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10/02/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Sukkot!

“On the first day, you will take for yourselves
a fruit of a beautiful tree,
palm branches, twigs of a braided tree
and brook willows, and you will rejoice
before the L-RD your G-d for seven days.”

- Leviticus 23:40

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This marks our second Typhoon Family observance of this Jewish holiday, which begins tonight at sunset and continues through sunset of October 9:

BONUS - - Sisu V'simchu, Moscow Male Jewish Cappella, cantor J. Malovany, Alexander Tsaliuk, solo - J. Malovany; Piano - Alexander Velikovskiy


HOMEWORK (repeated from last year):


Psalm 118: 24 - 25:

24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Leviticus 23: 33 - 41:

33 ¶ And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord.
35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
37 These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:
38 Beside the sabbaths of the Lord, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the Lord.
39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.
41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.



  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/01/09, 08:03 PM - "Prayer List":


Would you please add my husband, Harry, to your prayer list. He went in for back surgery on Tuesday (which went very well) and started having trouble breathing in recovery. There is a history of asthma in his family. Our youngest daughter, Kimmy (living in Ft Carson, CO, married to Chris, who is in Afghanistan), has real problems with it (but it did not keep her from running cross country in high school and getting a college scholarship for running). He came off the oxygen yesterday morning and then today, his blood pressure went way down and his heart rate went way up. He is in the ICU and they are working to keep it all stable. My two daughters who are nursing students in Tampa at USF are up here tonight, and my oldest daughter (who lives here in Citrus County, FL) has her husband watching her two kids. We could use all the prayers we can get.

Thank you for all you do.


   Oh, Ruthie, I'm so sorry to hear this! I added Harry's name to our Prayer Roll last night as soon as I fond your note, and we'll be keeping you and your whole family in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers!



  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 10/02/09, 8:39 AM:

Hey guys,

I only get Internet for a few minutes twice a week when I come to Mary immaculate for treatment. They don't have Internet at the old folks home .I am sorry if I can't answer all of my mail ..I really, really enjoy reading it, so keep it coming .



   We'll all keep it coming, Jamey - you get better!



   Happy Birthday today to   Wayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD AND Paige Spencer!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Martha Megann Keesee ('57) AND Mary Megann Peters ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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 -Dale Parsons ('69) of HA;

08 -          Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA;

09 - Norma Wilson Mitchell ('57) AND    Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA !

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



October 2, 1940 - During World War II, the HMS Empress was sunk while carrying child refugees from Britain to Canada.

October 2, 1941 - Operation Typhoon was launched by Nazi Germany. The plan was an all-out offensive against Moscow.

October 2, 1944 - The Nazis crushed the Warsaw Uprising.
October 2, 1948 - The first automobile race to use asphalt, cement and dirt roads took place in Watkins Glen in New York. It was the first road race in the U.S. following World War II.

October 2, 1990 - The Allies ceded their rights to areas they occupied in Germany.



Friday, October 02, 1964 - The Kinks released their first album, The Kinks (album).

Friday, October 02, 1964 - German field hockey player Dirk Brinkmann was born in Duisburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Friday, October 02, 1964 - - Time Magazine cover


From Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA and    Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 09/30/09 - "Aderon Gibbs & Chuck Jones have invited you to a party - The Stokes Rebellion!":

In tribute to our good friend       Wayne Stokes ('65 - of VA) whose quite understandable decision to never attend another CNU football game, those of us who attend the tailgate but not the game will from this moment forward be known as members of The Stokes Rebellion. Thank you Wayne for leading the uprising!


You have been invited to NNHS Adhoc Tailgate Party, hosted by Aderon Gibbs & Chuck Jones.

See you this Saturday at CNU parking lot N. BYOB, we have confirmed that those 21 or over are allowed to consume alcohol at the tailgate party! - R.S.V.P. online!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Guys!

     Y'all be sure to R.S.V.P.!


        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 10/01/09, 1:30 PM - "New   Kaiya Pic":

  This just came from       Josh (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '95 - of IL). I'll also post on facebook.

Luv bh
   OHHH, Thank you, Brent - and Joshua!    

   (We have a fun system in place.  Joshua takes the pictures with his cell phone and sends them to Brent, who disseminates them to the rest of the family.)

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Kaiya Faye Harty - three days old (minus ten or fifteen minutes or so)

   In my impartial, unbiased opinion as a doting grandmother, I think that is a breathtakingly beautiful baby girl!


        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 10/01/09 - "International Space Station":

Hi Carol,

    Linda May Bond Crayton ('66 - of VA) is certainly not the first to question the need for the International Space Station or the Space Shuttle program or the Hubble telescope or the need for NASA itself. Many people question the money spent on space programs when there are so many problems here on earth. People legitimately question not only the cost but as Linda pointed out, the possible dangers of space exploration and possible harm to our atmosphere including the ozone layer. Others wonder what possible benefit is there to people here on earth.

Well.....I would like to point out a couple of things. As for concerns for the ozone layer, it is NASA developed technology being used to monitor ozone depletion. And not only to monitor but to protect the ozone layer and our entire global atmosphere as well. Among other things, NASA technologies are helping to slow down and eventually reverse damage to our atmosphere by such things as separating gases from smoke stack emissions and extracting the CO2 and other harmful gases that contribute to global greenhouse warming. The same technologies developed by NASA to monitor air quality and climate are monitoring and providing a better understanding of such things as land use, food production and the quality of our oceans and fresh water.

 Other direct benefits (just to name a few of the thousands) to our everyday lives from the various space programs include:
    1. A 2 inch by 1 inch  heart pump weighing less than 4 oz based on the space shuttle's fuel pump that is currently undergoing clinical trials in Europe and has been successfully implanted in more than 20 people.
    2.Thermal protection material being used in everything from fire fighters suits, racing uniforms and survival gear for cold environments to fireproof baby pajamas.
    3. Commercial space communication systems for personal phones, computers, video transmissions, GPS systems in automobiles, etc.
    4, Smoke detectors for homes and commercial buildings.
    5. Air filtration and purification systems used by hospitals to provide pure oxygen to patients and to kill all types of harmful bacteria - even anthrax..
    6. Technology for cordless screwdrivers, drills and other rechargeable power tools are directly descended from NASA's space tools.
    7. Advances in integrated circuitry technology that are the basis of all modern computers.
    8. Devices to keep track of astronauts health are now used in hospitals to monitor patients in intensive care and are the basis for pacemakers and  much of the portable medical equipment used in ambulances.
    9. Solar power collection.
   10. Fire-fighting systems that do not use harmful chemicals.
   11. Disposable diapers.
   12. CAT scan and MRI imaging.
   13. Light emitting diodes used in a form of chemotherapy that kills cancerous tumors.
   14. Game controller joy sticks for computers and entertainment systems.
   15. Lightening protection systems for aircraft.
   16. Software to match and track whales.
   17. Implant for delivering insulin to diabetics with more precision and no injections.
   18. Growth of crystals that have the potential to reduce the cost of petroleum and to store new types of fuels like hydrogen, which is abundant and pollution-free that could be used in hydrogen-powered cars.
The list goes on and on and on!

Finally as to cost. Less than 0.8% of our entire budget is spent on the space program! The average American spends more of their budget on their cable bill, or for eating out and entertainment than this. It is almost impossible to find an area of American life that has not been improved by the spinoffs of our space programs. All of these spinoffs represent a very large return on our investment in aerospace projects. WE AREN'T SPENDING ENOUGH!

Ok, I'll climb meekly down off of my soapbox now. I hope I didn't sound hostile. There was no hostility meant here, please don't take it as such. I just felt the need to point out a few things that most Americans are not aware of. Thanks for letting me vent. Most of this information came from and a few other sites like it.


   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Sydney! I detected no hostility; just passion (which is always a good thing!) and a desire for further education and sharing - and that's why we're all here!


    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 10/01/09 - "  (Charlie) Snead ('64 - of NC)":


Please send to Charlie.......

Holy Cow, Sneady!

Too much info. I'm not being political (spit-pooie) I'm only wondering from a scientific stand point. You know, save the whales.

Newborn babies are fine as long as they're someone else's.
The moon looks fine from here.
I never saw Apollo13 (Tom Hanks?), I was there the first time.
I'm most of that other stuff but now feel like an orphan-ouch.
Can't carry a tune and wouldn't know a Prius if I tripped over it.

I'm sorry if you thought I was being at odds.
You sound very accomplished;
  Thommy (Rowell Snead - '64 - of NC) most be very proud.
Don't worry about the hair - it's your heart we're looking at.

Linda May ' 66

      WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Linda May! I DID pass it along to Charlie, but it was so delightfully funny, I just couldn't help but "share it with this class"! Hope you don't mind!  (Sometimes I feel as though I'm actually attending an Open Reunion with "all you guys" - as though we're all standing around laughing and giggling and elbowing each other! Thanks for the fun!)



    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/01/09 - "More POW Stuff":



[Congrats on the beautiful bundle.]


   Thanks, Normie!


History takes on new meaning with the several personal recollections provided us of the POW camps (both permanent and temporary) in Newport News. My relative youth only allows me to remember the German POW camp as a trailer park on the south side of the Military Road (Mercury Boulevard) bridge. Seems to me a Howard Johnson’s restaurant fronted the trailer park.


       Bill Lee (Warwick HS - ’54 - of NC) really nailed the info. The Newport News WWII history book adds this information:


A total of 134,293 German and Italian prisoners of war arrived via the Chesapeake and Ohio terminal.

“The Port became the first to establish German prisoners of war work camps.”

“On June 13, 1945 2,903 German prisoners and 1,419 members of the Italian Service Unit were engaged at the Port … Sept. 18, 1945, there were 4,077 German prisoners and 1,300 of the Italian Service Unit ….

“Prisoners were quartered at Camp Patrick Henry and in the area adjacent to the overpass leading to the James River Bridge. Italian Service Units were quartered at Camp Patrick Henry and in barracks adjacent to the Chesapeake and Ohio piers.”

It should be noted that Camp Patrick Henry included 1,700 acres activated Dec. 2, 1942. Nearly 750,000 men and women passed through the camp during 1943-1944.
As of Jan. 31, 1946, a total of 1,412,107 persons passed in and out of the camp. 


  I also attach two photos: 1) a highlighted view of the book’s undated photo of Ferguson Park. It shows the overpass to old Jefferson Avenue and general location of the camp. With Ferguson Park constructed by the U.S. Navy in 1940, the view may pre-date the camp.

Bill also sparked my scanning a photo of the USS West Point (nee, luxury liner SS America) arriving at New York harbor in 1945, loaded with soldiers returning from the European theater.

Norm Covert (’61) MD

1941 July 11, 1945

   Thank you so much, Norm!

I've added all this to our new page: 

    From Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) of VA - 10/01/09 - "POW Camp and Italian POW Camp":

Hi, Carol,

I have read all the different stories about these and most of them are incorrect. The Italian POW camp was on the Old Casino Grounds which was on the hill behind the Old Victory Arch. There was a movie theater built for the army (which later became The Jewish Community Center), and beside it was a gymnasium for army personal as quite a lot of troops were assigned to the port area. AA guns mounted on the roof of the Warwick Hotel, guards with dogs patrolling all the piers and the rail road storage area which contained ammunition, vehicles, food, etc. for the war. The Italian Camp was an open camp; they were allowed to roam in the Casino Ground area and lived in tents. This area was called the Hill. I remember talking to the prisoners as they had books to try to translate with me.

The German POW Camp was located at the continuation of the James River Bridge crossover from Virginia Avenue to Jefferson Avenue.  It was located below the bridge. It had barbed wire above the fence, and had barracks with towers at each corner, and spotlights with armed guards manning each one. You could see the prisoners walking around the fenced in area.

The 58th Street overpass from Virginia Avenue to 58th Street was built for two reasons - to give the army better access to the HRPE Laundry, and for the new homes at Betsy Lee Gardens and new homes that had been built on Briarfield Road and Copeland and Newsome Park.

Camp Patrick Henry was a distribution point for the HRPE holding troops until ships were available to load them and equipment.

I was still in NNHS and at 14 years old I got a job on the C&O Railroad. Of course, I altered my birth certificate a little, and my job was getting the numbers a way bill numbers off of the box cars and coal cars. There were 60 some tracks in that area (this was called Dawson City), but further up was 58th Street which was called the hump, and there were quite a few tracks there.

Red Skelton's name was brought up. A friend of mine, Bobby Reynolds, Buddy Adjlet, and I went to a movie at the James Theatre. The movie starred Esther Williams and Red Skelton. While the movie was on, there was a person sitting in the middle of the theater laughing very loud at every thing in the movie. Seeing that this person was a red head, red faced, large, and a little chubby, was Red Skelton, we went over and talked to him, and we left the movie with him. He wanted to know if there were any clubs in the area. At that time there weren't any, but we said there was the Elks Club behind the Palace Theater across from the Y, so we took there, and of course there were a lot of men in there playing cards. I don't believe it was fish. He introduced himself and they enjoyed meeting him. We left there and took him to Buddy's parent's restaurant that was located between 34th and 35th Streets on Huntington Avenue across from Newport News Auto Exchange. He became friends with them, and spent a few days with them, and he was shipped out within a week.

While working on the rail road I saw many trains coming in with German Prisoners. I was told they were being sent to West Virginia to one beautiful hotel which was the Greenbriar -  which was true.

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Dale! This page just keeps getting better and better! 

  I've added this description at the top:

Camp Patrick Henry, the German POW Camp, was located at the continuation of the James River Bridge crossover
from Virginia Avenue to Jefferson Avenue
, below the bridge. More were housed at Fort Eustis.

The Italian POW camp, Camp Hill, was on the Old Casino Grounds which was on the hill behind the Victory Arch.

   Can we all agree that this is accurate, or should I modify it?!? Thanks, Everyone!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/01/09 - "I Already Am":

Have a great weekend.

I Already Am

When I was a teenager I was in a group of students who took a trip to Pittsburgh. Being a country boy, I found it exciting just being in such a big city. While most of the students headed for the mall then I decided to tour the streets alone. It was almost Christmastime and the store windows were filled with beautiful displays, full of joy and delight. I bought several cinnamon sticks to ward off the chill and spent a while just walking and looking at the sights.

At some point, however, the stores became less and less and the bars became more and more. I realized I had crossed into a not so good section of town. I saw a small bus stop and decided to sit and take a rest before walking back. The bus stop was just in front of a grocery store and before long an old woman in a tattered coat came out. She was carrying two large bags in one hand. Her other hand held a cane that steadied her slow, shaky walk. Her young, dark haired granddaughter clutched her coat as they made their way to the bench. I smiled at them both and we joked and laughed for a bit about how cold it was before the bus pulled up. When it arrived I picked up the old lady’s bags and carried them up the steps. Then I helped her cherub faced granddaughter up them while her grandma slowly climbed on behind us. I pulled out my last cinnamon stick and gave it to the sweet girl while her grandma smiled her thanks to me. I got off the bus and looked up to the window where the little, curly-haired Child of God was waving goodbye to me. Then I started back to meet the other students a little warmer at heart if not in body.

As I was turning the corner, though, a voice called out from an alley. "Hey man! Want to get high?"

I smiled without looking over and said, "No thanks. I already am."

No drug in the world can ever match the high that comes from one kind act, one shared laugh, one second of giving love, or one moment of making God smile. Kindness is Heaven’s high.

 ~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

   Thank you, Shari!



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 - 10/01/09:

Pilots' Wisdom

1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

2. If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. That is, unless you keep pulling the stick all the way back, then they get bigger again.

3. Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous.

4. It's always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.

5. The ONLY time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

6. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. Because when it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.

7. When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.

8. A 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. A 'great' landing is one after which they can use the plane again.

9. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

10. You know you've landed with the wheels up if it takes full power to taxi to the ramp.

11. The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and vice-versa.

12. Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

13. Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.

14. Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of take offs you've made.

15. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

16. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.

17. Helicopters can't fly; they're just so ugly the earth repels them.

18. If all you can see out of the window is ground that's going round and round and all you can hear is commotion coming from the passenger compartment, things are not at all as they should be.

19. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.

20. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience usually comes from bad judgment.

21. It's always a good idea to keep the pointy end going forward as much as possible.

22. Keep looking around. There's always something you've missed.

23. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It's the law. And it's not subject to repeal.

24. The four most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above you, runway behind you, gas back at the airport, and a tenth of a second ago.

25. There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. There are, however, no old, bold pilots.



The preacher said, "There's no such thing as a perfect woman. Anybody present who has ever known a perfect woman, stand up."

Nobody stood up.

"Those who have ever known a perfect man, stand up."

One elderly gentleman stood up.

"Are you honestly saying you knew an absolutely perfect man?" he asked, somewhat amazed.

"Well, now, I didn't know him personally," replied the little old man, "but I have heard a great deal about him. He was my wife's first husband."



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 10/01/09

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

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Sisu Vesimchu

Sisu Vesimchu B'simchat Torah

Ut'nu kavod laTorah

Ki tov sachra mikol sechora

Mipaz umip'ninim yekara

Nagil venasis b'zot haTorah

Ki hi lanu oz ve'ora

Rejoice and be merry on Simchat Torah

And give honor to the Torah!

For her reward is greater than any business,

More valuable than jewels.

We shall rejoice and be merry on Simchat Torah,

For it is for us strength and light.


"Sisu Vesimchu" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 10/14/08

 Adam Rhine's Painting (Watercolor and Colored Pencil) of Sukkot Symbol courtesy of - 10/02/09

Clip art of Lulav used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 10/14/08

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!

Animated Red Flames courtesy of - 05/19/08

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

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 Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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

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

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