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03/03/07 - NNHS Newsletter
Yesterday When I Was Young

“Who will give me back those days
when life had wings and flew
just like a skylark in the sky?"

- Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
(20 June 1786 - 23 July 1859)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   My email is messing up to such an extent that when my son comes home to visit (which I think will be soon...), I'm going to have him do something drastic.  Meanwhile, several of y'all have written me personal notes.  When I've tried to respond, my emails have gone to nowhere and back.  I'm going to have to resort to either snail mail or phone calls.

  From Al Simms of VA - 02/24/07 - "Stonewall Jackson 7th grade (NNHS Class of 60) pictures included":


First I want to complement you on the listing that you did for my grandfather.  It is terrific and my mother and siblings say so too!!  And further, the whole website is great and I think that everyone will join me in saying so.  Besides being a high school history it is also a Newport News history.  Hey, maybe you could get the mayor,    Joe Frank - NNHS Class of 60 to have the city to pay you and link to it.
And now, you asked for it - Stonewall Jackson Elementary School photos and a little more.  For most of them I have also included a NNHS photo and where I could find them a more recent picture too.  All are composites of the 3 that are 837 wide by 357 tall.  If anyone has a recent photo to add to a composite, please send them to me at and I will put them together and send them on to Carol for posting.  Girls' married names are in parentheses.
That's all that I have.

Al Simms
NNHS Class of 1960

   Thanks so much, Al!  

   As there are multiple images of the principal, the teacher, and 21 students, for the sake of time and space I'll ask y'all to just click over to the Stonewall Jackson page and scroll about halfway down to see all these goodies that Al prepared:

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/27/07 - "88 year old's funny remarks":
I happened to see this particular show. It's funny!

   Shari, I opened this when I was barely coherent, but it's so hysterically funny, it made me laugh out loud repeatedly.  Thanks so much!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/01/07 - "Butter vs. Margarine":

I think it’s BUTTER for me from now on!


Pass the butter ~ ~ ~ ~ This is interesting.

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.

DO YOU KNOW...the difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods...

Butter has many nutritional benefits whereas margarine has a few only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine...

Very high in trans fatty acids.

Triple risk of coronary heart disease.

Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold.

Lowers quality of breast milk.

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC...

This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance.)

You can try this yourself:

Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:

* No flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something.)

* It does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

   It's just as I've always said, Shari - "Butter Is Better!"  Thanks!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/02/07 - "Cranky News People":
The lady who kept on talking made me us laugh!

   I can't seem to pull this up, but I'm still looking forward to seeing it. Thanks, Lady!

  From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 03/02/07 - "Another Shot At Mystery Song":

Hi Carol,
Another possibility for the    Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - '72 - of VA) mystery song may be the Lenis Guess song , "Working For My Baby". It played in mid sixties locally.
Tim Parsons "73
Courtland, Va

   Ah, the choices!  Thanks again, Tim!

  From Al Simms of VA - 03/02/07 - "Stonewall Jackson School page":

I received the following from my sister, Mary Helen Simms Patterson, who would have been in your Class of 1965 had we not moved to Lynchburg in Jan 1960.  This refers to the right hand picture of the 3rd grade class that is on the Stonewall Jackson page.
OK, here goes with the names from my 3rd grade class. The ones I am not 100% positive of are followed by a question mark.
Bottom row, L to R: Betsy Jennings? (1st on left), other names on that row.
Middle row, L to R: Mary Helen Simms, Shirley Elder, Betsy Smith, Pauline Collins, __?___, Sarah Puckett, Barbara Wilkerson, Jerry Allen.
Back row, L to R: __?__, David Trevathan, __?__, __?__, Bobby Harris, David Amis, Harvey Estes?. 
And in the same email she also said:
You'd be interested to hear that in thinking about this picture I remembered that I had a scrapbook from SJ Elementary School. I found it and everyone in my class that year had signed their name in the front of the scrapbook, though their were no pictures of that or any other year.  When I was in 7th grade, I was President of the Student Council at SJ School until we left mid-year and moved to Lynchburg. There are a few copies of things I had saved such as the little school paper and a  regular newspaper picture when I was elected to that office. Anyway, seeing those names in the front of the scrapbook helped me pull up a few of those names above.
I am trying to get her to scan all of this stuff or send it to me so that I can do it and if so will furnish that to you also if she does as it is all about the Class of 1965!
I surely hope that you are well by now.  You may be interested to know that apparently the norovirus (cruise ship disease) is running rampant in the city of Richmond, VA where my sister lives.  I think that we used to call this the intestinal flu or maybe just the flu.  Now they have a fancy name for it but it is still the same sickness that is no fun at all.

   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks again, Al - and Mary Helen!

   I haven't added this information yet - but I will.....

   From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA  AND   Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/02/07 - "'Rules of the South'":

The 'Rules of the South' are as follows!!!

1. Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot.

2. Turn your cap right, your head isn't crooked.

3. Let's get this straight; it's called a "gravel road." I drive a pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive,
you're going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

4. They are cattle. That's why they smell to you. They smell like money to us. Get over it. Don't like it? I-40 goes east and west, I-65 goes north and south. Pick one.

5. So you have a $60,000 car. We're impressed. We have $250,000 cotton strippers that are driven only 3 weeks a year.

6. So every person in the south waves. It's called being friendly. Try to understand the concept.

7. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of doves are coming in, we WILL shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don't have it
up to your ear at the time.

8. Yeah, we eat catfish &; crawfish. You really want sushi & caviar? It's available at the corner bait shop.

9. The "Opener" refers to the first day of deer season. It's a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.

10. We open doors for women. That is applied to all women, regardless of age.

11. No, there's no "vegetarian special" on the menu. Order steak. Or you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham
& turkey.

12. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper, and
ketchup! Oh, yeah.... We don't care what you folks in Cincinnati call that stuff you eat... IT AIN'T REAL CHILI!! Real chili never met a tomato!

13. You bring "coke" into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice. You bring "Mary Jane" into my house, she better
be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.

14. College and High School Football is as important here as the Lakers and the Knicks, and a dang site more fun to watch.

15. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don't hit the water hazards -- it spooks the fish.

16. Colleges? We have them all over. We have State Universities, Universities, and Vo-techs. They come outta there with an education
plus a love for God and country, and they still wave at everybody when they come for the holidays.

17. We have more folks in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. So don't mess with us. If you do, you will get whipped by the best.

18. The south is the greatest!! If you are from the south you are part of the best people in the USA!!

A true southerner will send this to at least 10 others!!!

   Well, I think I just met that requirement.....

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks Janice - and Wayne Honey!

From Jean Baker Howell ('69) of VA - 03/02/07:


Sorry to hear you are sick. Feel better soon. You know we need you!

Jean Howell

   Thank you so much, Jean!   I'm working on it......

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/02/07:

I hope this note finds you still sick and with a high fever! Furthermore, I hope that it continues to plague you until something new comes along, with equal misery, to take it's place. I am so happy to hear that you are not feeling well!
Now, let's see if the old "Julie Conn reverse psychology" works and actually frees you from your sickness. Since I want your recovery as much as anyone, I thought I'd try a different "spin" and try to fool it into thinking it was no longer a problem and it would LEAVE!
Let's see what happens?

   WILDER GIGGLES!!!  Thanks again, Wayne Honey!  I'm so stubborn, that just might work!

From Sheila Smith Moler ('64) of FL - 03/02/07 - "  David Spriggs":

I was so sorry to hear about David's little peke.  Our "Gizmo" looked exactly like his Sallie, just a little more black in his ears.  We used to laugh about his "skirt" and funny little underbite.  We lost him in '01 after 13 years to congestive heart failure, too, and haven't recovered yet.  The vet said he had such an unusual good disposition.....was so sweet and loving.  My crazy cat was even in love with him (whom he ignored).  We have looked at other puppies and always come away sad and empty-handed, because he just can't be replaced in our hearts.  I guess he'll just be the last.................Again, very very sorry.   

Sheila Moler (FL)

   Thank you, Sheila.  I passed your note along to David.  Hopefully it reached him...

From Mickey ('54) and    Carol Moell ('56) Marcella of VA - 03/02/07:

Thanks, Carol, for writing your newsletter while you've been under the weather.  Please count Mickey and me among the Typhoons hoping you will be feeling better soon.  Now with spring on the horizon, things always seem better don't they? 

Mickey & Carol Marcella (Mickey NNHS class of '54 and Carol class of '56)

   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks so much, Carol - and Mickey!   I certainly hope to be all well soon - and I do so love Spring!

From Teresa L. Larsen - 03/02/07 - "Thanks":

Thank you, Carol, for adding me to the list.  I don't know how you find time to keep up
with all of this.  I have enjoyed viewing a lot of the sites and keeping up with some of
the people I remember from school.  I have two older sisters that also went to NNHS
and also some cousins and one of my uncles (who graduated sometime in the 30's).
Thanks again,
Teresa L. Larsen

      Thank you, Teresa! I used to accomplish this by not doing anything BUT this - for eight to twelve hours a day.  Here lately (as in, the last five or six weeks...), I haven't done anything.  Period.  Except to try to breathe without coughing.  And possibly to stand without reeling.  And occasionally to stay awake for a while.  But mostly, I've done nothing.  I'm trying desperately to get back in the groove now, though.  Thanks again, Teresa!

  From Liz Breeden ('61) of VA - 03/03/07 - "This is a bit scary...":

Curtain Rods

She spent the first day packing her belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases.

On the second day, she had the movers come and collect her things.

On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candlelight, put on some soft background
music, and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of Chardonnay.

When she had finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten shrimp shells, dipped in caviar, into the
hollow of the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the kitchen and left.

When the husband returned with his new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days. Then slowly, the house began to smell. They tried
everything; cleaning and mopping and airing the place out. Vents were checked for dead rodents, and carpets were steam cleaned. Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters, during which they had to move out for a few days, and in the end they even paid to replace the expensive wool carpeting. Nothing worked.

People stopped coming over to visit... Repairmen refused to work in the house...The maid quit... Finally, they could not take the stench
any longer and decided to move.

A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they could not find a buyer for their stinky house. Word got out, and
eventually, even the local realtors refused to return their calls. Finally, they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.

The ex-wife called the man, and asked how things were going. He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely, and said that she missed her old home terribly, and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house back... Knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was, he agreed on a price that was about 1/10th of what the house had been worth... But only if she were to sign the papers that very day. She agreed, and within the hour, his lawyers delivered the paperwork. A week later, the man and his new girlfriend stood smirking as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home... including the curtain rods.


"A Woman's Place is In Control"


   YOWZERONI-RINI - and a few shuddering giggles!!!  Thanks, Liz - it's just as I've always said, "Women fight dirty."


   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 Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/02/07 - "Amazing chalk drawings on the road"
(#11 in a Series of 28):


Hi Carol ... check out these pictures! They would be good to use one at a time for your newsletter.

Take care!


More chalk drawings from Julian Beever.  Incredible!!!!!  Julian is an English artist who's famous 
for his 3D art on the pavements of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium.

   That they would; they're incredible!  Thanks, Babe!

   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

Yesterday When I Was Young

 - Herbert Kretzmer

(Roy Clark, 1968)

Yesterday when I was young
the taste of life was sweet as rain upon my tongue.
I teased at life as if it were a foolish game,
the way the evening breeze may tease a candle flame.
The thousand dreams I dreamed, the splendid things I planned.....
I always built alas on weak and shifting sand.
I lived by night and shunned the naked light of the day
and only now I see how the years ran away.

Yesterday when I was young
so many drinking songs were waiting to be sung,
so many wayward pleasures lay in store for me
and so much pain my dazzled eyes refused to see.
I ran so fast that time and youth at last ran out,
I never stopped to think what life was all about
and every conversation I can now recall
concerned itself with me and nothing else at all.

Yesterday the moon was blue
and every crazy day brought something new to do.
I used my magic age as if it were a wand
and never saw the waste and emptiness beyond.
The game of love I played with arrogance and pride
and every flame I lit too quickly quickly died.
The friends I made all seemed somehow to drift away
and only I am left on stage to end the play.
There are so many songs in me that won't be sung,
I feel the bitter taste of tears upon my tongue.
The time has come for me to pay for yesterday when I was young.

"Yesterday When I Was Young" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/02/07

Image of Laura La Plante and Joseph Schildkraut from Showboat (1929) courtesy of - 03/02/07

Tiny Blue Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 09/01/05

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

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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