveled thru several stages by this time and had prayed my prayer and surrendered to His will. Well, although I was somewhat embarrassed about the email (You did what?), I am still here. I attribute this to God’s will, his mercy and prayer! I came thru all of this a more humble being, learning that many, many people had prayed for me and from all around the world (wife’s address book). When I was finally allowed to come home and was able to sit at the computer I started to catch up on the newsletters and found my name on the “prayer list.” I also found emails replying to the SOS my wife had sent out. It’s pretty strange when you get an email from a nun in India and you’re Pentecostal! Prayer works! I have made it a habit when I read the newsletter to check the prayer list. At first I didn’t want to know of anyone’s misfortunes but then my senses regarding prayer came to me; how else would I know? It doesn’t take long to say a prayer when reading the list and what a blessing we have in Carol to keep all of our classmates informed not only about our class but all the classes.

Thanks to you and Carol for keeping us informed about Connie and others. Prayer works and so does the “prayer list”. 


   Thank you so very much, Billy! What an awesome testimonial! AMEN!

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 09/01/08 - "  My Brother (Fred Mays - '60 - of VA)":

Peace & Blessing,

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! How cool! Thanks for sharing this with us, Cheryl!

Friday, August 22, 2008

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 09/01/08 - "Re-enlistment ceremony":

I had not seen this before.    Thought you might enjoy it, too.   Impressive.

Good news goes unreported.


Tremendous re-enlistment in Baghdad ......never made main stream media...guess it doesn't fit with their reporting.  For those who have been in the Al Faw Palace you'll have a better estimation of the number of people crammed in the rotunda.


Here is a reenlistment ceremony from Baghdad on the 4th of July. Somehow this did not make it onto network news broadcasts. Attached are pictures of what is reputedly the 'largest re-enlistment ceremony ever held in military history'.


The ceremony was held July 4, 2008 at Al Faw Palace, Baghdad , Iraq . General Petraeus officiated.


Lou Malnati's pizzeria in Chicago prepared 2000 pizzas that were made (frozen), shipped on Sunday, arrived in Baghdad Wednesday (after a 1-day sandstorm delay in Bahrain) and were fed to the troops on July 4th.  By the way, the media did report on the 2000 pizzas...just not about the reenlistment ceremony . 


DHL delivered the pizzas for free (a normal cost of $40,000), and local residents made donations to "Pizzas for Patriots" campaign to help offset the pizzeria's regular fee of $37,500. This all began when Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Evans of Elk Grove Village and his teen son, Kent, heard a news report about soldiers in Iraq while eating at Malnati's.  They said how great it would be if they could send them all a Malnati's pizza....

Also here's a video of ceremony:

   WOWZERS!!! Thank you, Norris, that is really awesome!!!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/01/08 - "A Good, Clean Joke":

A Good, Clean Joke ...

The famous Olympic skier Picabo Street (pronounced Peek-A-Boo) is not just an athlete. She is now a nurse currently working at the Intensive Care Unit of a large metropolitan hospital.   

She is not permitted to answer the hospital telephones. It caused too much confusion when she would answer the phone and say, "Picabo, ICU". 

(A good clean joke is hard to find these days, don't you think ?)

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Bill!

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OR - 09/01/08 - "Seeking Privacy (An oldie, but still valid!)":

Thought you would like this - too cute!!!

SEEKING PRIVACY - author unknown

ATTENTION CHILDREN:  The Bathroom Door is Closed -

Please do not stand here and talk, whine, or ask questions. Wait until I get out.

Yes, it is locked. I want it that way. It is not broken, I am not trapped. I know I have left it unlocked, and even open at times, since you were born, because I was afraid some horrible tragedy might occur while I was in here, but it's been 10 years and I want some PRIVACY.

Do not ask me how long I will be. I will come out when I am done.

Do not bring the phone to the bathroom door.

Do not go running back to the phone yelling, "She's in the BATHROOM!"

Do not begin to fight as soon as I go in.

Do not stick your little fingers under the door and wiggle them. This was funny when you were two, but not now.

Do not slide pennies, Legos, or notes under the door. Even when you were two this got a little tiresome.

If you have followed me down the hall talking, and are still talking as you face this closed door, please turn around, walk away, and wait for me in another room. I will be glad to listen to you when I am done.

And yes, I still love you.


Bethany Harty
   Oh, BOY HOWDY AND WILD GIGGLES! I feel her pain! Thanks, Darling Bethany! How well I remember those days!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/02/08 - "RE: 08/31/08 - Alan Jay Lerner's 90th Birthday":

Hi, Carol:
Nice theme, and a great quote by Alan J. Lerner: “Men die but an idea does not.”
Ideas have been the key to the survival of the Jewish people, escaping annihilation, and returning to Israel to build a Nation, a people with land and a constitution. The eight covenants given to the Jews by God confirms a progressive promise of redemption, and the last 60 years have been a challenge to this promised people as they fulfill their role in providence. I am glad the United States of America is a friend to Israel.
The new Blog that was designed by your son           (Dale Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of MA) with attention to detail is "user friendly" because of his hard work. I hope this will lighten the load for you in publishing the Newsletters.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan (57) of FL

   Thank you so much, Adonis! I know I was the one dragging my feet on this for at least a year or two, but I think once we all get the hang of it, it will be a great blessing to us all. By eliminating my role in moderating much of what is written and posted, it will be self-sustaining when I'm not around or just not feeling well.

   And we're obviously not eliminating Newsletters altogether; Memorial Editions, Holiday Editions, and other issues as necessary will continue as before. PLUS - it will serve to keep me from being such a control freak!

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/02/08

   Hopefully, this will help address the problem in a number of ways. Just don't forget to click on it each time!

NNHS BLOG: - updated 09/02/08


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968 - OPEN TO ALL: - 03/31/08

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND EVERYONE ON FRIDAY NIGHT (if pre-registered):  - 07/23/08

   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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September Song

Music by Kurt Weill, 1938
Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson

(Frank Sinatra, April 13, 1965)

When I was a young man courting the girls
I played me a waiting game
If a maid refused me with tossing curls
I'd let the old Earth make a couple of whirls
While I plied her with tears in lieu of pearls
And as time came around she came my way
As time came around, she came

When you meet with the young girls early in the Spring
You court them in song and rhyme
They answer with words and a clover ring
But if you could examine the goods they bring
They have little to offer but the songs they sing
And the plentiful waste of time of day
A plentiful waste of time

Oh, it's a long, long while
From May to December
But the days grow short
When you reach September
When the autumn weather
Turns the leaves to flame
One hasn't got time
For the waiting game

Oh, the days dwindle down
To a precious few
September, November
And these few precious days
I'll spend with you
These precious days
I'll spend with you

 "September Song" midi courtesy of - 09/09/04

"September Song" lyrics courtesy of - 09/02/08

 Image of Yellow Leaves courtesy of - 09/01/08

Autumn Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/23/05

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

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

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!

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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