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01/11/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Under the Boardwalk
Sunday, June 26, 1949
Buckroe Beach, VA
Sunday, June 26, 1949
Buckroe Beach, VA

More than any other, this boardwalk brings back that exhilarating teenage sense of summer-vacation freedom and possibility.
Throbbing with energy day and night, fueled by Thrasher's fries soaked in vinegar (a true delicacy), the 'walk' features
cool reversible benches that flip back and forth, depending on whether you want to gaze at the Atlantic Ocean
or the passing parade along the boardwalk itself.”

- Steve Millburg

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is being revisited from 2007And as I mentioned then, Steve Millburg is not actually describing the boardwalk at Buckroe Beach; it just seems that way.

BONUS #1 - - Under the Boardwalk, The Drifters, 1964 - original video

BONUS #2 - - Under the Boardwalk, The Drifters, 1964 - no video or even a slideshow, but much better audio


"Under the Boardwalk" is a hit pop song written by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick and recorded by The Drifters in 1964.

The lyric describes a tryst between a man and his beloved in a seaside town, who plan to privately meet "out of the sun" and out of sight from everyone else under a boardwalk. The instrumentation includes güiro, triangle and violins. The song's chorus is unusual in that it switches from a major to minor key.[1] The opening line of the song references the Drifters' prior hit "Up on the Roof", showing the occasional thermal weakness of the rooftop getaway and setting the stage for an alternate meeting location, under the boardwalk.

The song was set to be recorded on May 21, 1964, but the band's lead singer, Rudy Lewis, unexpectedly died of a suspected heroin overdose the night before. Lewis had sung lead on most of their hits since the 1960 departure of Ben E. King, including "Up on the Roof". Rather than reschedule the studio session to find a new frontman, former Drifters lead vocalist Johnny Moore was brought back to perform lead vocals for the recording.[2] The last-minute move was a success, as the single, released on Atlantic Records, went to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and number one for three non consecutive weeks on Cashbox Magazine's R&B chart.[3]

There are two versions of the song. The mono 45 USA released version contains the line "We'll be falling in love." The stereo album version contains beneath the line "We'll be falling in love" also the line "We'll be making love". These are two entirely different recordings, not edits of one another, as the line "on a blanket with my baby is where I'll be" is sung differently in both versions.

The song ranked #487 on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time...

   Happy Birthday today to My Brother-in-Law, the late    Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) (d. 07 May 2005) AND     Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD AND   Ron Haney ('65) of VA AND   Ron Smith ('65) of VA  AND Barbara Dye Hensley ('69) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

15 - Skippy Weitz ('57) AND   Mary Markiewich Hux ('67) of VA;

16 -   Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) AND Steve Kiger ('66) of VA;

17 -   Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC;

18 - Eileen Rash Vaught ('57) AND    F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA!
   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 11, 1942 - Japan declared war on the Netherlands and invaded the Netherlands East Indies.

January 11, 1942 - The Japanese captured
Kuala Lumpur

January 11, 1943 - The United States and United Kingdom gave up territorial rights in China.

January 11, 1944 - Galeazzo Ciano was executed on Benito Mussolini's orders. Ciano was the son-in-law of Mussolini.

January 11, 1945 - In Greece, the British-backed Democratic National Army and the communist rebel National Liberation Front signed a truce.


Thursday, January 11, 1962 - Cold War. While tied to its pier in Polyarny, the Soviet submarine B-37 was destroyed when fire broke out in its torpedo compartment.

Thursday, January 11, 1962 - An avalanche on Huascarán in Peru caused 4,000 deaths.


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/10/12, 8:16 PM - "  New Granddaughter":

Dear Family and Friends,

Kylie is back in the hospital tonight with jaundice and she has lost 13 oz. since she was born. They have her under the lights and are supplementing her feeding with formula. So far so good. Chris was here a little bit ago to pick up things for him and Kimmy for the night and said Kylie is taking the bottle well and her color looks a little better. We are still worried but hope this is just a little bump. Please keep her and her parents in your prayers.


   Oh, Ruthie! Babies are such scary little things! We experienced this same problem with our own baby girl. Thanks for letting us know. We'll keep Kylie and your family in our prayers!

  From Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 01/10/12:

...Keep up the good work. God Bless you and yours.
Billy Turner

   Thank you so much, Billy Turner (still one word - just like Charlie Brown)! The very same to you!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 01/08/12 - "CUBA: Political & Human Nightmare":

CUBA: Political & Human Nightmare

Posted: 09 Jan 2012 07:08 PM PST

(Editor’s Note: This is second of a three-part series recounting the heavy price paid by families as a result of Fidel Castro’s successful guerrilla war on the Caribbean Island of Cuba. With the fall of Dictator Fulgencio Batista, Castro and his revolutionary army entered Havana in victory, Jan. 8, 1959.)

  By Nick Diaz

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY of my arrival on these American shores compelled me to relate some stories of my half-century as an exile of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. My growing nostalgia has brought many personal, family, and political experiences to the surface.

My mother, Idania Diaz, and I arrived in November, 1960, which was Presidential Election Day in America – John F. Kennedy vs. Richard M. Nixon. We had little in the way of personal belongings upon arrival in America, except for a little cash and a few pieces of jewelry my mother smuggled on her person. I celebrated my 13th birthday a month later. My father, Nicanor Diaz, arrived exactly one year later.

Author (left) and father Nicanor Diaz flank his mother Idania in 1957 portrait. (Courtesy photo

Of the thousands of stories of the Cuban exodus, the effort code-named “Operation Peter Pan” is still largely unknown and must be told. It chronicles the biggest exodus of children ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.

Consider that from Dec. 26, 1960 to Oct. 22, 1962 more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, ages 6 to 18, left Cuba for the U.S.A. Many valiant and dedicated people in Cuba and the United States worked together for the success of “Operation Peter Pan.”

In the 1930s, between 7,000 and 8,000 Jewish children were smuggled out of Nazi Germany to England and other countries.

In the Communist takeover of Spain, which led to the Spanish Civil War, thousands of children were evacuated to France, Belgium and England.

When the Communists in Spain were heading for defeat, some 5,000 children were sent to the Soviet Union.

In 1940, during the Battle of Britain, about 1,000 British children were sent to North America for safety. At the end of World War II, some 5,000 orphans were brought from Europe to North America for adoption.

Before Castro, people used to immigrate to Cuba. I remember the rich and vibrant Chinese population in Cuba, prominent in retail, banking, and international commerce. Also I remember the Jews from Eastern Europe, people who migrated to Cuba during the early part of the 20th century.

Yes, even Americans, most of whom not surnamed “Hemingway,” lived on the island paradise by choice. My parents hired an American to tutor me in the intricacies of the English language. Some readers may doubt the effectiveness of such tutelage. Looking back 50 years, however, I reflect on my parents’ wisdom in this regard. As usual, they got smarter as I got older!

Representative of Roman Catholic Diocese of Miami greets newly arrived children from Cuba, circa 1961.

THE LARGEST HUMAN EXODUS in this hemisphere began soon after Castro took control of the Cuban government. The first of those particular immigrants arrived in America in January, 1959, immediately following the fall of Fulgencio Batista. They came with money from their savings and belongings they were able to carry. As Castro added more restrictions, people were forced to leave Cuba with nothing.

This created a terrible burden on relatives and friends who had arrived earlier and willingly provided support to the newcomers. The responsibility to help later fell to private charities and the U.S. Government.

The latter category included my parents and me.

By the end of 1960, some 4,000 “refugees” had arrived and by December 1961, 12,000 – with 200 arriving in Miami each day. By 1971, 261,000 were established in Miami and almost as many elsewhere in the U.S.

During the 1980 “Mariél exodus,” 125,000 left, but two million more seeking to emigrate were stranded in Cuba when Castro closed the door. In 1997 Cuban exiles numbered two- to three-million all over the world; the numbers would have been greater if leaving Cuba had not been restricted.

Children of Operation Peter Pan show optimism and Cuban national flag upon arrival in Miami, circa 1962.

Belying popular belief — the result of 38 years of Castro’s propaganda echoed by the American press and left-wing establishment– Castro’s revolution affected Cubans from all walks of life. The brutality of his repression has been felt since January 1959.

Opposition to the revolutionary government began immediately. Many Cubans realized Castro was moving toward a Communist dictatorship.  This included many who had fought by his side against Batista. As the situation worsened from 1959 and 1960, many thought Castro would be overthrown. However, his control grew and his cronies became entrenched in civilian and government positions. Cubans became concerned that unseating Castro would lead to a bloody civil war like the 1930s struggle in Spain.

On May 1, 1960, Castro publicly denied he was a Communist, despite launching his slogan, “Cuba sí, Yankees no!” and Communist indoctrination schools. In July, he began to confiscate properties owned by Americans, Spaniards, Chinese and Jews. In October 1960 he adopted a plan similar to that developed in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. It created neighborhood committees to spy on residents and control each city block.

Fidel Castro was hailed at United Nations General Assembly in 1960. (USN&WR, Library of Congress)

THE RADICALISM OF CASTRO’S REVOLUTION spread to education, raising my and other parents concerns. Rumors that Castro was planning to confiscate the more than 1,000 secular and religious private schools (which did materialize) made parents fearful about their children’s future.

Some private schools began closing–initially thought to be temporary–because of increasing pressure from Castro’s regime to change to Marxist textbooks to indoctrinate the children. After private schools closed, many parents kept children home instead of sending them to public schools, where Communist indoctrination had already begun.

Many Cuban parents remembered accounts about the end of the Spanish Civil War, when 5,000 children were sent to the Soviet Union for indoctrination, while others were held as hostages. They were fearful the same thing would happen in Cuba.

Many parents were reluctant to leave Cuba because of the unlikely belief that Castro would be overthrown in a matter of month, or that they could not abandon an old or sick family member, a spouse or a brother who had become a political prisoner, or others because they were involved in the anti-Castro movement.

Parents couldn’t leave Cuba, but wanted their children to be saved.

In the fall of 1960, rumors circulating in Cuba and among Miami exile circles added to the fears of parents in Cuba. Their main concern was the prospect of losing the “patria potestad,” which meant parents would lose the right to make the decisions about raising their children. Instead, the government would decide such things as where each child would live, each child’s school and curriculum. This did materialize later on.

The departure of Castro’s 12-year-old son, Fidelito, from Cuba to be educated in the Soviet Union seemed to confirm this rumor. Creation of the Young Communist Pioneers – replacing the Boy Scouts – and the Association of Young Communists added panic to the situation.

Some children already absorbed into these mass organizations began to show the effects of indoctrination – parroting Castro’s slogans and Communist jargon and becoming informants. In some instances, parents became fearful of their own children and self-censored what they said in front of them to avoid being denounced to authorities.

THE FUTURE DID NOT LOOK PROMISING for families under Castro. Many parents reluctantly concluded it was time to get their children out of Cuba–even if they had to leave unescorted.

Mayor Tomas Regalado of Miami was among children evacuated from Cuba in Operation Peter Pan.

In October 1960, the first unaccompanied Cuban child arrived in Miami. He was sent by his parents who thought that relatives and friends would take care of him until Castro was overthrown. They had no way of knowing their relatives in the U. S. were nearly destitute.

That 15-year-old boy was passed from family to family on a daily basis because no one was willing or able to take responsibility for his welfare. This had an adverse psychological affect on him. He was scared, hungry and had lost 20 pounds when taken to the Catholic Welfare Bureau in Miami Nov. 15, 1960.

The man who brought him pleaded with the bureau for a foster home or a boarding school for him. The boy’s name was Pedro (Peter). The organizers would use his name for the effort to get unaccompanied children safely out of Cuba and proper care in the U.S.: “Operation Peter Pan.”

Join me Thursday for my final installment of the series.–©Nick Diaz 2012.

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This commentary was published in its original form June 8, 2010 at and is used with permission of the author and The Octopus, LLC.

You may contact Mr. Diaz at

(Nick Diaz was born and reared in Havana, Cuba. He is a mathematics teacher at St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick, Md. A graduate of the University of Dayton (Ohio), Mr. Diaz was retired in 2003 after 30 years with Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Frederick Community College, for which he served as chairman in 2011. He and his wife Marianne reside near Middletown, Md.)

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Harry - and Nick!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/06/12 AND     From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 01/10/12 - "Monday night Nov. 14, 2011 at Lambeau":

Monday night 11/14/2011 at Lambeau Field

This is what ESPN failed to show you Monday night, 11/14/2011.
Apparently, they thought their dumb commercials were more important than showing this scene for about 5 seconds.


Your Freedom Wasn't & Still Isn't Free!
   ABSOLUTELY! Thanks so much, Bill and Eva!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/10/12 - "Guaranteed to make you laugh":

(Ad in Newspaper)
Need a shredder?  Try this Baby Shredder Machine ... oh, wait a minute; bad word order.

(Let's try this instead.)
Need a Shredder?  This baby will do the job for you.  AND it will you cost you nothing but a smile.

Wish he had stopped and just see what the baby would do if he wasn't tearing the paper. Love to hear babies laugh!

   WILD GIGGLES! So adorable - thanks, Joan!

    From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#20 in a Series of 24)":

  Some of these ideas are really good.

Win friends at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial.

   EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Eva - I do love clever tips!



From - 01/10/12:

A salesman telephone a household, and a four-year-old answered.

Salesman: May I speak to your mother?

Child: She is not here.

Salesman: Well, is anyone else there?

Child: My sister

Salesman: O.K., fine. May I speak to her?

Child: I guess so.

There was a long silence on the other phone. Then:

Child: Hello?

Salesman: It’s you. I thought you were going to call your sister.

Child: I did. The trouble is: I can’t get her out of the playpen.


1.Thursday, February 2, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

4. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Under the Boardwalk

Written by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick

Recorded by The Drifters, 1964

When the sun beats down 
And burns the tar up on the roof 
And your shoes get so hot 
You wish your tired feet were fireproof 

Under the boardwalk 
Down by the sea 
On a blanket with my baby 
Is where I'll be 

(Under the boardwalk) Out of the sun 
(Under the boardwalk) We'll be having some fun 
(Under the boardwalk) People walking above 
(Under the boardwalk) We'll be making love 
(Under the boardwalk, boardwalk) 

From the park you'll hear 
The happy sound of a carousel 
You can almost taste the hot dogs 
And French fries they sell 

Under the boardwalk 
Down by the sea, yeah 
On a blanket with my baby 
Is where I'll be 

(Under the boardwalk) Out of the sun 
(Under the boardwalk) We'll be having some fun 
(Under the boardwalk) People walking above 
(Under the boardwalk) We'll be making love 
(Under the boardwalk, boardwalk) 

Oh, under the boardwalk 
Down by the sea 
On a blanket with my baby 
Is where I'll be 

(Under the boardwalk) Out of the sun 
(Under the boardwalk) We'll be having some fun 
(Under the boardwalk) People walking above 
(Under the boardwalk) We'll be falling in love 
(Under the boardwalk, boardwalk)

"Under the Boardwalk" midi courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/03/03
Thanks, Dave!

"Under the Boardwalk" lyrics courtesy of,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/03/03
Thanks again, Dave!

Sunday, June 26, 1949 Image of Buckroe Beach courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/29/04
Thanks once more, Dave!

Pebble Lines gif courtesy of - 05/01/03

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

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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

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