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10/25/05 - NNHS Newsletter - A Kiss from a Rose


Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's theme is brought to you courtesy of my Haunted Radio, who with impeccable timing sings to me
songs I somehow need to hear.


1. Mr. John A. Huller ('43) of FL - 10/24/05:

   I was so excited yesterday that I forgot to announce Mr. Huller as a Newbie!  I hope I didn't forget to say.

   But I still haven't added those missing images.... 

  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 10/23/05:

Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #1 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #2 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #3 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #4  
Steve Pullen ('65) of VA and Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA Becky Crank Tench ('65) of VA; her cousin, Anne Marlow Fitzgerald ('65) of CA; and Pete Tench ('65) of VA Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC and Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC; Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA; Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA; and Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA  
Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #5 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #6 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #7 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #8  
Charles Braslow ('65) of the Virgin Islands; Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA; and Bob _____ of the Virgin Islands Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA; Dennis Ivey ('65) of VA; Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA; and Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA Dave Arnold ('65) of VA and Dennis Ivey ('65) of VA Patti Miller of NC; Dennis Ivey ('65) of VA; and Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA  
Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #9 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #10 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #11 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #12  
 George Konstant ('65) of VA and Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA Judy McCall ('65) and Alan ('64) Nesbitt of NC Pete Tench ('65) of VA; Bob ('65) and Sharon Chaffin ('66) Tanner of VA Jackie Millikin Gray ('65) of SC and Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA  

   Thanks so much, Sarah Sugah!  These are great!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 10/23/05 - "Reunion Pictures": 

Friday, October 21, 2005, 5:48 PM - #1 Friday, October 21, 2005,  9:36 PM - #2 Friday, October 21, 2005, 9:37 PM - #6 Friday, October 21, 2005, 9:40 PM - #7  
Sorry - I couldn't resist this NN school bus as we were driving into town! Let the dancing begin!!! Don Wilson (JMHS- '64) of VA; Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC; her cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS- '64) of VA; and Dale Chestnut of VA Mike ('65) and Patti Miller of NC  
Friday, October 21, 2005,  10:03 PM - #12 Friday, October 21, 2005,  11:02 PM - #13 Friday, October 21, 2005,  11:03 PM - #14 Friday, October 21, 2005,  11:03 PM - #15  
  Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA and Charlotte Spade Wilkins (WHS - '65) of NC Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA and
Charlotte Spade Wilkins (WHS - '65) of NC
All of the other images my sister and I took Friday night are
on her camera, and we'll be getting those later.

Keep the faith.

Friday, October 21, 2005,  11:03 PM - #17  
Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA; Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC;  and
Charlotte Spade Wilkins (WHS - '65) of NC

  From Van Rowell ('65) of NC - 10/24/05 - "Reunion Pictures":


  Todd (Givens - '65 - of Northern VA) asked me to forward these pictures that he took.  You can use the ones you like.  We had a great time and it was great seeing you and   your sister (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC).  I hope Paul is doing well and you told him all the stuff he missed.  Mattie and I had a good drive back.  We got away at 7:30 Sunday morning and were back home a little before 1:00 pm.  We had a great time at our granddaughter's first birthday party Sunday afternoon.

Love ya, VAN:

   Thanks, Van - and Todd!  I'm glad you had a nice trip home and made it to the party in time.  Eleanor and I had a fun trip home as well, but it was considerably later as we stayed through brunch with the others, and then made three major stops on our way - but more about that later.

   Love you, too!

Friday, October 21, 2005 - #34 Friday, October 21, 2005 - #54      
Mattie and Van ('65) Rowell of NC; Nichael ('65) and Patti Miller of NC Mattie Rowell of NC; Charles and Pauline Collins ('65) Shofner ('65) of VA; Van Rowell ('65) of NC; and Linwood Wright ('65) of VA; with Pauline Wright Perry ('67) of TN and Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI in the background      

  From Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 10/24/05:

Just  click on the link below!  ;

  GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Tom!  I'm still working on Halloween, and you've moved right ahead to Thanksgiving!

   But I love that song!!!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/24/05 - "WOWZERS and all Variations":

Wowzers may have evolved from "Yowza" which was an exclamation used by the Swing Era band leader, Cab Calloway, usually heard as, "Yowza, Yowza, Yowza".

The word also appeared in one of his songs, "The Hi-De-Ho Miracle Man" :

It may also have been the phonetic spelling of the words "Yes, Sir" spoken in a thick Black dialect of the 50's, e.g. the character, Lightnin', in the old Amos & Andy TV series.

Of course, I could be all wrong about this; it may simply be extension of "WOW", used to indicate more than just "WOW".

   Thank you, Sir.

   I did break out my trusty 1965 edition of the World Book Encyclopedia which my mother gave me, because as I was checking for etymologies, I thought the earlier the version, the better.  I was surprised to see the word "Wowzer" included therein, but with an entirely different meaning:

   wow-zer, n. (in Australia) a person who is rigidly moral or proper, especially one who concerns himself with and seeks to suppress whatever he disapproves of, however minor or petty; bigoted, puritanical person (origin uncertain).

   "Wow" also was listed as American slang:

   wow, U. S. Slang, -- n. an unqualified success, hit; v. t. to overwhelm, as with delight or amazement, (American English noun and verb).

   "Yowza" and Lightnin's "Yassah" both have essentially the same affirmative meaning, as in, "Yes, certainly!"

   But in the sense that I (and Inspector Gadget before me) use the word "Wowzers", it is to express extreme surprise, astonishment, and often joy.

   So as much as I nearly always acquiesce to your superior wisdom, intelligence, and judgment in all things, Captain, I believe on this one rare instance, I'll hold my ground.  I'll take it as a cartoon character's extension of "WOW", which I adopted as my own - because what am I but a cartoon myself, devoid of feelings, emotions, or passions, existing only in the minds of my subscribers?


  From Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC - 10/24/05:

Hi Carol,
It was good to see you at the reunion.  We had fun and enjoyed renewing old acquaintances.    Todd Givens ('65 - of Northern VA) sent us these pictures, so I am forwarding them on to you for the reunion web page.  I thought everyone looked marvelous!  
It's hard to believe 40 years have gone by since we last walked the hallowed halls of NNHS.  It was such a big part of our lives and helped shape us to what we have become.  I'm so glad I got to be a part of it.
Take care and God bless,
Judy Nesbitt

   Thanks, Judy - and Todd!  It was wonderful - both then and now!

Friday, October 21, 2005 - #27 Friday, October 21, 2005 - #35 Friday, October 21, 2005 - #55    
Jackie Millikin Grey ('65) of SC; Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC; Sharon Chaffin Tanner ('66) of VA Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC; Susan and Johnny ('67) Mercer of VA _____ _____ ('6_) of __; Alan ('64) and Judy McCall ('64) Nesbitt of NC;    

  From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 10/25/05:

This was a picture that    Todd Givens ('65 - of Northern VA) sent to me....don't know if he sent it to you also........

No, no, Todd sent it to you first for your approval prior to posting. 

What a great fun shot it is!  Thanks, Janice - and Todd!

Friday, October 21, 2005 - #64  
Fred and Janice McCain ('65) Rose of VA; Dave ('65) and Pam Smith ('65) Arnold of VA; and Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA  

  From Joe Wingo ('65) of NC, President of the Great NNHS Class of 1965 - 10/25/05:

Just doing what    Todd (Givens - '65 - of Northern VA) asked.  Use if you like, don't if you prefer.

Thanks, and take care.

   Oh, I do like.  Thanks, Joe - and Todd!

Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #111 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #112      
John Todd ('64) of AK; and Joe Wingo ('65) of NC John Todd ('64) of AK; and Joe Wingo ('65) of NC; with Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA in the background      

  From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands - 10/25/05:

Dear Carol,

My NNHS class ring was stolen here in St. Thomas but I'm blessed enough to have my grandfather's pin, my dad's class ring and now I have their belt buckle. From the picture you can see that the N was once blue and the S was once gold. I have had it for many years but had forgotten all about it and found it while packing for our move back to VA. I'm thrilled. All my best to all the Typhoons out there.

Brownie - Typhoons Forever!
AHA!  You're solving another mystery for me, Brownie!  Thanks so much!

  Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA,
bless his sweet heart, gave me the NNHS belt buckle seen on the right a couple of years ago,
after we both decided it must surely have been
part of an NNHS band uniform.  Are you saying these were simply available to the student body? 
I have a similar buckle for MCV where my daddy went to medical school.


  From Joe Wingo ('65) of NC, President of the Great NNHS Class of 1965 - 10/25/05:

What a great evening thanks to all the hard work of    Dave (Arnold - '65 - of VA),    Pam (Smith Arnold - '65 - of VA), and so many others. And, yes, you had plenty of fun left! Spending time with you was a joy and I'm pleased that I could lift your spirits in some small way. You did mine as well..

Everyone looked wonderful and it was terrific being 18 again, even for a few hours! Take care, girl....

All my best to the greatest bunch of people ever, NNHS Class of '65! and any other Typhoon out there!!!..........Joe

   You know, Joe, that thought struck me more at this reunion than at practically any other I've attended.  Rather than seeing old friends again, it seemed to be more like being with them originally, a trip back in time.  And Saturday was a joy, wasn't it?  You gave a tremendous boost to both my spirits and my ego at precisely the right moment.  Thanks so much, Sweetie! 


  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA to    Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 10/25/05:

To RONNIE Miller ('59) (Why is it that guys think they need to shorten their names to appear grown up?) 
Hey, guy, I may be older by a couple of months, but my goodness, didn't your Mom teach you to respect your elders?!
Met up with Aretie Gallins Patterson, John Patterson, and Curtis Overman (all '59) recently and we were discussing the youngest in our graduating class.  It was Juanita Whitaker and Nancy Stoller who were the youngest. They were both 16 when we graduated.  And, since you abandoned NNHS and graduated from Warwick High School, you don't even get in the running!!
Renee Helterbran Benton, '59

   OUCH!!!  Y'all play dirty!  Poor Ronnie was hauled away kicking and screaming to Warwick High by his father's move and we don't even acknowledge WHS in connection with his name, as it was probably all just a bad dream, and you sock it to him! 

   'Course, Ron, you probably did ask for that one by saying that Renee was "APPROACHING DOWNRIGHT ELDERLY!!!! AN OLDDDD WOMAN!!!!"  So as often as you've defended my honor, Sweetie, I'm afraid that I'm somewhat limited to saying that the WHS move wasn't your fault.

   But Renee, you've raised a question in my mind.  I always thought the Stollers were triplets.  Are you saying that the boys were twins and that Nancy was their baby sister, and they all landed in the Class of '59?

   That reminds me of a former neighbor of mine.  She had two sons born the same year - one in January and one in December.  YOWZERS!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/25/05 - "Thanks for the Newsletter":

Hi, Carol:

It was so nice to receive your Newsletter and to learn of all the fun you all had at the Reunion in Newport News this past weekend. Sure sorry I missed that tour of the Old Stomping Grounds conducted by  
  Cap'n Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA).

   Yes, it was a shame, Adonis.  We were discussing during the ride how much you would have enjoyed it, and how much better it would have been for all of us had you been there to share your knowledge with us.

What a wonderful surprise to hear from Dave Huller, son of John W. Huller ('43) of FL for I was misinformed that "Scooter" was not using electronic mail. Several of my classmates has recently requested his email address and I had replied that I did not believe he was using email, so I am so pleased that Dave cleared up the confusion, and that I was able to share his email address with my classmates of NNHS Class of 1957.

If you could prevail upon Dave Huller to reveal how this former NNHS Faculty member got the nickname "Scooter" it would sure solve one of the lasting mysteries of our high school days.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   I'm hoping to hear from him about that soon!  Thanks, Joe!


    From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 10/25/05:


Thanks for the recap of the reunion and to those who took and provided photos. EVERYONE looked great, especially you, Darlin’. Hopefully, there will be more photos forthcoming as individuals recover from the weekend and send them to you. Was there a group photo taken? Maybe you can post it when it becomes available.


Chandler Nelms

   Chandler Darlin',
   Thanks so much for all your lovely words.  I shall have to keep you.  Your daily dose of whatever magic it is you're doing for me is simply too good to let go. 
   Yes, indeed, there are literally hundreds of images yet to come.  That's what is taking these Newsletters so long to compile.  Each image must be saved, re-sized, cropped (if necessary), compressed, renamed, re-saved, and placed.  And they are arriving all at once. 
   And these are just the readily available digitals.  We haven't even started with the tabletop disposables that were on each table both nights, not to mention that the super photojournalist Chip Clark ('65 - of Northern VA) of the Smithsonian (who was in my first grade class at Magruder, was busily snapping images all the time (except that time I dragged him out to dance). 
   And yes, there was another group image taken this year, in the which I am quite sure my hair and makeup are terribly mussed from all the wild and wanton dancing I was doing just before.  Ah, well, c'est la vie!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

  From Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA - 10/25/05 - "Reunion Pictures":


It was great seeing you and 
  Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) again. Sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to you more. 

   I know - I'm still trying to figure out how that happened!  Where did the time go?!?

   Todd (Givens - '65 - of Northern VA) sent these pictures and wanted me to pass them along.  Please do not feel compelled to put them on the web. Thanks for all you do to keep us connected.


   Oh, not at all!  These are great!  Thanks, Lynn - and Todd!

Friday, October 21, 2005 - #43 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #78      
Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA; Anne Marlowe Fitzgerald of CA; and Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI Barry (York HS - '65) and Lynn Walker ('65) Brothers of VA; and Dennis Ivey ('65) of VA      

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 10/25/05:

Hi Carol,
Just have to tell you how much fun I had with you and 
  Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) in the van on Saturday.  I have not laughed so hard in ages!  It was just such a fun time.  I hope Eleanor has not turned into an alligator. 

   It was a great time, wasn't it?  I think the guys were about ready to clobber us for being so rowdy, but I really was multi-tasking better than they might have imagined.  Eleanor and I seem to have that laughing thing on a fairly regular basis.  In fact, the next day on our trip home we had a ten-minute giggle fit just as we were supposed to be going in to see - oh, well, I'll save that story for later before I start laughing all over again!

   And even though she's been threatening me that she's going to turn into an alligator for 45 years now, she hasn't done it yet.  Tomorrow is another day, though......

I am trying to catch up on all the newsletters I missed while away from e-mail.   That was a gorgeous picture of David (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) and me.....

   Yes, it was!

There were more folks from Woodrow Wilson than at our reunion last year and I really enjoyed talking with Henry Hoyle ('65 - of Northern VA), Bobby Yevak ('65 - of VA), Edna Whitcomb (Harrison - '65), Anne Sawyer (Turpin - '65) and Sharon Chaffin (Tanner - '66). 

Also getting to know Frances Goodson (Wang - '65 - of MD) a little better and Janice McCain (Rose - '65 - of VA) and having a great conversation with Fred Mays ('60 - of VA).  I had a HUGE CRUSH ON FRED when I was in 8th grade, 9th grade...FRED, YOU ARE STILL GORGEOUS! 

   And when I was in the ninth grade, I had a huge crush on - oh, never mind.....  Sigh.

I gave the beautiful beach towel to my sister-in-law,    Betty (Burton) Gary ('65 - of VA), who was unable to attend.  I wanted her to have that since she could not be there. She loved it. 

   That was very sweet of you!

The committee did a great job and I am so glad I was able to be there. 

Love, Jeanb

   Thanks, Jean!  We're all glad you were, too.  It was so much more fun with you there!


   And once again, I didn't finish, but I'll go for more tomorrow, as I have some other things I really must do
now.  Keep the faith!

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





A Kiss from a Rose


Pa ra ra pa ra ra pa ra
Ra ra
Pa ra ra...

There used to be a graying
Tower all alone on the sea
You became the light of the dark side of me
Love remained a drawbridge
Not high enough to feel

But did you know that when it snowed
My eyes become large
And the light that you shine can't be seen

Baby, I can play a tune
A kiss from a rose on the grave
Oh, the more I get of you
A stranger who fills the air
And now that your rose is in bloom
A light hits the gloom of the grave

There's so much a man can tell you
So much you can say
You remained my power, my pleasure, my pain
(Baby) To me you're like a wrong addiction that I can't deny
Won't you tell me, is it healthy babe?

I've been kissed by a rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave

"Kiss from a Rose" midi courtesy of - 10/24/05 

"Kiss from a Rose" lyrics courtesy of - 10/24/05

Smacking Lips clip art courtesy of - 04/10/03

Kiss and Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/25/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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