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02/22/09 - NNHS Newsletter
George Washingto
n's 277th Birthday

I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine
interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe
that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution,
or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them

- George Washington
(22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Barring technical difficulties, today's theme is supposed to repeat every year:


1.   Lennie Alger ('70) of VA - 02/20/09:

Can you add me to the 1970 email list?

Lennie Alger Virginia

   Certainly, Lennie - welcome aboard!


     Happy Birthday today to Ronald Bass ('57) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Richard Prince ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 -   Debi Fink Golden ('65) of MA;
25 - Peggy Wellington Craft ('57)
AND the President of the Class of 1965,   Joe Wingo of NC;

27 -     Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA  AND   Phil Hammond ('64) of UT;

28 -   Wayne Agee ('58) of FL;
29 -
Bob Schweida ('54) of NH!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


1. Ronnie Timberlake ('67) of TN - 02/20/09:

Friday 02/20/2009 2:18:50pm
Name: Ron 'Ronnie' Timberlake
Marital Status Married (MEL)
City/Country: Gallatin 'Nashville' TN
Favorite Teachers Julie Conn 'My Mentor'; Ms. Gildersleeve; Coach Nuttycombe; Mr. King; Ms. Crane; That English Teacher That Always Looked Good and Smelled Good; Ms. Merget (Fr.); Ms. Conn
Hobbies Seeing my 8 grandkids; outdoor activities; riding my motorcycle; church; teaching
Comments I just learned of this site! Thanks for having it and I've seen some great people's sites I haven't seen in many years! Left NN in '67 for W. Kentucky U. and spent 3 yrs in USMC - 1in Vietnam - and finished college in '74 75 76 and have been teaching 14yrs. Get back to NN 1x a year usually. J. Conn got me in college and now I can't get through :) Thanks for this GREAT SITE!! Go NNHS!!!

   Thanks, Ronnie!

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 02/21/09 - "Celebrate":

from the Rev. Spooner

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Fred! 

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 02/20/09:

..... *and here's a special shout out to my dear Cluckmeat
"Hey there, my little Typhoon Meat-of-cluck!"

   Well, Hello, Gorgeous! It's always a delight to hear from you!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 02/20/09 - "Iwo Jima Posting":

Hi Carol,
Thanks for again running my Iwo Jima post of last year.  If you are going to post it each year, there is one correction that probably should be made to the story if possible.  I mentioned that     Dad (30 Dec 1918 - 16 Feb 2002) was a patient at Walter Reed Hospital along with      Navy Corpsman and flagraiser John "Doc" Bradley (10 July 1923 - 11 Jan 1994), but as     Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) correctly pointed out last year, it would have been the Bethesda Naval Hospital (not Walter Reed).
  I have attached a picture of the ceremony at the Post Office Department commemorating the issuance of the Iwo Jima postage stamp.  In the picture are U. S. Postmaster General Robert Hannegan (30 June 1903 - 06 Oct 1949) shaking hands with John Bradley.  Also in the picture are Marine Corps Commandant Alexander Vandegrift (13 Mar 1887 - 08 May 1973), some other dignitaries, and five other wounded Iwo Jima vets, including my father, Sydney Dearing, on the far left in the picture.
Wednesday, July 11, 1945
Also attached is a copy of a letter from Robert Hannegan to each of the participants and a picture of the stamp itself.
Sydney Dearing
Wednesday, July 11, 1945

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thank you so much for sharing these treasures with us, Sydney! And I corrected last year's error (Thanks, Joe! ):

  From Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 02/0/09 - "Iwo Jima":

Just read last year's piece on Iwo Jima. My father was also seriously wounded on Iwo and spent almost a year recovering in hospitals on Hawaii and at Camp LeJeune in N.C. He never spoke of the war and only at his death in 1990 did I find out the seriousness of his wounds.

God Bless those who protect us now and have protected us in the past.

Bill Turner 

   WOWZERS, Billy Turner! You made me get all weepy! Thanks so much for telling us this!

     From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 02/20/09 - "SS United States":

I too remember seeing the SS United States around that time (50 years ago), but I also remember seeing it from where I lived around age 10-13 which was Seven Oaks Apartments on 36th Street.  I can still see those funnels (smoke stacks) towering over the horizon while it was in drydock.  Then it was docked at the C&O Coal Yard for a short time after retirement  before going to Norfolk and it was the last time I saw her.  This was about the time they sold everything off the ship before gutting it for storage and - at that time - renovation by the new owners.

Eric S. Huffstutler
Bethel High '75

   Thanks, Eric!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 02/20/09 - "SS United States":

Hi, Carol,
I wonder if it would help to start a letter of signatures to send to the president or congress to save the SS United States. The last time I went aboard it was the year and day that it was at the shipyard for repairs and friend of mine and I went onboard to look it over and when we came off we heard the news that President Kennedy had been shot. so that is my remembrance of the SS United States.

   Thanks, Glenn! I myself have never had as much faith in the power of petitions as I have in other forms of action, but maybe it's just me.....

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 02/20/09 - "Bank of Hampton":

Regarding the picture of the Hampton bank from        Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) reminds me of Merchants National Bank where I worked part-time in the 12th grade.  It was on the corner like that at Queen and King (?) Streets in downtown Hampton.  I know it was two stories, maybe three, but it wasn't that big a building. 

   Hmmm - is it possible that the top floors had a fire and were removed - and then the bank (as banks do) was renamed or absorbed by another bank??

   Thanks, Gloria!

     From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 02/21/09 - "Newport News / Hampton Drive-Ins":

I have noticed that in the Drive-In / Theaters section there is still a question of where some were located and lacking addresses.  Here is what I have found on a couple for you:
Green Acres Drive-In
Opened 1948 - Closed c. 1982 - 500 Cars
2327 W. Pembroke Avenue
Hampton, VA 23661
There is a United Rentals (Construction Equipment Rentals) where it sat. Bordered by Old Aberdeen Road, Childs Avenue, Pembroke Avenue, and Shell Road.
I remember that there was a What-A-Burger either in front or about in front of it in later years.
Anchor Drive-In
Opened 1952 - Closed c. 1985 - 400 Cars
10121 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23605
There is a strip mall with a Food Lion in it where it sat (Francisco Village Shopping Center).
Sidney Lust's Drive-In - which was renamed Hampton Drive-In around 1969.
Opened in 1949 - Closed c. 1980 - 700 Cars

1300 block of W. Pembroke Avenue
Hampton, VA

It was located between Downing Street and Westwood Avenue.
There is what someone called the Hampton Commerce Center there but I see warehouse and offices for Eastern Aluminum Supply and other home improvement places like Brian's Counter Tops.

I would suspect either when they opened or closed there are photos in the newspaper?  Also during complaints by residents when Green Acres was showing X-Rated movies before it closed.
Eric S. Huffstutler
Bethel High '75

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Eric! I'm always happy to add to the histories of Peninsula landmarks! 

      - brand new page!



       From Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) - 02/21/09 - "NNHS 64/45 Reunion":

Please add to "Planning To Attend"  :

Steve Klein of MS


   Done, Sir!

So ... now it seems to be time to post a list of missing 1964 classmates. The list is attached.

   Thank you, David - also done (though a bit later):

   Y'all take a look; you might be the one person among us who knows where these people may be! It would be a shame for any of them to unwittingly and needlessly miss their 45-Year Reunion; the Class of 1964 always puts on a mighty nice show for its members!

  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 02/20/09 - "Enlightened Perspective":

Seen before--bears periodic repeating.

If you will take the time to read these. I promise you'll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:  

     They're written by (dozens of different people - age 5 to 95) and published in H. Jackson Brown's 1995 book, Live and Learn and Pass It On, Volume II. 



I've  learned
..... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.  

I've learned
.... That when you're in love, it shows.  

I've learned
.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day. 

I've  learned
.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful  feelings in the world. 

I've learned
..... That being kind is more important than being right

I've  learned
.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.  

I've learned
.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.  

I've learned
.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.  

I've learned
.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.  

I've learned
.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me  as an adult. 

I've learned
.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. 

I've learned
.... That we should be glad God doesn't give  us everything we ask for. 

I've  learned
.... That money doesn't buy class. 

I've learned
.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.  

I've  learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. 

I've learned
.... That to ignore the facts does not change  the facts. 

I've learned
.... That when you plan to  get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue  to hurt you. 

I've learned
.... That love, not time, heals all wounds. 

I've learned
.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter  than I am. 

I've learned
.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile. 

I've  learned
.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.  

I've learned
... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.  

I've learned
.... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. 

I've  learned
.... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.  

I've learned
.... That I wish I could have told my Mom  that I love her one more time before she passed away.  

I've learned
.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.  

I've learned
.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. 

I've learned
.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life. 

I've  learned
.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.  

I've learned
.... That the less time I have to work with,  the more things I get done. 

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/20/09 - "what children should know":

What children should know

We all know that dialing 911 can save lives. Teach your children how to use this valuable emergency service with these tips.

Tell your children to first find a trusted adult in an emergency. If a trusted adult isnt available, they should dial 911.

Show young children how to dial 911 on the phone. Make sure to say 9-1-1 and not 9-11. Watch them have a trial run (unhook the phone, of course)

Explain that 911 is for emergencies and make it clear what a real emergency look like. List the reasons they might call 911, such as a house fire, a car accident, or if someone is hurt so badly that he or she cant move or talk.

Explain what an emergency does not look like. (Hint: its not when they cant find a favorite toy or have been tripped by the dog.) Let them know that calling 911 when there isnt an emergency is dangerous and wrong.

Teach your children that they can trust the 911 dispatcher, and that its OK to answer any questions even if they seem personal. Make sure your children know their address.

   Good to know - thanks, Shari!


      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/21/09 - "Forest Gump Goes To Heaven TWJ":

Carol ... here is a funny for you ... hadn't heard this one yet. use your inner "Forrest Gump" to add inflection as you read it.



The day finally arrived. Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven. He is at the Pearly Gates, met by St. Peter himself. However, the
gates are closed and Forrest approaches the gatekeeper.

St. Peter said, 'Well, Forrest, it is certainly good to see you. We have heard a lot about you. I must tell you, though, that the place is
filling up fast, and we have been administering an entrance examination for everyone. The test is short, but you have to pass it
before you can get into Heaven.'

Forrest responds, 'It sure is good to be here, St. Peter, sir. But nobody ever told me about any entrance exam. I sure hope that the
test ain't too hard. Life was a big enough test as it was.

St. Peter continued, 'Yes, I know, Forrest, but the test is only three questions.

First: What two days of the week begin with the letter T?
Second: How many seconds are there in a year?
Third: What is God's first name?'

Forrest leaves to think the questions over. He returns the next day and sees St. Peter, who waves him up, and says, 'Now that you
have had a chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers'.

Forrest replied, 'Well, the first one -- which two days in the week begins with the letter 'T'? Shucks, that one is easy. That would be
Today and Tomorrow.'

The Saint's eyes opened wide and he exclaimed, 'Forrest, that is not what I was thinking, but you do have a point, and I guess I did
not specify, so I will give you credit for that answer. How about the next one?' asked St. Peter. 'How many seconds in a year?

Now that one is harder,' replied Forrest, but I thunk and thunk about that, and I guess the only answer can be twelve.'

Astounded, St. Peter said, 'Twelve? Twelve? Forrest, how in Heaven's name could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?'

Forrest replied, 'Shucks, there's got to be twelve: January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd... '

'Hold it,' interrupts St. Peter. 'I see where you are going with this, and I see your point, though that was not quite what I had in
mind....but I will have to give you credit for that one, too. Let us go on with the third and final question. Can you tell me God's first

'Sure,' Forrest replied, 'it's Andy.'

'Andy!' exclaimed an exasperated and frustrated St Peter. 'Ok, I can understand how you came up with your answers to my first
two questions, but just how in the world did you come up with the name Andy as the first name of God?'

'Shucks, that was the easiest one of all,' Forrest replied. 'I learnt it from the song, 'ANDY WALKS WITH ME, ANDY TALKS WITH ME,

St. Peter opened the Pearly Gates, and said: 'Run Forrest, run.'

Give me a sense of humor, Lord.
Give me the ability to understand a clean joke
To get some humor out of life,
And to pass it on to other folk.

   GIGGLES!!! Oh, see, Tommee, I always thought God's first name was Howard:

   "Our Father, which art in Heaven, Howard be Thy name....."

   Thanks, Babe!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

3. Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

4. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty  

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Yankee Doodle

Father and I went down to camp
Along with Captain Gooding
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding.

Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

There was Captain Washington
Upon a slapping stallion
A-giving orders to his men
I guess there was a million.


And then the feathers on his hat
They looked so' tarnal fin-a
I wanted pockily to get
To give to my Jemima.


And then we saw a swamping gun
Large as a log of maple
Upon a deuced little cart
A load for father's cattle.


And every time they shoot it off
It takes a horn of powder
It makes a noise like father's gun
Only a nation louder.


I went as nigh to one myself
As' Siah's underpinning
And father went as nigh agin
I thought the deuce was in him.
We saw a little barrel, too
The heads were made of leather
They knocked upon it with little clubs
And called the folks together.


And there they'd fife away like fun
And play on cornstalk fiddles
And some had ribbons red as blood
All bound around their middles.
The troopers, too, would gallop up
And fire right in our faces
It scared me almost to death
To see them run such races.


Uncle Sam came there to change
Some pancakes and some onions
For' lasses cake to carry home
To give his wife and young ones.


But I can't tell half I see
They kept up such a smother
So I took my hat off, made a bow
And scampered home to mother.


Cousin Simon grew so bold
I thought he would have cocked it
It scared me so I streaked it off
And hung by father's pocket.


And there I saw a pumpkin shell
As big as mother's basin
And every time they touched it off
They scampered like the nation.

Other Verses:

And there was Captain Washington,
With gentlefolks about him,
They say he's gown so 'tarnal proud
He will not ride without them.


There came Gen'ral Washington
Upon a snow-white charger
He looked as big as all outdoors
And thought that he was larger.


"Yankee Doodle/Yankee Doodle Dandy Medley" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks, Dave! 

"Yankee Doodle" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Charles Willson Peale 1772 Portrait of Washington courtesy of - 02/22/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/21/09

Gilbert Stuart Portrait of Washington courtesy of - 02/22/05 (re-saved 02/21/09)

Flag Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 02/09/05 (re-saved 02/21/09)

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Military Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (restored 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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