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11/10/07 - NNHS Newsletter -

232nd Birthday
of the United States Marine Corps

"We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter
centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit,
and military prowess."

 - Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (CMC); 10 November 2000

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    This event repeats each year:  - featuring The United States Marine Corps Hymn  - featuring Semper Fidelis  - featuring The Liberty Bell March

   Semper Fidelis to all you Marines out there from one of your all-time biggest fans!


   In other birthday news: WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI! We have four Typhoons celebrating their own birthdays today!  Happy Birthday to Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57),  David Wittan ('57),    Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA, AND    Steve Pullen ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all! 

  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 11/08/07 - "Gary and the Redskins":

This popped up and I thought it apropos and hopeful that my classmate   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA and friends had a great trip to Washington, D.C., to see the 'Skins whip the Arizona Cardinals a couple weeks ago.
In memory of that -- this being the week we honor military Veterans -- I thought Gary would get a charge out of seeing the Redskins' Hogettes with my 40&8er's' Locomotive at the Brunswick, MD, Vets Day parade last year. I can't decipher their names, but these guys are the real thang, a genuine HOOOT, and last Sunday they were just ahead of us in the parade procession. If you look closely, you may see me gawking at right from the back of the locomotive (a 1951 GMC truck chassis, decorated in real steel by the B&O railroad guys in Baltimore a long time ago).
Norm Covert ('61)

   OH, WOWZERS - Y'all do have fun!!! Thanks for sharing it with us, Norm!

From Richard Rawls ('71) of VA - 11/09/07 - "Hit # 67,000":

Not certain if this hit was me or not, but I was on yesterday around 2:00pm and is the location for NASA Langley Research Center, where I work.
Hit # 67,000 was made on Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 2:01pm by someone from
Richard Rawls ('71)
J. Richard Rawls
NASA-Langley Research Center

   I'd say that's as good a confirmation as we'll ever have, Richard! Send me your address, your color preferences (any colors you wish; these are but three examples), and I just might pay off before Christmas time!


  Oh, y'all stop your snickering - it could happen!

      From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/09/07:

Hi, Carol:
The NNHS Class of 1958 will have their Holiday Dinner Gathering at Mike's Place, An Irish Pub in Newport News, according to the announcement by    Joe Drewry ('58) of VA in this Newsletter.
Mike O'Neal (WHS) does serve a fine meal at a reasonable price, and we always make it a point to visit there for a good meal when we journey back to the Peninsula, and also chat a few minutes with Mike.
The class members should be on notice not to get too rowdy during this festive occasion, that might require Mike to take action as the owner. When I served in the Marine Corps with Mike, he was very capable of taking care of himself. Of course, he has probably mellowed a bit since those days so long ago.
Best wishes for a great gathering of the TYPHOON!
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('58) of FL

   WILD GIGGLES - Good advice!!! Thanks, Joe!

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 11/09/07 - "Luigi's":

In response to        Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) and his search for Luigi's,   Norm Covert ('61 - of MD) is not the only one who has a vivid memory of Luigi's.  It was certainly there on 33rd Street in the 50's, especially between '55 and '59.  You need to go back and research again!!  Surely there is a record somewhere.

   Stay tuned, Renee - we're still looking and gathering.  As Dave said, ".....I never said that Luigi's never existed. All I said was that it did not appear in those particular directories. It may well have a listing in the 1956, but the Norfolk Kirn Library collection stops at 1957.  Just to be sure, I also looked for a listing in Warwick County and Hampton..... but anything is possible.  Eventually, we will know the answer. When I am next in NN, I will check the Hilton Hill's collection as well as their old telephone directories."

   Meanwhile, thanks for the confirmation of the 33rd Street address. I've created a Luigi's page now as we continue searching.

       - brand new page!

   Personally - and I have absolutely NO memory of any of these places, so bear in mind that this is NOT an expert opinion, I'm beginning to wonder if Luigi's and John's Little Place might not be one and the same.  As a case in point, the Stuart Gardens variety shop was officially named Bernard's.  I knew not a soul who called it anything but Minnie's - as might be obvious from the conversations on this page:

   Also, thanks to David's detective work in giving me the official name and address for Art's Coffee Shop, I spotted an ad in the 1956 Anchor, so I attached it to that page.

   Thanks for your help, Renee!

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 11/09/07:

Memories! Thank you for that research on eating places close to the school...Mrs. Helen Neofitou lived next door to my family on 58th Street. I was a very, very thin girl at the time-- I weighed 65 lbs when I started 9th grade and was up to 89 or 90, I think, by the time I graduated from NNHS. (I hit 110 in graduate school).  I had the metabolism of a hummingbird (wish I did now!)  Mrs. Neofitou thought I wasn't eating enough. I ate like a little pig-- where was it downtown that had the German's Chocolate Cake, all those layers with the coconut-pecan frosting, available by the slice? My mother fed me big breakfasts, and big snacks, and packed me big lunches, and yet I detoured to get a slice of cake before going home after school... and Mrs. Neofitou would nab me as I got off the bus, calling from her porch--stuffing me with those wonderful fried pastries with honey, or baklava, or crescent cookies covered in powdered sugar.  She could not understand that I didn't like figs, "Fussy eater! "  If I stopped by the shop downtown to say hello I got handed three hot dogs with everything on them, and she was insulted if I didn't finish every bite and equally insulted if I tried to pay for them, because we were neighbors. 

      WOWZERS - What a precious memory! Thanks for sharing it, Domi! I added it to that page:



  From Butch Ragland ('63 of CO - 11/09/07:

Hi Carol,

I have been pretty busy lately and haven't written.  But I had to drop a line to say hello and thanks for the birthday greetings on 10/05/07!

But I have to admit, my real reason for writing this time is to say many thanks to good old
       "Dave Spriggs" and the info he passed on about the local hot dog stands.  I have been following the weekly discussion about the old eateries and was beginning to think I was going "MAD"!

I kept remembering "Mike's Hot Dog Stand", but no one seemed to remember it; then sure enough Dave comes up with it.  I had checked a Google Sat Map on Sunday and remembered the Hot Dog Stand was located just up the street on 31st Street; but of course I see that location is now a parking lot!

MY VOTE IS FOR MIKE'S!  To this day I feel his HD's were the best!

Well, enough from this old man!

God Bless,

Butch Ragland, NNHS '63

   Thanks for sharing that, Butch! I added it to that page



      Wait a minute - WHAT "old man"?!? We're all still just kids here!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 11/09/07 - "More Pages for Our Old Stomping Grounds":

   While I was searching for more clues about hot dogs, I found some additional goodies in the late '50's Anchors I had never finished, so I added two new pages, plus an ad to one existing page:

       - updated

       - brand new page!

       - brand new page!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/09/07 - "A Recent PC Acquisition":

I bought this recently. It is postmarked 1916.

   WOWZERS - Congratulations!!!  I have it posted on the page now:



1916 - Aerial View Looking North

    Thank you so much, Captain!


The NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Gathering will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 6:00 PM
(Dinner at 7:00 PM) at Mike's Place, An Irish Pub, (757-599-5500) 458 Warwick Village Shopping Center, (
Hilton Village,
across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the
Mariners' Museum
), Newport News, VA 23601-3240.

The NNHS Class of 1957 Holiday Party will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 6:00 PM
Angelo's (Route 17), Newport News, VA.


1. 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

2. Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1958 Holiday Party - Mike O'Neal's (Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the Mariners' Museum) - NNHS CLASS OF 1958 

3. Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1957 Holiday Party - Angelo's (Route 17) - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 

4. 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" - #12 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!!! This has been a great series - thanks, Herbie Darlin'!


   And remember, remember - tomorrow is Veteran's Day!  Be sure to express your gratitude to all the veterans you encounter.

   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

Esprit de Corps

- John Phillip Sousa, 1878
(6 Nov 1854 - 6 Mar 1932)

"Esprit de Corps" midi courtesy of - 11/08/07

Columella Arts' USMC, Flag, and Eagle Image courtesy of - 11/08/07
See also:

Divider Line clip art courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - um, a long time ago........
Thanks, Joe!

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

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 Laughing Jerry clip art courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/13/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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