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01/17/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Benjamin Franklin's 304th Birthday

“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable,
those that are movable, and those that move.

- Benjamin Franklin
(17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We try to observe this day each year (though admittedly, we are not always successful...):

BONUS - - Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John



    Happy Birthday today to   Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Eileen Rash Vaught ('57)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

21 - Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA;

22 -   Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND    Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY;

23 -     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD AND My Daughter-in-Law,   Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of MA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


January 16, 1944 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.

January 16, 1945 - Adolf Hitler moved into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker.


January 17, 1941 - Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-Shek opened fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.

January 17, 1945 - Soviet forces captured the almost completely destroyed Polish city of Warsaw.

January 17, 1945 - The Nazis began the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces closed in.

January 17, 1945 - Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.


Saturday, January 16, 1965 - Nothing, nothing, and nothing.

TODAY IN 1965:

Sunday, January 17, 1965 - Ice hockey player Sylvain Turgeon was born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada.

Sunday, January 17, 1965 - Footballer Nikos Nioplias was born in Galatini, Greece.


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/16/10 - "Newport News City Jail":

Hi, Carol:

    Glenn Dye ('60) of TX is seeking confirmation of a recollection that the inmates in the City of Newport News Jail could speak to citizens using 25th Street. As a Newspaper Carrier for The Times-Herald and The Daily Press and going to the newspaper offices and plant located on 25th Street, between Washington Avenue and Huntington Avenue, I can certify the prisoners from time to time would call out from their jail cells. The police station and the "Lock Up" was situated next door to the newspaper back then.

Many prisoners were held there pending trails, and those convicted of crimes incarcerating them for an extended period of time were later transferred to the City Farm, where Mr. Mueller was the Superintendent. Mr. Mueller was the father of a couple of TYPHOON,   Dale ('64 - of VA) and Shirley Mueller ('60) and one more child whose name escapes my old memory.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
   Thanks so much, Adonis!  

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/16/10 - "NN Jail":

Regarding     Glenn Dye's ('60 - of TX) question concerning the NN jail on 25th Street, I remember it well as it was located beside the Daily Press/Times Herald building. Every Saturday morning  Joe Mooney ('65) and I would ride our bikes or walk down there from North End, to pay our weekly newspaper delivery bill.
They had this amazing machine that would separate and count all the nickels, dimes, quarters, and pennies we had collected from our customers the night before. They would even turn our "profit" into dollar bills if we chose! However, they also had a number of vending machines there and before we would leave we had probably spent half of our profit in those machines! Joe Madagan, although a couple years before our time, may remember that routine?
Also, on Sunday morning after delivering our papers we would stand on the corner of 50th and Huntington selling any extras we had to those driving by until all the papers were sold, and then we would go to the restaurant there that was just below street level [        Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) has named it before and it was directly across 50th Street from where I lived], because it was the only place open on Sunday morning at 7:30-8:00 am, and have ice cream and pie for breakfast!!
Oh yeah, we never heard any prisoners talking from the jail?
   Thank you, Wayne Honey! Might that have been the Rainbow Soda Shop owned by the Anas Family??

So what we know is that before a certain date the prisoners' voices could be heard, and that after that date, they could not. Hmmm...

     And for those of us who are persistently in a fog , how does this building fit into the scheme of things?

   And is it still standing?!?

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

Courthouse and Public Safety Building, Newport News, VA

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 01/15/10 - "Burial at Sea. A must read for all Americans":

I hope you are sitting quietly when you read this!

  Thanks so much, Norris! We ran this very moving article back in December, but some may have missed it then - and that would be a travesty!

  From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 01/14/10 - "7-8-9 Chevy":

  1957, 1958 & 1959 All Rolled Into One!

This car was built by N2A motors (No Two Alike). Unbelievable! The company is planning a production run of about 100 vehicles... It sits on a Corvette C6 chassis, front styled like a 57 Chevy, side like a 58, rear like a 59 - hence the designation "789."

Is this a hot looking car, or WHAT !!! You probably need to be at least 50 years old to really appreciate this!!!

Thanks, Eva!

 From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 01/15/10 - "Birth of a Candy Bar...":

  WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Mark!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/15/10 - "Have a beautiful weekend":

  Will be back on Wednesday. Have a nice prolonged weekend!

A clergyman walking down a country lane and sees a young farmer struggling to load hay back onto a cart after it had fallen off. "You look hot, my son," said the cleric. "Why don't you rest a moment, and I'll give you a hand."

"No thanks," said the young man. "My father wouldn't like it."

"Don't be silly," the minister said. "Everyone is entitled to a break. Come and have a drink of water."

Again the young man protested that his father would be upset. Losing his patience, the clergyman said, "Your father must be a real tyrant. Tell me where I can find him, and I'll give him a piece of my mind!"

"Well," replied the young farmer, "he's under the load of hay."


An unscrupulous businessman was feeling very ill and went to the doctor. The doctor examined him and backed away, saying, "I'm sorry to tell you this, but you have an advanced case of highly infectious rabies. You must have had it for some time. It will almost certainly be fatal."

"Could you give me a pen and paper?" said the businessman.

"Do you want to write your will?"

"No, I want to make a list of all the people I want to bite."


En route to Hawaii, I noticed one of my passengers in the coach section of the airplane dialing her cell phone.

"Excuse me. That can't be on during the flight," I reminded her. "Besides, we're over the ocean-you won't get a signal out here."

"That's okay," she said. "I'm just calling my daughter. She's sitting up in first class."


Easy versus Difficult

Easy is to get a place in someone's address book.
Difficult is to get a place in someone's heart.
Easy is to judge the mistakes of others.
Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes.
Easy is to talk without thinking.
Difficult is to refrain the tongue.
Easy is to hurt someone who loves us.
Difficult is to heal the wound...
Easy is to forgive others
Difficult is to ask for forgiveness
Easy is to set rules.
Difficult is to follow them...
Easy is to dream every night.
Difficult is to fight for a dream...
Easy is to show victory.
Difficult is to assume defeat with dignity...
Easy is to admire a full moon.
Difficult to see the other side...
Easy is to stumble with a stone.
Difficult is to get up...
Easy is to enjoy life every day.
Difficult to give its real value...
Easy is to promise something to someone.
Difficult is to fulfill that promise...
Easy is to say we love.
Difficult is to show it every day...
Easy is to criticize others.
Difficult is to improve oneself...
Easy is to make mistakes.
Difficult is to learn from them...
Easy is to weep for a lost love.
Difficult is to take care of it so not to lose it.
Easy is to think about improving.
Difficult is to stop thinking it and put it into action...
Easy is to think bad of others
Difficult is to give them the benefit of the doubt...
Easy is to receive.
Difficult is to give.
Easy to read this.
Difficult to follow.
Easy is to keep the friendship with words.
Difficult is to keep it with meanings

- Author Unknown

   Thanks so much, Shari!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 01/05/10 - "This Made My Day" - "#10 in a Series of 12":

There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.

 For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is 
that wrinkles don't hurt....

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Gorgeous!




  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 01/16/09:

A Quote...

At the UPS cargo phone center where I worked, a woman called and said, "I need a baseball quote."

I immediately answered with Yogi Berra's famous "It ain't over 'til it's over!"

There was a brief moment of silence before the woman asked, "What was that?"

"You asked me for a baseball quote," I responded, "and that was the first thing that came into my head."

"Oh," she replied. "My husband told me to call and get a baseball quote."

I asked if she wanted to ship something, and she said she did.

Then it dawned on me: "Do you mean you want a ballpark figure?"


1. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/08/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Philadelphia Freedom

Written by
Elton John (b. 25 Mar 1947)


Bernie Taupin (b. 22 May 1950), 1975

I used to be a rolling stone
You know if the cause was right
I'd leave to find the answer on the road
I used to be a heart beating for someone
But the times have changed
The less I say the more my work gets done

`Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I've waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man
Yeah gave me peace of mind my daddy never had

Oh Philadelphia freedom shine on me, I love you
Shine a light through the eyes of the ones left behind
Shine a light shine a light
Shine a light won't you shine a light
Philadelphia freedom I love you, yes I do

If you choose to you can live your life alone
Some people choose the city
Some others choose the good old family home
I like living easy without family ties
Till the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me
Right between the eyes

"Philadelphia Freedom" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/09/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Philadelphia Freedom" lyrics courtesy of
 also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/09/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Painting of Benjamin Franklin courtesy of - 01/09/06

Etching of Benjamin Franklin courtesy of - 01/09/06

Benjamin Franklin Autograph used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 01/09/06

Quill Pen Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/14/04

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

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who fought in WWII
Thanks again, Herbie!

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

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