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10/02/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Pinball Wizard

“The world changed from having the determinism of a clock
to having the contingency of a pinball machine.”

- Heinz Pagels
(19 Feb 1939 - 23 July 1988)

“Why do people in ship mutinies always ask for 'better treatment'?
I'd ask for a pinball machine, because with all that rocking back
and forth you'd probably be able to get a lot of free games.”

- Jack Handey
(b. 25 Feb 1949)

1948 - Davy Spriggs in a beer garden
named Holloway's in the basement level
of one of the old Shipyard Apartments

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I heard this song on tellybision the other day, and realized that we already had the perfect illustration for it on the site.  Imagine my surprise when I realized that our Wizard of Wonderment had give it to me on 04/02/03 - exactly 7-1/2 years ago today!

   Thanks again, David, for this adorable image!

BONUS #1 - - Pinball Wizard - The Who, 1969

BONUS #2 - - Pinball Wizard - Elton John from the movie, Tommy (1965)


"Pinball Wizard" is a song written by Pete Townshend and performed by the English rock band The Who, and featured on their 1969 rock opera album Tommy. The original recording was released as a single in 1969 and reached #4 in the UK charts and #19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100...

The lyrics are written from the perspective of a pinball champion, called "Local Lad" in the Tommy libretto book, astounded by the skills of the opera's eponymous main character, Tommy Walker: "That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball", and "I thought I was the Bally table king, but I just handed my pinball crown to him".

Townshend once called it "the most clumsy piece of writing [he'd] ever done"[1] nevertheless, the song was a commercial success and one of the most recognized tunes from the opera. It was a perpetual concert favourite for Who fans due to its pop sound and familiarity.


1. TODAY!!!

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 06/26/10 - "Birthday Party for Everyone":

Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach at 2:00 PM.

For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at and see

   WHOO-HOO! Thanks, Ev! Y'all have fun! I'm so sorry I'll miss it; maybe next year!  


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 Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 07/16/10 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2":

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!

   Thanks, Chuck!

4. SOON!!!

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/06/10 and 09/23/10 - "Update on locations AND Hotel Info - Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion - Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!":

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 Brothers residence is located at 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News.  The telephone number is 757-595-4116.  We’ll post a map providing directions.

The Saturday afternoon picnic at Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, begins at 1:00 PM.  $20.00 will cover the cost of your food. significantly updated 08/07/10 and 09/02/10 and 09/24/10!

 - updated 09/20/10! 

45-Year NNHS Class of ’65 Reunion – Hotel Information

The following properties are within a 15-20 minute drive of our two locations for the reunion activities.

All are rated by at 3.0 or above on a scale of 5.0. Rates are approximate based on availability.
I’d suggest using or any of the travel sites to assist in making reservations.

If you’re using a GPS the address for Lynn Walker Brothers home is 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News 23606.
Event begins at 7:00 p.m. October 15th.

Newport News Park is located at 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News 23603. Event begins at 1:00 p.m. October 16th.

Omni Newport News - 866-767-0278 - $88.00

Hilton Garden Inn - 866-538-1314 - $74.00

Microtel Newport News - 757-249-8355 or 800-246-8357 - $42.00

Days Inn Oyster Point - 866-582-3258 - $52.00

Crestwood Suites Newport News - 866-538-0315 - $69.00

Holiday Inn Express - 877-859-5095 - Newport News - $72.00

Marriott City Center - 757-873-9299 - $139.00

Comfort Suites Airport - 877-424-6423 - $100.00

Studio Plus Newport News - 757-882-8847 or 800-804-3724 - $65.00

Best Western Newport News Inn and Suites - 757-952-1182 - $81.00


   Thank you, Dave!

5. SOON!!!

       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 -

        - updated 09/28/10! 


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

08 - Tippy Rowe ('57) AND           Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA AND    Richard Cantor ('65) of KY;

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

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


   Y'all did take note of yesterday's date, didncha - 10/01/10?!?  I mean, isn't that just too cool??

          My #5 Son, Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) said that that was 38 in binary code, and that someone had declared the day "Happy Binary Day":

   And in Chinese this day would be called, "ching chong chong ching ching chong."

   If you understood any or all of that, then more power to you! But if it went flying right over you head as it did mine, why then, I don't feel so badly after all!


October 1, 1938 - German forces entered Czechoslovakia and seized control of the Sudetenland. The Munich Pact had been signed two days before.

October 1, 1942 - First flight of the Bell XP-59 "Aircomet".

October 1, 1942 - USS Grouper torpedoed Lisbon Maru not knowing she is carrying British PoWs from Hong Kong

October 1, 1943 - Naples fell to Allied soldiers.

October 1, 1946 - Nuremberg Trials: The International War Crimes Tribunal sentenced 12 Nazi officials to death; 7 others were sentenced to prison terms and 3 were acquitted. The trial began on November 21, 1945.


October 02, 1938 - Tiberias massacre: Arabs murdered 20 Jews.

October 02, 1940 - The HMS Empress was sunk while carrying child refugees from Britain to Canada.

October 02, 1941 - In Operation Typhoon, Germany began an all-out offensive against Moscow.

October 02, 1944 - Nazi troops ended the Warsaw Uprising.

October 02, 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 02, 1990 - The Allies ceded their rights to areas they occupied in Germany.


Friday, October 01, 1965 - Apostasia of 1965: a political move in Greece designed to overthrow the Prime Minister, George Papandreou.

Friday, October 01, 1965 - General Suharto crushed an attempted coup in Indonesia.

Friday, October 01, 1965 - Field hockey player Andreas Keller was born in Berlin, West Germany.

Friday, October 01, 1965 - Model and model spokesperson Cindy Margolis was born in Los Angeles, California.

Friday, October 01, 1965 - Ice hockey player Cliff Ronning was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

TODAY IN 1965:

Saturday, October 02, 1965 - Wayne Frizelle celebrated his birthday.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 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, vote often (or at least cast your allotted daily vote) - and don't drop the ball now!

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 09/30/10:

I sent the picture and information of the second student directly to
   Fred Field (June '45 - of CA)
. This second person graduated in 1924.

See you at the reunion. Is
      Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) coming to the reunion?


   Thanks so much, Edna!
   No, Paul isn't coming; I'm flying into Raleigh on Wednesday the 6th, and my sister
Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) will pick me up from the airport. We'll spend a few days there together and then drive up to meet our cousin         Cheryl (White Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA) and spend a few days at her house, before coming back down to the reunion events. Eleanor and I will attend both, and Cheryl will drive down from Colonial Heights on Saturday to join us at the picnic. Then we'll split up again, Cheryl will head north, and Eleanor and I will go back down south to Fayetteville, and I'll fly back to Illinois on Monday, the 18th.

   See ya soon!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 09/30/10 - "Plastic Bottle Caps - Re-Use Them!":

pretty neat

Whoever first thought of this idea must be given an award for originality !!!

Wow, what a fantastic idea!

Do not have to grapple with rubber bands that are tied too tightly.

How to seal a bag and make it air-tight.

Cut up a disposable water bottle and keep the neck and top, as in photo.

Insert the plastic bag through the neck and screw on the top - to seal.

The bottle is made to be air-tight, such that water will not leak, the secret lies with the top and screw!

This is a great idea to share. Good for us and the environment too.

   WOWZERS! How cool! Thanks, Dimples!

   From Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia - 10/01/10 - "Hi, Carol, could classmates who went to    J. Bankhead Magruder Elementary (as it was then) help me out?":

Would anyone remember the first name of an early teacher (6th grade) from Magruder Elementary, who we knew as "Mrs. Ransome." I'm writing a book dedication that includes her, but it seems weird nowadays to write just "Mrs. Ransome" alongside others whose first names are also included. I've tried the school's site, NNVA obituaries, and I can't seem to whomp it up and as publication draws night I'm getting a bit desperate.

Thanks, Matey, for any help anyone can provide...



   How exciting! I was a    Mrs. Eunice Bassett Leyland kinda kid myself, but without even trying, I can think of at least three gals who were in Mrs. Ransome's class.  I remember that Mrs. Ransome's classroom was directly across the hall from Mrs. Leyland's in the "sixth grade wing", and I'm reasonably certain that she was somewhat older than my mama (who was born in 1908), so just to help jog some memories, I've pulled this "list of suspects" from the Social Security Death Index:

ALBERTA RANSOME   23 Jun 1904   Nov 1984   80  Powhatan, Powhatan, VA 23139

BEULAH RANSOME   15 May 1913   Jan 1980   66   Newport News, Newport News (city), VA 23607

CATHERINE J RANSOME   10 Apr 1910   27 Mar 2000 V   89  Tappahannock, Essex, VA 22560

COQUISEEE B RANSOME   3 Nov 1911   26 Jan 2003 V   91  Richmond, Richmond (city), VA 23222

ELVIRA E RANSOME   5 Dec 1905   24 Mar 1995   89   Nassawadox, Northampton, VA 23413

ETHEL R RANSOME   12 Jun 1907   28 Mar 1995   87   Richmond, Richmond (city), VA 23224

JANNIE RANSOME   1 Jun 1904   May 1966   61   23369 (Virginia)

LEOLA RANSOME   2 Sep 1896   15 Jan 1972 V   75   Crewe, Nottoway, VA 23930

LILY RANSOME   22 Nov 1904   Apr 1977   72   Exmore, Northampton, VA 23350

LYDIA B RANSOME   9 Jul 1907   24 Sep 1989   82   Hardy, Franklin, VA 24101

MAMIE RANSOME   1 Dec 1901   Apr 1971   69   Burkeville, Nottoway, VA 23922

MARGARET RANSOME   7 Oct 1889   May 1973   83   Mechanicsville, Hanover, VA 23111

MARY RANSOME   27 Aug 1897   Mar 1981   83   Petersburg, Petersburg (city), VA 23803

MARY E RANSOME   28 Apr 1906   7 Apr 2000 V   93   Richmond, Richmond (city), VA 23224

MARY RANSOME   9 Mar 1895   Sep 1968   73   Richmond, Richmond (city), VA 23223

PATTIE RANSOME   24 Apr 1901   Oct 1972   71   23205 (Virginia)

ROSA RANSOME   25 Jul 1912   Jul 1980   67/68   Lackey, York, VA 23694

RUTH RANSOME   4 May 1918   15 Jun 1997 V   79   Waverly, Sussex, VA 23890

     Sandi? Joyce? Pam?

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

   Thanks, Carla, it's always so good to hear from you - and best wishes with your book!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/29/10 - "Original Civil War Photos (236)": 

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Shari!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 09/30/10 - "Cat Attention":

I think I sent this before, but I have to do it again.  I just had the biggest laugh and it felt so good. 

     Thanks, Dearest Judy!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - "Class reunions":


Every ten years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.

I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant dress.

It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.

The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.

The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.

No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.

The boy we'd decreed 'most apt to succeed'
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted 'least' now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.

They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast.

They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.

At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.

It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.

By the fiftieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill.

And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our sixtieth is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.

Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.

I'm feeling quite hearty, and I'm ready to party
I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one
Other person who can make it that night.

   GIGGLES! Thanks, George, it is that time of year!


  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 and Sunday, October 2 and 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: Friday night at 7:00 PM at the home of Barry (York HS - '65) and Lynn Walker Brothers, 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News, VA 23606 ($5.00@); Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM at Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23603 ($20.00@) For more 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 Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, 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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Pinball Wizard

Written by Pete Townshend (b. 19 May 1945)

Recorded by The Who, 1969

Ever since I was a young boy
I've played the silver ball
From Soho down to Brighton
I must have played them all

But I ain't seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

He stands like a statue
Becomes part of the machine
Feeling all the bumpers
Always playing clean

Plays by intuition
The digit counters fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

He's a pinball wizard
There has to be a twist
A pinball wizard
He's got such a supple wrist

How do you think he does it?
(I don't know)
What makes him so good?

Ain't got no distractions
Can't hear no buzzers and bells
Don't see no lights are flashin'
Plays by sense of smell

Always gets a replay
Never seen him fall
That deaf dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

I thought I was
The Bally table king
But I just handed
My pinball crown to him

Even on my favorite table
He can beat my best
His disciples lead him in
And he just does the rest

He's got crazy flipper fingers
Never seen him fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

"Pinball Wizard" midi courtesy of - 10/01/10

"Pinball Wizard" lyrics courtesy of - 10/01/10

Image of the Pinball Wizard courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/02/03
Thanks again, Dave!

Animated Divider Line # 153 clip art courtesy of - 01/01/10

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

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!

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!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 08/13/10
Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

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

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!

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