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10/30/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
John Adams' 273rd Birthday

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics
and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography,
natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture,
in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music,
architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

- John Adams
(30 Oct 1735 - 04 July 1826)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

 If you do not readily recognize The Perfect Song for John Adams' Birthday Newsletter, selected and located for us by our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, then you simply have not seen enough 1776.  So find it - and by all means, watch the the DVD version with the deleted scenes restored:

   Well, isn't this a surprise?!? I thought surely a clip from the 1972 movie would be readily available, but, nooooo!

BONUS #1 - - Assorted Clips to the Musical, 1776 - This one does have the original audio from the movie, but with some outrageous clips from some high school boys

BONUS #2- - But, Mr. Adams - 1776 - Just a little snippit of But, Mr. Adams at Hofstra Entertainment's production of 1776. Here we see Bob Spiotto as John Adams, Matt Langen as Robert Livingston and Ryan Nolin as Thomas Jefferson.

BONUS #3 - - Cornell's "Anything Goes" performs "But, Mr. Adams", Fall, 2006 - hilarious rendition

   Thank you so much, Captain! Nobody does it better!

HOMEWORK: - highly recommended!


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

01 -   Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA;

02 -   John Clark ('57) of VA;

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND My Grandson,      Thomas Harty of OR;

06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57)
AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1. Unbelievable treasures from      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

   Thank you, Sandi!

2. About 30 images from the NNHS Tour with the Class of 1968 PLUS another 30 or so from Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us from
  Me ('65) of NC;

3. A lesser number of photographs of those two events from       my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC;

4. More Birthday Party pictures from        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC;

5. A HUGE number of images from various sources from the 45-Year Reunion of the Class of 1963!

  From Judy Fertitta Gibson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA - 10/28/08 - "You're invited to view my photos!":

I'd like to share my photos with you! When you're done, you can even upload and share your own photos.

   WOWZERONI - hundreds and thousands of gorgeous images! Well, okay, perhaps that is a slight exaggeration, but there are certainly a great many, and we'll be seeing them soon!

   Thanks so much, Judy! It was good seeing you again!

       From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/29/08 - "Voted Best Email and I agree!":


Would you please put this on the Newsletter ?  I think it is something that everyone needs to see !  From now on I will give myself exactly 20 seconds to feel sorry for myself ~~~ and then I will look at this again, and again and again !


   Oh, WOW.  What was it we used to say as kids, "Wal, shut my mouth!"? Thank you so much, Dimples! This really puts life in perspective!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 10/29/08 - "Jr Band":

It seems to me that Mrs. Edgar Allan Poe (III?) was our Junior Band director. Is this true or am I making it up?

   Hmmm, ya know, Chris, I think you're right! Mrs. Marilyn Poe joined our faculty for the 1962/1963 school year, though her portrait did not appear until the '65 Anchor.  I never have created a teacher page for her. Come to think of it, I never have made the entire Junior Band section yet either.  What a slacker I am! 

   Anyway, I do seem recall that her husband's name was Edgar.  For some reason, I never really thought he was a direct descendant of the poet, but then people do not usually believe me when I tell them that Pocahontas was my 14th great-grandmother, either.....

   Thanks, Christine! Perhaps I'll get back on track one of these first weeks.....

From Tony Santiago - a.k.a. "Tony the Marine" of AZ to     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/29/08 - "RE: Marines-Together We Served":

Hello, Joe Madagan, Thank you for the invitation. I did as you suggested and joined the website. 
Tony Santiago
Tony the Marine

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! We love to hear of old friends and new forming connections! Thanks for letting us know, Tony! Semper Fi!

         From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of GA - 10/29/08 - "USS New York to be christened":

Hey all...I snoped this and it is mostly true.  While not christened yet, it appears to be ready in early 2009.  Pretty cool stuff though...enjoy!  bh

Here She Is!


USS New York

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists.  It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft. 

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, 'those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,' recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. 'It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.' 

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the 'hair on my neck stood up.' 'It had a big meaning to it for all of us,' he said. 'They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back.' 

The ship's motto? 'Never Forget'

Please keep this going so everyone can see what we are made of in this country!

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   "Mostly true"?!? GIGGLES!!! I love it, Brent!  I suppose if what we read these days is "mostly true", then we're blessed indeed!

   Thanks so much, Sweetie! Take care of yourself at OCS!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/29/08 - "Ever wonder why ?":

Why, Why, Why?

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are almost dead?


Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they already know there is not enough money?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars; but have to check when you say the paint is still wet?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?


 Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down,
pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, 'It's all right?' Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, 'That really hurt, why don't you watch where you're going?'

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table
you always manage to knock something else over?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

And my FAVORITE......
The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness.
Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.

~~~Now send this on to your friends and make them smile too!~~~ 

****A day without a smile is like a day without sunshine!****

     Thanks, Ruthie! I quite agree!


1. Thursday, November 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/29/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 10/25/08

   Y'all take care of each other.  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol




But, Mr. Adams

Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards, 1776, 1969
(4 Apr 1919 - 30 Mar 1981)

Mr. Adams, I say you should write it
To your legal mind and brilliance we defer
Is that so? Well, if I'm the one to do it
They'll run their quill pens through it
I'm obnoxious and disliked, you know that, sir
Yes, I know
So I say you should write it Franklin, yes you
Hell, no!
Yes, you, Dr. Franklin, you
but, you, but, you, but
Mr. Adams, but, Mr. Adams
The things I write are only light extemporania
I won't put politics on paper; it's a mania
So I refuse to use the pen in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, refuse to use the pen
Mr. Sherman, I say you should write it
You are never controversial as it were
That is true
Whereas if I'm the one to do it
They'll run their quill pens through it
I'm obnoxious and disliked, you know that, sir
Yes, I do
So I say you should write it, Sherman, yes you
Good heavens, no!
Yes you, Roger Sherman, you
but, you, but, you, but
Mr. Adams, but, Mr. Adams
I cannot write with any style or proper etiquette
I don't know a participle from a predicate
I am just a simple cobbler from Connecticut
Connecticut, Connecticut, a simple cobbler he
Mr. Livingston, maybe you should write it
You have many friends and you're a diplomat
Oh, that word!
Whereas if I'm the one to do it
They'll run their quill pens through it
He's obnoxious and disliked; did you know that?
I hadn't heard
So I say you should write it, Robert, yes you
Not me, Johnny!
Yes you, Robert Livingston, you
but you but you but
Mr. Adams, dear Mr. Adams
I've been presented with a new son by the noble stork
So I am going home to celebrate and pop the cork
With all the Livingstons together back in old New York
New York, New York, Livingston's going to pop a cork
Mr. Adams, leave me alone!
Mr. Jefferson, dear Mr. Jefferson
I'm only 41; I still have my virility
And I can romp through Cupid's Grove with great agility
But life is more than sexual combustibility
Combustibility, combustibility, combustibili...
Mr. Adams, damn you Mr. Adams
You're obnoxious and disliked; that cannot be denied
Once again you stand between me and my lovely bride
Oh, Mr. Adams, you are driving me to homicide!
Homicide, homicide, we may see murder yet!

"But, Mr. Adams" midi courtesy of at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/30/08
Thanks, Dave!

"But, Mr. Adams" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/30/08
Thanks again, Dave!

First Image of John Adams courtesy of - 10/30/08

Second Image of John Adams courtesy of - 10/30/08

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

Quill Pen Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/14/04

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

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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!

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks again, Al!

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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