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10/04/10 - NNHS Newsletter - One Fine Day

“Youth will be served, every dog has his day, and mine has been a fine one.”

- George Borrow
(05 July 1803 – 26 July 1881)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's Newsletter is being revisited from exactly five years ago today:

   I was looking for an old Newsletter to reuse primarily because I'm still rushing with preparations for my trip (and "reruns" are an amazing time saver), but I was astonished to read what it included - some of which I'll repeat here today.

BONUS - - One Fine Day - The Chiffons


"One Fine Day" is a popular song by songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King which was a hit in the summer of 1963 for girl group The Chiffons and has subsequently been covered by numerous artists.

Goffin and King were inspired by the title of the aria Un bel di from the Puccini opera Madama Butterfly. Intended for Little Eva, "One Fine Day" was prepped as a demo by Goffin and King with King providing a guide vocal but - despite a propulsive piano riff courtesy of King - Goffin and King were unable to construct a viable arrangement and eventually gave up, passing the song to the Tokens who had recently produced the #1 hit "He's So Fine" by the Chiffons for whom it was thought another "fine" song had hit potential. The piano work by King (whose vocal was erased) was retained for the Chiffons' recording and King attended the session at which the Chiffons recorded their vocals. However the Tokens radically re-worked the Goffin/King demo of "One Fine Day" for the Chiffons' version; Gerry Goffin would comment that the Tokens "really earned their production credit".[1]

"One Fine Day" by the Chiffons reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100: its R&B chart peak was #6. The single was an international hit charting in the UK (#29),[2] France (#18),[3] and New Zealand (#6).[4]




  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!



    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 03/17/10:

The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at


3. 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 10/04/10! 

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!


4. 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 10/04/10! 


     From Me ('65) of IL - 10/04/05 - Repeated from

  If you don't know what I'm going to say next, you don't know me very well.

   Last year (2004) just before the reunion, I tried to be subtle and sensitive and allude to this as gently as possible. 
This year (2005) I cannot afford to be so coy.

   Have you not noticed how very quickly one of us can be gone?  If you're thinking of waiting until "next time" to see
everyone, look around.  "Next time", either they - or you yourself - may not be around to partake of that opportunity.
How many have we lost this year alone??  You count them all; I cannot bear to do so.

   If you can't attend, you can't attend, and that's that.  But if you're vacillating about whether or not to come, if you're
just "thinking about it ", and haven't quite decided - and especially if your mind is filling with a lot of nonsense such
as, "I'm too fat.  I don't want to see everybody looking like this" - please let me point out to you that your friends love
you, and they don't care how you look, they just want to see you again, and everything else is pure balderdash!!!

   As I can't find the exact quotation, I cannot find the exact date, but I believe it was about sixty-five years ago when
Ashley Montagu
said, "The greatest forces of evil in this world are those which seek to keep a baby from its
mother's breast." 

   While I wholeheartedly agree with that, I would extend it to read, "The next greatest forces of evil are those
which seek to keep people from their friends by inflicting lies of self-doubt upon them."

   And let me also remind you what       the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold
of VA
said (ten) years ago, which I have preserved on the Reunion Page, lest we forget:

 I think the joy of going to a class reunion is that EVERYONE really knows
 how old you are and you don't have to try to pretend a thing.

The other interesting phenomenon that I have experienced is
that no matter what a person looks like now,
I still tend to see them as looking like the same people I knew in 1965.

Where else can you go and have 35 years shed?  Can't wait to see everyone!!!

- Pam (Smith) Tomczyk ('65) of IL - 09/08/00
{now Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA}
just prior to 1965's 35th Reunion of October 27/28, 2000

   I might get off this soapbox soon - but don't count on it. 

   "I excuse not myself."


   Happy Birthday today to        My Former Brother-in-Law, Rennie Dick ('54) of VA AND  Jimmy Mooney ('57) AND   Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to George Pipkin ('57) AND    Butch Ragland ('63) of CO!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

11 -   Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND        Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 04, 1940 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met in the Alps at the Brenner Pass. Hitler was seeking help from Italy to fight the British.

October 04, 1943 - The U.S. captured the Solomon Islands.

October 04, 1944 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower distributed to his combat units a report by the U.S. Surgeon General that revealed the hazards of prolonged exposure to combat ("shell shock").

October 04, 1990 - The German parliament had its first meeting since reunification.

TODAY IN 1965:

Monday, October 04, 1965 - Becoming the first Pope to ever visit the United States of America and the Western hemisphere, Pope Paul VI arrived in New York.

Monday, October 04, 1965 - Footballer Olaf Backasch was born in Eisenhüttenstadt, East Germany.

Monday, October 04, 1965 - Musician Skip Heller was born - possibly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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 Bridget Whitt Jones ('65) of AR - 10/03/10 - "Re: Sunday":

Thanks, Carol, for the butterflies on my birthday. I love butterflies. ! ! !

I remember Mrs. Ransome, too, but cannot remember her first name. Sorry. I think I left Magruder in the 5th grade to transfer to Walter Reed. Wow, that was 100 years ago. Have a great week. See you soon.


  Well, how fortuitous was that?!?
  Here, Bridget, have another one!

   I'm so excited about seeing you again - but it's only really been forty-eleven years!

   From Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia - 10/02/10, 6:47 PM - "RE: Mrs. Ransome":

Hi, Carol, thanks so much for spreading the word about finding Mrs. Ransome's first name, because Margaret it sure was. I hope I didn't miss out any email thankyous to those who helped, both on and offline, including your good self, because I was about to the point where it was keeping me up nights. It was really good of everyone to take the time and trouble, and about as fast as Google, too, which was really impressive!

Thanks for the good wishes, too. It does keep me out of trouble in retirement!

All the best,


   Thank you, Carla!

  From Mike Leonard ('68) of VA - 10/03/10 - "Margaret Ransome":


Concerning the matter of Margaret Ransome, checking my 1945-1946 peninsula phone directory, it lists a J Thomas Ransome at 934 Mason in Hampton. The only other Ransome in the book is W.O. Ransome at 421 Hampton Roads Avenue. My June 1955 directory only lists J Thomas Ransome at 934 Mason in Hampton. There are no other Ransome's in the book. However, this one lists a John Taylor Ransone, physician, office at 2904 West Avenue and his residence at 4 Chisman Road in Hampton. My June 1956 is the same as the 1955 except it lists John Taylor Ransone, physician, residence at 4 Barron Drive in Hampton. There are a few listings in the 1955 & 1956 directory that spells the name Ransom without the E, so could that be a possibility?

There are no listings, in any of my phone books, for a Dr. John T. Ransome at 306 Hampton Roads Avenue.

Now, if you can sort all this out, hopefully it will be helpful to one of your readers.

Mike Leonard "68"

   OH, WOW! Thanks so much, Mike! That certainly confuses the residence issue, doesn't it??

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 10/03/10 - "Jane's back home":

I'm back from my visit with relatives in NC & SC. Had a wonderful time, which included a 2nd birthday cake (3 of us had mid-late Sept. birthdays, so had a shared cake), a visit to an Antebellum family home outside Morganton, NC ("Swan Ponds," built in 1843), & another visit (rainy, alas) with relatives in SC. Spent time with at least 25 relatives of all ages and ate plenty of NC-style BBQ.

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks, Jane - and welcome home!

   Wait a minute - "3 of us had mid-late Sept. birthdays"?!? WE don't have your birthday recorded anywhere in September!!!

   When might that be? How are we gonna annoy - oh, I mean - help celebrate with you if we don't know when it is?!?

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/03/10 - "You can't read this and stay in a bad mood.":
funny faces


You can't read this and stay in a bad mood

1. How Do You Catch a Unique Rabbit?
Unique Up On It.

2. How Do You Catch a Tame Rabbit?
Tame Way.

3. How Do Crazy People Go Through The Forest ?
They Take The Psychopath

4. How Do You Get Holy Water?
You Boil The Hell Out Of It

5. What Do Fish Say When They Hit a Concrete Wall?

6. What Do Eskimos Get From Sitting On The Ice too Long?

7. What Do You Call a Boomerang That Doesn't work?
A Stick

8. What Do You Call Cheese That Isn't Yours?
Nacho Cheese.

9. What Do You Call Santa's Helpers?
Subordinate Clauses.

10. What Do You Get From a Pampered Cow?
Spoiled Milk.

11. What Do You Get When You Cross a Snowman With a Vampire?

12. What Lies At The Bottom Of The Ocean And Twitches?
A Nervous Wreck.

13. What's The Difference Between Roast Beef And Pea Soup?
Anyone Can Roast Beef.

14. Why Do Gorillas Have Big Nostrils?
Because They Have Big Fingers.

15. What Kind Of Coffee Was Served On The Titanic?

16. What Is The Difference Between a Harley And a Hoover ?!
The Location Of The Dirt Bag.

17. Why Did Pilgrims' Pants Always Fall Down?
Because They Wore Their Belt Buckles On Their Hats.

18. What's The Difference Between a Bad Golfer And a Bad Skydiver?
A Bad Golfer Goes, Whack, Dang!
A Bad Skydiver Goes, Dang! Whack.

19. How Are a Texas Tornado And a Tennessee Divorce The Same?
Somebody's Gonna Lose A Trailer.

20. Why does the ocean roar???
You would too if you had crabs on YOUR bottom.

Now, admit it... at least one of these made you smile.


Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.


Mrs. Donovan was walking down O'Connell Street in Dublin when she met up with Father Flaherty. The Father said: "Top o' the mornin' to ye! Aren't ye Mrs. Donovan and didn't I marry ye and yer husband two years ago?"

"Aye, that ye did, Father," she replied.

"And have ye any wee little ones yet?" the priest asked.

"No, not yet, Father," she replied.

"Well now," the priest said: "I'm going to Rome next week and I'll light a candle for ye and yer husband."

"Oh, thank ye, Father," she said and they parted ways.

Several years later, they met again. The Father asked: "Well now, Mrs. Donovan, how are ye these days?"

"Oh, very well, Father!" she replied enthusiastically.

"And tell me, have ye any wee ones yet?" the priest asked.

"Oh, yes, Father!" she replied: "Three sets of twins and four singles -- 10 in all!"

"That's wonderful!" he said: "And how is yer loving husband doing?"

"Not so well," Mrs. Donovan responded: "He's gone to Rome to blow out yer candle!"


Unexpected guests were on the way, and my mother, an impeccable housekeeper, rushed around straightening up. She put my father and brother to work cleaning the guest bathroom. Later, when she went to inspect it, she was surprised that the once-cluttered room had been tidied up so quickly.

Then she saw the note on the closed shower curtains. It read, "Thank you for not looking in the bathtub."

Filling The Barrel
I love it when God blesses us with bright, shining opportunities to help others. God always uses these opportunities to help us become better people as well. Sometimes, however, these opportunities come with difficulties. And they are the ones that challenge us the most.

I had just arrived at the grocery store the other day. My shopping list was long and my cash was short. It seemed like we had run out of everything at once. It looked like there was no way that I would be able to get all the food I needed for my family that week with the money I had. As I walked in the store I noticed a big, blue barrel. On the side was a plea for food donations for the local food bank to help the needy. I glanced inside it. It was completely empty. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one struggling to make ends meet that week.

As I walked through the store, though, I couldn’t get that barrel out of my mind. With each food item I put in my cart I thought of all the people who couldn’t even afford to feed their own children right now. Finally, I picked up some extra boxes of noodles and put them in my cart. I prayed they would fill at least a few empty bellies that week. I knew if I had to I could put back something of my own to make up the difference. I paid for the groceries and had just enough to get them all. I smiled and walked to the barrel with an empty wallet but a full heart. As I dropped the boxes of noodles in the barrel I noticed too that it was slowly starting to fill up. I wasn’t the only one who had decided to help the hungry that day.

Every opportunity to help others is a gift from God. Every time we do help others God is helping us as well to become better and more loving people. We are here, after all, to love each other and to help each other. We are here to fill both empty barrels and empty hearts. We are here to live as God’s Children. May we always do so.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella Copyright © 2010 ( -- submitted by: Joseph Mazzella ]

   Thanks, Shari!

     From Me ('65) of IL - 10/04/10 - "The Blessing Gown":

   Remember three weeks ago when everything came to a grinding halt while I finished my newest granddaughter's blessing ensemble?  I thought you'd like to see it, as well as some images of Claire with her family on The Big Day.  
   (Oh, c'mon, admit it, you've just been completely overcome with curiosity!)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 Thursday, September 16, 2010 Sunday, September 19, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
   Okay, so I got a little carried away.....

   By the way, the crocheted bodice, socks, and booties were basically designed by Carol Carlile, the crocheted bonnet was designed by Sandy Abbate (I added the seven ribbon roses to match the rest of the ensemble), and the very long skirt appeared to me in a dream, so I suppose you could say I designed that part myself.


  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. 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.

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 - -

3. 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

4. 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.

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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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One Fine Day

Written by Gerry Goffin (b. 11 Feb 1939), and Carole King (b. 09 Feb 1942)

Recorded by The Chiffons, 1963

One fine day
You'll look at me
And you will know our love was
Meant to be
One fine day
You're gonna want me for your girl
The arms I long for
Will open wide
And you'll be proud to have me
By your side
One fine day
You're gonna want me for your girl
Though I know you're the
Kind of boy
Who only wants to run around
I'll keep waiting and
Someday darling
You'll come to me when you want to settle down oh
One fine day
We'll meet once more
And then you'll want the love you
Threw away before
One fine day
You're gonna want me for your girl
One fine day
We'll meet once more
And then you'll want the love you
Threw away before
One fine day
You're gonna want me for your girl

 "One Fine Day" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/04/05
Thanks so much, Dave!

 "One Fine Day" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks again, Dave!

 "One Fine Day" Title Image courtesy of - 10/03/10

Animated Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/22/09

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

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

Animated Monarch Butterfly courtesy of ??? - 09/01/05

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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