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09/21/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Help!

“We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

Ronald Reagan
(06 Feb 1911 - 05 June 2004)

“You can have everything in life you want, if you
will just help other people get what they want.”

Zig Ziglar
(b. 06 Nov 1926)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This 1965 Beatles classic seems appropriate for today's Newsletter.

BONUS - - Help! - The Beatles


"Help!" is a song by The Beatles that served as the title song for both the 1965 film and its soundtrack album. It was also released as a single, and was number one for three weeks in both the United States and the United Kingdom. "Help!" was written primarily by John Lennon, but credited (as were all Beatles songs written by either person) to Lennon/McCartney. Paul McCartney reports that he had a hand in writing the song as well, being called in "to complete it" in a two-hour joint writing session on 4 April 1965 at Lennon's house in Weybridge.[4] He later said that the title was "out of desperation".[5] In 2004, "Help!" was ranked number 29 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

The documentary series The Beatles Anthology revealed that Lennon wrote the lyrics of the song to express his stress after the Beatles' quick rise to success. "I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for 'Help'," Lennon told Playboy.[6] Writer Ian MacDonald describes the song as the "first crack in the protective shell" Lennon had built around his fragile emotions during the Beatles' rise to fame, and an important milestone in his songwriting style.


    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 09/21/10, 10:32 PM - "Pat Floyd Pride (Class of 62)":

Hi, Carol,

Thought I'd write you and let you know that Pat (
 Joe Floyd's - '65 - sister) & her husband, Bob, lost their second son in less than two years this past weekend. A neighbor/good friend of ours works at Peninsula Funeral Home and said they were in today to make arrangements for him. I'm not sure when his memorial service (he's being cremated) is being held, so don't know when the obituary will be in the paper. They, along with their third son, definitely need our prayers.

   OH, NO!!! I'm so sorry to learn this, Sandi! Their son, Keith, was only 41 when he passed away, and now to have lost a second son in so short a time is just more than the heart can comprehend! 

   Thank you so much for letting us know, Sandi! We will definitely keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.

  From MaeLea Somervold Cifers ('62) of VA - 09/20/10, 11:28 PM - forwarded from   Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - "SAD NEWS":

Dear Classmates,

It is with a heavy heart that I tell all of you this news. Patsy Floyd Pride lost another son this evening. Her youngest son Rob passed away this evening about 6 pm. I do not know any details of a funeral, and will let you know as soon as I know. Please keep Pat and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Brenda Amos Williams
NNHS Class of 1962

   Thank you so much, MaeLea and Brenda, for relaying this tragic news to us!


From Bill Gross ('49) of VA - 09/08/10 - "NNHS Classes of 1948":

Newport News High School classes of February and June 1948 are planning their 62nd reunion on Sat., Oct. 2nd and Sun., Oct. 3rd at Point Plaza Suites at City Center on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, NN.  There will be a barbeque and dinner on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday. 

For details:  Bill Gross, 757-595-3203.

Bill Gross

   Thanks, Bill!

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/06/10 - "Update on locations - Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion - Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!":


Please post this updated announcement when you have a moment.



Friday evening we’ll meet at 7:00 PM at the home of    Lynn Walker Brothers ’65 and her husband Barry (York HS - '65).  They have graciously extended an offer to open their home for the event.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and we would request a $5.00 donation to assist in covering the expenses for that evening if you attend.  The change in location was decided when members of the reunion committee thought the original location might not be as suitable for conversation as originally planned.  The Brothers residence is located at 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News.  The telephone number is 757-595-4116.  We’ll post a map providing directions. - significantly updated 08/07/10 and 09/02/10!

 - - updated 09/20/10! 

   Thank you, Dave!

   Now that everyone knows that       Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and         Cheryl (White Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA) and      I ('65 - of IL) will be there, I'm sure your reservations will increase dramatically!  

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/20/10 - "NNHS 64/64 Cruise Announcement":





IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, CONTACT DAVE SPRIGGS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE OR TELEPHONE 757-627-1441 - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - updated 07/30/10 and 09/21/10!

         NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc -

        - 22 slots left! - updated 09/21/10! 


   Happy Birthday today to Maxine Petty Ramey ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Curt Overman ('59) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 -        My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL;

24 -   Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58) of VA;

25 - Jimmy Stroup ('57) AND James Comer ('57) AND   Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA AND     Jerry Allen ('65) of VA;

26 -     The late Tommy Scott ('61) - 1942 (deceased 01/05/10);

27 -  Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC;

28 -     Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA AND      My Granddaughter, Kaiya Harty of IL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 21, 1939 - Romanian Prime Minister Armand Calinescu was assassinated by ultranationalist members of the Iron Guard.

September 21, 1942 - On the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Nazis sent over 1,000 Jews of Pidhaytsi (west Ukraine) to Belzec extermination camp.

September 21, 1942 - In Poland, at the end of Yom Kippur, Germans ordered Jews to permanently evacuate Konstantynów and move to the Ghetto in Biała Podlaska, established to assemble Jews from seven nearby towns, including Janów Podlaski, Rossosz and Terespol.

September 21, 1942 - In Dunaivtsi, Ukraine, Nazis murdered 2,588 Jews.

September 21, 1942 - The U.S. B-29 Superfortress made its debut flight in Seattle, WA. It was the largest bomber used during World War II. The plane made its bombing-run debut on June 5, 1944.

TODAY IN 1965:

Tuesday, September 21, 1965 - Gambia, Maldives and Singapore were admitted as members of the United Nations.

Tuesday, September 21, 1965 - Writer and critic Frédéric Beigbeder was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

Tuesday, September 21, 1965 - Actress Cheryl Hines (HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm) was born in Miami Beach, Florida.

Tuesday, September 21, 1965 - Actor David Wenham (Faramir in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy) was born in Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia.

Tuesday, September 21, 1965 - Film director Johanna Vuoksenmaa was born in Hämeenlinna, Finland.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important! When I tried to vote for Grace again today, I noticed the site was trying to pull a switcheroo on me. It tried to persuade me to vote for the wrong Grace!  OH, NO!

Grace is #1 in pet of the month:

and #3 in pet of the year: 

  WOWZERONI!!! That's fabulous, Norris! 

   Vote early, and vote often - or at least cast your allotted daily vote!

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 09/20/10:

Seen in an antique store on Cape Cod this past weekend:
The man is King of his castle...
until the Queen comes home!!

     Thanks, Renee!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 09/20/10 - "Like a nail - Turn up your speakers":

Some folks will want this for their CD collection; others, probably not.
Hey, don't blame it on me, blame it on 43!!
I'm trying to see if I send in enough of what is mostly junk, I can get a 65er to at least write in and say "tell Stokes to shut up"! :-) Then the NNHS '65 NL will have 65ers contributing, I believe. If not, blame it on 43.

YEE HAA I love it---------

You must hear this song.

This is a very good country music type song just written by a young ex-High School assistant football coach from Tennessee.

I think most of you will like it and share it with others.

This could be the next number one hit country song. It was written by a High School assistant football coach, and it criticizes the government. It's the best effort yet at encapsulating the outrage at the oversteps of this government in an entertaining song that doesn't suck. Apparently the guy was fired over the song because some parents complained. Shameful if true. If you like it, help it go "viral" by passing it along to everyone you know.

   Thanks, Wayne Honey, you're a hoot! You know perfectly well that some people would just rather read the Newsletters than contribute items to them! Of course, this is so inflammatory, it just might work!

NOTE: The Webmistress - who is all but apolitical - issues her standard disclaimer.....

From the Daily Press - 09/21/10 - "You can't do that in Virginia":

You can't do that in Virginia

By Carol Capó
September 21, 2010

Reason 72 (or maybe 720) why I love living in Virginia: Because we've been at this governing business so long that there are, tucked away in our state code books, entertaining little backwaters where time stands still.

In some of those eddies, it's still 1800, when men hunted and wimmin's virtue had to be protected and you'd better have yourself in that pew come Sunday morning.

In others, it's always 1950.

May I direct you to Section 29.1-521 of the Code of Virginia. It says that Sunday is "hereby declared a rest day for all species of wild bird and wild animal life, except raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings."

Do you not love the image of a bunch of guys (let's be serious about who came up with that) so absolutely certain about their alignment with their Lord's wishes that they felt empowered — and obligated — to declare the Lord's Day to be so for all the Lord's critters?

I don't know if those critters know that. All I have is a cat, and for her, every day is a day of rest.

But whether they know it or not, they all — except for raccoons, who clearly did not have a top-drawer lobbyist — get a reprieve from being shot at. Except for those raccoons, it is illegal to hunt or kill any wild bird or animal on Sunday — even on your own property.

Nor, until just 2004, could you work or do business. Unless you happened to work in certain exempt industries, including transportation, publications, sports, agriculture, mining, real estate, health care … oh, really all of them.

Now, keeping a day of rest makes a lot of sense for a lot of people for a lot of reasons. Commandments aside, our spirits need a respite from the acquisition of stuff, and from making the money to make that possible.

We just don't need the General Assembly to tell us to do that or let us do that. Or tell us what day to do it.

Blue Laws, as the laws outlawing commerce on Sunday are called, were designed to keep the Lord's two-footed creatures safe on his day, too — from commandment breaking, in this case. But rather than admit they were out of date, for a long time Virginia's lawmakers kept them on the books — but with plenty of exemptions to make sure the god of mammon gets his due, too.

Eventually, commerce prevailed, but there's been no self-interested industry to push back against other ways the law reflects a long tradition of morality, which is esteemed if not necessarily followed by General Assembly members. It is against the law, and punishable by a fine of up to $250, to have sex outside of marriage.

And while it's perfectly legal to live with someone you aren't married to, let there be no shenanigans. It's illegal for unmarried persons to "lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together." That'll net you a fine of up to $500 — or $2,500 and 12 months in jail if you're a repeat offender.

If you are married, you are legally free to be emotionally unfaithful to your spouse, but if things get physical, it's a misdemeanor. You're breaking the law as well as your vows. The state doesn't like it, either.

You risk being arrested, and not just by the manners police, if you cuss in public. Or spit — or, as the folks who write the laws put it, expectorate "upon the floor, stairway, or upon any part of any public building or place where the public assemble." Ditto the floors of buses (feel free to spit on the seats), sidewalks and lanes.

Lanes — isn't that charming?

You could argue that the antiquated bits of code ought to be cleaned up, because there's something corrosive about laws so ludicrous they invite people to flout them, or turn innocent people into criminals. But most people are smart enough to distinguish between the laws they're expected to obey and the laws that are just for show.

And to even enjoy the latter, the same way we enjoy looking at Martha Washington's gown on display in the Smithsonian — as a tangible reminder of a time whose customs are comfortably well removed from our own. And a reminder of how much easier it is to breathe when we're not strapped into corsets, whether they're made of whalebone or the sanctimonious convictions of men with gavels.

Some of the legal backwaters make no sense, though. You can take guns into bars in Virginia, but until recently, you couldn't drink sangria while you were there, because it was illegal to combine wine with spirits. Apparently guns and booze mix, but wine and triple sec don't.

The law says that no one under the age of 16 can ride loose in the back of a pickup truck. So it's perfectly legal to let your 16-year-old bounce around out in the cargo area while you tear down rough roads. But put that same 16-year-old in the passenger compartment, and you're obligated to buckle him into a seatbelt.

Go figure.

Capó is associate editor of the editorial page. Contact her at or 247-2837.

  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 09/14/10 - "Pink Heart" (#5 in a Series of 12):

Love the babies! Thanks! Give this heart to everyone you DON'T want to lose in 2010 including me. 


"Be kinder than necessary because everyone
you meet is fighting some kind of battle.


The happiness of my life depends on the quality of my thoughts.

Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you might not get them back. Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives and problems that we may not even notice that we've let them fly away. Sometimes we are so caught up in who's right and who's wrong that we forget what's right and wrong. Sometimes we just don't realize what real friendship means until it is too late. I don't want to let that happen so I'm gonna tie you to my heart so I never lose you.  Send it to some balloons that you think have flown away forever. You may be surprised to see it return. Send this heart to everybody you like.

Send this heart to everybody that has touched your life in a positive way. Thank you for being in my life!!!

   Thanks so much, Judy!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) - 09/10/10 - "~Old Timers~ (#9 of 10)":


Only one a day.

Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. 

A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. 

A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, 'You're really doing great, aren't you?' 

Morris replied, 'Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.''

The doctor said, 'I didn't say that.. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur; be careful.'

     Thanks, Norris!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


1. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - SEE: - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

2. Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, 2010 - The NNHS Classes of February and June 1948 will hold their 62-Year Reunion at Point Plaza Suites at City Center on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News, VA: a barbeque and dinner on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday.
For details, contact Bill Gross at or 757-595-3203.

3. Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2" - from 10:00 AM and onwards at CNU Parking Lot N - SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966 AND THE SPD; OPEN TO ALL - -

5. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview at Yorktown from 5:00 PM to 10:PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

6. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 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. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - SEE: - - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

8. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at and SEE: -NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - - - CLASS OF 1964

9. Saturday, April 30, 2010 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

10. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Written primarily by John Lennon (09 Oct 1940 - 08 Dec 1980),
but credited (as were all Beatles songs written by either person) to
, 1965

Recorded by The Beatles, 1965

Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
But every now and then I feel so insecure,
I know that I just need you like I've never done before.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these daya are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me, help me, help me, oh.

"Help!" midi courtesy of - 09/21/10

"Help!" lyrics courtesy of - 09/21/10

"Help Me!" Image courtesy of - 09/21/10

Animated Bar 20 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/06/10

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Animated Laughing Kitty also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks again, Al!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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