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03/06/12 - 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.  As I'm about to leave to visit Texas (though not San Antonio) for the first time in my life, how could I resist this theme, being revisited from 2009?

BONUS #1 - - Remember The Alamo - Tex Ritter in a clip from Freedom Highway (1956) - with Tommy Kirk

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

BONUS #3 - - The Green Leaves Of Summer - The Alamo (1960) - another great slide show!

BONUS #4 - - The Green Leaves Of Summer - clips fromThe Alamo (1960)

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

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


Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;

08 -    The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38) (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 AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Bill Douthat ('66) 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 Daughter-in-Law,      Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 05, 1933 - Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party received 43.9% at the Reichstag elections. This later allowed the Nazis to pass the Enabling Act and establish a dictatorship.

March 05, 1940 - Members of the Soviet politburo signed an order for the execution of 25,700 Polish intelligentsia, including 14,700 Polish POWs, known also as the Katyn massacre.

March 05, 1943 - First flight of Gloster Meteor jet aircraft in the United Kingdom.

March 05, 1944 - The Red Army began the Uman–Botoşani Offensive in western Ukrainian SSR.


March 06, 1945
- Cologne was captured by American Troops.


Monday, March 05, 1962
- Actor, writer, and film producer Jonathan Penner was born in New York, New York

Monday, March 05, 1962 - Musicians Charlie and Craig Reid (The Proclaimers) were born in Leith, Scotland.  


Tuesday, March 06, 1962 - The Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 began on the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States.

Tuesday, March 06, 1962 - Alpine ski racer Erika Hess was born in Switzerland

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (recently returned home from a year's deployment to "the lands dark and dusty") - 03/04/12 - "USA During Civil War":

Great pics...I saved them all. I had some already, but these were great and surely, if a picture is worth 1,000, there is a great deal of tragedy and pain, and gratitude that we all must feel for our forbearers who endured this horrible time in our history.
with love...
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."

       LTG Thomas J. Jackson, C.S.

   Thank you, Brent! Those images were very sobering, indeed. See you soon!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/04/12 - "Newport News Memories":

Carol and Everyone here...

I am in a reminiscing moment. A very close friend of mine named Everett Hogge, whom I have known since post High School, were going back and thinking how fleeting our moment of time here on earth is. Looking back the past 35 years, about 80% of our circle of mutual friends have since passed on. It makes one wonder and bring to light to appreciate our past memories and try not to forget them. This website has helped fill a void over the years with the "Our Old Stomping Grounds" section and I'd like to inject some memories of my own here, some I have written about before, but hoping others can add to them and help me relive some through pictures or thoughts?

First off, I was born in Newport News in the old Riverside Hospital at the end of 50th Street. Mother said even then the building was in poor shape and her room was leaking rain so she had to lie on a gurney in the hallway expecting my arrival. I was stubborn but fashionably late, only a few hours off from what the doctor predicted.

She was working for Louis' Restaurant located at 2508 Washington Avenue. On one side there was the Saratoga Grill and Tavern and on the other old City Hall on the corner of 26th and Washington. That is where my mother got married at the justice of the peace, but my first home was an apartment above the restaurant and the other waitresses off duty would baby-sit me. Apparently the restaurant was first opened after 1954 by George Louis? Later on Sam "Sammy" Canavos took over while he had his family restaurant, the U.S. Restaurant, on the other corner, 2416 Washington Avenue. During the floods in Hampton a few years back where my mother was living at the time, all of our photo memories were lost including one of her standing in front of Louis' pregnant with me and some of the interior. I wish I could find some again! Those were some of my only childhood memories with the smell of beer, cigarettes and grill, music from the jukebox, and neon lights coming from the lighted pillars behind the bar, the old game tables I use to play. In later years it became the Downtown Steak House, and by 1972 Steve's Steak House; the latter two run by Sammy's cousin, Steve Siokis. That block of buildings was torn down by 1973. Possibly if someone has a picture of the block prior to demolition, of old City Hall, or the 2500 block it will show the restaurant?

I grew up and stayed many weekends later on at my grandmother's house located at 2311 Chestnut Avenue (William "Henry" and Minnie Lee Hobbs, parents to    Sandy ['65],   Linda ['67] and Billy). I woke up often to the sounds of Church Music through the church bells from the Messiah Baptist Church (1152 24th Street - Rev. John F. Williams) which was separated by an alley between the two properties. I believe my uncle and I use to walk or ride (on his handlebars) to Williams Market (Louie E. Williams) at 2217 Chestnut Avenue. One person here,
    Johnnie Bateman ['70 - of VA], worked at Gray's Market which was at this address prior to 1963 but he said it was located on 25th Street and Oak Avenue. Must have moved? I recall the one on Chestnut having wooden floors that were tilted towards the back of the store. In the front was a counter register with candy, and on one side of the door a Coca-Cola cooler where soft drinks sat upright in water to keep them cold. We would get a  Chocolate Brownie or Dr. Pepper. There were many fond memories on Chestnut Avenue, but the house I understand burned down around 1973, and most of all the houses on the block and the street lined trees were gone by 1980. Hobbs moved from the house by 1967 to 232 45th Street. Again, no photos of either house :-(

Enough for this chapter of memory lane...

   Thanks so much, Eric! I'm so sorry to hear of your lost photographs; perhaps someone will be able to help you.

   I was unfamiliar with the restaurant and grocery stores you mentioned (I think I was a hermit even back then!). 

   I do recall your grandparents' home. I believe I told you years ago that Sandy was in my  Brownie Troop, and we frequently gave her rides home from the meetings. She was also in my seventh grade class at Walter Reed  (that's her, third from the left on the front row).     

   It would seem we need to add Messiah Baptist Church to Our Places of Worship, so I did - sorta:

   Can anyone help Eric??

    From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of CA - 03/05/12 - "Close your eyes...and go back":

nice memories...

   WHAT A TREAT! Thanks, Stacy! I remember all of those things - and a few more!

       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 03/06/12 - "Sixty-five years ago":

This week marks the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Hampton Roads.
Rather than duplicate what you will see this week about that, I prefer to chronicle another early March event that took place just a 'few' short years (65) ago. Partly because I was there, and also because I doubt very many will remember, much less note the event covered by this email's attachment.  

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Bill!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 03/05/12 - "Traveling...":

A man had just settled into his seat next to the window on the plane when another man sat down in the aisle seat and put his Black Labrador in the middle seat next to the man. The first man looked very quizzically at the dog and asked why the dog was allowed on the plane. The second man explained that he was from the Police Drugs Enforcement Agency and that the dog was a 'sniffing dog'.

'His name is Sniffer and he's the best there is. I'll show you once we get airborne, when I put him to work.'

The plane took off, and once it has leveled out, the Policeman said, 'Watch this.' He told Sniffer to 'search'.

Sniffer jumped down, walked along the aisle, and finally sat very purposefully next to a woman for several seconds. Sniffer then returned to his seat and put one paw on the policeman's arm.

The Policeman said, 'Good boy', and he turned to the man and said, 'That woman is in possession of marijuana, I'm making a note of her seat number and the authorities will apprehend her when we land.

'Gee, that's pretty good,' replied the first man.

Once again, the Policeman sent Sniffer to search the aisles.

The Lab sniffed about, sat down beside a man for a few seconds, returned to its seat, and this time he placed two paws on the agent's arm.

The Policeman said, 'Two paws mean that man is carrying cocaine, so again, I'm making a note of his seat number for the police.'

'I like it!' said his seat mate.

The Policeman then told Sniffer to 'search' again.

Sniffer walked up and down the aisles for a little while, sat down for a moment, and then came racing back to the agent, jumped into the middle seat and proceeded to defecate all over the place.

The first man was really disgusted by this behavior and couldn't figure out how or why a well-trained dog would behave like that. So he asked the Policeman, 'What's going on?'

The Policeman nervously replied, 'He's just found a bomb.'

     Thanks, Norris! I certainly hope we won't have this problem on our planes!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/05/12 - "Bran Flakes":

Tony and Yvonne were 85 years old and had been married for sixty years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they carefully watched their pennies. Though not young, they were both in very good health, largely due to Yvonne's insistence on healthy foods and exercise for the last decade.

One day, their good health didn't help when they went on yet another holiday vacation and their plane crashed, sending them off to Heaven.
They reached the pearly gates, and St. Peter escorted them inside. He took them to a beautiful mansion, furnished in gold and fine silks, with a fully stocked kitchen and a waterfall in the master bath. A maid could be seen hanging their favorite clothes in the closet. They gasped in astonishment when he said, 'Welcome to Heaven. This will be your home now.'

Tony asked Peter how much all this was going to cost.

'Why, nothing,' Peter replied. 'Remember, this is your reward in Heaven.'

Tony looked out the window and right there he saw a championship golf course, finer and more beautiful than any ever built on Earth..

'What are the greens fees?,' grumbled Tony..

'This is heaven,' St. Peter replied. 'You can play for free, every day.'

Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch. 'Don't even ask,' said St. Peter to Tony. 'This is Heaven, it is all free for you to enjoy.'

Tony looked around and nervously asked Yvonne, 'Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol foods and the decaffeinated tea?'

'That's the best part,' St. Peter replied. 'You can eat and drink as much as you like and you will never get fat or sick. This is Heaven!'

'No gym to work out at?' asked Tony.

'Not unless you want to,' was the answer.

'No testing my sugar or blood pressure or...'

'Never again.'

Tony glared at Yvonne and said, 'You and your Bran Flakes. We could have been here ten years ago!'

Have a Happy Life and Give Someone a Smile.

Thanks, Dools!

CROCHET BONUSES: - "Crochet a tiny leprechaun hat candy dish for St. Patrick's day this year. You can store little candies including jelly beans in there, but chocolate coins would be best." - "Use this free crochet pattern to make a nice shamrock motif for St. Patrick's day. The green color is nice and bright. Join the squares to make something bigger. An afghan pattern would be lovely using this motif." - "This Beaded Shamrock Doily has vintage style with its delicate form and beading. This free crochet doily pattern will bring a bit of elegance to your table this St. Patrick's Day. It could also be a beautiful heirloom or gift."

RECIPE BONUS: - Italian Beef Sandwich - "The famous Italian Beef Sandwich is a Chicago South Side classic, sure to become a favorite of yours. Sink your teeth into this hearty roast beef sandwich drenched in a special broth and topped with flavorful veggies, and enjoy every bite."

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/06/12 - "Recent Solar Storms Trigger Beautiful Auroras (#11 in a Series of 12)":

OOOH! Thanks, Shari!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#4 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey! Paul tried sending these to me several days ago, and inexplicably only one of the images arrived!



From - 03/05/12:

A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagonload of corn. The farmer who lived nearby heard the noise and yelled over to the boy, "Hey, Willis, forget your troubles. Come in and visit with us. I'll help you get the wagon up later."

"That's mighty nice of you," Willis answered, "but I don't think Pa would like me to."

"Aw, come on, boy," the farmer insisted.

"Well, okay," the boy finally agreed, and added, "but Pa won't like it."

After a hearty dinner, Willis thanked his host. "I feel a lot better now, but I know Pa is going to be real upset."

"Don't be foolish!" the neighbor said with a smile. "By the way, where is he?"

"Under the wagon."


1. Thursday, April 5, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

3. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

4. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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                          Love to all, Carol




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!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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