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02/27/06 - NNHS Newsletter
True Love Ways

"Those whom true love has held, it will go on holding."

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(3 B. C - 65 A. D.)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Due to the large holes in my head, sometimes - often - things fall out.

   When I saw the title of the song that    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, our Wizard of Wonderment, had chosen for today's Newsletter's theme, it rang no bell whatsoever.

   I thought when I read the lyrics, my memory of the song would return.  Still nada, and I marveled how I could have possibly forgotten a Buddy Holly song.

   Then I found the midi.  When it began, I thought, "Ohhhh - what a great slow dance!"

   Then suddenly the tune was so very familiar to me, and all those beautiful old memories (and a few new ones) came rushing back, poring over me with a fury - and I totally lost it.  Thanks for the good cry, David! 



   A very Happy Birthday today to    Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA, and tomorrow to Wayne Agee ('58) of FL (whose portrait I seem to be unable to locate at the moment....).  Many happy returns to you both!


1.   Donna Harris Fontenot ('63) of TN - 02/27/06

   Welcome, Donna!   We're glad to have you with us!

   I've added your name to the Alumni List:

   If you'll send us your birthday, we'll add it there, too!


  From Fuzzy Turner ('63) of NC - 02/25/06 - "  Joe Wingo's ('65 - of NC) E-mail


Thank you so much for Joe's message of encouragement. Are you able to send me his e-mail address?  I, too, live in North Carolina and would like to talk with him, if possible. 

I thank you too for taking the time and energy to keep "us" together.  May God bless you and your family.  


Hi, Fuzzy!
    As Joe's address is already posted on the site, and as I'm quite sure that Joe would be more than delighted to hear from you, I'll certainly give you his address.  It's right here:
   Have you seen the SPD page yet??
   You and Joe have fun - it's good to hear from you!  Take care of yourself, Fuzzy! 

  From Richard Marshall ('66) of VA - 02/27/06:

Would you please add my birthday to the list...Richard Marshall '66  03/23/48

   Certainly!  Thanks for letting us know, Richard!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/27/06 - "My picture is back!!!":

Now I don't have to be an "x" anymore!!! 

   Yes, ma'am!  I gave up and rescanned it.  Although the trade-off, of course, is that you must relinquish your "X-rated" status and that's so sad, but as Rosanne Rosannadanna used to say, "It's always something"!  GIGGLES!!!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/21/06 and 02/27/06:

Hi, Carol:
..... My "free time" is becoming less and less. This week  I was appointed Editor of "The Seahorse" which is the quarterly newsletter for the United States Seagoing Marine Association, Inc. I will send you a copy for your reading pleasure, if you promise not to edit too closely.

   Ahhh, your memory is as amazing as ever, Adonis!  You were "posta" have forgotten that horrible story of how, in my callow youth, I used to read my love letters with a red pen in hand, Bratty Brat that I was.....

   And I'm delighted to learn of your appointment!  Congratulations - that's fabulous news!

HI, Carol:
Here is the link to the Seagoing Marine Association. It needs a lot of tender loving care, and it is getting it this week.
TYPHOON Regards,

   WOWZERONI!!!  Way to go, Joe!!!  Looking good!



  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 02/18/06:


This will truly blow your mind and a lot of others' as well.

Check out McGuffey's 6th Grade Reader sometime. 

What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895!

--Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education?  Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA.  It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS, and reprinted by the  Salina Journal.

An Eighth Grade Test from 1895




8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS -1895
[Time, one hour]

1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of"lie,""play," and "run."
5. Define case; Illustrate each case.
6 What is punctuation?  Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.




[Time, 1.25 hours]

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000.  What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per metre?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U.S. History [Time, 45 minutes]

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography [Time, one hour] Do we even know what this is??

1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds?  How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.' (HUH?)
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography [Time, one hour]

1 What is climate?  Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
3. Of what use are rivers?  Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete. Gives the saying "he only had an 8th grade education" a whole new meaning, doesn't it? Also shows you how poor our education system has become... and, NO! I don't have the answers.

Renee Helterbran Benton, '59

   I decided not to take the test, Renee.  My ego has suffered enough severe blows lately without adding the sure and measurable realization of my ignorance to the mound.

   Thanks for passing this along, though! 


  From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 02/22/06:

Hi Carol,
I'd like to share this exciting news with my former classmates!  A friend and I are going to be working at the Field Headquarters of the Lost Colony for Science and Research on Saturday, the 25th.  I'll also have to do a TV spot with Fred Willard, the Director, on 21 March, which will air on UPN.  I write a genealogy column for our local newspaper so that's what the article is all about.   More later.  Thanks,

Everything is Relative
By Jennifer Sheppard
Professional Genealogist

Was The Lost Colony Really Lost?

       I am pleased to announce that I have joined with The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research organization, to help document that there were survivors of the Lost Colony, who intermarried with the Indians, and that there are descendants of the Lost Colony living in Eastern North Carolina today.  I have an appointment with Janice Stilman of Plymouth, NC (whose deceased husband did extensive research on my Stillman line), to view and copy the documents in her possession.  He believed as do I that our Stillman line goes back to the John Stilman who was listed on the ship’s manifest of 1587.

       Eastern North Carolina, the area now known by the name of Bodie Island, has the distinction of being the site of the first colonists in America.  Yes, 23 years before the ships landed in Jamestown, VA and 36 years before the Mayflower landed in Massachusetts, Englishmen landed on our shores to establish a settlement.

       According to Fred Willard, Director of The Lost Colony for Science and Research, the 418-year-old mystery can be solved using today’s science and technology.  These methods have become a part of his research.  Using deeds found in local courthouses, (Beaufort and Tyrrell Counties), maps and oral history, Fred developed his hypothesis that area families are related to the Croatan Indians.

       “Several hypotheses have been advanced by scholars about the fate of the “Lost Colony”.  Some scholars such as David Quinn, suggest that the colony only went to Virginia.  There is limited evidence to support the theory.  Other scholars such as Fred Willard and Lee Miller claim that people of English decent settled in the northeastern part of North Carolina.  The hypothesis of this research project is that the “Lost Colony” moved 50 miles up the Alligator River and settled in northeast North Carolina, near what is today Chocowinity…”

       “This hypothesis is supported by a range of primary documents from the fields of history, geography, archeology, and remote sensing.  Important artifacts such as Native/English pottery and a signet ring have been found at the Croatan site.” (Quoted information - Source:  Paper published by Elizabeth City State University, entitled: Science, Settlement, and Remote Sensing: Locating the Remains of the Lost Colony of Northeast North Carolina.).

       The ship’s manifest entitled, “The names of all the men, women and children, which safely arrived in Virginia, < North Carolina was considered Virginia at the time> and remained to inhabite (sic) there. 1587.  Anno Regni Reginae Elizabethae.29”.  The list contained 117 names of men, women and children.  Surnames among them include:  White, Bailie, Dare, Cooper, Sampson, Harvie, Prat, Howe, Fernando, Warner, Berrye, Gibbes, Stilman (one of my lines), Little, Bridger, Payne, Archard, Pierce, and others.              

   WOWZERONI!!!  I've always been fascinated by the Lost Colony!  Thanks so much for sharing your work on this with us, Jennie!  We certainly look forward to hearing more about it!

   By the way, I have reason to believe that there was more to your article here that failed to reach me.  I didn't want you to think I had truncated it for some reason.


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/24/06 - "Adonis in Danger":

Hi, Carol:

Of the four "nicknames" I have been given in my span of 66 years, "Bucky" ,"Madman", "Old Man" (Commander of Armor Unit), and "Adonis"  the latter has given me more laughs and humor than all the others put together.
For your subscribers who have forgotten, a quick reminder of Adonis is in order:

Adonis (mythology)

Adonis (mythology), in Greek mythology, beautiful youth beloved by the goddesses Aphrodite and Persephone. Born of the incestuous union of King Cinyras of Cyprus and his daughter, Adonis was concealed in a chest and placed in the custody of Persephone, queen of the underworld. When Adonis was slain by a wild boar while hunting, Aphrodite pleaded with the god Zeus to restore him to her. Zeus decreed that Adonis should spend the winter months with Persephone in Hades and the summer months with Aphrodite.
Well, Florida in the summertime sometimes may resemble Hades, but what is most disturbing is the domain of the Wild Boar in my neighborhood has been destroyed. The Wild Boar have made a name for themselves since we humans invaded their territory, by tearing up a lawn to resemble a "Carpet Bombing" raid. Their resting place has now been destroyed by development which started last week. All the trees and bushes are gone to make way for who knows what??? Maybe a McDonalds?
  Needless to say, while jogging in this neighborhood Adonis is in peril. The Wild Boar are disturbed and roaming big time now.



AKA: Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

Wild Boar Nest They are gone!    
   YOWZERONI!!!  Do be careful, Adonis!!!

   By the way, for the benefit of those who have joined us in the last year or so, and are puzzled by the strange proliferation of nicknames, and are thinking that we are totally insane... well, that part is true....

   Nevertheless, I think you'll find some partial histories or recaps of said nicknames here, though I was unable to locate some of the discussions: - Joe Madagan ('57) of FL = "Adonis" - This page is soooo funny! > - Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA = "Brown Eyes" (for obvious reasons) - Mike Miller ('65) of NC = "Blue Eyes" (for obvious reasons) - Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA = "Da Babe" and - Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA ="Wayne Honey" - Rip Collins ('65) of TN = "Rip Precious" and and - RECAP, including - Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA = "Sarah Sugar" (later corrected to "Sarah Sugah" by Dave Arnold - '65 - of VA) and Me = "Carol Buckwheat Darlin'" - David Whitley ('67) of VA = "freakin' hot!" (for obvious reasons) and and - Chandler Nelms (HHS - '63) of MD = "Gorgeous" (for obvious reasons) = Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58) of VA - "Pretty Lady" (for obvious reasons) - general discussion of nicknames and - Many Others and - Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA = "Wizard of Wonderment" (for obvious reasons)

   Thanks, Adonis!

   By the way, as I was searching back through the old Newsletters looking for these passages, I couldn't help but notice that there is a sizable number of y'all from whom we used to hear on a regular basis, but who have now fallen silent.

   I hope I've not said or done something obnoxious to offend you, but as you might have noticed, unintentionally offending people seems to be one of the things I do best.  I apologize if that was the case.


  From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 02/25/06:


I just finished reading a letter to the editor in the Daily Press (02-25-06). The letter was written by Brenda McClain of Newport News, and deals with the education of students in the Newport News School system. She expressed her pride in the schools she attended, and knows that the white students feel the same about the schools they attended. She would like to see a Newport News Schools system past and present reunion. Her last line went to my heart when she said, "We cannot forget the past, but we can change our attitude about the future and march on to see what the end will be."

I for one would like to see this come to be.   

Later TYPHOONS.....Jerry Blanchard 62 of Va.

   Thank you, Jerry! I was able to capture the article (as sometimes I am not), so I'm printing it here in it's entirety as carried by the Daily Press:

  Unity reunion

As an alumna of Dunbar Elementary School and Huntington High School and with knowledge of what February is to my race, I also think about the history of Newport News public schools. I learned from some of the best educators -
Sarah Whittington, Homer L. Hines, G. Wesley Raney Jr., Inetta B. Edwards and Crawford Smith. Newport News Public Schools has a rich history. The blacks had Dunbar and Huntington; the whites had Walter Reed Elementary School and Newport News High School.

It would be great to have a Newport News public schools reunion, because we all are overcoming our past and pressing toward the mark for unity. Blacks and whites should celebrate together during this month. Put aside our armor of racism, hate, bigotry, etc. and feast together in harmony for the sake of our kids, grandkids and family. We cannot forget the past, but we can change our attitude about the future and march on to see what the end will be.

Brenda H. McClain
Newport News

   WOWZERS!!!  She certainly hit it there, didn't she?!?

   Thanks, Jerry - and Brenda!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 02/27/06:

   I came across this fun site the other day, and thought y'all might enjoy it:

   I like to check the web site stats from several times a day.  Sometimes they tell me which page y'all were actually viewing.  It's always fun to take a look back at those, and sometimes it reminds me of something I should have long since done.

   Today I noticed that someone from Hampton Roads was looking at this old Newsletter:

   This edition is actually replete with unfinished business, but I took care of one of the most glaring omissions today.  Have a look:
- Fabulous image by 
  Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA, one of my oldest and dearest friends, added!

   Thanks again, Chippy Darlin'! 



 From Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 02/17/06 (snail mail package) :


Here is the final version of my WGH simulator.  I thought you should have the first copy.  During the 'beta' testing, some friends and I found a few duplicate files and other slight problems on the original disc.....

I believe that all of the problems have been corrected.  Better than that, I've even added more WGH sound clips and commercials.....

I'm still loving the site and the newsletter.  Please don't get too frustrated by the recent server or other problems.  I work at a networked computer workstation all day long.  This stuff happens; we all deal with it.

Have a great day!

02/25/06 - "artwork":

  For your consideration -- the attached file for possible use in the TYPHOONMART  listing.
I see in the newsletters the 'teaser' about an upcoming surprise.  I can't wait to see what it is...  I just LOVE surprises.  ;-)
(Once) hairy Steve


   Stevie, I thought enough time had passed that I could write this without bawling, but I suppose that's not going to happen, as it's touching me so on two separate levels.

   First of all, my Sweetie-Pies, Steve is offering y'all this fabulous DVD for a modest contribution to the site.  The catch is, he does all the work, copies and mails the products, and I get to keep the donations for the maintenance costs of the site.  That amazingly generous offer is going to choke me up, no matter what.

   And the other weeping trigger is Steve's above artwork.  Those of you who were there with me "back in the day" know perfectly well I never was chosen to be a WGH Platter Princess, nor even considered for any such thing.  To suddenly see my senior portrait on a DVD,  even after the passing of 40 years, is such an honor, I'm even now typing with an enormous lump in my throat.  It affected me very deeply, Steve.  Thank you so much! 

   Tomorrow I'll add this, plus the earlier item which is still missing, onto TYPHOONMART.  Perhaps by then I'll be able to see my keyboard and monitor!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south":

If you can stop laughing, you might include one of these each upcoming newsletter .... unless you think it undignified. 


     Ummmm, yeah..........

   Thanks, David! 

Redneck Prom    
No Comment    


    Well, I closed the gap today, but there are still more exciting items to come from    Joe Madagan ('57) of FL,    Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA (Cathy, you can see how the yummy goodies you sent me would clash with today's flowery Newsletter - even had I finished it - which, of course, I did not. They will, however, look splendid on tomorrow's Bonus Edition!),     Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA,   Fred Field ('45) of CA,  Fred Eubank ('64) of TX - PLUS some new material from a voice we've sorely missed - Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA!  

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





True Love Ways

(Buddy Holly)

Yes you know why
Why you and I
Will by and by
Know true love ways.

Sometimes we'll sigh
Sometimes we'll cry
And we'll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways.

Throughout the days
Our true love ways
Will bring us joy to share
With those who really care.

Sometimes we'll sigh
Sometimes we'll cry
And we'll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways.

(Instrumental Interlude)

Throughout the days
Our true love ways
Will bring us joy to share
With those who really care.

Sometimes we'll sigh
Sometimes we'll cry
And we'll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways.

"True Love Ways" midi (sequenced by Ray Barclay) courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/06/06
Thanks, Dave!

"True Love Ways" lyrics courtesy of 
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of 02/06/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Pink "I Give You My Love" Heart clip art courtesy of - 04/04/05

Single Pink Rose clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 02/26/06

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

Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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