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10/14/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
If You Wanna Be Happy

The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. 
Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine.
Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. 
Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”

- Norman Vincent Peale
(31 May 1898 - 24 Dec 1993)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This is the new, improved version of a theme that was first used four years ago today.

BONUS - - If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul


   Happy Birthday today to       Liz Breeden ('61) of VA AND      My Granddaughter, Eme Harty of TX, who is eight years old today!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Milton Nunnally ('66 and '67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 - Betty Jean Dail Phillips ('57);
18 -
Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA  AND   Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA  AND Jimmy Crank ('63) of VA;

19 -   Danny Coleman ('63) of NC;

20 - Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND    John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA;

21 -
  Mr. Julius Conn - 1904 - (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


   Hit # 89,500 was made on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 8:23 AM by    Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL!

   Hey, Jimmy, that's your second hit lately, and you still haven't sent me your mailing address! Just because I run months behind on sending any prizes doesn't necessarily mean I won't get around to it eventually!


October 14, 1933 - Nazi Germany announced that it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.

October 14, 1944 - German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution after being accused of conspiring against Adolf Hitler and the execution that would follow.

October 14, 1944 - During World War II, the Second British Parachute Brigade liberated the city of Athens.


Wednesday, October 14, 1964 - Leonid Brezhnev became General Secretary of the CPSU and leader of the Soviet Union, ousting Nikita Khrushchev.

Wednesday, October 14, 1964 - In Game Six of the World Series in Sportsman Park, the New York Yankees beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-3. Yankees Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle hit home runs on back to back pitches:

Wednesday, October 14, 1964 - Phillips began experimenting with color television.

Wednesday, October 14, 1964 - A landmark episode of The Beverly Hillbillies aired: Part sitcom, part silent movie: "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood" featured the legendary  Hollywood columnist, who convinced Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) to buy a movie studio. She told Clampett that to make "great pictures" he'd need "great stars" and took him to Grauman's Chinese Theater. "Somebody has sure gone and messed up this man's cee-ment," Jed said. Soon he and Jethro (Max Baer, Jr.) paved over even Mary Pickford's prints, and were arrested. Hopper sprung them, only to climb onto Jed's bulldozer herself: "Someday, Hollywood is going to thank me for this!"

Wednesday, October 14, 1964 -  Artist Olu Oguibe was born in Aba, Nigeria.

Wednesday, October 14, 1964 -  Baseball player and manager Joe Girardi was born in Peoria, Illinois .

Wednesday, October 14, 1964 -  Sport talk show host Jim Rome was born in Tarzana, California.

Wednesday, October 14, 1964 -  Actor David Kaye was born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.


  You may think that just because you can't see the 47 images that    Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA  sent me, or the five that        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA sent me, or the 22 or so that   Tom Flax ('64) of VA sent me - not to mention the 12 that       Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX sent me earlier OR the mysterious treasures that     Norm Covert ('61) of MD sent me last night - that no progress has been made.  But you'd be oh, so wrong.  You just can't see them yet.  But looky, looky - see what you can't see:

   "Be patient, be patient." 

    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 10/13/09 - "    The Colony Inn (Hilton Village)":

Hi Carol:

In looking through the pictures of Hilton Village I did not recognize "The Colony Inn." Since I was only 2 years old when my family moved to Newport News so that my dad could work in the shipyard, I've always felt like a native of Newport News. I do not ever recall hearing about or seeing the Colony Inn. Can you or anyone else elaborate on this beautiful old building, which was obviously located somewhere in the Hilton Village area.

I attended Hilton Elementary in the 7th grade, but moved to downtown Newport News where I entered NNHS in the 8th grade. Yes, I was a "mouse" at one time. ha ha

Thanks for all you do for the NNHS Alumni.

Pat Beck Letzinger
Class of '57

   Well, Pat, I really gotta tell ya. I don' know nuttin' (English major, you know). It was there in the twenties and thirties. It was waaay too beautiful to be willfully torn down; I would suspect a fire.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

   Thanks, Lady!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/13/09 - "Major Harry Atkinson USMC / Attorney at Law / City Councilman, City of Newport News, VA":

If you have access to the archives of The Daily Press, Newport News, VA. would it be too much trouble to secure the obituary for the late Harry Atkinson of Newport News?
He might be a candidate for the Famous Marine page.

He was the Inspector-Instructor for the 97th Rifle Company, United States Marine Corps Reserve, Newport News, VA. In that position, he was on Active Duty in the USMC, and was assigned to the leadership role in the local reserve unit.

I think he may have been a long time resident or native, for I recall his mother living near his law offices when he was still in private practice.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan


Daily Press (Newport News, VA) - Monday, July 2, 2001
Author: Compiled by MANDY MALONE Daily Press

Eugene Atkinson, 81, died Saturday, June 30, 2001, in Newport News. A lifelong resident of Newport News, he was a retired Major U.S. Marine Corps, former Mayor and city councilman for Newport News and an attorney in Newport News. He retired as an attorney in 1999.

His offices and memberships include Elder, Presbyterian Church U.S.; past President Denbigh- Stanley Civic League; past President, Newport News Federation of Civic Organizations; Past Chairman, Newport News Democratic Executive Committee; a member of Warwick Moose Lodge No. 1711; FBI National Academy Associates; Life Member International Association of Chiefs of Police; Life Member American Legion, Post 368 (Post Judge Advocate for past 18 years); Life Member VFW Post 176; Trustee, Warwick Lodge No. 336, A.F. & A.M.; Newport News Elks Lodge No. 315.

In addition, he was a graduate of FBI National Academy, 61st Session; a member of the Newport News City Council from 1962-1966 and 1974-1978; Mayor from 1974-1976; an instructor in law, Marshall- Wythe Law School; Legion of Honor; Order of DeMolay; and a member of the senior board of directors, First Virginia Bank of Tidewater.

Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lucille Atkinson, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kay Atkinson; son, Harry Atkinson Jr. and his wife, Karyn, of Newport News; daughter, Karen A. Loffredo and her husband, Michael, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Catherine, Michael and Joseph Loffredo of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and
Peggy Crotty of Newport News.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Denbigh Presbyterian Church by the Rev. John Sadler with burial in Quantico Veterans National Cemetery. Mr. Atkinson will lie in state from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, July 2, at the Newport News City Council Chambers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Denbigh Presbyterian Church, Parkinson's National Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Riverside Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

   Wait a minute! Stop the train!! His sister, Peggy Crotty, was        my daddy's (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) nurse at the VA Center in Kecoughtan!  I absolutely adored her!


Daily Press (Newport News, VA) - Monday, October 2, 2006
Margaret Atkinson Crotty, 84, died peacefully Sept. 25, 2006, at the St. Francis Nursing Center.

She was born Jan. 18, 1922 in Hampton and lived all her life in Newport News.

Mrs. Crotty was a registered nurse who served in the U.S. Army during WWII. She was attached to the 99th General Hospital, Operating Room 3443, during action in Northern France and Germany. She was awarded two bronze stars. She was a nurse at Kecoughtan Veterans Hospital for 20 years, and then worked for many years in the offices of Dr. William Read, Dr. Patrick Laughlin and other internists, whose practice eventually became Peninsula Internal Medicine.

Mrs. Crotty said that she wanted to be a nurse ever since she was a young child and had helped care for her invalid grandmother. She achieved that goal. Those that knew her will remember her as a nurse who cared for her patients skillfully, tirelessly and unselfishly.

Mrs. Crotty is survived by a daughter, Margaret Priest of Machias, Maine; and a granddaughter, Clare Priest of Minneapolis, Minn. She is also survived by her brother, William Atkinson of Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico; and several nieces and nephews

Mrs. Crotty was preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Atkinson, for whom she cared for many years; and by her brothers, Burt and Harry Atkinson. In addition, Mrs. Crotty also leaves her "other daughter," Pat Waddy, who was a constant source of affection and comfort.

The family would like to thank the many people who helped Mrs. Crotty during her last years of declining health, particularly the compassionate staff at St. Francis Nursing Center and the wonderful residents and staff at The Hidenwood. The family is especially grateful to Dr. Patrick Laughlin who went above and beyond, both as her physician and as her friend.

At her request, there will be no visiting hours or flowers.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Peninsula Memorial Park with the Rev. Clarence Hilling officiating.

Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. 

Caption: Photo (b&w) Margaret Atkinson Crotty
Edition: Final
Section: Obituaries
Page: C4
Record Number: 0610020146
Copyright 2006 Daily Press (Newport News, VA)


Thanks, Carol!!!

I knew I could count on you to come through on this request.

Great memory, Carol. Now you have another addition to the Famous Soldiers page.


  Thank you so much, Major Madagan! There will be more on this subject next time - including adding the both of them to our Famous Military pages!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/13/09 - "Marie Suttle":


What a shock it was to hear from         Sepi Ozora (A.K.A. Dimples) Dinwiddie Prichard ('58 N.C.) about the untimely death of Miss Marie Suttle. There are and were few teachers like her and it is a personal loss. 

In reading the Daily Press Memorial Book inscriptions included on this site, how wonderful it was to see that Ann (Powell) Jennings wrote of her close association with Miss Marie during their three years at the new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Consider (1) what a privilege it was to be part of Miss Powell's second grade teacher at TJ Elementary;  and (2) to have the opportunity to gather in Miss Marie's classroom to hear her read books to us, including portions of "Tales of the Old Plantation" by Joel Chandler Harris. What an inspiration Miss Marie was to me!

I have read to my children since their birth and now with the grandchildren, even producing cassette tape recordings, now converted to CDs, for them of their favorite books (Can you find Gold Bug?).

Today it was agreed that Grandad was the only one available to attend the seminar at our grandson's elementary school in which they show parents how to share books with the children. It's a course I should be able to handle, thanks to Miss Marie Suttle.

Norm Covert ('61) MD

   Thank you so much, Norm! That was beautifully stated! I added it to Miss Suttle's Memorial Newsletter - and please accept our sincerest sympathies on the loss of your teacher.:

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

- Henry Adams (1898 - 1918)

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 10/13/09 - "BEAUTIFUL ADVICE":


This is the most beautiful advice I have ever received in an email ...

An Angel says, "Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen,
you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice."


1. Pray 
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed. 
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and un-clutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut).
This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry your scriptures with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19 Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
REPEAT...every day, FIND time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus .'
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

"If God be for us, who can be against us?"

Romans 8: 31)

   Thank you so much, Glenn!

  From My Friend,  Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 10/13/09 - "Pyrex":

This is really scary!  I have 1 glass pie dish but I got it from my mom so it has to be more then 25 years old.

Pyrex - Worth checking this out……. 

About 5:30 PM there was a loud bang from the oven. Sylvia opened the oven door and the Pyrex dish had shattered into a million pieces. The roast beef (our first in many months) was peppered with small shards of very sharp glass. Normally, I am quick to inform Sylvia she did something stupid. However, this time she was nowhere near the stove when it blew. I shoveled the glass and the now mashed potatoes into a bucket with two putty knives. I then sucked the remains with the shop vac. I let everything cool down and then scrubbed the oven with Simple Green and some hot soapy water. It took over an hour to clean up the goo. Upon completion I ran the oven empty to see if the temperature controller was working okay. I suspected the oven got too hot and the dish simply blew. This was not the case however. The oven came up to temperature and cycled normally. We threw a disgusting frozen pizza in the oven and it cooked o kay.
What is going on?

I Googled exploding Pyrex dishes and got ten million hits. Exploding Pyrex is very common.
Here is the story.

A long, long time ago in a country we all know and love was a company named Corning . They made Pyrex dishes. The material they used is called borosilicate glass. This stuff is indestructible. But like everything else, the Bottom Liners had a great idea: sell the technology to another company. The Chinese discovered that using soda lime glass was almost as good as borosilicate glass and a lot cheaper. Today, Wal-Mart is the largest distributor of Pyrex products.. Corning not only sold the technology to a company called World Kitchen, they also sold the rights to the original Pyrex logo. Seamless. The consumer will never know.

Now it seems people are getting hurt using soda lime Pyrex. We were lucky because the dish broke while the oven was closed and the damage was limited to the oven cavity. Others have been less fortunate.. Some dishes explode when they are lifted from the heating rack in the oven with devastating results. Some people are heavily scarred. World20Kitchen is in denial. They say that the dishes are another brand, not theirs. Contrary to their denials the victims usually have more than one of these dishes and the Pyrex logo is clearly visible. If you buy a Pyrex dish beware. The label on the front says oven safe, freezer safe, microwave safe. The instructions on the back tell another story. You cannot move a soda lime Pyrex dish from the freezer to the oven and expect it to survive. The fine print goes on and on about what you are not allowed to do with the Pyrex dish. The fine print has prevented World Kitchen from being sued because they have warned the consumer that their Pyrex dishes are junk from the get go. And they are the same price as the original Corning dishes. What a bunch of losers we all are for buying this crap.

What to do?
If you own borosilicate Pyrex dishes no fear.. They have to be more than 25 years old to be sure they are indeed Corning dishes. I am not sure if the old Pyrex dishes have anything stamped in them that indicates they are made by Corning . You may continue to use the soda lime dishes for holding stuff. Just do not attempt to roast or microwave with them as the hazard is very clear.

The reason the sod a lime dishes let go is that over time they develop micro-cracks. Once a few micro-cracks are present and once some liquid finds its way into the cracks you have the bomb situation.. The liquid is like shoving a crowbar in the dish and pulling it apart. Super heated liquids expand rapidly and it is the super heated liquids that force the soda lime glass to shatter into tens of thousands of shards.
Since Corning no longer makes Pyrex and Sylvia proudly holds a large collection of the soda lime Pyrex, we decided that one bomb in the kitchen is enough. The Pyrex dishes will go bye-bye in this week’s trash. I do not know what we will use for cake and pie dishes going forward . If you have some suggestions we are listening.

I strongly urge you not to use the soda lime Pyrex for the oven, stovetop or microwave. The slightest invisible crack is all it takes to have a mess and a possible injury.
As to World Kitchen: them and their cheap dishes - In case you are wondering: World Kitchen is not a USA company.

   YOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Judy! The possibility of this happening is remote, but we should all be aware that it does exist.

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 10/13/09 - "INSPIRING!! As we age we begin to doubt our ability to 'make a difference' ":


As we get older we sometimes begin to doubt our ability to “make a difference” in the world.  It is at these times that our hopes are boosted by the remarkable achievements of other “seniors” who have found the courage to take on challenges that would make many of us wither.

  Harold Sclumberg is such a person…

I've often been asked, 'What do you old folks do now that you're retired'?  

“Well… I'm fortunate to have a chemical engineering background, and one of the things I enjoy most is turning beer, wine, Scotch, and margaritas into urine. And I’m pretty damn good at it, too!"


    Thanks again, Glenn, that's very comforting, I'm sure!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 10/13/09 - "When you need a lifeline":

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, the wars, global warming, my savings, Social Security, my credit card debt, retirement funds, vanishing freedoms, etc........... I called Crisis Lifeline. 

They connected me with a freakin' call center in Pakistan ..

I told them I was suicidal.

They got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck.

    Thanks, Gorgeous - you hang in there!


     From Me ('65) of IL - 10/12/09 - "It's That Time Again! (Nag #3)":

   Halloween is almost here.  Thanksgiving isn't far behind.  You know what that means, doncha? 

   That's right, it means it's time to schedule the Holiday Parties!

   How many of y'all are planning class or multi-class events?  The Class of 1962 usually has one.  The Class of 1958 almost always has one.  Wouldn't the rest of ya'll like to get together, some day, somewhere - soon?!?  Lemme know.  No, I cannot make it, so I don't even have a vested interest.  I just like to live vicariously and pretend a lot.


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 10/13/09:

Just Can't Win

"I see you were last employed by a psychiatrist," said the employer to the applicant. "Why did you leave?"

"Well," she replied, "I just couldn't win...

If I was late to work, I was hostile.

If I was early, I had an anxiety complex.

If I was on time, I was compulsive."


1. 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

2. 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 10/12/09

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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If You Wanna Be Happy

Written by Frank Guida
(26 May 1922 - 19 May 2007)

Recorded by
Jimmy Soul, 1963
(24 Aug 1942 - 25 June 1988)

If you wanna be happy
For the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman your wife,
So from my personal point of view,
Get an ugly girl to marry you.

A pretty woman makes her husband look small
And very often causes his downfall.
As soon as he marries her
Then she starts to do
The things that will break his heart.
But if you make an ugly woman your wife,
You'll be happy for the rest of your life,
An ugly woman cooks her meals on time,
She'll always give you peace of mind.

Don't let your friends say
You have no taste,
Go ahead and marry anyway,
Though her face is ugly,
Her eyes don't match,
Take it from me she's a better catch.

Say man.
Hey baby.
Saw your wife the other day.
Yeah, she's ugly.
Yeah, she's ugly but she sure can cook.
Yeah?. Okay.

"If You Wanna Be Happy" midi (sequenced by Ron Tilden) courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks, Dave!

"If You Wanna Be Happy" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Smiley Face clip art courtesy of - 10/12/05 

Smiley Face Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/12/05

Animated Smiley Faces clip art used to make Large Divider Line courtesy
of - 10/11/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
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!

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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!

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!!

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!

Animated USMC and Army Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Ringing Gold Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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