09/10/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Puff the Magic Dragon


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    This is for all you folk music lovers out there - and you know who you are!

    We extend our very best wishes to the February and June Classes of 1945.  Their 60-Year Reunion
begins tonight!  Party on!!!


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 - 09/08/05:

   Cheryl sent me the cutest card she made on her computer in the mail!  I wish I could scan it
and show it to you with all the images, but I can't - but here's what it said:

Happy Birthday
Web Queen


Wishing you many blessings the coming year
as we all get old together!
You are the bomb!
We so appreciate all your hard work
keeping all us Typhoons straight.
I am so sorry we did not know each other better in school!
We would have been great company on our days
"off" from school!

Cheryl Mays Howard


   Thank you so much for the card and gift, too, Cheryl!  That was so incredibly thoughtful of you!!!  I showed
it to everyone I saw.  My sister was delightedly aghast when she reached the part about our days "off". 

   "There were TWO of you?!?"

   She thought I was the only one who took "sick" days......... WILD GIGGLES!!!

From  Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 09/09/05:


Sorry to hear of your email problems, but hopefully this reaches you for forwarding to the newsletter.

Thanks for welcoming an old stray HHS dog (thatís me) into the Typhoon fold, and greetings to all
that I know and donít know from the past. What you all (not ďyíallĒ) have in the NNHS Newsletter is
fabulous and equally impressive by the number of alumís from all over that participate. While we
from HHS have fantastic reunions, they seem to be the rare occasion (that Iím aware of) when we all
catch up with each other. But then Crabs move slower than Typhoons. As I recall, this was proven true
during some of the Thanksgiving Day football gamesÖÖ.no offense you other Crabbers out there.
Anyway, Iím very happy to join you and if anyone cares to cruise down memory lane, Iíll be happy
to ride shotgun. And if Jo Ann (Stewart - '64 - of TX) will take me back, maybe we can double-date.

Does anyone know who took Redís pig?

Chandler Nelms of MD


   Thank you , Chandler!  Yes, sir, your notes are making it through just fine!

   You're certainly more than welcome here with us, and I just have one question.  Honey, if you're an "old stray
dog", would you mind telling me what breed that might be?!?  GLORY!!!

   And I am certainly living out several fantasies by running this web site and associating with so many fine and
remarkable people!  This is indeed a rare and wonderful thing, and it all happened almost accidentally and

   Hmmm - memory lane.... shotgun..... double-date.... Are you speaking metaphorically here?!?

   And about that pig...Somebody once told me that story in great detail (which I, of course, have forgotten).  That
almost had to be you, wasn't it, Tommee??  Would you mind sharing that again with the rest of the class, please?!?



http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reds-pier.html - Wayne Stokes ('65 - of VA) began the saga here (Thanks,

            Wayne Honey!), but we don't seem to have ever printed the ending......

   There are memories galore already posted, especially in the Our Old Stomping Grounds pages and on WGH.



   And speaking of WGH:

From Dale Parsons ('69) of Maui, HI - 09/09/05:

Aloha Carol,
I really enjoyed the Rock N Roll Trivia Quiz (I've played each of those songs at least a thousand
times on the radio over the years), but I think there is an inaccuracy in Question #79 - "Nat King
Cole sang the theme song for what 1950's television show?"  While it is true that
Nat King Cole
sang the song
"Route 66," the TV show theme song was an instrumental by Nelson Riddle and his
I'm so glad you're back...I get a smile on my face every time I see one of your emails arrive.
Dale Parsons ('69) of Maui, HI

   I'm glad you liked it, Dale!  It was fun, wasn't it?!?  Thanks again, Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA), for finding
it for us!  And yes, there seemed to be several glitches in it here and there - and certainly Question # 79
should have been worded a bit differently.

   But in view of the record number of colossal bloopers I've made lately, it almost boosted my spirits to see
that I'm not alone in my error-making! 

   And WOWZERS!!!  What a sweet thing to say!  While I'm in the "True Confessions" mode, I must tell you
now if I never did before, Dale, when you joined us, I all but fainted.  Well, I would have, except that I jumped
up and started running through the house screaming, "I got a letter from Dale Parsons!!  I got a letter

   When I used to listen to you on the radio, it never entered my mind that we had actually gone to school
together!  It still boggles my poor little pea-brain!  So if I've given you a single smile, then I'm just overwhelmed. 

   Thanks, Dale!

From Gloria Woolard Price ('65) of FL - 09/09/05:

Carol, of the four sites you sent to Chandler Nelms (HHS - '63 - of MD), only two could be opened. 
The "http" was omitted.  I'm soooo glad I could access all the newsletters to see which ones you
referred to him........'cause I know I wrote something on one or two.  Just wanted to make sure it
wasn't anything  embarrassing.......not that he knows me (or cares).....I was a lowly sophomore
when he graduated.  But we ARE alumni, so that's gotta count for something, huh?
Gloria Woolard Price (HHS '65)   

   Ahhh, another Big Blooper for me.  YEA!!!  Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Gloria!  I fixed the
problem as soon as I returned home - haven't the slightest idea how it happened in the first place, but I did
something a little unusual for me yesterday.  I hit the "send" button on the Newsletter announcements, and
then went down the street to play "doll babies" as promised with Cute Stuff and his wife and new baby. 
More on that later.....

   Anyway, here are all four links again.  They don't make as much sense if taken out of order. 





   Embarrassing?!?  Well, the comments were all admiring and flattering....oh, who am I kidding?!?  We
were all positively drooling!
  I suppose it would depend on what sort of thing embarrasses you, Gloria. 
Personally, if I ever actually encounter the man, I shall blush so
scarlet everyone will think I'm the Crabber!!!

   Oh, what was that, Chandler?  No, I didn't say anything.  No, I was just sitting here, really.......... 

From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 09/09/05:

Hi Carol,

Do you have an email address or address/telephone number for Mr. Huller

Thanks, Evelyn Fryer Fish

   Hi, Evelyn!  Some contact info, hmmm?  Well, let's see.....



http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/teach-Huller.html - Oh, my goodness!  What kind of goofiness is this?!?

   There are no images at all - just empty spaces!  Wait a minute - maybe they're in the file, and I was just
interrupted before I posted them!  NOOOO - there's not even a FILE!!!  ARGHHHHH!


   Well, Evelyn, I would say that this is definitely a question for Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL).  He still has an
incredible memory, and I seem to have completely lost my mind.....

   Oh, Adonis!!!!!!!!

   Thanks, Ev!

From Joe Drewry )'58) of VA - 09/09/05 - Mr. Nettles:

LaRhue (Nettles Mitchell)'s ('58 - pf VA) dad had been ill for a while.  He enjoyed a long and
active life.  He and Mrs. Nettles moved into a retirement home in the early 1990's, and he had
been an active member of that community for many years.  He had a garden named "funny farm"
on the grounds, and I recall picking greens from his garden in about 2002.  At that time he was
becoming too frail to work the ground.  LaRhue's mom, who taught biology at NNHS, has been
bedridden in the adjoining nursing care facility for several years.
There will be a memorial service at the Chesapeake, on Harpersville Road, Sat. 9/10/05 at 2PM.
Contact Information:
54 Rivermont Drive
Newport News, VA  23601
Phone:  757-595-3629

Edgar L. Nettles
NEWPORT NEWS - Edgar L. Nettles, 92, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005. Edgar was a native of Newport News.
He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company in 1974. He was a volunteer and board member
of the Peninsula Rescue Mission and docent and volunteer at the Mariners' Museum. He was a member of First
Baptist Church, Newport News. Survivors include his wife, Frances Nettles; two daughters, Adrienne Holderby
and LaRhue Mitchell and her husband, John
; his grandchildren, Pam, Jim and Sean Holderby and John and
Edward Mitchell; seven great-grandchildren; and his brother, Elritt Nettles and his wife, Marian. A memorial
service will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Chesapeake Retirement Community, Harpersville Road,
Newport News. The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Peninsula Rescue Mission, 3700
Huntington Ave., Newport News, VA 23607. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press from 9/8/2005 - 9/9/2005

   Thank you, Joe.  As one of their Class Sponsors, Mrs. Nettles attended the 35-Year Reunion of the Class
of 1962 in the Fall of 1997.  Perhaps some of you were blessed enough to see her there.

   Oh, guess what?  All of Mrs. Nettles' images disappeared from her page during some reformatting procedure
gone astray years ago (from the style - or lack thereof - it appears to be one of our very first pages), and were
never replaced.  I think I had some fantasy they would all magically reappear, so I never rescanned them, and now
I am scanner-less.  Sigh.

   I've mentioned this a few times before.  When I was in the third grade, the Nettles' daughter Adrienne ('56) was
a senior at NNHS.  One day Mama and I went to the high school to pick up Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 -
of NC)
for some reason, and I chanced to see Adrienne.  I thought she was the most beautiful, elegant, graceful
girl I'd ever seen.  I asked Eleanor who she was, and she told me her name.  When I returned home, I looked at all
her pictures in Eleanor's 1955 Anchor, and decided if I ever had a daughter, I would name her Adrienne.

   After six sons, exactly one month before my 40th birthday, Adrienne Helene was born - and what a delight she
is!  Actually, all seven of my children have brought me tremendous joy, and that's as it should be.

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

Hello "Queen of NNHSN's".  Gosh, I love those newsletters

I read the one from Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61 - of VA).   Is that the same Sharron Wanderer
that lived in Seven Oaks with so many super people that I remember?  I simply must know!


   GIGGLES!!  Thanks!

   YES, Judy, the very one!!!  Well, maybe.....  Actually, I don't have the foggiest notion - but really, how many
Sharron (with two "R"'s) Wanderers could there have been?!?  If I had a scanner right now, I'd break out my
'61 Anchor and show you her easily recognizable senior portrait.

   As it stands, we do have her Cheerleading picture posted:




   So, what do you think?  Same one, yes?

   What I want to know is - why is there no Seven Oaks page in "Our Old Apartments"?!?  


   Who is the ding-bat in charge of this site, anyway?!?  Oh, yeah............ 


From Me ('65) of NC - 09/09/05:

   Now about that "doll baby" story.......

Jonathan Joseph -
born Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2005, Ft. Bragg, NC, 6:42 PM
10 lbs., 2 oz., 21-1/2" long
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Fayetteville, NC
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Fayetteville, NC
Friday, September 9, 2005 - Fayetteville, NC    
Joseph ("Cute Stuff")
and Megan
Megan (with Joseph seen clowning in the mirror!) Jonathan Joseph    
Friday, September 9, 2005 - Fayetteville, NC Friday, September 9, 2005 - Fayetteville, NC Friday, September 9, 2005 - Fayetteville, NC    
Carol and Jonathan Adrienne and Jonathan  Joseph and Jonathan    

   What a beautiful sweet cuddly baby!  As a "giant economy size" model, he seems so much like my own
"little" babies, it's hard to remember we're not really related by blood as well as by spirit!


From Todd ('65) and Pam Givens of Northern VA - 09/09/05 - "Vacation Plans":


I am writing this in Todd's stead.  He is busy doing a few things to prepare for his flight out of the
DC area to Gulf Port, Mississippi tomorrow morning.  He will be working with a small church
in Long Beach, MS for 4-6 weeks with any relief work he can provide.  He made the decision
at dinner last night and then made a phone call to a person who has been coordinating many
things related to the disaster relief efforts.  She got him assigned to Long Beach.  In less than 24
hours, he had decided, had been assigned, and we had a ticket out of town on North West Air.

I / we are still out of breath. 

This trip may mean we will miss the reunion.  He may be staying longer than the 4-6 weeks.  It
depends on what he feels he is being called to do.  We will just be taking it one day at a time.  I will
stay home and care for the dog and the one child still home.  She is working two jobs and going
to college so she is really busy.

Right now there is no power and no water or food.  Really pretty primitive.  I will let you know how
he is doing when he is able to touch base with me.

Keep him in your prayers.

Pam Givens
Todd Givens


   Well, Todd and Pam, ya'll are out of breath, and we're all but speechless.  But knowing Todd as we do, we're not
surprised - just honored to have known him all these years.

   We'll consider you a "firm maybe" for the Reunion.........

   Yes, please do keep us posted - and of course we'll keep you in our prayers!  Bless you all!

 Y'all have a good day and a great weekend, remember that tomorrow (lest you forget, even if you could) is
Patriot Day - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Puff the Magic Dragon

Written by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton, © 1963

(Peter, Paul, and Mary)

Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea.
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Hon-a-lee.
Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff
And brought him strings and ceiling wax,
And other fancy stuff.
Together they would travel
On a boat with billowed sail,
Jackie kept a lookout perch on
Puff's gigantic tail.
Nobel kings and princes
Would bow where 'ere they came,
And pirate ships would lower their flags
When Puff roared out his name.

Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea.
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Hon-a-lee.
Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea.
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Hon-a-lee.

A dragon lives forever
But not so little boys,
Painted wings and giant strings
Make way for other toys.
One dark night it happened,
Jackie Paper came no more,
And Puff that mighty dragon,
He ceased his fearless roar

Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea.
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Hon-a-lee.
Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea.
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Hon-a-lee.

His head was bent in sorrow,
Green scales fell like rain,
Puff no longer went to play
Along the cherry lane.
Without his life-long friend,
Puff could not be brave,
So Puff that mighty dragon
Sadly slipped into his cave.

Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea.
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Hon-a-lee.
Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea.
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Hon-a-lee.

"Puff the Magic Dragon" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.walkthroughlife.com/midis/kidsmidis/puffmagicdragon.htm
located for us by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Dave! 

Red Toy Dragon Image courtesy of http://www.legendgames.co.uk/acatalog/Red_Dragon.jpg - 09/05/05

Animated Flower-Nibbling Dragon clip art courtesy of http://www.snowcrest.net/kitty/hpages/ani1.html - 09/05/05

Animated Fire Breathing Dragon Animation (AF Artist - Greg Wilson) clip art courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 09/01/05

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 04/06/05

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