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01/15/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Martin Luther King Day

"In the end, we will remember not the words
of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I spent most of the day with my sister,    Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC, both on the phone and at her home.  She caused me to laugh so hard with our repeated phone conversations, that I actually developed stomach cramps.  And when I tried to wipe my teary eyes, I poked myself in the eye with my finger - which of course made me laugh all the harder.

   So the good news here is, I think we can safely say that the pall which seems to settle over me during the first two weeks of every year has been effectively lifted.  Thanks, Lady!


   I almost - ALMOST - forgot this, but the day was saved by Linda May (Thanks, Lady!)

 From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 01/15/07:

Okay, Carol, that makes it official, MLK is NOT a real holiday. Sure, they stop the mail and close the banks but what makes a holiday REAL is the sales! There is not one thing on sale for this day and EVERY body knows that means it's not really a holiday. Remember when there were Lincoln birthday sales, everything for 12 cents? and Washington had those 22 cent sales? Valentine-candy, stuffed animals and flowers (which they price grouse, by the way and our government does nothing). St Patrick's Day, banks are open but you get green beer! Easter, you get clothes, stuffed toys and those magic eggs laid by invisible bunnies and SHOES! But I KNEW, for sure this was not a holiday when I went on line and did not see a Carol letter-with homework!

It's time to stop the charade! Deliver the mail, open the banks or PUT SOMETHING ON SALE!

Linda May ' 66

   WILDEST GIGGLES!!!  Okay, okay - here it is:,_Jr.


   We have one birthday today, and a Twofer tomorrow.

15 - Skippy Weitz ('57)
16 - Johanne Coates Richardson
16 - Steve Kiger ('66) of VA - 1948

   Many happy returns to you all!


  From Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - '72) of VA - 01/01007 - "NNHS 65 website"::

There has been something on my mind that seems like it never happened -- primarily because there is nothing about it on the internet, plus practically no one I've talked to seems to remember -- and that is the 1966 jet crash in Buckroe. Just wondered if anyone has a "where were you" story regarding this. I remember romping around in our living room on Chesapeake Avenue in Hampton that night, and hearing an eerie "WHOOMPHH!!" as the house shook a little.

We went to the christening of the submarine RAY (SSN-653) at the NN shipyard a day or two later, but I was totally incapable of enjoying this event, thinking about how creepy that plane crash was.

   Input on this query from Jean Lankes has become so extensive, we now have a fascinating new page where you can read all about it.  In the interest of space, I'll not repeat it all here, but we heard from the following:

    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - with photographs!;

 Gloria Price Woolard (Hampton HS - '65) of FL;

Kathy Mooney (Hampton HS - '64) of NY;

  Tim Rogers (Hampton HS - '66) of VA;

June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - with snapshots!;

   Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA;

  Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA;

and again from      Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA with the newspaper accounts!

   Thank you all so much!  This is a not to be missed story.

   We certainly invite your continued memories. 

   (And oh yes, I finally figured out why I remember nothing whatsoever of this tragedy.  I was spending that summer in Richmond with my aunt and uncle,   Frances (Frix Atkinson - Thomas Jefferson HS - '37) and    Jimmy Atkinson , babysitting my six-year cousin, Jim (John R. Tucker HS - '77 - of VA), while everyone else was either working or going to college.  I might as well have been on the moon.  My cousin Stuart (Warsaw HS - '63 - of VA), took me to see many movies and even a dance or two, and we devoured much ice cream, and had great fun together.  My cousin    Jean (John Marshall HS - '65 - of VA) was busy with her fiancÚ, Tom Mallory.  And my little cousin Jim (who grew up to be a forest ranger) taught me more than I ever realized I never knew about dinosaurs, on which he was already an expert.  But current events was not on our course of study, and I do not recall reading a single newspaper or watching television the whole time I was there.)

  From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 01/11/07 - "Just a little something to Lighten your day.":


Crack Found on Governor's Daughter
Imagine that!

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
No, really?

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!

Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus? 

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!

Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-sos!

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!

War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
You think?!

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!

Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?!

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Taste like chicken?

Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!

And the winner is....

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that sign right?
Hope you got a laugh or two I did.   Catherine Hudson

   Thanks so much, Cathy!  I think these headlines are inexplicably repeated each year, but they never seem to lose their ability to make me laugh out loud!  We all need more laughter in our lives!

From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 01/11/07 - ''My Wish for You in 2007!":



After serious & cautious consideration.....your contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2007 !

It was a very hard decision to make. So try not to screw it up!!!

My Wish for You in 2007

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for  $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy. May the problems you had forget your home address! In simple words ............

May 2007 be the best year of your life!!! 

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Carol Anne!

  From Margaret Hoban Wilner of PA - 01/11/07 - "Take Me Back to the Fifties":

Thanks for all the effort and love you put into our page. I really appreciate it! 
Margaret Hoban Wilner (65)   

   This is mesmerizing and fabulous, Margaret!  (And yes, I remember it all!)

   Unless you're more computer literate than I am, you'll need to close this Newsletter and open this link in a new Window, or you'll have double sound tracks going - and that just wouldn't do.  You don't want to miss any of these great old songs!

   Thanks so much, Lady!

   From John Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 01/12/07 - "USS Forrestal Christening Plane Crash":


I just read your "Under The Broadwalk" newsletter of 1/11/07 with the
link to the plane crash that occurred during the 12/11/54 christening of
the USS FORRESTAL. I missed all of the original newsletter postings
about this, else I could have shed a little light on that mystery. I was
standing on the river's bank and saw the plane disintegrate in mid-air.
Yes, it was a F7U Cutlass (at that time I used to be up on all the
various models of cars and planes) and it was not one of the Blue Angels.
First, part of the left wing fell off, flying up in the air, then most
of the tail section broke off followed by the engine exploding. That was
the visual sequence, but it likely started with the engine blowing up.
I can recall seeing the canopy sailing upward, but don't remember
seeing the pilot eject. The whole sequence took but a few seconds and I was
completely stunned and saddened by it all.

A few years later I was in the Ground Observer Corps where my father
and I used to spend one evening a week watching planes from a little
glass hut on top of the police station in Buckroe Beach. There was a direct
line connected to GOC headquarters in Richmond that we used to report
the heading and altitude each multi-engined plane we saw. One evening a
F-104 Starfighter practice scrambling from Langley AFB flamed out and
crashed in a marshy area near Poquoson. At that time the Air Force crash
rescue vessel was a WWII converted PT boat powered by huge Packard V-12
engines, but the boat's draft was too deep to allow it to get to the
pilot of crashed jet in this instance. I'm not positive, but I believe
the pilot was killed. Not too long afterwards the Air Force got an air
boat crash rescue vehicle that could go 60MPH in 6 inches of water.

BTW, my 65th birthday is coming Feb 2nd, so please add my name to the
Birthday List. You gotta be nice to us groundhogs, you know.

Keep up the good work!
John Patterson (NNHS '59)

      You are so added, John - thanks!    I also added your memories to the Forrestal page - and to the Buckroe Jet Crash page, as one memory often jars another.  Thanks so much for sharing yours with us!

From Domi OBrien ('64) of NH - 01/12/07 - "Re: 01/11/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Under the Boardwalk":

"Could it be that 95.4% of these unhappy folks have a job?"
Well, I hate to correct you, but I will. The current  employment rate in the US is 66.4 %, with 39% of American adults having a job 30 or more hours a week (where I work we classify these people as "full-time", and if they were on unemployment we cut it off at that point-- 30 hours-- even if they are making a quarter of what they were in the previous job and have no benefits-- and 27.4% having less work than 30 hours a week (if you worked one day in the last 4 weeks, say substitute teaching or temping in an office-- we call you employed! though we may pay you partial benefits).

In some states if you have substitute taught in the last 18 months, you'll be classified as a substitute teacher, and can't be counted as unemployed because you MAY get called any time). The UNEMPLOYMENT rate does not reflect who doesn't have a job, only those with no work in the last 4 weeks who were consistently able, available, and LOOKING for work 30 hours a week or more. If they can only work limited hours or first shift, are so discouraged they aren't actively looking for work,  have a temporary disability or are down with the flu, they aren't unemployed to Bureau of Labor Statistics.  If they used to work a job around college classes, and lost that job, and are looking for another, but are still a full-time student who needs an employer to be flexible about their work schedule, they aren't unemployed to us. If they are out on Family Medical Leave or maternity leave, they aren't unemployed.  If they can't find childcare while they work, they aren't unemployed, and if they get fired because they couldn't work overtime because there was no one to watch the kids--- it's their own fault. And of course, anyone retired, disabled, or stay-at-home parent who would LIKE to work part-time but can't find anything isn't unemployed, because they don't qualify as able, available, and looking for work 30 hours a week or more (though if Sam's Club hires them to pass out samples for 4 hours this Saturday-- we'll count them as employed!) 

And when Wisconsin announced happily that they had reduced their welfare rolls OVERNIGHT by 20%, those of us who know how these things get figured quickly found out why-- they moved all the parentless children on welfare to FOSTER care, changed their welfare guardians to foster parents, and paid out much MORE money monthly to the caregivers even while the President of the US was busily congratulating the Governor and Commissioner of Health and Human Services of Wisconsin for their excellent performance.

I've got more, but that will do for now.
Colleen Ann Domitilla O'Brien, NNHS class of 1964, BA, MEd, Keene State College
just another cynical  military brat, ex-hippie, and former military wife working for the system...

   Love your sign-off, Domi!

   I thought perhaps those numbers were overly optimistic, but I neglected to run them through any sort of checking system, as my eye was caught by the general feel of the selection.  It's been my experience that those numbers are subject to monthly change, which can sometimes be quite drastic.  I thought, too, that perhaps I was biased by my own circumstances, which have ever and always been out the mainstream of America's realities.

   You are in a far better position than most of us to know the actual facts and statistics (and numbers and I have never had a very amicable relationship, other than those involved with music and crocheting).  I was struck, however,  by the hopeful tone of the piece overall, as I truly believe that most of our problems in enjoying life stem from flawed attitudes.  Likewise, I do feel that most of us, even those of us who are in less than desirable circumstances, often fall short in feeling and expressing gratitude for the many blessings we do enjoy.

   And things are not perfect in this country (and would we, as imperfect souls, be able to abide it if they were??).  But by and large, I think even our bad news is better here than in other parts of the world.  For instance, I would personally rather be incarcerated in an American prison than in a Turkish one.

   I personally am a Goody-Two-Shoes, and have never been but so comfortable with realities, as they wreak such havoc with my fantasies.

   But in fairness to the pursuit of truth (which I believe we all seek), thank you for the correction.

  From Me ('65) of NC - 01/14/07:

   I've made the following updates recently:

 - brand new page

 - brand new page

      - brand new page - The music has been restored (and some wild shifting of the blocks 
                                                                                              corrected) to all 14 pages.

   Could someone from the classes of 1955, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, and 1971 please tell me your class colors?  It may be easiest to recall if you can visualize your senior pennant.  Thanks!  I "need" these both for the graduation and contact pages.  You know how obsessive I am about such details.....


1.     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/05/07 - "A HOLIDAY OFFER FOR ALL TYPHOONS":

I know that there were many members of the Class of 1964 who were unable to attend the 40th Year Reunion in 2004 and who did not receive a copy of the Old Rustier Anchor (2004).  I suspect that there are members of the classes which preceded and followed the Class of 1964, who may be curious about the lives of their friends.  For those who may not know, The Old Rustier Anchor is the compilation of photos and remarks by members of the Class of 1964. A version has been published at every reunion (1974, 1984, 1994, 1999, and 2004.)

I am pleased to offer (at no charge) the Microsoft WORD version of the Old Rustier Anchor (2004) to anyone who requests it. This is the Master file from which the printer created the booklets we distributed at the 2004 reunion.

It is a 24 page, 9 MB file (due to images) which I would attach to an e-mail.  If anyone is interested, simply send an e-mail to <>.  Please let me know if you are unable to receive large attached files due to spam filters, etc., and I will make other arrangements.

   What a wonderful opportunity you've provided for everyone, David! Thank you so much!

   So that no one will miss it, I'll carry this offer in the next several Newsletters, and I've posted it on TYPHOONMART, as well: - brand new page

   Thanks again, Captain!

2   From Lee Cook ('66) of VA - Phone Call of 01/05/06:

   Does anyone know the whereabouts of Trudy Purdy ('67)?  I escorted her to her Senior Prom.


 Well, I don't, Lee, but someone surely might!

  "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Speaking of the Class of 1967, has anyone heard any rumblings about their 40-Year Reunion?!?

Trudy Purdy  
Fall of 1966

3   From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 01/08/07 - "REMINDER: BUCKROE MEETINGS":

From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 01/07/07:


I apologize for sending you a reminder about the three upcoming important meetings in January about Buckroe's Lots B.  However, as pointed out in the earlier e-mail,  it is most critical for as many warm bodies as possible to show up at each of the following meetings in Hampton's City Hall Building, 8th Floor.

For those of you who live outside of Hampton, even outside of Virginia, please forward this reminder to anyone in Hampton who might be interested in saving Lots B for the public's continued use.   Most of you know someone living in the Tidewater area to whom you can e-mail this reminder (that is why you are on as an addressee of this note).
Planning Commission Meeting:  
January 8, 3:30 PM.  --  Public Hearing, and the Planning Commission's approval,  or not,  of the Planning
                                   Department's recommended design option choice for Lots B.  This meeting will be interesting.
City Council Meetings:
    January 10, 7:30 PM --  Public Hearing
    January 24, 7:30 PM -- Public Hearing,  AND Council's FINAL VOTE on the fate of Lots B.  
                                       (Most important on this night to have a packed house - be prepared for a late night.)
4"x 6" signs reading "Option D-1" will be available for all attendees to wear during the meetings. 
The same sign then can be placed in the rear or side windows of your cars.  Recommend they remain there for all to see as you drive around town until after Council's vote on January 24.
If you cannot attend one of the meetings above to pick up an "Option D-1" sign for your car, please make your own sign, and stick it in your car window until January 24.
We also hope to get as many "Option D-1" signs as possible displayed in store/restaurant windows throughout Hampton.  Please ask your favorite restaurant or business owner if one can be displayed in their window.   Let us know who they are,  and we will get a sign to them.
Thank you for spreading the word.
I look forward to seeing as many "Buckroe's Lots B as a Park" supporters as possible at any or all of the above meetings.
Sincerely, Sandra Canepa

   WOWZERS!!!  Thank you, Karen - and Sandra!

   Please, y'all - try to attend those meetings if you possibly can!

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA and    From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 01/10/07 - "Update on Buckroe's Lots B":

From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 01/10/07:

As you already may know, the Planning Commission voted last night to recommend Option E to Council for Lots B. 
Option E was "contrived" by the Planning Department in early December. 
I believe a picture of Option E is on their website, and a copy will soon be on our website for viewing.
Option E basically is the same plan called for in the original Buckroe Master Plan.  Option E, like the original plan, will require Lots B to be sold to developers for residential housing.   
Do not get discouraged by the Planning Commission's vote last night.  We need your total support (and your bodies) now more than ever. 
It may help you to know there are a number of occasions where the Council's final decision HAS varied from the Planning Commission's recommendation.
One occasion, similar to the Buckroe issue, was in 2001 when the Planning Commission recommended that Bloxom's Corner (Fox Hill, Old Buckroe, and  Beach Rd) be rezoned in order for a Zoom's to be built on that corner.
Council held two public hearings following the Planning Commission's recommendation.  At  the FIRST Council meeting the Council voted Yes,  the property should be rezoned. 
In the next couple of weeks there was a lot of lobbying,  and at the SECOND Council meeting Council voted No,  because OPPOSITION FILLED council chambers and was overflowing.  
A Daily Press article,  September 28, 2001,  titled, "COUNCIL REVERSES VOTE, STOPS ZOOMS MOVE", tells the Zooms story and is attached for your information.
Exactly like the ZOOMS issue, Council will hold two meetings on the Lots B issue prior to a final vote whether to approve Option E or not.
The FIRST Council meeting will be Wednesday, January 10, 7:30 pm, City Hall, 8th Floor.
The SECOND Council meeting AND the vote will be Wednesday, January 24, 7:30 pm, City Hall, 8th Floor.
The Council Chambers on January 10 SHOULD BE FILLED with everyone who wants to save Lots B as a city park; HOWEVER,  
a packed house of park supporters IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL for January 24...just as it was for the Zooms issue. 


Please mark your calendars to attend. 
I cannot stress strongly enough how important it will be for everyone who has said they want to save Lots B as a city park  to attend the January 24 City Council meeting.  Making remarks before Council is not necessary, just your presence, but remarks, if only a sentence of two, will help.
Please send a request out to everyone in your data base,  your family,  your church,  and your social, athletic, civic clubs to also attend if they are serious about saving Lots B from developers.
Both nights, January 10 and January 24, will be late nights; therefore, people need to be prepared to "camp out" if necessary but that is little enough to give considering what is at stake.
I will be sending out another e-mail shortly which will contain different information about the issue.   
If you have no interest in remaining on this mass e-mail addressee list, please let me know immediately.
Any suggestions, other than this e-mail addressee list,  for getting people to one or both City Council meetings will be greatly appreciated.  
We will have "Option D-1" signs for everyone to wear at the Council meetings.....and Option D-1 signs are beginning to appear in car windows.  Please make one for yourself or let me know and I will get one or more to you.   Remember the signs only have to be displayed through January 24.
Thank you.  sac 

   Thank you, Edna and Karen - and Sandra!


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1960
will hold a
Typhoon Informal Reunion

on Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at the lovely beach
home of Mary Ann Edwards Elliot on Willoughby
Spit. This will be an afternoon into evening beach
party with covered dish dinner.

Karen Weinstein Witte
14314 Wadsworth Dr. Odessa, FL  33556


The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast
on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/02/06 - "Why People Move South" (#7 in a series of 11):



 Okay, that's a LOTTA snow!!!

   Thanks, Shari!

Any More Questions?  

   I don't know whether it's the remnant of being ill, or the effects of the outrageous laughter fits I had this morning, but I seem to be making waaay too many goofy mistakes to continue this now, so even though I have many more entries, I'm cutting it off short.  We'll resume it later.

   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

We Shall Overcome

Lyrics derived from Charles Tindley's gospel song "I'll Overcome Some Day" (1900), and opening and closing melody from the
19th-century spiritual "No More Auction Block for Me" (a song that dates to before the Civil War). According to Professor Donnell King of Pellissippi State Technical Community College (in Knoxville, Tenn.), "We Shall Overcome" was adapted from these gospel songs by "Guy Carawan, Candy Carawan, and a couple of other people associated with the Highlander Research and Education Center, currently located near Knoxville, Tennessee. I have in my possession copies of the lyrics that include a brief history of the song, and a notation that royalties from the song go to support the Highlander Center."

We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day


Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome some day

We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand some day

We shall all be free
We shall all be free
We shall all be free some day

We are not afraid
We are not afraid
We are not afraid some day

We are not alone
We are not alone
We are not alone some day

The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around some day

We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day

"We Shall Overcome" midi courtesy of - 01/12/07

"We Shall Overcome" lyrics and history courtesy of - 01/14/06

Image of Martin Luther King courtesy of
- 01/12/07

 Chain Link divider line clip art courtesy of - 01/16/05

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

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

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

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