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10/03/07 - NNHS Newsletter -

“Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small
but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.
And everyone deserves a little sunshine.”

- Jeffrey Glassberg

 Friends and Schoolmates,
   Hmmm - that's interesting.  Three years ago today our Newsletter also had a Butterfly theme.



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Rennie Dick ('54) of VA  AND  Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA!

  Butch Ragland ('63) of CO on Friday, and    Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA on Saturday!

   (And, uh, no, I still haven't run those missing scans...)

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

      From Hunter Todd  ('57) of TX - 10/02/07 - "October Newsletter from WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival":

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   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much, Hunter!

   (Okay, Sweetie-Pies, if that didn't catch your attention, nothing will!)

    From Joe Madagan ('67) of FL - 10/02/07 - "10/02/07 - Tenderly":

Hi, Carol:

The theme "Tenderly" is a fine one!!! It takes me back to "The Poor Soul" portrayed by Jackie Gleason on his television show, where the orchestra played a soothing rendition of this lovely song.

Not one to miss an opportunity to bust on you, surely you did not mean this:

"And I gladly added Chuck to our Famous Soldiers" and I am confident you added him to the Famous Sailors page.

   ARGHHH!!! Thanks for catching that, Joe!  It's time for another round of my True Confessions.  As I compose the Newsletters, I skip around wildly, so that what appears first on the page was not necessarily addressed first.  This particular entry happened to be the last to be completed in yesterday's twelve-hour marathon.  I believe I released the Newsletter at 6:00 PM, and by 6:30 PM had uncharacteristically crawled in bed. Obviously, I wasn't feeling particularly super-duper...

   Along about midnight I awoke with the feeling that I had neglected to add the words, "Welcome to our Famous Sailors, Chuck!" to my response - which indeed, I had.  But at that moment, had I jumped up to amend it, I would have disturbed the entire household.  I reasoned that the damage had already been done, and I would surely awaken long before the roosters, and would amend it then.

   Unfortunately, I somehow slept in until 7:00 AM............

   So now, both errors have been addressed, only thirteen hours too late:

   My apologies to everyone - especially to Chuck and Butch!

The surprise at the end of the World War II Memorial Municipal Swimming Pool page was great. Mrs. Elliott was one hard working lady, and so gracious and charming.

As I scrolled down, I suspected that you may have found your Beginner Swimmers card bearing my signature, and scanned it and placed it on this page. But I see I was wrong...but, it was sure nice to see Darlene Mitchell's ('55) photo again, as well as the other lovely ladies in the photo images.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL  

   That would have been delightful, Joe, but I'm afraid after all my repeated moves over the last forty-eleven years, the chance of such a treasure coming to light is extremely small... :o(

   For more images of the lovely Darlene, see here:


   Thanks again, Adonis!

  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/02/07 - "Gail! ":


What a surprise it was to see my 33rd Street pal      Gail Gaskins Roberson ('58) of NCin the photos of the super bash in Buckroe last weekend. Please send my email address to Gail and tell her how great it is see that she is still a good looker! I was always too young and she was family. I risk life and limb to attach this picture of Gail and my brother,     Harry ('57, Northern Va.), when they were good pals in the neighborhood. Gail has a bit of a pose to turn a guy's head, but Harry is non-plussed. I was still in diapers.  
Harry Covert and Gail Gaskins

 How precious!!! Thank you so much, Normie! They're just darling! What a treasure!!!

   Unfortunately, I don't have Gail's email - or snail - address at the moment, but I gave her my card and hope to be hearing from her soon.....

Also wanted to say my pen pal,      Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58, NC), helps make the Class of '58 appear well preserved, too. It is amazing what good genes can do and is more apparent if you compare the Bathing Beauty photo of 1955 to the party shots. (Miz Carol, yours are good, too.)

I was unable to attend the Buckroe Bash and renew old friendships with   Lloyd Nelson ('61) and   Freddie Sage ('61, what a runner he was), plus     Coach Lefty, last seen in Frederick, MD, at a Rotary Club luncheon in 1986.
In a prior commitment, I sprang for four right field seats in Oriole Park at Camden Yard to accommodate my recovered Grandson Nicholas (pre-school, NC), son Peter (Gov. TJ, '96, NC) and Oma, Loretta (get this, Stuttgart American High School, '68), and Grandad  to see the Yankees play the O's. Buckroe? What a great weekend, 'til Nicholas left.

Norm Covert ('61)

   Oh, how precious!!!  What a wonderful treat for all of y'all!  We're all delighted you had that great experience, Norman!

Saturday, September 29, 2007
Nicholas and Norm

   Thanks for sharing it with us!

    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/03/07 - "Name that man":


The man (in image #83) with
      Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and me is    Les Puckett ('58)..... He came to NNHS in '57 from Martinsville, Va. He told me at the party that I was the first girl at NNHS to smile at him.  He is a dear soul and wrote the most touching poem for our 50-Year Reunion Yearbook. It will remain secret until the reunion. 

You left your card case at the party and I have it and will mail it to you.  You are well loved by all.  We had 90 people at the Party....Amazing !!!

Love, Dimples

   Thank you very much, Sepi! I appreciate your help!

   And I'd not even missed my card case.  Why doncha just hang on to it until we get together for your birthday??

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/03/07 - "Vastly Improved Outlook":

A Vastly Improved Outlook                                  Story Editor:
by The Traveler                                         Joyce Schowalter
California, USA

My siblings had planned this spring 2004 pack trip through the Grand Canyon for two years. I was breaking up with a man I adored, yet no way would I miss this trip.

Mr. Wonderful called the day before the trip to say he wasn't going -- so I should make my own arrangements to get to Arizona from California. That was something of a problem. I'm far from wealthy, and my 52-year-old eyeballs aren't up to driving in unfamiliar territory.

But a family edict is a family edict: I made it.

The canyon was spectacular, the weather perfect, the company a hoot. Although we're all middle-aged and several decades from our last wilderness experience together, we comported ourselves quite competently.

Sore, tired, yet full of a sense of having accomplished a small miracle, we gathered at a restaurant back on top of the canyon rim for a celebratory dinner. Halfway through, my brother-in-law looked me square in the eye and said, "We're not taking you to the airport."

I was flabbergasted! We'd all met in Phoenix, and driven four hours into the canyon together. One naturally assumed we'd return to the airport to catch our respective flights home together. Apparently my flight, an hour and a half before the others, would entail everyone leaving at 9:30 AM versus 11 AM, and that just wouldn't work for them. Or something.

Eccentric family dynamics notwithstanding, there was neither taxi service nor shuttle vans from the canyon to the airport. I'd just spent the week backpacking. I had no cash. My credit card was maxed out. My sibs were unsympathetic. I was broke, physically exhausted and spiritually drained. And I was stranded.

In tears, I walked back to the hotel to try to figure out how to get home. I walked into the lobby at night, totally distraught. The woman at the front desk noticed my sniveling and asked what was wrong.

When I told her, she went into action. Roberta W grabbed a phone and started calling. The Phoenix tour bus wasn't running, so she called her son. He couldn't get away to drive me, so she called a co-worker. As I watched slack-jawed, she arranged to switch shifts with him the next morning. "Be here at eight tomorrow, I'll take you. Go get some sleep."

She showed up on the dot, and gathered my stuff into her van.

I'll bypass the personal travails this dear woman was dealing with, and the challenges she's overcome. The long drive into Phoenix was filled with her wonderful stories and cheerful observations. Not only did I make my flight in plenty of time, I did so with a vastly improved outlook on life and its vicissitudes.

I've no idea what motivates a person to spend her day off driving across a state in aid of a clueless stranger, but Ms Whitt's astounding generosity put the previous evening's pettiness into a perspective I have not forgotten.

I'd like to publicly thank her for the lesson she imparted.

    Thanks so much, Shari!

    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/03/07 - "RE: JEANIE MOORE PRICHARD":


One of the notes about my Mother-in Law was from someone we have all heard of;  thought you might want to tuck it into one of the Newsletters..... Just the name alone will surprise everyone.  I found it very sweet and 'down to earth.'

Love to all,

Sepi a.k.a. Dimples


     From Neil Armstrong (Blume HS, OR - '47) of OH to Captain Reuben Parker Prichard, USN (Ret) (USNA - Class of 1948A) - 10/02/07 - "RE: Jeanie Moore Prichard":

Dear Rube,

Sincere thanks for notifying me of the loss of your 6 decade partner in life.

Clearly a great lady who will be well remembered.

I send my condolences and my very best wishes.


Neil Armstrong


   That note is also posted here:

  Thanks for sharing that with us, Sepi!

       From Captain David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64; USNA - Class of 1969) of VA - 10/03/07:

  Captain Reuben Parker Prichard, USN (Ret) is a member of the Class of 1948A, so designated because its members graduated on 6 June 1947. The remaining members, the Class of 1948B, graduated on 4 June 1948.  Given that this class entered prior to the conclusion of World War II, I suspect that it was affected by the accelerated graduations required as a result of the war.  I explain all this, because I found it odd that a marriage in the Chapel would take place in November 1947, especially for a member of the Class of 1948. I knew that Classes were split; I just couldn't remember if 1948 was one of them.

Unfortunately, I do not have a 1948 Lucky Bag, but I do have a 1947.  That one has his photo as a Midshipman Second Class (Junior, to you landlubbers).

   Thank you, Captain! Nobody does it better!

   This is also posted here:


1.  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 10/01/07 - "Fall Concert Series! Music of the 50's, 60's and 70's! ":

Hello Everyone!
Our Fall Concert Series is nearly here. The dates are October 13th and 14th (Sat. & Sun) at 4 PM and 8 PM both days.   If you wish to come to one of the concerts let me know and I can put tickets at will call for you or you can buy them from me directly.  Attached is the flyer. 
Tickets are $18 @ the door, Advance - $15.  Seniors, Military and Students are $15 @ door and $12 Advance.  It's really going to be a fun concert!

Sarah Kressaty 

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! Okay, Lady, I'll see what I can do about reconstituting and/or reclaiming information found on a PDF file, and try it again - next time -- REALLY!

2.   From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 10/02/07 - "REDSKINS FOOTBALL GAME":


I have a bus trip going to the REDSKINS/CARDINALS football game on October 21, 2007. This is a day trip and the bus will leave from Norfolk/Newport News early in time for tail gate party. The price is $75.00 per person if you have tickets and $175.00 per person if you need tickets. Would love for some old Typhoons to make the trip.

Give me a call ASAP for reservation  757-879-2847

Gary Fitzgerald

   Thanks, Gary - it sounds like great and glorious fun!


1. Thursday, October 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

4. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

5. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

6. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:
The NNHS Classes of 1941 and 1942
will have a reunion on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the James River Country Club at 12 noon.

Dr. Harold Cones will speak about the founding and development of the Mariners' Museum.

Cost is $30.00 per person - Includes Choice of Two Entrees

CONTACT: Jennings Bryan at 
or call him at 757-873-7701.

- 07/23/07

The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2007
at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

All schoolmates from '60, '61, '63, '64 and' 65 are invited to attend the Friday night affair.

 The Friday night cost will be $20.00 per person, which includes being with all of us, food, and beverages
(including beer and wine), plus a cash bar. 

The 1962 classmates will be celebrating on that night and on the 13th, ending with breakfast on the 14th.

For information, email Brenda Amos Williams at or call her at 757-810-4000.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/24/07 - "Summer's Not Over Yet! "- #32 in a Series of 38:

It's not Buckroe, but it'll do in a rush!

This is sand? Thought this was one you'd enjoy seeing; it all took place in British Columbia.


   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Chris! Well, perhaps now summer really IS over, but it will live on forever in our hearts, n'est pas??

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  10/03/07 - "Dear Carol, Here are some Happy Halloween Pumpkins" - #1 in a Series of 13:

Dear Carol,

The Halloween season is fast approaching, Here are some ideas to get everyone in the spirit of Haunting.

My Daughters loved it after the carving when I would take the Pumpkin seeds and roast them with a little salt for flavor.
I passed out candy to all the scary little creatures that come to my door begging. 
Back in the days when I would go begging (That's a LONG TIME AGO), We lived in the country and the older kids would go around tipping over OUT HOUSES to be devilish ~~~~~ Well ~~~~~ My older Sister on one occasion after the out house was tipped over ~~~~~ She FELL IN up to her waist and she came home ONE SMELLY MESS.  Needless to say that there were no more out houses tipped over the next year !!!
Kids today don't seem to have all the fun we had when I was young and growing up (That's a long time ago), Mainly because there are no more Out Houses to tip over !!!
To quote Archie Bunker from All In The Family TV ~~~~~ "THOSE WERE THE DAYS".

Your Friend, Herbie

   YOWZERONI and WILD GIGGLES!!! I myself enjoyed Halloween immensely while I was growing up - and to a somewhat lesser extent, still do -  but I never had THAT kind of "fun"!!!

   Thanks, Herbie Darlin"!

   Tonight's edition is not quite finished, but I need to scoot.  I'll add the other items on - next time!

   Y'all take 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


(Mariah Carey, 1997)

When you love someone so deeply
They become your life
It's easy to succumb to overwhelming fears inside
Blindly I imaged I could
Keep you under glass
Now I understand to hold you
I must open my hands
And watch you rise

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun
If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly

I have learned that beauty
Has to flourish in the light
Wild horses run unbridled
Or their spirit dies
You have given me the courage
To be all that I can
And truly feel your heart will
Lead you back to me when you're
Ready to land


I can't pretend these tears
Aren't overflowing steadily
I can't prevent this hurt from
Almost overtaking me
But I will stand and say goodbye
For you'll never be mine
Until you know the way it feels to fly


So flutter through the sky
Spread your wings and fly

 "Butterfly" midi courtesy of - 10/03/07

 "Butterfly" lyrics courtesy of - 10/03/07

Butterfly Image courtesy of - 10/03/07

Animated Monarch Butterfly courtesy of - 09/01/05

Butterfly Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/08/04

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 Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

The Grand Remi Award Image and WorldFest Houston logo courtesy of Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 10/02/07
Thanks, Hunter!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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

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