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03/06/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 200th Birthday

"Whoso loves believes the impossible."

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(6 Mar 1806 - 29 June 1861)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,                                                                                                         

   I began my day by oversleeping two hours, squandered the morning playing, spent the afternoon at the doctor's office and shopping, and so obviously I can't possibly put out a Newsletter tonight - which is why I thought I'd issue this Newsletter tonight anyway.........  


   In case something goes awry (not that anything ever does...) and I'm unable to issue a Bonus Newsletter tomorrow, let's take this opportunity to wish a Happy Birthday to    Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA, who'll be celebrating on March 7.  Have a good one, Shirley!


    And speaking of birthdays.....

  From Steve Burns ('65) of MN - 03/04/06 - "Mother's birthday is the 8th":

   Hi, Steve!  Good to hear from you!  And as evidence of just how strangely my "mind" works, I actually remember after all these many years that your mama's name is Doris!  Please give her my love and very best wishes for a great day!

   P. S.  If there was more to your note, Steve, it vanished into cyber space.............



1. Theodore Blunt of VA - 03/04/06:

: Theodore
Marital Status  
City/Country: Newport News
Favorite Teachers  
Comments Hey! I'm Theodore! I currently live in Newport News and I will for ever! There are so many things on your site I didn't know! The Thomas Jefferson School has been torn down! Yep! The Walter Reed School houses Office of Human Affairs and also has been renamed norvelette Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. They provide students with help for school. Chesapeake Avenue is filled with lots of grand houses. Please help preserve them! The city is trying to take the East End area away and give it to developers. A group has been formed called SAVE OUR SOUTHEAST!

   Thanks so much for that update, Theodore!

   You are the first pre-high school graduate to offer input on our pages!  Five years ago when I first started the website, some of my children and their friends signed the Old Guest Book (mainly because I bribed them with food to do so), but being raised in Illinois, they could hardly contribute additional information relative to the site.

   I enjoyed visiting your web site, and I applaud your lofty goals, and hope that nothing sidetracks you from attaining them in the intervening years.

   While taking our
Magical Mystery Tour on October 22, 2005, we noticed that the appearance of Walter Reed School had been greatly altered since we snapped that posted image five years earlier, but we did not know what it had become.  Thanks for solving that mystery for us!

   Those of us in that tour van who had attended Walter Reed in the seventh grade recalled with great fondness how we Stuart Gardens kids would walk home together after school, as often as not stopping off at the Stuart Gardens Pharmacy for a fountain blended Cherry Coke.  So refreshed, we would resume our walk home together.  As we continued our tour we made note of the various homes of our classmates.  What an idyllic time it was!

   After several false starts, I have redesigned the Walter Reed page to reflect this new material:

   By the way, I drew weary of being able to access the Magical Mystery Tour only after wandering through the Reunion Pages, so now it also has a direct link - alphabetized of course, and in orange lettering - off the index page among the other internal links:

   Thanks again, Theodore! 


From Earl Vaughn of VA (Elnora High School, IN - '60) - 03/01/06 - "Famous Airmen":

My name is Earl Ray Vaughn, born in Vincennes, Indiana, February 21, 1942. I graduated from Elnora High School Class of 1960. After finishing school I joined the United States Air Force. I retired in 1981 from the military and went on to join another large organization, Law Enforcement. I became a police officer with the Hampton Police Department, Hampton, Virginia. Only a year later, I joined the Hampton Sheriff’s Office. After spending 15 years, I was in another uniform; I made Lieutenant in charge of Intake and Release with the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail in Williamsburg, Virginia. I finally retired in 2003. Attached are some pictures of me in four different uniforms; I took pride in all uniforms I wore.

Thank you, I give my consent to be part of this page.

1960 1981 1982 2001  

   Thanks, Earl!  We're honored to have you listed!

   I've no idea why that page was tinted such a horrible color (well, other than the fact that I didn't really know what I was doing when I made it), but I repainted it to a more satisfactory shade of Air Force blue, and gave it a little contrast while I was there. 

   Thanks again! 


  From One of "My" Famous Marines who served in the Pacific Theater during  WWII,
Herbert Hice of MI - 03/04/06 - "Dear Carol, This is beautiful ! Take time to smell the ROSES":

Dear Carol,

Click onto the website below.

With All the Bad Sites that can be downloaded from the internet, it is refreshing to see something like this appear.


   This is perfectly beautiful, Herbie!  Thank you so much!

   Does goofing off all day count for smelling at least a daffodil???    I'll try to do better, Herbie - really I will!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - War Memorial Stadium - 03/04/06:

   (The complete address for the War Memorial Stadium is) 1889 W. PEMBROKE AVENUE, HAMPTON, VIRGINIA 23661.

For lots more info, see here:

   Thanks, Dave!  I updated the page to reflect that new information:


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 03/04/06 - "Carol -- something for you baby boomers":

Hi Carol -- thought all you "baby boomers" might get a kick out of the following (please note -- this does NOT apply to we "war babies", 'cause we're "Forever Young"):

   Oh, of course!  That goes without saying!  GIGGLES!!!

It was fun being a baby boomer--till now. Some of the artists of the '60s are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers. They include: 

1. Herman's Hermits:  Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker

2. The Bee Gees:  How Can You Mend a Broken Hip
3. Bobby Darin:  Splish Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash

4. Ringo Starr:  I Get By With a Little Help from Depends
5. Roberta Flack:  The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face
6. Johnny Nash:  I Can't See Clearly Now
7. Paul Simon:  Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver
8. Commodores:  Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom
9. Marvin Gaye:  I Heard it Through the Grape Nuts
10. Procol Harem:  A Whiter Shade of Hair
11. Leo Sayer:  You Make Me Feel Like Napping
12. The Temptations:  Papa's Got a Brand New Kidney Stone
13. Abba:  Denture Queen
14. Tony Orlando:  Knock 3 Times on the Ceiling if You Hear Me Fall
15. Helen Reddy:  I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore
16. Willie Nelson:  On the Throne Again

17. Leslie Gore:  It's My Procedure and I'll Cry if I Want To

Thanks, Ronnie!  (I admit nothing.......) 

   Y'all keep your calendars open for the weekend of September 30.  I want to see you there!

  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#15 in a Series):

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


     OH, David!  Oh, my!  Oh, no!  Oh...OH.......

   Thanks so much, Brown Eyes! 


   Need I even mention the backlogs?!?  Tomorrow.........

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


                          Love to all, Carol





Theme from Love Story

(Andy Williams)

Where do I begin to tell the story
Of how great a love can be
The sweet love story that is older than the sea
The simple truth about the love she brings to me

Where do I start
With her first hello
She gave new meaning to this empty world of mine
They'll never be another love another time
She came into my life and made the living fine

She fills my heart
She fills my heart with very special things
Angel songs and wild imaginings
She fill my soul with so much love
That any where I go I'm never lonely
With her around who could be lonely
I reach for her hand
She's always there

How long does it last
Can love be measured by the hours in a day
I have no answers now
But this much I can say
I know I'll need her until the stars all burn away
And she'll be there

How long does it last
Can love be measured by the hours in a day
I have no answers now
But this much I can say
I know I'll need her until the stars all burn away
And she'll be there

"Love Story" midi courtesy of Yuko Ohigashi: - 01/02/06

"Love Story" lyrics courtesy of - 03/06/06

 First Painting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning courtesy of - 03/06/06

Second Painting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (by William Charles Ross)
courtesy of - 03/06/06

Brown Carved Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/10/05

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

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

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