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09/11/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Patriot Day

“The stern hand of fate has scourged us to an elevation where we can see the great everlasting things that matter for a nation; the great peaks
of honour we had forgotten - duty and patriotism, clad in glittering white; the great pinnacle of sacrifice pointing like a rugged finger to heaven."

David Lloyd George
(17 Jan 1863 - 26 Mar 1945)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Generally our observances here are happy one.  This day is not one of those, nor is it a celebration, but as with so many things in history, it's important that we remember.

BONUS #1 - - God Bless The USA - Lee Greenwood , 1984


BONUS #2 - - September 11, 2001 - 26 Minute Video

BONUS #3 - - September 11, 2001 - 1 Minute Never Before Seen Video of WTC 9/11 Attack

BONUS #4 - - September 11, 2001 - 6 Minute Compilation of Tapes and Images

BONUS #5 - - September 11, 2001 - 4 Minute Compilation of Tapes and Images

BONUS #6 - - September 11, 2001 - NBC's Jim Miklaszewski Reports the Pentagon Attack (2 Minute Video still focusing on the WTC)

BONUS #7 - - September 11, 2001 - Rare Footage (2 Minute News Footage from the Crash Site of United Flight 93)


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 Third Birthday today to    My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of OR!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 - Billy Brewer ('57) AND    Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA;

16 -   Tena Goodson Hensel ('39) of VA AND    Mr. John Huller ('43) of FL AND Brian Cooper of SC;

17 -   Mr. George McIntosh (NNHS Principal) - 1914 - (deceased - 05/04/05)  AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND   Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA;

18 - Bobby Bell ('57) AND         Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL  AND  The United States Air Force - 1947!

   Many Happy Returns to One and All!

  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 09/10/08 - "RE: 09/10/08 - Puff the Magic Dragon":

I want to add another kind of Puff the Magic Dragon that was very important to some of us Vietnam Vets who served on the ground during the Vietnam war - and No, I am not talking about "Wacky Weed."
The Puff the Magic Dragon (sometimes referred to as Snoopy) that was important to us was a C47 (DC-3 to the Civilian world) fixed wing aircraft that had Miniguns mounted in three of the windows and had loads of Ammunition, Fuel and Flares on Board too.  When a remote base was being attacked this aircraft could put a literal wall of bullets all around the base and light up the sky almost as bright as day.  And it could do it for hours rather than the couple of minutes that a fighter jet could do or perhaps a half an hour that a helicopter gunship could do.  It saved my life a couple of times and I expect that other Vietnam Vets will say the same thing. 
I have attached a couple of photos of one of them - one landing and the other an inside view showing the 3 miniguns, each of which can put a bullet in every square foot of a football field in less than a minute.  
  Also attached are two photos of a more modern and powerful Gunship that was also developed and used in Vietnam and is still in use today in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The pet names of these two sometimes got mixed up but this one is properly called Spooky.  It is an AC130, which is a modified 4 engine cargo plane.  It also sports 7.62mm Miniguns but also has 20mm Cannons, 40mm Boffers guns and even an automated 105mm howitzer (cannon) as well as hours worth of flares.  In addition it has electronic gear that allow it to find and target the enemy regardless of weather or dark or light.  You don't even want to tangle with one of these monsters.  The NVA trying to go south on the Ho Chi Minh trail really hated the beast as it would find them and stick to them like glue for many hours.  Two photos of this one are also attached - one in action and another that is a schematic showing it's weapons. 
You can find considerable info, pictures and even video on both of these awesome weapons systems (especially to those on the ground needing their help) by doing internet searches on their pet names.
Al Simms
NNHS Class of 60
Vietnam War Class of 67-68

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks so much for that valuable background information, Al, as well, of course, for your service!

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 09/10/08 - "Thanks":

Thanks, Carol, for including Peter, Paul, and Mary's music in your last newsletter. Regardless to what some typhoons believe, Folk Music was a big part of the 60's..Yeah...I know you can't DANCE to it! ha
Peace & Blessing,
Cheryl - former hippie and folk singer..

   I thought you'd like that, Lady - and few sang it more beautifully than you, yourself!

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 09/10/08 - "Waterfall Magic":

OMGosh, this is TOTALLY's a little long, but you can't stop watching!

   WOWZERS! That's incredible! Thanks, Gloria!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 09/10/08 - "Hebrews 3:15 - Letter From God":

Just click your mouse (here):

This is really awesome!

 Joyce Cahoon

   Oh, WOW! It is, isn't it? Thanks, Joyce!

  From Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA - 09/10/08:

I think I got dropped from your email list.  Would you please put me back on?

   YOWZERS!!! I did have some trouble with my address book right at the end of August, Roberta, but it didn't involve the section containing your name. I've still been sending Newsletter notifications to you at this address nearly every day. More than likely, your spam filters are not letting me through.

   Do you have an alternate address I can use??

   Barring that, if you'll just bookmark the site - either the main page, the site map, or the Newsletters themselves, you can check to see when updates have been made each day. 
Hope you're able to find a solution soon!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 09/10/08 - "Re: 09/10/08 - Puff the Magic Dragon":

As usual, Carol, your articles have brought tears to my eyes.

The article on the Warwick Theater also brought back memories of years ago.  My family lived on the 500 block of Thirtieth Street in the late forties.  I would cut the grass with a push mower on Saturdays, get a quarter for the labor.  I would walk downtown to the Warwick Theater by myself, crossing over Thirty-Fourth Street Bridge.  Buy admission for 14 cents, a box of Good and Plenty for a nickel and a box of Caramel Cremes for a nickel.  The penny left over would buy one caramel creme.  I'd see westerns and all the serials, such as Buck Rodgers, Rocket Man, Gabby Hayes, Little Beaver, Roy Rogers, Johnny Mac Brown, what a time. When the shows were over, walk back home.  Those were innocent safe days.

   Oh, WOW! That seems unimaginable nowadays, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing that, Norris! I've added it here:

   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 09/10/08:

Hi Miss Carol,
I hope this finds you feeling better.  I really understand how heart problems can give you up and down days, but hang in there, kid; since my 5 way bypass in 2001, I have found I appear to get better on a daily basis.  So, fight it on the bad days and enjoy life on the good ones.

   That's great advice, Butch! I think my problem is that I keep forgetting I'm sick. I'll have a couple of great days in a row - feeling just as I always did - and take myself into full tilt overdrive (particularly racing up and down my hall), and suddenly realize with a shock what a bad idea that was! 

I haven't written lately, but check the newsletter daily.  You still amaze me how you keep things going and keep the rest of us old codgers up to date with all that's going on.

  I have been meaning to send an updated photo but keeping putting off having one made, so I decided to send one that's a couple years old taken with my wife, Ethel.  Since she has been beside me all these years, I would just as soon she be beside me on the newsletter too! 

   Sounds fair to me!

Hope it won't be too much to ask to have you add it beside my senior picture that you have on the site now.

   Not at all!

Ethel and Butch Ragland

     I've added it here:

I was unable to obtain coverage at the store this year so I could attend our 45th year reunion, but will ask you to wish our Class of '63' and all TYPHOON's attending the event, a grand and exciting REUNION!
God Bless,
Butch Ragland - NNHS 63
Henry M. Ragland
Colorado Springs, CO

   AWWW! I'm so sorry to hear that you won't be making it to your Reunion next month, but I'll certainly pass along your well-wishes! Thanks again, Sweetie - for everything!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 09/10/08 - "America the Beautiful":

I invite everyone to take a look at this video on YouTube. My cousin, Ron Miller, who lives in Glendale, AZ, belongs to North Phoenix Baptist Church where John McCain is also a member. He has met John and his wife.

Anyway, at the Republican Convention a couple that goes to his church, John Shillington and Ruby Brown, sang America the Beautiful - not a dry eye in the crowd. Go to YouTube, type in John Shillington, look for the one of them singing at the convention.


   I found it! - John Shillington and Ruby Brown, "America the Beautiful", RNC, Wed., Sept. 3, 2008

   Thanks, Glenn, it's certainly appropriate for today!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 09/10/08 - "This is TOO appropriate for our generation now!!!":

Revising 60's hits


Some of the artists of the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers.

They include:

Bobby Darin ---
Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash.

Herman's Hermits
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker.

Ringo Starr ---
I Get By With a Little Help From Depends.

The Bee Gees ---
How Can You Mend a Broken Hip.

Roberta Flack---
The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face.

Johnny Nash ---
I Can't See Clearly Now.

Paul Simon ---
Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver.

The Commodores ---
Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom.

Marvin Gaye ---
Heard It Through the Grape Nuts.

Procol Harem---
A Whiter Shade of Hair.

Leo Sayer ---
You Make Me Feel Like Napping.

The Temptations ---
Papa's Got a Kidney Stone.

Denture Queen.

Tony Orlando ---
Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall.

Helen Reddy ---

I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore.


Leslie Gore ---

It's My Procedure, and I'll Cry If I Want To.


And Last but NOT least:

Willie Nelson ---

On the Commode Again.

   So sad but true! Thanks, Ronnie!

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/09/08

   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 09/10/08


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

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us


4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND ALL TYPHOONS ON FRIDAY NIGHT (if pre-registered):  - 08/29/08

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

            Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
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God Bless the U.S.A.

- Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I worked for all my life
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife

Thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can't take that away

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'll gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota
To the hills of Tennessee
Across the plains of Texas
From sea to shining sea

From Detroit down to Houston
And New York to L.A.
There's pride in every American heart
And it's time we stand and say...

That I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'ld gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'ld gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" midi courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/21/05
Thanks, Dave!

Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" lyrics courtesy of,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/21/05
Thanks again, Dave!

The American Spirit Animated Image courtesy of - 09/10/08

Elaine's Memorial Dar Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

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 Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

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