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11/01/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
All Saints Day

“A saint is one who makes goodness attractive."

- Laurence Housman
(18 July 1865 - 20 Feb 1959)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's theme is supposed to repeat every year.  It doesn't, but it's posta:  - contains your homework


Happy Birthday today to our Two-Fer:     Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND    Colin Faison ('58) of VA!   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   John Clark ('57) of VA, and to the ever gorgeous    Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA on the 4th.

   Many Happy Returns to you all, Gentlemen!

  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/27/07 - "More on The Bridge":



Comments about the 58th Street Bridge sent me to my musty archives. I came up with the well-done volume “Newport News During the Second World War,” compiled by the WWII History Commission, chaired by Annie Lash Jester, with Martha Woodruff Hiden, Kemper L. Kellogg and William T. Stauffer. The book records in Chapter V, Community Expansion, Roads and Bridges pp 82-83:


“To facilitate traffic of war workers, a newly constructed highway led out of Newport News at Thirty-ninth Street directly into Hampton, with secondary road approaches to housing developments. The construction of this road involved the building of a concrete span over the railroad yards and over two main motor routes, and this materially expedited the entry and exit of Shipyard employees into and out of the city at a point convenient to their work.


A wooden bridge across the Chesapeake and Ohio tracks at Fifty-eighth Street together with improvement of a short existing road provided access of war workers to barracks and a Trailer Camp. A concrete bridge at Sixteenth Street and Chesapeake Avenue linked the Stuart Garden housing project with the Boulevard section.


In the downtown section of the city, Twenty-sixth Street was widened between Virginia and West Avenues in order to facilitate the movement of military vehicles between the Camps to the north of the city and the Chesapeake and Ohio piers. A wooden bridge was thrown over the railroad tracks at the foot of West Avenue to prevent congestion of traffic at the passenger station crossing on River Road.”

The book includes this zinc engraved aerial photo of the shipyard and vicinity taken in August 1946. Note the 58th Street Bridge still standing, but old Camp Hill is nearly deserted. The camp was part of a series of temporary military camps, including a prisoner of war camp in the vicinity of Jefferson Avenue and old Military Road (Mercury Boulevard), east of the railroad tracks. Troops destined for overseas were temporarily billeted in these camps before embarking on troop ships. 



The sharp-eyed observer may note the NN-built SS America apparently near the completion of its conversion back to a luxury liner from troop ship. Cannot identify the aircraft carriers, which could be the USS Leyte, accepted by the U.S. Navy in April 1946, probably undergoing final outfitting; the second may be the USS Boxer, completed in April 1945, prior to VE Day in May, or even one returned for repairs.


For reference, too, I will transmit separately this 1946 street map of NN clearly showing the 58th Street Bridge. I feel sure that one of us has an up-close photo of the bridge somewhere in our photo collections.

Norm Covert (’61)

   WOWZERS!!! Thanks so much for all the research, Norm!

August 1946

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/28/07 - "Marine Guarding the Gates":

Pollard, Carmel (Max), Cpl Deceased
 Service Photo 
 Service Details   

27 kb
Last Rank
Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
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   Thanks so much, Adonis! Max's passing on 09/16/00 was one of those which took me so completely off guard I'm not certain that I ever totally assimilated it:

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 10/29/07 - "Knead to know":

SAD NEWS...  All

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes.

Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, two children, John Dough and Jane Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

If this made you smile for even a brief second, please rise to the occasion and take time to pass it on and share that smile with someone else who may be having a crumby day and kneads it.

God Bless


   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Richard!

From Richard Rawls ('71) of VA - 10/30/07 - "Dangerous Virus ":

Hi Carol,

I received the item shown below from a friend of mine in Russia. (Note: I worked in Russia for 4.5 years, but that is another story). I do not normally forward these types of items to others, but after an extremely long week last week and an already busy week this week, I thought it was appropriate. If you agree, please share with our Typhoon friends.


There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand.

This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT.  This virus will wipe out your private life completely.

If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.

You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.

J. Richard Rawls
Yorktown, VA

Thanks, Richard! I think you have something there!


  From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 10/30/07 - "In Memory ":

In Memory of
Fred Wilkerson Mays
April 7, 1911--October 30, 1990
Peace & Blessing,

    Thank you, Cheryl! It's a charming image! Would that I had paid closer
attention to the caption, as I thought your father had just passed away at the age of 96-1/2,
and temporarily posted an "IN PROCESS" note for his Memorial Newsletter.............


  From Polly White Bevins ('63) of VA - 10/31/07 - "  Fred Mays?":

Just checking to see if what I read late last night is right.  I was just so shocked!  Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) is a neighbor and old friend of mine whom I saw out walking just a few days ago.  I checked back on the website this morning for update and checked the Daily Press and found nothing.  Can you tell me anything?  Thanks.
Polly White Bevins  ('63)

   Not to worry, Polly, but I was so hoping that no one had seen that!

   I stumbled in late on the night of the 30th to find the above note from Cheryl with the picture attached. I only HALF registered the date (I somehow missed the 1990 part). I went to bed worrying about the Memorial Newsletter I'd write in the morning for    Mr. Mays. I had picked The Old Rugged Cross with an animated Army flag.....

   I saw that it was to have been for the FATHER - not the son - but he died 17 years ago -

   I'm so sorry; I ripped it down as soon as I discovered my error.  The senior    Mrs. Mays, the former Roselle Harvey, is still alive, as are all three Mays siblings,   Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58), 
  Fred Mays ('60), and    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66), all of VA.

   Again, my apologies to all - and I refer you to Richard Rawls' timely note above.

   (I sent you this note directly, Polly, but AOL assured me that they had protected you from my evil intrusions.....)

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/31/07 - "Halloween Newsletter":

Hi, Carol:
After reading the note by    Joe Drewry ('58) of VA regarding   George Gary Farnsworth ('58) of WV, I was shocked. After several months of trying to locate this Marine Veteran and writing letters to every Farnsworth I could find in Ohio and West Virginia I know why I could not locate him. Never did I even think to check the SSDI for Gary's name. I tried in vain to reach Gary's brother as well.
We served together and I wanted to nominate him for the Famous Marine page on your Website. I would like to do that now, and I will also create a memorial profile on the website, Marines-Together We Served. In the Marine Corps we like to say that Gary is "Guarding the Gates" reflecting upon the last verse of the Marine Hymn.

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you so much, Joe! I had temporarily forgotten that Gary served as a Marine, though I am not in the least surprised.  I added an animated Marine flag to his spot on the Memorial page for the Class of 1958, and gladly added him to our Famous Marines:


1. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

3. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  10/11/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, This says it all" - #4 in a Series of 12:

Dear Carol / Dimples,

Just to make you smile a little, If you laff, so much the better,


This says it all

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!


   Soon I'll be caught up with myself in posting all the many wonderful things y'all have sent me recently - WOO-HOO!!!

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

                          Love to all, Carol 





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

For All the Saints

- Lyrics by William W. How (1823-1897) , 1864
Music (Sine Nomine) by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), 1906

For all the saints
who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith
before the world confessed.
Thy name, O Jesus,
be forever blest.

Thou wast their Rock,
their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their captain
in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear,
their one true light.

O may Thy soldiers,
faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints
who nobly fought of old,
And win with them
the victor's crown of gold.

And when the strife is fierce,
the warfare long,
Steals on the ear
the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again,
and arms are strong.

From earth's wide bounds,
from ocean's farthest coast,
Thro' gates of pearl
streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost,

"For All the Saints" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/17/07

Image of Fra Angelico's Painting, "All Saints", courtesy of - 10/31/05

Multicolored Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/31/05

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

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!!

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

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

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