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09/30/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Wipe Out

If you trap the moment before it's ripe,
The tears of repentance you'll certainly wipe;
But if once you let the ripe moment go,
You can never wipe off the tears of woe.”

- William Blake
(28 Nov 1757 - 12 Aug 1827)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme was first used four years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Wipe Out - The Surfaris, years later.....

BONUS #2 - - Wipe Out - The Ventures, Live

BONUS #3 - - Wipeout - "The best online flash surfing game, awesome wave graphics and radical moves..."


  From My Friend,  Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 09/30/09 - "good news, not so good, and bad":

Hi guys,

I'm back from the hip surgeon and the good news is my hips are fine. Not so good is, my knee is bone on bone in a small place and the arthritis is thick in other places so no surgery there.

My back on the other had is a mess! Severe scoliosis, masses of arthritis, compressed disc, narrowed nerve paths and so on. I have to have an MRI next week and see a back specialist on Oct. 9. It could be as simple as cortisone shots :-( therapy ::-(  or (PLEASE NOT) SURGERY

I will know more by Oct 9th.

Can you tell I'm not too thrilled?!


   OH, NO! I'm so very sorry, Judy! We'll keep you in our prayers:


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Jerry Baker Cobb ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

02 -   Wayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD AND Paige Spencer;

03 - Martha Megann Keesee ('57) AND Mary Megann Peters ('57);

04 -       My Former Brother-in-Law, Rennie Dick ('54) of VA AND  Jimmy Mooney ('57) AND   Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA;

05 - George Pipkin ('57) AND    Butch Ragland ('63) of CO;

06 - Nancy McCormick Nicholson ('57) AND   Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA;

07 - Ellen Anas Smith ('57) AND Dale Parsons ('69) of HA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


Wednesday, September 30, 1942 - General Dunton assumed command of XII Air Force Support Command.


Wednesday, Belgium, 1964 - Musician Trey Anastasio was born in Fort Worth, Texas.

Wednesday, September 30, 1964 - Actress and model Monica Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy.

Wednesday, September 30, 1964 - Actor Koen De Bouw was born in Antwerp, Belgium.

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 09/30/09 - "Thanks":

Hi Carol,

       "Mr. Harty" (Nathaniel - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) (I thought that was      Paul - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL - ????) and     Eric (Huffstutler - Bethel HS - '75 - of VA) -' thank you so much for your  insight and time on my question'., about the movies.

In our day we would call that a B-horror flix ( Black Lagoon) but these were not even that good so I guess they get a F, for  fraudulent film froduction!

Linda May' 66

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Linda May!


  From My Friend, Dorinda, of NC - 09/29/09 - "congrats":

That is a beautiful little girl. Congratulations. Miss you guys.

   Thank you, Dorinda, we miss you, too!

  From Jean Baker Howell ('69) of VA - 09/30/09 - "granddaughter":

Wow!  What a beautiful granddaughter.  Congratulations!

Jean Baker Howell

   Thanks, Jean, we're all very excited!

    From Nancy Mitchell Wynne ('64) of MD - 09/30/09:


Congratulations on your new granddaughter, and 12 grandchildren; WOW! 

I love her name, especially since our only grandchild is named Kaia Grace.  It's a different spelling but I bet they are both equally sweet. I'm sending a picture of Kaia Grace on her first day of school this year.

   Thank you, Sweet Nancy!

   Believe it or not, when       Joshua (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '95 - of IL) and   Kim (Woods Harty) first told me their choice of names months ago, I thought of you and your beautiful little Kaia!  (I snagged her baby picture from the archive!)

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Kaia Grace Wynne

Thanks for all you do for NNHS alums!


Nancy (Mitchell) Wynne NNHS 64
  Thanks again, Nancy - and you're right - those are two very sweet little girls!

From Alex Nicol (February 1949) of VA - 09/29/09 - "New Birth":


Congratulations on the birth of your new Granddaughter.

Alexander Nicol.. class of Feb.  1949

P.S. I  wish I had learned how to type when I was in high school.  I see that you do not drive. My late wife Betty Marie Nicol never drove, either.

   Thank you, Alex! I'd be hard pressed to say which has crippled me more often, not driving or not typing! I stubbornly refused to take both subjects PLUS home ec while I was in high school.....

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/29/09:

Hi, Carol:

Congratulations, Grandma!!!

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you, Adonis (I'm better known as Grammie, though)!

  From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC - 09/29/09 - "GBabies and Space Stations":

Congratulations to you Carol. She's beautiful. May I say she looks just like her gmaw.

Linda May, I'm sorry I can't take the bait. I didn't approve the expense and didn't pass the link along as a political statement but rather a source of fascination with the accomplishment. I even marvel at newborn babies, lunar landings and Apollo 13 is one of my all time favorite movies (and realities). I am quite impressed with the animation and yes I believe all of the junk up there will eventually fall back to earth. I do not know about destruction of the atmosphere on the way down. I'm nearly bald headed and usually wear a hat for protection. I also recycle, eat veggies as much as possible, try not to be wasteful, serve on a board of directors of a children's orphanage, sing in a choir, support Christian Charities and drive a Prius.  I love to discuss politics with my wife    Thommy (Rowell Snead - '64 of NC) while I try to avoid saying much "out of house" since most of my contacts really don't want to hear my opinions. By this time in their lives they already have their own.

   MORE GIGGLES! Thanks so much, Charlie!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/29/09 - "Our Old Stomping Grounds":

Hi, Carol:

The POW camps on the Peninsula has generated a fine response. Our old brains still work!!!

  Shelia Smith Moler ('64) of FL used to pick Blackberries with her father off Jefferson Avenue, near the Coates & Clark facility that manufactured zippers during our era. Maybe you can name the Old Stomping Grounds page for POWs "Blackberry Patch" since that is where she stomped around grabbing up all the great fruit.

You will work it out for sure.

One of my Class of 1957 classmates recalls the same area being a former POW Camp while exploring in her youth riding her bicycle. I hope she will contribute, since she is a subscriber to your electronic newsletter.

Good to see such a great response from your subscribers.

Soon, I will submit a "Few Good Men" for your consideration. Just re-connected with a couple of Marines. One is sorta "Famous." Got to get his permission first.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks again, Joe - we'll look forward to all of that!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 09/29/09 - "POW Camp":


I can remember riding in a car with my parents by the POW camp off Jefferson Avenue and Mercury Boulevard, we rode by the gate and saw quite a few men behind the gates.  There were high fences with strands of barbed wire around them.  As I understand, the men were mostly handsome and attractive people and were allowed to work in the local grocery stores bagging and carrying groceries out of the store.  The camp seemed to be on the southeast side of Jefferson and Mercury.

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 09/29/09 - "POWs":

What I "heard" was that there were 40 or more railroad lines between Jefferson Avenue and the water during the war, that the circle where Jefferson Avenue and Military Highway (Mercury Boulevard) intersected was the POW camp for the Japanese. When it closed down it became a trailer park because the cement blocks and plumbing were already there. Remember What-A-Burger?

The cement blocks on the water side of Jefferson Avenue were for the 100s of trailers used to house families of the rail road as well as the military.
Remember - these roads were only one lane.

Patrick Henry was the POW base for the Germans. The Germans and the Italians would not be housed together. Italians did do some work for us here even though they were POWs.

Now, do you know why the James River Bridge was built so low?

   Thank you, Norris and Linda May! I've begun that promised page and added your valuable remarks to the others: - brand new page!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 09/29/09 - "INTERESTING HISTORY LESSON":


Railroad tracks.. This is fascinating. Be sure to read the final paragraph; your understanding of it will depend on the earlier part of the content.

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England, and English expatriates built the US railroads.  

Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.

Why did 'they' use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts. 

So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (and England ) for their legions. The roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. Bureaucracies live forever.

So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process and wonder 'What horse's (butt) came up with it?', you may be exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horse's butts.) Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRB's. The SRB's are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRB's would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRB's had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRB's had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's (butt).

   WILDER GIGGLES! Thank you so much, Linda May! I'd read this fascinating account years ago, but I tend to forget all the great details!


1.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 09/29/09:

A Tough Speech

It was a full auditorium. Halfway through the author's talk, she began to feel sick. In a calm voice, she announced that she had left a few pages of her speech offstage, in her bag.

She walked off slowly and, as soon as she was out of sight, ran to the bathroom where she immediately threw up.

She was just about finished when someone came into the bathroom to tell her that her lapel mike was still on.


Exercise for seniors...

Just came across this exercise suggested for seniors, to build muscle strength in the arms and shoulders. It seems so easy, so I thought I'd pass it on to some of my younger friends. The article suggested doing it three days a week.

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5-lb. potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides, and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, then relax.

Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb. potato sacks.

Then 50-lb. potato sacks, and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb. potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks; but be careful.


1. Saturday, October 3, 2009 - An ad hoc tailgate party for Typhoons will be held in “Alumni Alley” at the Christopher Newport University (CNU) football game.  Actually going to the game is optional.  Tailgating begins at 10:00 AM.  Game starts at 1:00 PM. Expect great food, special surprises and an outstanding pre-game experience.  Contact Aderon Gibbs ('66) (telephone number available upon request).  Bring food and drink.  A grill will be provided. - ALL TYPHOONS WELCOME

2. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion - For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

  3. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/30/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

    To donate, click on the Donate Button on the left,  or just mail it directly to my home (address available upon request). Thanks!

Wipe Out

Written by Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller and Ron Wilson

Recorded by The Surfaris, 1962

 "Wipe Out" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks, Dave!

Large Blinking Jukebox clip art courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/27/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Small Blinking Jukebox clip art courtesy of
once again at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/17/05
Thanks once more, Dave!

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

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!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

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!

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