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11/08/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Election Day


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   You know what they say, "Vote Early, Vote Often".  NO, that can't be right!!!

  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/05/05:

"For all of you voters out there who are about to reelect your favorite politician and those of you who are about to throw the bum out of office, here is a little ditty which captures that thrill of election day, the sense that, at least once every two/four/six years, we the people really do decide how we are to be governed."

   Thank you, David.  It's perfect - as always!


   A very Happy Birthday today to Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA and to    Joe
Madagan ('57) of FL!

  From Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA - 11/02/05:

"...and if you're interested, here's the first batch from my perambulations around town...."


   "If I'm interested?!?"

   There are fifteen breathtaking images which Chip shot on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 while he was in town for the reunion.  I'll show y'all three of them in preview:

#12 #26 #32  
   The total experience is to be found here:

   I'm sure there are probably nice words to use to say thank you for sharing these with us, Chip, but nothing is really coming to mind at the moment! 

   Until I finish building some links, this page is linked to your earlier page of treasures:


  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 11/07/05:


I just read the newsletter of 11/4.......

The newsletter is indeed fortunate now that    Bruce Sims ('56 - of VA) is responding.  Bruce has a huge knowledge of NN and the environs and if he continues to write in, we'll all be better informed.  We'll also have an extra chuckle as well as Bruce is very funny! 


   Amen to that, Kathy!  We're all looking forward to hearing more from Bruce!


From Bob Allen ('51) of VA - 11/07/05:


I think this is from the advertisement in the 1947 Anchor.


Thanks, Bob!  What a treasure
this is!  I've added the first page to Odds and Ends,

 and the second page to your father's store's page:

1947 Anchor, p. 87 1947 Anchor, p. 88  

  From Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA - 11/07/05 - "..graduation era images!..":

Hi Carol!
Well, the general responses to my images at the Reunion have inspired me to go back through my image files and see what else I can find.
I got my first 35mm camera midway through my senior year.  The color prints and black and white negatives have not survived, but the color slides I shot became the nucleus for my image archives today.   It took me a while to get the concept of correct exposure figured out, and (for whatever reason) I saved many slides that were badly over and under exposed.  What few images I've shared so far were the few that were the best exposures.   
Thanks to the magic of PhotoShop.. and about 5 years of being scrunched under the learning curve....  I can fix a lot of these badly exposed shots.. It's relatively easy to lighten up a dark slide.. but until two nights ago I couldn't save an overexposed shot.

After the Reunion, I took another PhotoShop seminar, and I learned some very useful tricks... so now I've corrected some earlier 40 year old exposure errors and I'm willing to share the results.
I've got some shots of our actual graduation, the senior class play, and some classroom shots on the day after graduation... (we did have to come back as I recall...)  There was a senior lunch, and some kind of dance that wasn't the Prom...    
I've got a picture of the front of the school, taken from the external fire escape of some building across the street.. Hey, photographers have got to do the best they can with what they can find....     What's really remarkable about the image, other than settling a lot of questions about the General Auto Sales lot across the street... is the parking lot!   Look at the pattern of oil stains in every single empty parking place!  .. one stain under the crankcase, one under the rear axel! ... in every single space!
   .... and somebody driving a 1950-something black car turning onto Huntington.........
              From the Dungeon...
Thursday, May 27, 1965  Between Thursday, May 27, 1965 and
Thursday, June 3, 1965
Thursday, June 3, 1965  
#141 - Senior Lunch #157 - Newport News High School #159 - New Graduate Chippy Clark  

   Chippy Darlin', I do believe you have located my Time Machine! 

   In the interest of space, because I did not compress these any more than you already had, I'm only posting three of them on the Newsletter as a teaser.

   So far I've added nine of the 26 "new" images to your existing already fabulous page, updating those which have been refurbished, and of course, putting them all in chronological order as you shot them 40 years ago:

   And there are just no words equal to the "thank you " which these - and you - deserve. 


  From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands - 11/08/05:

Hi Carol,
t's time to book for the next "Oldies" cruise! Let's see how many TYPHOONS we can get to go!
What a stitch.... we fly to FL and sail to St. Thomas!! Everyone dresses up in 50's - 60's clothes and we dance the nights away!

This link must be used to book to get tickets to the shows as Harmon Travel puts the trip together. Other agencies can book but show tickets are not available to them.

The Comets are absolutely fabulous and Paul Revere has not changed a bit.
Brownie Shaffer Haracivet - Typhoons Forever!

   Well, Brownie, I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying themselves on a cruise - particularly this one!  I remember your glowing reports of it last year.  I was astonished, as I thought it featured impersonators, not the actual Comets and Raiders!  Remember, this cruise MUST be booked through Harmon Travel to gain you entry to those fabulous shows.

   For those of y'all who are longing for a cruise but cannot make the dates (January 29 - February 5, 2006) of this particular trip, visit Warwick Travel, which is co-owned by NNHS's own    Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA:

   Thanks, Brownie!  Y'all have a blast!

   HEY!  I just had a great idea!  As I have about as much chance of going on a cruise as I do of flying on my broomstick to the moon, why don't y'all make a little voodoo effigy of me and cart it along on these jaunts, and then I'll have a big kick, too! 


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/08/05 - "Your Halloween Costumes were precious!!!":

Brought back great son Chuck had a Spider Man party one year complete with Spider Man cake made by Mom...used licorice for the spider webs...we also had Darth Vader (I think we bought that one!) and Jawas from Star Wars...oh by the way, did I tell you that the year after the Cabbage Patch Wilton Cake...I made Becky a Pacman cake...just cut a wedge out of that sucker and put an oreo on top!!!  Haha!!! 

When my daughter was recently showing old photo albums to her boyfriend she said to me..."You really did a lot for us"....You think?  I loved every minute of it and would not change any of it...just nice that they now recognize it...

   Isn't that just the neatest feeling?!?    Thanks so much, Jean!


   Today's Newsletter would have been much longer, but incredibly, the construction workers cut my cable
lines again this morning, and I once again found myself Cut Off from the World.  Perhaps they'll behave
themselves better tomorrow!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Happy Days Are Here Again

- Music and Lyrics by J. Yellen and M. Ager

So long sad times
Go long bad times
We are rid of you at last

Howdy gay times
Cloudy gray times
You are now a thing of the past

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let's sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Altogether shout it now
There's no one
Who can doubt it now
So let's tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again

Your cares and troubles are gone
There'll be no more from now on
From now on ...

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So, Let's sing a song of cheer again

Happy times
Happy nights
Happy days
Are here again!

"Happy Days Are Here Again" midi and lyrics courtesy of
at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/05/05
and extracted with the kind assistance of my # 5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS - '97) of IL - 11/07/05
Thanks, Dave and Nathaniel!

Election Day clip art courtesy of - 11/07/05

 Election Day Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/07/05

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