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09/30/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Rosh Hashanah!

May you be inscribed in the Book of Life!"


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This Holiday celebration repeats around this same time every year:

   Most of you are probably not personally observing this holiday, but as you know, we do at least try to celebrate everything together here!

   So - Happy Rosh Hashanah!  It begins tonight at sundown.

BONUS - - Avinu Malkenu - Barbra Streisand, with Images by Alex Levin



The NNHS Class of 1963
is planning its 45-Year Reunion on
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008.

Were 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 60s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym!!! 

Names of all members in your party must be provided with payment. 

What:  A 60s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School!!!
Where: Huntington Hall (former Newport News High School)
3100 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA
(Entry through right front door only)
When: Friday night, October 17, 2008   Time:  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost:  $15 per person

TICKETS.  Capacity is Limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  Send check or money order payable to: Barbara Barnes, 4891 Parthenon Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23462
Contact: or 495-2022. Include signed/dated release of liability form.
Event parking in lot at 29th & 30th Street (Between Huntington Avenue/Warwick Boulevard)

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).




   Happy Birthday tomorrow to:

01 -   Jerry Baker Cobb ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

02 -
  Wayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD;

04 -       Rennie Dick ('54) of VA AND    Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA;

05 -
   Butch Ragland ('63) of CO;

06 -    Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA;

07 - Dale Parsons ('69) of HA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1. RE: Billy Ford ('56):

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 09/27/08:

Thanks to     Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) for his memories of William Howard Ford.  I was pretty sure that he went to a military school.  Fork Union was also my recollection but I wasn't really sure until Joe confirmed it.  I do not remember that he attended  NNHS I am pretty sure that he graduated in 1956, the same year as I did and I have all five of my yearbooks from 1952 through 1956 and he is not in any of the homeroom pictures.  Of course I could be off a year or so; he could have been a year ahead of me or a year behind me.  It's also possible that he attended for only a short time and missed the pictures.  I know Bitsy (Heath - '57 - of VA) has been very sick so I did not really expect to hear from her and If his daughter Sabrina is a subscriber and saw my post I did not hear from her yet either. I would still be very grateful if anyone else has any recollections of "Billy", or "Howard" as Joe remembers him.

  Attached is a picture of Billy Ford, circa 1953-1955.  I always thought that he looked a lot like a very young Robert Mitchum.  He kind of reminded me of the character named Kookie in 77 Sunset Strip, a hit television show in the fifties.  We always teased him and accused him of having an obsession with his hair; he was always combing it as Kookie did on the TV show - it was the first hour long private detective show in television history.  There was a hit song that spun off from the show called Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb.  Billy absolutely refused to loan his comb to anybody.  For anyone too young to remember 77 Sunset Strip, try Fonzie on Happy Days.  It's ironic because I seem to recall that somebody that saw him years later said he had lost almost all of his hair.  I don't know if that's true or not but Billy and I had a lot of adventures together in the early 50's and I would love to talk to him again.  For some reason, I'm really getting nostalgic in my old age; a psychiatrist might say it's an attempt to regain my lost youth!

Typhoon Regards,

Sydney Dearing

Billy Ford
About 1953 - 1955

   Thanks, Sydney! Nostalgia is what brought us all together here in the first place!

From an Anonymous Source in VA - 09/25/08:
The answer to Billy Ford's whereabouts could be found by calling Sabrina's aunt,    Frances Heath Scott ('62) in Newport News. Sabrina is still local, and yes, her eyes are just as blue!


2. RE: The Sturm Family:

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 09/27/08 - "Old Yearbooks":

When I saw Lawrence Thibault's inquiry about yearbook pictures from the 1930's, I immediately dug out my mother's "The Beacon" from the class of Feb 1936 to see if his grandfather and/or great uncle John and Henry Sturm might be in her class. Unfortunately neither of them were in her class but at least it eliminates that graduating class from his search for their pictures. Her yearbook is still in pretty good condition to be over 72 years old.

   Thanks anyway, Sydney!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to Lawrence Thibault of AL - 09/27/08, 12:28 PM - "STURM - Year book pictures of the 1930's":

Hi Lawrence,

I happened to be in NN today with some time to kill, so I went to the Library to have a look at 1930s Beacons/Anchors.

I found:

Unfortunately, I did not have my digital camera with me, so I could not image the entries. I have found that photocopies (Xerox) of yearbook pages turn out to be very grainy. Soon I will return with my camera for some quality shots of their pages.


From Lawrence Thibault of AL - 09/27/08, 9:13 PM:


Thanks, I really appreciate all that you are doing for me. I did not realize the extent of my grandfather's family. I knew of Uncle Nick, he passed away from throat cancer two years ago. I did not know of my Aunt Gertrude. I am passing that email to my mom. My Uncle Henry went on to the University of Virginia and played sports there, I believe. My grandfather John was accepted to William and Mary for a football scholarship, but had to return home to help take care of the family after his father died. My grandfather went on to get into the Apprentice School at the shipyard and work there through the War. I have his diploma from the Apprentice School and his draft card from the War. The Sturm family had been in Newport News since the turn of the century.


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to Lawrence Thibault of AL - 09/29/08, 4:43 PM:

Hi Lawrence,

I must now ask you a question. Originally, you only asked for yearbook photos, but you made the unwitting mistake of asking two genealogists, who cannot resist researching the families of others. As you can see, I have attached the photos you requested.

Henry Sturm John Sturm
NNHS 1931 NNHS June 1934

Soooo ..... just how much more do you care to know about the Sturm Family? You already know that I have found some information, which I sent to you earlier. Now, I have a great deal more, e.g. obituaries, census listings, etc. I can trace your Sturm ancestors into the 1880 census and living in New York City.

If you are interested, I will prepare the data for you and send it by e-mail.

Incidentally ... Carol, are you listening? ... it turns out the your grandfather's brother, Henry J. Sturm was married to
  Claudia Harper Sturm, who was a teacher at Newport News High School during the time when Carol and I attended.

Standing by ...

From Lawrence Thibault of AL - 09/29/08, 5:27 PM:


Wow, I can not thank you enough. I have had a rough day at school today and seeing those pictures was great. I did not know you were a genealogist. I was wondering how you were able to come across the census so quickly.

Have I mentioned that I live in Alabama? It is very hard to come across material sometimes when you keep looking and there always seems to be a dead end. If you could please send me the information on my Sturm ancestors, that would be great. I am collecting this material as well not only for me but to help out my daughter who is in the gifted program at her school. She is only in the 3rd grade so it is hard for her to try and collect all of this material when most of her relatives are almost a 1,000 miles away and only given one hour a week for research.

I am pretty sure that my first grandfather Nicholas Sturm came to America in the 1800's from Germany. We have a picture of him that somehow turned up when my Great Uncle Nick died just a couple of years.  After that we do not know when he came to America with the family.
It is really neat to find out that
  Claudia Sturm was a teacher who was married to Uncle Henry. He was in the Clerks Office in Hampton I believe until he retired.

Now, my Grandmother
Adele Cockey who was married to John Sturm was a Hampton High graduate of the 30's and she met my grandfather because her brother played football for Hampton and knew John as a good guy. My grandparents are buried in Hampton at the Oakland Cemetery.

Thanks for everything, Dave,

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Lawrence - and David! Nobody does it better! I've added the image of Mrs. Sturm's husband to her page:



1. Surprises from     Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA;

2. An old Briarfield School class picture from Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 /'68) of VA;

3. Unbelievable treasures from     Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

4. A plethora of new images from        Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - '72) of VA!

   Thank you, Ladies!

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/25/08 - "He's Back.. ENJOY! (#2 in a Series of 26):

  Carol ... more pics for the newsletter. Amazing artwork!


   Thanks, Babe! These are amazing!


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/02/08

   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 09/29/08


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17-19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 09/21/08

               1. Friday, October 17, 2008, 4:00 - 6:00 PM - Reunion Registration Omni Hotel Lobby - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

            2. Friday, October 17, 2008, 7:00 - 10:00 PM - A 60's Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym! - $15 per person - ALL TYPHOONS (if pre-registered)


               3. Saturday October 18, 2008, 10:00 AM - Noon - A Tour of the Old NNHS (now Huntington Hall) - ALL TYPHOONS

               4. Saturday, October 18, 2008, 6:30 PM - Midnight - Omni - Dinner, Program, Dancing with a Live 60's Band, and a Few Surprises  - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

               5. Sunday, October 19, 2008, 8:00 AM to Noon - Farewell Continental Breakfast - Omni - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

"Reunion Hospitality Suite All Weekend!"

   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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Avinu Malkenu

   Avinu malkenu

Khonenu va'anenu (2x)

Ki ein banu ma'asim

Asei imanu tsedaka vakhesed (2x)

Our Father, Our King

Grant us grace and answer us,

For we lack in deeds

Do it justice and kindness with us

And save us

"Avinu Malkenu" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 09/12/07

Rosh Hashanah Image courtesy of - 09/30/08

Animated Star of David Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/02/05

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

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

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!

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!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

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