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03/06/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Remember the Alamo!

You will remember this battle! Each minute! Each second!
Until the day that you die! But that is for tomorrow,
gentlemen. For today, Remember The Alamo!

- Sam Houston
(02 Mar 1793 - 26 July 1863)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Did you remember??  On this day in 1836 ended the
Battle of the Alamo, the most famous battle of the Texas Revolution.

BONUS #1 - - Remember The Alamo - Tex Ritter, 1955

BONUS #2 - - Ballad of the Alamo - Marty Robbins, 1958 - great slide show!

BONUS #3 - - Ballad of the Alamo - Frankie Avalon, 1960

BONUS #4 - - The Green Leaves Of Summer - Original Soundtrack - The Alamo, 1960 - another great slide show!

BONUS #5 - - Remember The Alamo - Johnny Cash, 1982

HOMEWORK: - Original Soundtrack - The Alamo, 2004 - REQUIEM - Music by Carter Burwell - eight minutes long


1.     From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 03/05/09:


I have a favor to ask of the readership. The wife of a former associate of mine is facing breast cancer with surgery scheduled for March 26th.

My favor is to have them placed on our prayer list as I know this power works. He is Brett and she is Ann.

Thanks to all and best wishes to everyone.


   Certainly, Joe! 

2.   From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/05/09, 11:07 PM - "Update on   Monty (Phillips - '62 - of VA)":

Greetings to all you wonderful people!  I am sorry that I gave some of you a scare.  The reason you did not receive anything from me for two days is because my server was down.  Nothing going in or out.
Monty is progressing very well.  He is getting up and walking more and more each day. He is cracking jokes and making me laugh.  He gave me a list of things to take him....nail clippers, file, his wallet and some reading glasses.  Now, if that doesn't sound like he is returning to normal, I don't know what does.
He had x-rays today to check the gall bladder and liver area.  There doesn't seem to be anything showing up to cause great concern.  Yesterday, he began liquids and soft food.  It isn't settling well, but he is trying to do what the doctors ordered.  I will not be sending daily reports and filling your inboxes now that he is on the mend.  I will let you know the major strides and when he can go home.
Again, thank you for the prayers and good wishes. Prayer works and God is Great! So keep it up. He still has a way to go.

   Even so, that's still SUPER news, dear Judy! Please give him our best! 


Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;
08 -
Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs ('38) of VA - 1921 (deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of
       Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN;

09 - Patrick Burke ('57) AND   Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND   Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA;
10 -
  Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA;

11 - Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND   Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND  Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA;

13 -   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA AND My Newest Daughter-in-Law,      Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/03/09 - "Working link":

This commercial took over 3.3478969 months to make.

Coinstar by Pes

   Oh, that's one of my favorite commercials, Shari - thanks!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/05/09 - "Famous Marines":

Hi, Carol:

May I recommend   Captain Richard Coltrane USMC be included in your Famous Marines page at your website?
"Dickie" Coltrane was a fleet footed TYPHOON, who went on to study at the University of Virginia and after his graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps. He was selected for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned after successful completion of the OCS course at Quantico, VA.
Richard served three years in the Corps and participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 when his unit, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp LeJeune, NC was embarked in USS Chilton (APA-38).
Richard ('57 of VA) is married to   Patricia Branch, Class of 1957 of VA confirming that the Corps teaches a young Officer to make good thoughtful decisions.
In keeping with your Website Rules, I am sending Richard a copy of this message requesting he send you a photo in USMC Uniform.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you, Major Madagan! I thought Richard was already included on those pages! Who's the blithering idiot who runs this place, anyway?!? Oh, yeah, we just discussed this a couple of days ago.


   Okay, well, I'm glad you asked Captain Coltrane to send us a really spiffy image in uniform, but as you know, Marines always receive special considerations here (because I'm such a brat and that's how I want it), so I've added his senior portrait to begin, and will save a space for the other image:

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 03/05/09 - "Perspective":


One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, 'How was the trip?'

'It was great, Dad..'

'Did you see how poor people live?' the father asked.

'Oh yeah,' said the son.

'So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?' asked the father.

The son answered:

'I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.'

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, 'Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.'

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!

Pass this on to family, friends and acquaintances and help them refresh their perspective and appreciation.

'Life is too short and friends are too few.'

   Thank you so much, Norris!

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 03/05/09 - "Don't let Buckroe be next private 'public' beach, David Squires, Daily Press, 3/5/09":

The column below tells us how we could lose Buckroe as a truly public beach due to development and limited parking.
Adrian Whitcomb, NNHS '67,0,4488853.column

Don't let Buckroe be next private 'public' beach
David Squires
Urban Affairs
March 5, 2009
Public beach access once again might be slip-sliding away in Hampton.

If you have a boat, there's plenty of public beach access. Just north of Buckroe Beach, once you clear the private beach area, there's a nice stretch of sandy shore behind the Salt Ponds development. There's just no place to park -- thanks to a 2006 fight in which Salt Ponds residents successfully stopped the city from adding 15 measly parking spaces.

The residents feared that the parking area would "bring riffraff and even sexual predators to the quiet, upscale neighborhood," the Daily Press reported at the time.

More "public" beach stretches from Salt Ponds northward past Grandview Beach clear to Factory Point. But Grandview has only a handful of parking spaces and some restrictions -- leaving that area yet another private "public beach" for the residents in their grand beach homes, as well as for fishermen and other smaller "special" interests.

And leaving the rest of us up the proverbial creek.

So it's not surprising that many Hampton residents are watching carefully as the city hears proposals from three developers who want to build homes in a one-block section at Buckroe -- the last decent sized public beach on the Peninsula.

The Buckroe area has deep historical relevance. For much of its early history, Buckroe was a segregated whites-only beach, separated by a chainlink fence from Bayshore Beach, which was for black residents.

"They had a roller coaster on the white side," said William "Al" Smith, 78, a retired civil rights attorney. "On the Bayshore side, you had vendors and the beach. There was also a dance hall that could be rented."

Bayshore was also a big tourist attraction, drawing top acts such as musician Duke Ellington and comedian Redd Foxx and attracting black tourists from all along the East Coast.

"If you were black, you just went straight to Bayshore," Smith said. "You didn't go on the other side, or you'd be arrested."

Today, the former Bayshore is a private beach for private residences just south of Buckroe Beach. It's the area roughly between Seaboard and Atlantic avenues.

By the 1970s, Buckroe was an integrated beach that still held charm and familiarity for many black residents -- and not just because of its proximity to the now-closed Bayshore.

Hampton native Sharon Russell-Hunt, a real estate broker for more than 25 years, continues to favor Buckroe Beach for its undisturbed charm -- compared with the hustle and bustle of Virginia Beach, the region's most famous beach.

"I think it's one of the bestkept secrets, as far as the beaches in Hampton Roads," she said. "It's well maintained. It's not crowded. It's not developed. ... When I have friends visit, I take them to Buckroe."

As for the city's plans for Buckroe, she said, "If they keep the public parking and keep the activities they have during the summer months, people will keep using it."

Three companies are vying to develop four acres of the city's 50-acre master plan. On March 11, the Hampton City Council will hear presentations from all three in a public meeting.

Residents, beware: Keep your eye on the parking spaces.

Buckroe Beach now has about 400 marked parking spaces, a far cry fewer than when parking was permitted on the grass. A year ago, one of the highest parking counts was more than 1,000 cars, according to Terry O'Neill, director of the Planning Department and the Neighborhood Office.

O'Neill said the master plan allowed for up to 680 parking spaces.

A closer inspection reveals it needs twice that many -- and likely a parking deck along Mallory Street and Pembroke Avenue.

Also, there are no guarantees that should the homes sales take off, a cash-strapped city wouldn't convert some of the designated "green space" to more residential development.

Next could come complaints about overcrowding, parking restrictions and possibly even a gated entry.

O'Neill said that wasn't likely, though the city couldn't guarantee against it.

"There're not many 100 percent guarantees in life at all," O'Neill said.

That's why the developer of this project must be committed to working with the city to ensure that Buckroe Beach remains an open public beach.

Or the public once again will be left up the creek without a paddle -- or a parking space.

David Squires can be reached at 247-4639, by e-mail at or online at

Copyright © 2009, Newport News, Va., Daily Press

   Thanks, Adrian, I had missed this one!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/05/09 - "Famous Marine;   LtCol Clovis C. Coffman, Jr. USMC (Ret) [Deceased]":

Hi, Carol:

Yesterday, I sent you some data on the late Clovis C. Coffman, Jr. who is one of your Famous Marines.
Here is a photo of GySgt "Buck" Coffman USMC dining with President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam.
"Buck" was awarded the Navy Cross by the President that day, and it was featured in Life Magazine.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Joe! This was as large as I was able to make this image without totally distorting it, and I was unable to find another copy anywhere online, so this one has now been placed where it belongs:  


      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 03/05/09 - "Re: 03/05/09 - I Loved You Once in Silence":

Carol ...

Hmmm ... I scored 100% on
      Wayne Stokes' ('65 - of VA) test .... those answers were indelibly etched in the minds of many of us. Not sure if I should feel good or not .... means I'm old, huh??? :-)

Your "100%" babe ... :-)

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Tommee!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/05/09 - "Famous Airmen":

Not many on this list and still stumped with a couple:
James Carter (birth date)
    b. 13 May 1918
Frank Ferguson (Frank Railey Ferguson) (real name, birth location)
    b. Newport News, VA
(Note - plane he and his crew crashed in was a EC-121H Constellation radar plane.  Frank was the navigator on board.) 
Gordon Graham (Gordon Marion Graham)  (real name, birth and death date and place)
    b. 16 February 1918  Ouray, OH
    d. 22 March 2008  Irvington, VA
(Note - Lt. Col., Triple Ace, buried at Arlington National Cemetery)
                Gordon Graham
 Sammy Nestico (middle name change)
I am finding it spelled Lewis
Dick Pike (Does anyone know if he moved to Florida?)
I find a Dick Pike, organist, listed at a church in Inverness, FL
David J. Steinmeyer (middle initial - still need name)
 Bobby Turpin (birth date)
    b. 25 October 1940

   Thanks, Eric - I actually finished these!

   And speaking of Famous Airmen:

     From Me ('65) of IL - 03/06/09 - "Famous Airman -   Robert C. Oaks":

   Okay, Eric, you force my hand.  I've been debating whether to do this for several months now, but I can resist no longer.

   As you know, generally speaking my life has been lived in a Dixie Cup, yet during those seven years we were in Fayetteville, we had the opportunity to meet some incredible people.

   One of my favorite families is the Oaks family.  As the head of that household is still on active duty in the Air Force, I won't go into further detail than necessary, nor identify their minor children or their current state of residence.  However, I was twice privileged to meet and converse with his parents when they came to visit. 

   His father, Robert C. Oaks, has multiple claims to fame:

* Member of the first class to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy - 1959
* Fighter Pilot during the Vietnam War, once being shot down over the Mekong Delta

* Commander of Air Training Command and United States Air Forces in Europe
* Four-Star General and Commander and Chief of U.S. Air Forces Europe and NATO Central Europe - 1994
*Senior Vice President - 
U.S. Airways
* General Authority of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 Lt. Gen. Robert C. Oaks Gloria and Robert Oaks Robert C. Oaks and family putting away chairs!
1986 Sunday, July 13, 2009 - Fayetteville, NC

   Meeting someone of such high rank -  both professionally and ecclesiastically - would seem to be somewhat intimidating - especially for someone as easily intimidated as I am - yet they were as friendly and gracious and down to earth as the rest of their delightful family - and even helped with the clean-up following their grandson's Eagle Scout Court of Honor - as shown in that last shot.

   So I've added him to our Famous Airmen page:

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/05/09 - "An Item of Interest":

You can keep this in your back pocket for a day when you need a  filler for a newsletter:

   That would be today, Sir!





Well, all that is true, but it happened about 35 million years ago. 

Many of us who watch the cable science channels are familiar with the meteor which struck the Earth about 65 million years ago at what is now the Yucatán Peninsula near the town of Chicxulub. Scientists believe that this meteor was 10 km (6 miles) in diameter, left a crater 180 km (110 miles) in diameter and was responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Less well known is the meteor which struck near the town of Cape Charles on Virginia’s Eastern Shore about 35 million years ago. This meteor was thought to be 3-5 km in diameter and left a crater nearly 85 km in diameter and 1.3 km deep, an area twice the size of Rhode Island, and nearly as deep as the Grand Canyon.

Of particular local interest:  “Even the courses of the modern rivers in the lower bay region point to the continued influence of differential subsidence over the crater. Most of the rivers, like the Rappahannock, flow southeastward to the Atlantic. In contrast, the York and James Rivers make sharp turns to the northeast near the outer rim of the crater.”

In the interest of scientific accuracy, I should point out that both the Yucatán and Chesapeake Bay impacts were caused by bolides. A bolide is a term used by geologists and astronomers to describe a generic large crater-forming projectile and to imply that we do not know the precise nature of the impacting body ... whether it is a rocky or metallic asteroid, or an icy comet, for example. Astronomers tend to use the term to mean an exceptionally bright fireball, particularly one that explodes (sometimes called a detonating fireball).

If I had used the word “BOLIDE” in the headline, would you have read this far? 

If your interest is now piqued, you may read more about it at these web sites:

   Thank you, Captain! I've found that the older I grow, the more fascinating I find it is to learn new things - particularly things which never interested me before. For some reason, I'm feeling an almost urgent need to fill in the large gaps of my knowledge, particularly in the fields of science and mathematics, so I really appreciate this.

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/05/09 - "Romeo and Juliet":

Since you chose them as your theme painting I had to send you this photo of me in front of Juliet's balcony in Verona taken last March.  Shakespeare's play was apparently based on a true story...

   OHHHH, Jean, so cool - what a fabulous time you must have had!!! Thanks so much!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Jean in Verona


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/03/09 - "If looks could kill":

A cute oldie.


   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Shari!



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, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and 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

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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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The Eyes of Texas

Words by John Sinclair, 1903
Tune (traditional):
I've Been Working on the Railroad, 1894

The eyes of Texas are upon you,
All the live-long day.
The eyes of Texas are upon you,
You cannot get away.
Do not think you can escape them,
At night or early in the morn.
The eyes of Texas are upon you,
Till Gabriel blows his horn.

"The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/06/09

First Image of the Alamo courtesy of - 03/06/09

Second Image (10/27/04) of the Alamo courtesy of - 03/06/09

Gold Diamonds Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/06/09

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

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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!

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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