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09/05/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Labor Day!

“Undoubtedly, a man is to labor to better his condition, but first to better himself.”

William Ellery Channing
(07 Apr 1780 - 02 Oct 1842)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's Newsletter theme repeats every year - to one degree or other:

    Be sure to click on that "Happy Labor Day!" link in the main title above!

BONUS - - Coming to America - Neil Diamond, 2001



     From Me ('65) of NC - 09/02/11 - "Travel Time Again":

   Just a reminder that I'll be leaving to go to Illinois and Missouri on Wednesday, September 7 and returning sometime after Friday, September 16.  Any access to the internet during that time will be purely accidental - and any work I accomplish online prior to that time will be purely amazing!


1. Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach.
   For details, contact 
   the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX at

2.   From Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 08/24/11, 10:04 AM - "    Typhoon Tailgate - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM at Christopher Newport University":

Hi Carol,

Is there any way your can post the tailgate map on the website?
... Thanks for everything you are doing for the alumni.


   Wal, certainly, Chuck!  

3.     From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 08/25/11 - "BRUNCH INVITATION":


Hope all’s well with you and yours and yawl (southern) are enjoying Carolina living. Following you’ll see a Brunch Invitation that might cause you to make a “road trip”. Everyone there, your fans, would love to see you.

Also, please include the invitation in your newsletter’s “save the date” section.


Bill Roady


The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606 at 11am on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

Please come join us for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of “War Stories” and maybe a lie or two.  Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose.

Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call me at 757-595-0716 so we have a head count.

Bill Roady

   Thanks so much, Bill - see you there!


   Happy Birthday today to   Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA AND        My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL AND My Grandson (by My Children of Other Parents),    Jonathan Mansfield of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

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

09 -   Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA;

10 -     The late Mr. Pete Robinson (deceased - 12/23/03);

11 -        The late Bobby Hedrick ('58) (deceased 08/31/09) AND   J. Harrison ('58) of GA AND     My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1861

Barely three days after being appointed to command at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Gen. U.S. Grant set up in business in Cairo, Illinois. Being the town with the largest concentration of Union forces and the location of most of the training centers and “camps of instruction” in the Midwest, it seemed more logical to be on the scene. Polk, meanwhile, was justifying his invasion of Kentucky with a Confederate army by claiming that the Union was “concentrating forces” across the river from Columbus, Ky. and that he had just invaded the state to “protect it.”

Thursday, Sept. 4, 1862

The strategy of the War for Southern Independence had been clear, at least to the Southerners: they were an independent nation, and any battle was forced on them by the North’s attempts to force then back into an unwanted union. Not only was playing all-defense not working well militarily, though, but the rest of the world seemed disinclined to recognize their independence. Partly in hopes of encouraging them, Gen. Robert E. Lee was leading the Army of Northern Virginia north today. They were heading for Maryland, which, Lee hoped, would rise in support of the Army and secession. Today they got as far as Leesburg, Va.

Friday, Sept. 4, 1863

The Army of Tennessee, as brave a force as ever assembled, was in deep trouble today because of failures of leadership. Gen. Braxton Bragg was head of this force and today he had one army on the south of him and another coming in fast from the west. Gen. William Rosecrans’ Union Army of the Cumberland crossed the Tennessee River today at Bridgeport, Ala., and Shellmound, Tenn. If that wasn’t bad enough, Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s Union men were on the road from Knoxville. A major part of their campaign was to check railroad tracks, particularly bridges, certify that they had not been tampered with by the enemy, and then guard them to make sure they stayed that way. The importance of railroads was a new element in warfare, not covered in textbooks on the subject.

Sunday, Sept. 4, 1864

John Hunt Morgan was a Confederate cavalry leader in the style of Nathan Bedford Forrest in many ways. He operated as an independent command, rather than serving as the “eyes and ears” of a larger army. He raided, he ran, he wreaked havoc on Union forces and towns, civilian as well as military. He was in Greeneville, Tenn. last night, preparing for a raid through the Union-sympathizing territory of east Tennessee. Today his enemies proved that they had learned from his methods: they snuck into town as the sun was barely rising and hit Morgan’s men as they had hit so many others. Morgan was shot and killed while trying to rejoin his force to escape.



Thursday, Sept. 5, 1861

Anyone who was under the impression that modern day media are the first to take an interest in military affairs, should have been in Charleston, S.C. on this day. There, the “Mercury” launched into its editor's analysis of what it called “inactivity” by the Army of Northern Virginia in the area of Washington. According to the paper, there was no reason why, with the army on the outskirts of the town, they should not just march in and take it. The minor impediment of the Army of the Potomac being in the way was not taken into consideration.

Friday, Sept. 5, 1862

U.S. Gen John Pope, late commander of the Army of Virginia, had retreated from the Shenandoah Valley all the way to Washington, and then asked General in Chief Halleck as to the status of his command. Halleck answered today: Pope’s army, being in the vicinity anyway, was being merged into the Army of the Potomac. Pope was out of a job. He was not amused by this development and spent many years complaining about the matter. He did get a new assignment, though: he was sent to the Department of the Northwest, which included Minnesota, which had been undergoing an uprising of the Sioux. Neither Pope nor the people he was supposed to protect were thrilled with this development.

Saturday, Sept. 5, 1863

Early in the War, the Confederacy had realized that it had neither enough warships nor the design skills or manufacturing capacity to make more. Emissaries had been sent to England to contract with the greatest shipbuilding experts in the world to rectify this problem. The ironclads, known as Laird Ramships, were now nearing completion in the shipyards of Liverpool and Birkenhead. U.S. ambassador Charles Francis Adams therefore called on the British Foreign Minister Lord Russell today and was undiplomatically blunt: if the English released these ships to the Confederacy, “it would be superfluous for me to point out to your Lordship that this is war.” Whether Lord Russell felt any great fear at this threat is unknown, but in fact he was able to assure Adams that the ships had been ordered “detained in port” three days earlier. They were never released to the Confederacy.

Monday, Sept. 5, 1864

In Petersburg, Lee was becoming increasingly anxious for the return of the forces of Gen. Early from northern Virginia, where he had been sent in an attempt to relieve the pressure on Richmond by threatening Washington. Since the mission, although causing panic in the North, had failed in its objective, Lee had ordered Early to rejoin him as soon as practicable. Early, reluctant to admit that the venture had been pointless, had sent only one corps to Lincoln, that of R.H. Anderson. He had promptly run into the cavalry of Phil Sheridan, and they had settled into battle in the vicinity of Opequon Creek. Both sides wanted nothing more than to get past the other, but neither could find a hole in the enemy’s lines to accomplish this.


    From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 09/05/11, 10:44 AM - "My pal Sara Hickman's Upcoming Shows":


Would you mind mentioning these two live appearances by Sara Hickman, my favorite girl singer?  Thursday, September 22nd at Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama.  Phone 205-578-2444 for tickets, and to confirm the time she’ll take the stage.  There’s usually an opening act at her other shows, but I think it’s her first time in Birmingham.  It’s at 585 Shades Crest Road, in Birmingham.  I’ve never been there, so I don’t know what to expect.   Details: 

Then, according to HER website, on Friday afternoon at 12:30, she’ll put on her mom-with-two-daughters hat and be at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia for a few hours.   Being an extremely versatile performer, I’m sure it’ll be a show for kids and their parents.  The Nature Center website says she’ll be there Saturday, and since she’ll be coming from B’ham, I suspect their Saturday date is correct.
Friday night she’ll be at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur for what I KNOW will be a sold-out show.  Details,  or
404-377-4976.   Eddie’s Attic for you first-timers, is a small venue at 515 N McDonough Street, behind the courthouse building, perfect for acoustic performers, and she has a solid fan base in Atlanta who’ll be there early and stay late… There’s parking nearby, but if you’ve been before, you know the “convenient” spaces fill up fast.

If anyone from the Typhoon Nation can come to either show, get your tickets early, and even though there’s usually an opening act, get there a half hour before the opening act because seats ( tables, in Eddie’s case ) will fill up fast.

I’ll definitely be at Eddie’s on Friday, with my Lost Colony Summer-of-‘72 girlfriend now wife Susan, and hope to make it to Birmingham for Thursday.  Needless to say, if I see some familiar NNHS faces in the crowd, the chances of me being branded as a stalker go wa-aa-aa-y down.  Note to Leslie Diamond ('66):  are you licensed to practice in Alabama? 

Then, there’s the more family-friendly show at the Chattahoochee Nature Center on ( I’m thinking ) Saturday. 

And of course, before you do anything, check out her website to see if you like her music.  Go to and scroll down to the CD “Shortstop”.  She WILL be singing our song: “I Couldn’t Help Myself ( for falling in love with you )” which is right up there with anything Brian Wilson ever wrote, including “God Only Knows”, and she’s extremely approachable after the shows, or if you’re near my table down front before the show.   People can confirm I get a flying tackle and full press body hug.  Quite flattering to me…   But then, having ANY woman stand close to me these days is a thrill.
Also check out “Claim on My Heart”, if you’re at all romantic.   Two years ago at Eddie’s, she got me on stage with her to tell the story of how we met, at WRVA in Richmond, back in 1993 or 1994.  Hard to remember; I just recall being absolutely bedazzled by her.  And I still am.
Brian Wilson never even spoke to me at a concert.
Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces,
Bill if you’re able to come.

   This sounds fabulous, Bill! Y'all have fun!

  From Jim Dossett ('66) of NC to   Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 09/04/11 - "New Alcohol Policy for Tailgating at Christopher Newport":

Found this online about CNU's new tailgating policy ...  new as of 9/10.  Looks like the only issue is to get there very early to get a spot.   See ya there.....
Monday, September 6th, 2010 | Posted by Michael Waldron

Tailgating policy allows alcohol

Cornhole sets, beer pong tables, and portable grills overran the Potomac parking lot on Saturday, September 4th. Car stereo systems blasted their owner’s favorite tunes offering soundtracks for parking lots games with the occasional unintentional karaoke singer. The cornhole and beer pong tables were a result of the new tailgating policy that allows legally aged students to drink alcohol at the tailgate, this policy is the first of its kind here at CNU.

CNU’s strictly enforced dry campus policy however has, up until now, deterred large attendance at home games. The new tailgating rules seek to change this via putting the dry campus policy on temporary hold for Captains fans of age to do what they do best on a Saturday; turning out to be a great success.

The parking lot became completely full of students and faculty alike in time for the game, along with Buffalo Wild Wings giving away free food. CNU alumni as well as Greek life organizations, and plenty others were seen side by side tailgating the way it was meant to be; a communal network of fans coming together to share school pride, friendship, and beer.

Despite the rumors, parking for the tailgate costs nothing, but was on a first come first serve basis. All alcohol had to be carried into the designated tailgating area by vehicle; students were not allowed to carry alcohol by hand into the parking lot. Security was in place inside and out of the gate to keep the peace in case anything got out of hand.

This new policy that CNU put into place carries the means to exponentially increase our home game attendance and school identity through opening the door into the realm of the tailgating experience.

The Tailgate is Saturday, Sept. 17th starting around noon for the 7PM game.  If the parking lot is full there is a parking lot across the street.  A map with the tailgate location will be attached with the next copy of the invitation you will receive.  Join your friends and school mates and have a good time.  See you there.
C. Blaine Jones - (C) 703-474-1389
   Thank you, Gentlemen - y'all have fun!


  From Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA - 09/02/11 - "Old Picture":

Found this old picture recently and know there are some Typhoon alumni in it as well as myself. Identified as best I could after 55 years!!!!!

If you would be so kind as to post in your newsletter should be some great memories and even laughs for many. Anyone who can help identify others please feel free to respond. This was Parkview Elementary School and due to its location some of the students went to NNHS and others attended Warwick. 

Thank you so much and for all you do for the Typhoon Nation. 

Take care - Tommy
 April 1956 - Parkview Elementary School
Mrs. Padgett's Second Grade Class
   WOWZERS! Aren't you all just adorable?!? Thank you so much for this treasure, Tommy! I've posted it not only here, but on our Parkview School page as well:

   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 09/04/11 - "JAPANESE GIRLS SWING BAND!":

The following was submitted by our classmate, Polly (English) Greene.  We are grateful for Polly's contribution toward making a few minutes of our day a bit more pleasant...
Japanese Girls Swing Orchestra.
Turn up your speakers.
If you are old enough to remember this genre of music, you will be taking a trip back in time while being amazed at their talent.  If you don't remember it, you will love the music anyway! 
They are incredible for their age.  Many professional bands are not this good.  For anyone who has ever taken up a musical instrument, you will appreciate the many hours of practice (both personal and as a group) that went into preparing this band for its performance.
These Japanese kids would make Benny Goodman proud! - Sing, Sing, Sing!

   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you so much, Jack - and Polly! Swing is one of my very favorite music genres - and these young people are fabulous!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 09/03/11 - "Old People":

I never really liked the term "Old Person" but this makes me feel better about it. And if you aren't one, I bet you know one! I got this from an "Old Person" friend of mine!


I'm passing this on as I did not want to be the only old person receiving it. Actually, it's not a bad thing to be called, as you will see.   

Old People are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem. Old People remove  their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment.  They know the words and believe in them.      

  Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor,  Guadalcanal, Normandy, and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age,  the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet  Age, and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peace-keeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam.     

If you bump into an Old Person on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Person on the street, he will nod or  tip his cap to a lady. Old People trust  strangers and are courtly to women.     

Old People hold the door for the next  person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.   

Old People get embarrassed if someone  curses in front of women and children and they don't like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.     

Old People have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it's about their children or grandchildren.     

It's the Old People who know our great  country is protected, not by politicians,  but by the young men and women in the  military serving their country.

This country needs Old People with their  work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride  in their country and decent values.

We need them now more than ever.

Thank God for Old People.

Pass this on to all of the "Old People"  you know.

I was taught to respect my elders. It's just getting harder to find them.

   AMEN! Thanks, Joyce!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 09/04/11 - "A Priceless Shot!":

"Even in the animal kingdom there are limits to one's patience."
When a male can't stand it anymore!  A Priceless Shot!

A photographer can die of old age waiting to shoot another photo like this one.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie!


From - 09/04/11:


Three college professors were driving down the highway at a very slow speed. A policeman pulled them over and explained that driving so slowly on the highway could be hazardous. The driver pointed out the sign that read "20." He explained that he was going 20 mph because of the sign. The policeman pointed out that the sign indicated they were driving on Highway 20.

Somewhat embarrassed the professor apologized and promised to be more observant.

As the policeman turn to walk back to his car, he noticed the other two professors on the floor ...looking scared to death! He asked the driver, "What's wrong with them?"

The driver replied, "We just turned off Highway 105."

1. Thursday, September 1, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

3.     Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Typhoon Tailgate at CNU - 4:00 PM - TIL. For details, contact Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA at 703-474-1389 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!

4. Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

5. Thursday, October 6, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

6. Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/02/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Coming to America

Written and Performed by Neil Diamond

We’ve been traveling far
Without a home
But not without a star

Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream

On the boats and on the planes
They’re coming to America
Never looking back again
They’re coming to America

Home, don’t it seem so far away
Oh, we’re traveling light today
In the eye of the storm
In the eye of the storm

Home, to a new and a shiny place
Make our bed, and we’ll say grace
Freedom’s light burning warm
Freedom’s light burning warm

Everywhere around the world
They’re coming to America
Every time that flag’s unfurled
They’re coming to America

Got a dream to take them there
They’re coming to America
Got a dream they’ve come to share
They’re coming to America

They’re coming to America
They’re coming to America
They’re coming to America
They’re coming to America
Today, today, today, today, today

My country ’tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing
Of thee I sing

"Coming to America" midi (Sequenced By Peter Wolmarans - 1998) courtesy
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/26/05

"Coming to America" lyrics courtesy of - 08/27/05

Animated Labor Day Title clip art courtesy of - 09/06/10

American Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 09/01/09
Thanks, Mark!

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!
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!!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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