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10/20/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Whispering Grass

“That we may mark with wonder and chaste dread
At hour of noon, when, with our limbs outspread
Lazily in the whispering grass, we lie
To gaze out fully upon the windy sky-
Far, far away, and kindly, friend with friend
To talk the old, old talk that has no end,
Roaming-without a name-without a chart
The unknown garden of another's heart.”

- C. S. Lewis
(29 Nov 1898 - 22 Nov 1963)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter is for       my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC. This old standard kept running through her mind all last week.  Maybe she has a Magic Shower, too.

BONUS #1 - - Whispering Grass - The Ink Spots

BONUS #2 - - The Whispering Grass by Margaret Bemister (b. 1877)


"Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)" is a popular song written by Fred Fisher and his daughter Doris Fisher. The song was first recorded by Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra in 1940. The Ink Spots also recorded it the same year. Whispering Grass was a 1975 UK number-one single by Windsor Davies and Don Estelle. Davies and Estelle were actors in the successful sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum. It was number one in the British singles chart for three weeks from 7 June 1975.[1]


       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! 


   Happy Birthday today to Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND    John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   The late Mr. Julius Conn (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

22 -      The late Herb Hice (deceased 18 Apr 2008)  AND   The late Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) (deceased 22 Sept 2007) AND   Annette Funicello of CA AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA;

23 -   Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA;

24 - Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;

25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA;

26 -    Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE;

27 -   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC AND   Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 20, 1941 - Thousands of civilians in Kragujevac in German-occupied Serbia were killed in the Kragujevac massacre.

October 20, 1944 - The Soviet Army and Yugoslav Partisans liberated Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia.

October 20, 1944 - General Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his promise to return to the Philippines when he commanded an Allied assault on the islands, reclaiming them from the Japanese.

TODAY IN 1965:

Wednesday, October 20, 1965 - Musician Norman Blake was born in Bellshill, Glasgow, Scotland.

Wednesday, October 20, 1965 - Singer and songwriter Jil Caplan was born in France.

Wednesday, October 20, 1965 - Ice hockey player Mikhail Shtalenkov (Михаил Алексеевич Шталенков) was born in Moscow, USSR.

Wednesday, October 20, 1965 - Actor William Zabka was born in New York City, New York.

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! 
 YIKESARONI-RINI!   Grace's ratings have dropped considerably since I've been gone and stopped nagging you!!! Y'all "git back to work!"

   Vote early, vote often (or at least cast your allotted daily vote) - and don't drop your guard now!


2.      From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 10/16/10 - Q.: "How many classes attended the seventh grade at Newport News High School?":

A.: There were three - the Classes of '61, '62 and '63 were all here for six years instead of five.

   They earned no credits toward graduation, and could not participate in many activities, but they were here, as these images will attest:
FIRST ROW: Roger Callis, Nathan Sharf, Norton Richman, Patty Larsen, M. Wilkinson, Mary Holloman, Betty Bean, M. Jones, L. Bond, James Harrison, Ruby Ezzell. SECOND ROW: Mrs. Bessie Bivens McFall, G. Suttle, M. Sloop, Rochelle Leifer, Bobby Fee, Bobby Boyce, Steve Seltzer, Milt Eason, W. Walker, J. Harrell, K. Berlin. THIRD ROW: Claudia Steel, Katina Hall, N. Forbes, L. Henson, E. Glenn, Joe Thweatt, Zeb Morgan, J. Dobson, Gary Fitzgerald, Lehman Smith, Jimmy Moody, Mike Jeffers. FIRST ROW: D. Hinnant, T. Taylor, E. Glasgow, Jimmy Parker, H. Joyner, Doug Joyner, Mitchell Strickland, M. Turner, Connie McKinsey, N. Dobson. SECOND ROW: Miss Sarah Wade Owen, J. Hughes, Brownie Shaffer, Jerry Adkins, W. Nalls, L. Bond, I. Ward, J. Jackson, A. D. Strickland, N. N. Hoyle. THIRD ROW: Gerald Schweida, Monty Phillips, E. Phillips, David Riley, C. West, Anita Smith, MaeLea Somervold, Jennie Shepard, Alice Menin, Betsy Barnhouse. FIRST ROW: Harry Seay, Susie Jeffers, Kay Latta, Diane Booker, Estelle Overton, Annette Hessler, D. Belcher, Craig Miller, Terry Smith, Raymond Ellenson, B. Blum. SECOND ROW: H. Clemm, Bobby Artman, Bernie Whitmer, Carol Smith, Sue Harrison, Bobby Fox, C. Holland, N. Phelps, Paul Moses, Ludwig Malacek, Tommy Payne, Miss Elena Armistead. THIRD ROW: T. Robinson, C. Hall, Charlotte Guilliams, C. Thompson, Marsha Leake, Jackie Belote, J. Shur, Elliot Shemer, R. Phelps, Chuck Lilly, Kenny Lipscomb.
1956 Anchor, p. 21 - Homeroom 220
 Class of 1961 as Seventh Graders
1957 Anchor, p. 58 - Homeroom 103
Class of 1962 as Seventh Graders
1958 Anchor, p. 59 - Homeroom 318
Class of 1963 as Seventh Graders -
   Thanks, Jimmy-Jimmy!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/07/10 - "RE: Margaret Ransome":

Here is what I have found:

Firstly, we can certify that Margaret S. Ransone was the wife of Dr. John Taylor Ransone and a teacher at Magruder.

From the 1956 Hill’s Directory:


I could take you through the steps of the research, but I will simply state the findings: 

·  Dr. John Taylor Ransome died ca 8 Sep 1967. His obit was published in the D-P.

·  On 1 Oct 1967, his widow, Margaret S. Ransone sold the property at 4 Barron Drive and moved next door to an apartment building located at 501 East Pembroke Avenue. That building is no longer standing.


Sales History








0860 0634




0042 0055




0022 0438


Note that the property transferred in 1986 to Ruth Anne Sayre at no cost and was sold one year later. These transfer dates would indicate that Ruth Anne Sayre inherited the property, then sold it; she may have been a surviving daughter. The obit will confirm or refute this assumption.

·  Margaret S. Ransone died ca. 1 Aug 1986. Her obit was published in the D-P. If we are lucky, there will be a photo.

·  The 1989 Hill’s Directory lists J. Taylor Ransome at 501 East Pembroke Ave. I assume that this is a surviving son, most likely John Taylor Ransome, who would be a Junior or a “II”.

·  The current online phone directory has:

John T Ransone Jr  
4927 Tarheel Way
Annandale, VA 22003-4462
(703) 978-9755
Age: 65+

There is strong circumstantial evidence that this is the surviving son.

   WOWZERS!!! Thank you so much, Cap'n! Nobody does it better!

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 10/08/10 - "Mama's Bible":

What a good laugh. Y'all enjoy!


Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who lived far away in another city.

The first said, "I had a big house built for Mama."

The second said, "I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in the house."

The third said, "I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her."

The fourth said, "You know how Mama loved reading the Bible and you know she can't read anymore because she can't see very well.

I met this preacher who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took twenty preachers 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church, but it was worth it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it."

The other brothers were impressed. After the holidays Mom sent out her Thank You notes.

She wrote: "Milton, the house you built is so huge I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway."

"Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home, I have my groceries delivered, so never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks."

"Michael, you gave me an expensive theater with Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people, but all of my friends are dead, I've lost my hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same."

"Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you."

Luv Ya,

   ARGHH - OH, NO!!! Thanks, Dave!

   From Bridget Whitt Jones ('65) of AR - 10/09/10 - "Reunion":

I am so glad that you'll be going after all. Looking forward to seeing you after 45 years.

   ME, TOO! Thanks, Bridget!

    From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 10/10/10 - "Idea":

Hi Carol,
I'm going to participate in a Holiday Open House and thought it may be a good time for our classmates who have not seen the refurbished Chamberlin to come and have a look! It will take place on Sunday, December 12th from noon to 4 in the lobby of the Chamberlin. 
Everyone who has memories of the Chamberlin needs to take this opportunity to visit. Of course I will enjoy seeing classmates from any year.
Take care,
Brownie Shaffer Haracivet - Typhoon Forever - NNHS Class of 1962

   COOL BEANS - DOUBLE FUN! Thanks, Brownie! I've added it to our Dates to Remember!


From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/10/10 - "Iwo Jima Today":




   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much, Norris Sweetie!

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 10/11/10 - "Memories":

  Here is a pic of    Eleanor (Milne Kenitzer - '66 - of CA) and   Charles (Milne - '64 - of NC) after their mother's    (Martha Jo Walters Milne) graveside service in N.N.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

   Thank you so much, Cheryl!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/11/10 - "Favorite Hymns":

Good Morning. :)

Have a happy week, my friend.  Enjoy.

Favorite Hymns

The Dentist's hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns

The Weatherman's hymn: There Shall Be Showers of Blessings

The Contractor's hymn: The Church's One Foundation

The Tailor's Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy

The Golfer's Hymn: There Is a Green Hill Far Away

The Politician's Hymn: Standing on the Promises

The Optometrist's Hymn: Open My Eyes that I May See

The IRS Agent's Hymn: I Surrender All

The Gossip's Hymn: Pass It On

The Electrician's Hymn: Send the Light

The Shopper's Hymn: Sweet By and By


For those who drive, if you must speed on the highway, please sing these.....

45mph: God Will Take Care of You

55mph: Guide Me, O thou Great Jehovah

65mph: Nearer My God to Thee

75mph: Nearer Still Nearer

85mph: This World Is Not My Home

95mph: Lord, I'm Coming Home

Over 100 mph: Precious Memories

- Received from Timothy Anger

   GIGGLES!!! These are great! Thanks, Joan!

  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 10/11/10 - "Mustard":

OM Gosh, I laughed out loud.



I Love Mustard. (This is a true story. If you have children you will probably relate to this father).

As ham sandwiches go, it was perfection: a thick slab of ham on a fresh bun with crisp lettuce and plenty of expensive, light brown, Gourmet Mustard.

The corners of my jaw aching in anticipation, I carried it to the table in our backyard, picked it up with both hands, but was stopped by my wife suddenly at my side.

'Here, hold Johnny (our six-week-old son) while I get my sandwich,' she said.

I had him balanced between my left elbow and shoulder and was reaching again for the ham sandwich when I noticed a streak of mustard on my fingers..

I love mustard.

I had no napkin.

I licked it off.

It was not mustard.

No man ever put a baby down faster.

It was the first and only time I have sprinted with my tongue protruding out.

With a washcloth in each hand, I did the sort of routine shoeshine boys do, only I did it on my tongue.

Later, after she stopped crying from laughing so hard, my wife said, 'Now you know why they call that fancy mustard Poupon.''

   ARGHH - NO, NO, NO!!! Thanks, Judy (I think)!


  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 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

2. Thursday, November 4, 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.

3. Wednesday, December 8, 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.

4. Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Noon to 4:00 PM - Holiday Open House at the Chamberlin Lobby - Go see Brownie!

5. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 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

6. 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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Whispering Grass

Written by
Fred Fisher (30 Sept 1875 - 14 Jan 1942) and his daughter Doris Fisher (1915–2003)

Recorded by
The Ink Spots, 1940

Why do you whisper, green grass
Why tell the trees what ain't so?
Whispering grass
The trees don't have to know
Why tell them all your secrets
Who kissed there long ago?
Whispering grass
The trees don't need to know
Now don't you tell it to the breeze
Cause she will tell it to the trees
And everyone will know
Because you told them once before
Yes, you told them once before
It's no secret anymore
Why tell them all the old things
They're buried under the snow
Whispering grass don't tell the trees
Cause the trees don't need to know
Why tell them all your secrets
Who kissed there long ago?
Whispering grass
The trees don't need to know
Now don't you tell it to the breeze
Cause she will run and tell it to the trees
And everyone will know
'Cause you told them once before
Yes, you told them once before
That's no, no secret anymore
Why tell them all the old things
They're buried under the snow
Whispering grass don't tell the trees
'Cause the trees don't need to know

"Whispering Grass" midi courtesy of,
extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 10/21/10 (sic)
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"Whispering Grass" lyrics courtesy of - 10/21/10 (sic)

"Whispering Grass" Image courtesy of - 10/21/10 (sic)

Pulsing Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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 USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

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

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

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10 (sic)

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

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