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09/18/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
60th Birthday of the United States Air Force

“No one comes close."

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Assuming the webmistress is not "lost in space" somewhere, this observation is "posta" repeat every year:

   If the date itself didn't immediately jump out at you (or even if it did), it's time for your homework again:





1.   Tena Goodson Hensel ('39) of VA:

  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 09/16/07 - "Birthday":

My Aunt,   Ethel Christine (Tena) Goodson Hensel ('39) of NN sent her name to the website last week and thinks you do a terrific job. However, I'll bet she didn't tell you she is celebrating her 85th birthday today, Sept. 16. She was born at home in the 500 block of 33rd Street. I'll forego the circa 1937 pictures of her, and provide this fairly recent photo from the genealogy box.
Norm Covert ('61)

   Normie, I've searched my still scrambling email six ways from Tuesday, and I cannot locate any note from your aunt. I'm so very sorry I missed that!  Nevertheless, I've added her name and picture to the Alumni List, and her birthday to the birthday page.  And if you'll send me her email addie, I'll see that Tena starts receiving the notifications! Thanks so much!

   Welcome aboard, Tena!!!



   WOWZERS!!! A Very Happy 85th Birthday to our newest Newbie,   Tena Goodson Hensel ('39) of VA!

   Also celebrating a milestone birthday today is       Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL!  Considering that she's been a civilian employee of the United States Air Force for lo, these many years, it's only appropriate that was born on the very same day as their official creation!  Say, how'd you arrange that anyway, Lady?!?

   Well, no matter!  A Big Happy Birthday, Gloria!


From Gayle Bridgeman Botelis ('66) of ? - 09/14/07 - "As I've Matured":

This is cute

   WILD GIGGLES!!! This is just delightful, Gayle, and oh, so true! Thanks!


  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 09/14/07 - "3900":

3900 Saturdays

Something to think about! Enjoy your Saturday.

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable. 

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it: 

I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whom-ever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles." I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.

"Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. It's too bad you missed your daughter's "dance recital" he continued. "Let me tell you something that has helped me keep my own priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles." 

"You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.

"Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime.

Now, stick with me, Tom, I'm getting to the important part.

It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail", he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays." "I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear." 

"Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight."

"Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time." 

"It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75 Year old Man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"

You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter.

Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast."

"What brought this on?" she asked with a smile.

"Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles."

A friend sent this to me, so I to you, my friend.

And so, as one smart bear once said, "If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you." - Winnie the Pooh.

   What excellent thoughts to ponder! Thanks so much, Renee!


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA to    Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 09/13/07 - "Mexican Jews":

Two Jewish men, Sid and Al, were sitting in a Mexican restaurant. Sid asked Al,
 "Are there any people of our faith born and raised in Mexico ?"
Al replied, "I don't know, let's ask our waiter."  When the waiter came by, Al asked him, "Are there any Mexican Jews?" and the waiter said, "I don't know Senor, I'll ask the cooks."

He returned from the kitchen in a few minutes and said
"No sir, no Mexican  Jews."

Al wasn't really satisfied with that and asked,
"Are you Absolutely sure?"

The waiter, realizing he was dealing with "Gringos" gave the expected answer, "I will check again, Senor!" and went back into the kitchen.  While the waiter was away, Sid said, "I find it hard to believe that there  are no Jews in Mexico.  Our people are scattered everywhere."

The waiter returned and said "Senor, the head cook said there is no Mexican  Jews."

"Are you certain?" Al asked once again.
 "I can't believe there are no Mexican Jews!"

"Senor, I ask EVERYONE," replied the exasperated waiter, "All we have is ...
Orange Jews .. Prune Jews ... Tomato Jews ... Pineapple Jews and Grape Jews."

  From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL to    Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 09/14/07 - "RE: Mexican Jews":

Very cute!  (Actually there are Mexican Jews, as we found out when we lived in San Antonio.)
My brother,     Raoul (Weinsten - '57 - of FL), told me he saw you at his reunion. Do you do displays at all reunions?
Take care,


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA to    Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 09/14/07:

Hi Karen: 

Actually, I only do memorabilia displays at reunions for those asking me and I was happy to do the 50 year reunion for the class of 1957.  I enjoyed both nights so much.  When they had the "In Memoriam" pictures on the screen of all those who had died, they used the Key Club bell and a gavel to strike the bell one time after they said the name of the deceased.  That was emotional.....there were at least 30 members of that class who had died. 

If you recall, the 1957 yearbook theme was the Jamestown 350 year anniversary.  The Hall of Fame and many other pictures were taken at Jamestown.  Because of all of this and because I have a really good Jamestown Memorabilia collection, they wanted me to have a display of Jamestown as well as the N.N.H.S. display.  Pat (Branch) and Richard Coltrane have a fantastic collection of N.N.H.S and this really could have been more than enough....I was honored that they still wanted my collection.
Now, for my exciting news.....the Harwich, England Historical Commission, along with their mayor, will be in Newport News next week (09/18/07).  Harwich is where Christopher Newport came from when he came to the New World.  Anyway, they will be touring C.N.U. and Newport News.  They will later go to Jamestown.  I am on the N.N. - Jamestown 2007 Commission and because of this, I am invited to a luncheon at the Boxwood Inn to honor this Commission from England.  Mary Sherwood Holt, who is the chairperson of the Commission, is hosting this event.  (How generous of her.) Can you believe there are 41 members of this commission who are coming to N.N.?  I plan to take pictures and get their names.  Oh, what a good chapter for my book this will be.  Our Mayor, Joe Frank ('60 - of VA), will greet this commission.  This event is on Tuesday at noon.  I am really honored to be invited. .
Karen, it was really great to speak with your brother Raoul at the reunion.  You can really tell you are brother and sister.  He is really well regarded by his classmates.  What a wonderful time we had on Friday and Saturday nights.  We are close friends of Pat and Richard Coltrane who are both members of this class.  They are a very special couple. 
I am sending this email to Carol Harty as well, in case she wants to use part of this in her newsletter. 
Take care.....Keep up the good work you are doing....YOU are really a vital part of the class of 1960.
Fred Mays
P.S.  I heard everyone had a great time and the reunion at Mary Ann Edwards Elliott's ('60 - of VA) beach house.  I would have loved to have attended; however, I have much too much going on in my life now.....we still haven't sold our house and I have been working to make things look their best.  We have an Open House this Sunday afternoon, between 02:00 and 04:00 p.m..  This is the second Open House we have had.  I would appreciate your prayers that this weekend brings a buyer.  I love our house and the only reason I want to sell is to get into a rancher as a two story is so difficult for    Patty (Andrews Mays - '61 - of VA) as she has arthritis in both knees.  I, thank God, have no such issues.........additionally, our daughter, Ansley, was married 07/07/07 and the wedding was elegant....everyone really had the nicest comments to make.

   As a matter of fact, I did want to use this! Thanks, Fred - and Karen!


     From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/15/07 - "LACK OF SUNSHINE CAUSES 1 MILLION DEATHS A YEAR! ":
I'm afraid I've had this all bassakwards!

   And surely there's a balance in there to be found.... Thanks, Shari!


     From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 09/15/07 - "National Anthem by 7 year old":

Dear Carol and NNHS family,

Didn't you just love the way this small boy with the amazingly big voice kept time to the music with his knees ?  I had to laugh through my tears, brought on by the beautiful voice from this tiny ray of sunshine, as he proudly sang our National Anthem.  I am sure his team won !

"Dimples' a.k.a. Sepi

  Wasn't that adorable as well as incredible and awesome?!? Thanks, Sepi!


   From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/15/07 - "True American":

It is time to change from REDNECK humor to TRUE AMERICAN Humor!

Only it isn't seen as HUMOR, but the correct way to LIVE YOUR LIFE! .....

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: 
It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, "One nation, under God"

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You still say "Christmas" instead of "Winter Festival." 

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You bow your head when someone prays.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You treat Viet Nam vets with great respect, and always have.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You've never burned an American flag.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You respect your elders and expect your kids to do the same. 

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You'd give your last dollar to a friend

If you got this email from me, it is because I believe that you, like me, have just
enough TRUE AMERICAN in you to have the same beliefs as those talked about in this email. 

God Bless the U S A ! Amen 

   This is great, Joan - thanks!


     From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 09/15/07 - "Safe Trip":


Have a safe trip for a sad occasion, not for your
     Aunt Beryl (Buckley White - John Marshall HS - '35) but for all of those that will miss her.  For every one involved may your grief be short and your wonderful memories be healing and forever.

Love Sepi

   Dear, Dear Sepi, thank you so very much - for everything! I do have many wonderful memories of her.  She was such a grand inspiration to me in so many ways.  She a had a creative way of seeing things in a way that few could equal.  All my life, when I've had any thought of decorating or gardening, I would think, "Now what would Beryl do?"

   I loved her very much.  And I miss her.


   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 09/15/07 - "Daily Press":

Several weeks ago the Daily Press found one of my photos of Lake Maury at that I had posted and requested that I permit them to use it in the paper. It was in the paper on Wednesday Aug 29th along with several others. It was not very large and the colors of the Fall leaves were not as pretty as the original picture.
Here is a file of several that I took last year when the leaves had changed and thought someone that had seen it would enjoy the larger imaging. It really does make a nice screen saver. I had fallen while running on the trail and used this time with my arm in a sling to snap some beautiful photos. No special effects or cameras were used. As I told the Daily Press "God did all the handiwork; I just happened to catch it on my digital camera".

Go out this Fall and walk or run the trail and see all of this beauty first hand.

F.A. Saunders (HHS 64 Crabba!!!)

Fall 2006 - Lake Maury

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! These really are quite spectacular, F.A.!

   For my purposes, I had to reduce them to a height of 800 pixels (larger than my usual 650 pixels for such images), and then compress them, but I saved them in the Mariners' Museum file, should anyone wish an original pristine version.

   And of course I posted these on the Mariners' Museum page (all the way down at the bottom of the page):


   Thanks so much, F.A.!


  From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA - 09/14/07 - "NNHS 1967 Graduation Program":

Carol -

The 1967 Graduation Program is attached as you requested. 

Thanks for all you do. 

:-) Marty

Graduation Program for the NNHS Class of 1967

   Thank you so much, Marty! I added this valuable jewel to the 1967 Graduation page:



     From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 09/16/07 - "Is my friend real ?":

Carol and NNHS family...

It's time I told you about my perfect friend, in the picture of me wearing the white fur coat.   It was a question asked by
      Herb Hice (of MI) some time back. 

Yes, he's real, he's the real MAN-nequin in every woman's dreams.

About 1981
Sepi and "Friend"

He is attentive, has eyes only for you, does not blink or avert his eyes when you look longingly into his. He is a neat dresser, never complaining when you request he change his clothes, keeps his hair neatly in place at all times and never has a scratchy, whiskered face.  His skin is smooth, his hand always ready for yours, no dirty nails or callouses and he will go wherever you take him, with no complaints !  He doesn't have bad breath, does not smoke or drink, and cannot 'bring himself 'to stay out late with the guys.  He's never sick, doesn't complain about your cooking or lack of not cooking if you don't feel like it.  He would never leave shoes, socks or underwear in a trail to his closet, and never, ever leaves wet towels on the bathroom floor or on the back of a chair. Nor does he leave hair in the sink or toothpaste spatter on the mirror on his side of the sink. He can remove his shoes and you don't have to move to the deck or make remarks about his "smelly" feet. 

He ALWAYS leaves the toilet seat ready for you. So you never have to experience that middle of the night "splash-down" when you are half asleep and need to use the bathroom.  There is nothing and I mean nothing quite like coming out of a half sleep with a scream when your tush hits cold water and you have to scream for help because you can't dislodge yourself from the position your find yourself in...and it's winter so the water has an immediate numbing affect on body parts that don't require numbing except when you give birth !  My MAN-nequin won't come to your aid and then stand there and laugh for five minutes at your precarious predicament while the numbing creeps through your body.  You lose your temper along with a night's sleep, and still aren't in a pleasant mood when you arrive home after a day at the office where you find yourself nodding off at the worst of all times.  This is one of the times you don't want to cook, just eat chocolate ice cream out of the container while you watch T.V. propped up in your bed. 

You never get in you car, turn the radio on and experience temporary deafness because the soft music you expected has been replaced by a blaring football, baseball or basketball game.  He puts the seat and rear-view mirror back where you left them so you are never late due to having to make unexpected adjustments.  He never drinks directly from the milk or juice carton, even though you eat ice cream from the container and then put it back in the freezer.  And he never, ever says anything about the two to five pounds you've gained because you eat ice cream and don't always have the time, desire or energy to exercise it off.  If you ask him if he thinks your tush is getting too big, his response is always that sexy half-smile he forever has on his face. 

Any color you wear makes you look beautiful to him   You never have to leave the room because of the vulgar noises he makes, especially those that offend your senses.  He's perfect, all right, a little too perfect in everything and everywhere except the bedroom and that's where you draw the rip his clothes off, grab your oldest sheet out of the linen closet, drape it over his "perfect self" and put him in the furthest corner of the attic.  You go down stairs, lunge at the phone and call your best friend.  She's home..."Oh, Hi Amber, you know that new club you've been telling me about ?  Well, get dressed...I'll meet you there in an hour....."  

Then you wake up.  He was, after all, a dream, and beside you IS the perfect man, snoring softly, dreaming of the perfect woman !

   Thanks, Sepi, dear, you're a hoot!

   But really, that toilet seat bit is really such a non-issue.  The toilet seat should always be kept CLOSED by everyone!  Otherwise, not only will the pretty Martha Stewart seat cover not be visible, but those odious germs will be loosed upon the entire bathroom.  EWWW!!!  The only exception to this rule is when you're taking your shower.  This is the perfect time to sprinkle the bowl with bowl cleaner to let it be cleaning (and simultaneously deodorizing your bathroom) while you bathe.  Then you simply jump out, give it a swish with the toilet brush, and presto!  You're all clean and so is the toilet!

   And then CLOSE THAT LID!!!



1.  Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for All of Us - OPEN TO ALL

2. Thursday, October 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

3. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

5. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

6. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

7. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958



   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us
Hosted by Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX
Saturday, September 29, 2007, 2:00 P.M.
The Canepa Cottage, 760 North 1st Street, Buckroe Beach, Virginia


Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us - 09/29/07

The NNHS Classes of 1941 and 1942
will have a reunion on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the James River Country Club at 12 noon.

Dr. Harold Cones will speak about the founding and development of the Mariners' Museum.

Cost is $30.00 per person - Includes Choice of Two Entrees

CONTACT: Jennings Bryan at 
or call him at 757-873-7701.

- 07/23/07

The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2007
at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

All schoolmates from '60, '61, '63, '64 and' 65 are invited to attend the Friday night affair.

 The Friday night cost will be $20.00 per person, which includes being with all of us, food, and beverages
(including beer and wine), plus a cash bar. 

The 1962 classmates will be celebrating on that night and on the 13th, ending with breakfast on the 14th.

For information, email Brenda Amos Williams at or call her at 757-810-4000.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:




  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/24/07 - "Summer's Not Over Yet! "- #26 in a Series of 38:

It's not Buckroe, but it'll do in a rush!

This is sand? Thought this was one you'd enjoy seeing; it all took place in British Columbia.


   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Chris!


    Y'all take 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


Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder

  Off we go into the wild blue yonder
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At'em boys, giv'er the gun!
Down we dive spouting our flames from under,
Off with one hell-uv-a roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame,
Nothing'll stop the US Air Force!

Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder
Sent it high into the blue
Hands of men blasted the world asunder,
How they live God only knew!
Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings ever to soar,
With scouts before and bombers galore,
Nothing can stop the US Air Force!

Here's a toast to the host of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send the message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast the US Air Force.
Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true!

If you'd live to be a gray haired wonder,
Keep your nose out of the blue!
Flying men guarding our nation's borders,
We'll be there followed by more,
In echelon we carry on!
Nothing'll stop the US Air Force!


"Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder" midi courtesy of - 07/01/04

"Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder" lyrics courtesy of - 07/02/04

1947 Insignia courtesy of - 07/02/04

United States Air Force Emblem courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/04
Thanks, Dave!

Unofficial USAF Motto courtesy of - 09/17/06

Thumbnail Images of Seven USAF Airplanes used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 09/17/06

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

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

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 09/15/07
Thanks, Joyce!

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