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03/11/06 - NNHS Newsletter
The Longest Time

"There are whole years for which I hope I'll never be
cross-examined, for I could not give an alibi."

- Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,        

   Tributes continue to arrive for    Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) who passed away suddenly on Wednesday.  They will be added to her permanent Memorial Newsletter as often as I'm able to keep pace with them:

   And I continue to be numb....



1.   Patricia Horton Binder ('58) of - um - I dunno.... - 03/09/06 - "Please add me to your mailing list.":

Patricia Horton Binder Class of 1958. 
My sister,    Judy (Horton Lindstrom - '63) in Florida, told me about your site, and she said how much she has enjoyed it.  She's had nothing but good to report on all your efforts.  Keep up the good work.  I'm looking forward to catching up on the Typhoon news.

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Judy! 

   And Patricia, we're delighted that you've joined us!  I've added your name to our Alumni List:

   We're looking forward to hearing your memories!

Speaking of Newbies......

  From Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA - 03/10/06:

   I sent you a message yesterday regarding the NNHS website....but I don't know if you received it.
   So I'll just let you know that I graduated from NNHS in 1963 and have many fond memories of my TYPHOON years.  I have enjoyed reading the many comments from classmates and friends.
   Keep up the excellent work!!

   Yes, sir, I did indeed receive your note, Harmon.  In fact, I remember you quite well, but according to my contemporary records (yes, I was taking notes of everything even way back then...), it appears we did not know one another, so don't worry if you don't remember me.  I was a bit of a nebbish, anyway.  Okay, more than a bit.  Details, details.....

   Oh, yes, I forgot to mention, Harmon - AOL hates me.  It's true.  You'll have to go into your AOL settings somewhere or other and say, "Yes, I really do want to hear from this woman (at and, even though she's quite insane," or they'll protect you from my emails from now to Doomsday.

   And if they continue to do that anyway (which they very well might), just do as    Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA is forced to do.  She hasn't heard from me in months, so she simply checks the front page of the website each day to see when and what has been updated - particularly the Newsletters:

   Thanks, Harmon! 



    OOOOH, we have another triple birthday today!  Our Best Birthday Wishes to    Margaret Cowan Blayton ('57),    Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL, and    Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA.

   And our apologies and belated birthday wishes to    Helen Avant Neal ('57), whose birthday was yesterday.

   Many happy regards, Ladies!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/07/06 (via snail mail) - "Famous Sailors":

Dear Carol,
  Here is a photo of my husband, John Burton (HHS - Class of '58) - A Crabber!

This was probably taken in '64 after OCS.  I decided this one was better than (the one I had previously found).

Love, Jean B

   Why, it's absolutely perfect, Jean!  (LOVE those choker collars!)  Thanks so much! 
   I added it to the page, and I'll drop your original photo off in the mailbox anon!


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 03/09/06:

" I'm enjoying being retired, too!  No, wait a minute - I never did anything in the first place!!! " ?????

 AHEM! I beg to differ!!! I don't THINK so, and we all know better!!! :) Of course, I know what you meant, but, well, ...'nuff said 'bout that...hope your BP is where it should be...


   Jimmy Darlin', you're so funny!  SHHHH - I have a reputation as a total bum to guard! 

   And my blood pressure is beginning to stabilize, thanks!  (Or at least it was until I started to work on my taxes....  YIKESARONI-RINI!!)

   Thanks, Sweetie! 


  From Barbara Brewer ('69) of VA - 03/09/06 - "St. Paddy's Day":

I will be the big 55.  My birth date was 3-17-51.  It is a great date.  Party, party, party....

   Ooooh, you must have had some fun birthday parties!    I added your name to the list:

I hope that you are feeling better.  BP is nothing to treat lightly. 

   Boy, Howdy!  I was supposed to have gone to a luncheon on Wednesday; instead I cancelled my plans and spent the entire day in bed.  And I still felt crummy....

I enjoy this site, so much.  It is such a good way of keeping in touch and keeping memories alive.  We grew up in a great area at a great time.

Thank you so much for this opportunity.
Barbara Brewer NNHS 1969

   That we did, Barbara!  I'm glad you're enjoying it all - thanks!


  From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 03/10/06 - "FINALLY!!!":

I just HAD to share this one - - isn't it wonderful???

I wonder if Sears has them??

   OHHHH, super!  Although I personally would prefer that the left-hand "desk" contain a freezer for ice cream, rather than a stove for coffee, but perhaps it's just me......  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Janice! 


  From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 03/10/06:

Hi Darlin’

You probably thought I had died and gone to……..I’ll have to think about that one. Anyway, I’ve been tuned in all along and observing. Its incredible how many new-comers are continuously joining the ranks of the NNHS Newsletter. It’s fantastic! I never cease to be amazed by the genuine camaraderie of all of your newsletter contributors. These friendships fostered by your newsletter are truly global and timeless.

   Chandler Darlin'!  How wonderful to hear from you again! 
   Actually, I thought I'd said something dreadfully insensitive and offended you horribly and scared you away forever......  I'm delighted to know that you're still there and well and as gorgeous as ever. 

It was nice to see    Dave’s (Arnold) ('65 - of VA) “delinquent” pictures from the Reunion. EVERYONE looked so good and so happy to be there.

   That we were!      We were just so sorry you were unable to join us!

No news from Nelmstown. Just wanted say hi.  

Chandler Nelms

    Thanks for writing, Gorgeous!  We've missed you!  I've missed you! 


    From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 03/10/06 - "NNHS

Carol, remember the Vietnam page with the four or five playlists that someone graciously submitted?  I kept that link on my desktop, so I could access it anytime.  All of a sudden, it's not there any longer.  Can you or anyone help?

   OH, YOWZERONI!!!  I can't find mine either - nor can I remember who the sweet angel was who gave it to me, nor when.     And it's sooooo cool, too!!

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Thanks, Gloria! 


From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 03/10/06 - "Palace Theatre - NN":

Hi Carol -
My name is John London. I recently came upon your NNHS web site, and I think I have explored it fully. Congratulations, you have done a wonderful job with it! As one who runs three sites I know how much time and effort it requires to do it properly. It also requires a passion for the subject, and yours is obvious.

   Thank you so much, John! 

I am of Warwick HS vintage (1957). I grew up on the Peninsula and now live in Virginia Beach. One of my passions is photography and I may have a few pictures that would interest you. During  a nostalgic fit a few years ago I made some shots of the devastation that is Newport News. I happened to be there on the very day that they began demolition of the old 'Palace Theatre', and I talked my way inside. I have a somewhat moody shot of the interior from the stage facing the seating area that you might like. I also have some exterior shots.
I have several shots of Washington Avenue from that day, and may have some of NNHS.
Please let me know if you are interested in seeing them.

   "If I'm interested in seeing them?!?"  Does Dr. Who hate the Daleks?!?

Thanks, and continued success with your wonderful project (wish someone would do it for WHS).

   Thank you so much, and until that happy day arrives, if you'd care to join us, we'd be glad to have you.  You'll notice that we use the word "Alumni" rather loosely...

- John London

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

~ Denis Waitley ~

   I enjoyed browsing your Kume Jima website, John.  I must admit a particular fondness for this page:

   Thanks again! 


  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 03/10/06 - "  Dave's (Spriggs - '64 -
of VA) travel home":

OK, Dave, this is where I draw the line!
  I happen to like the fact that you can carry your deck right out the back door with you. It's so much better than sitting down in the dirt, besides I'm sure the carbon monoxide really cuts down on the mosquitoes.

   Well, uh, that, uh, that is a good point, Linda May!  WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks!


  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 03/11/06:

Last night I was saddened to learn of the passing of your friend,   Kathy P. Clark ('63).  My thoughts and prayers are with you and her family. 

In the last couple of weeks, we have lost a new Trooper who was shot and killed, and a retired Trooper whom I have known for twenty years. 

Life is short, way too short.  Grab your kids and loved ones, give them a hug and hold on for as long as you can, and don't fret the small stuff, for indeed, the torch is being passed to our generation and our once invulnerable coat of armor is no more. 

Typhoons take care.

Jay Styles, '68

   Oh, Jay, I'm so sorry for the losses you have sustained, too!

   And your words are so very true.  We tend to think, "I'll do that tomorrow, I'll make that call or visit, I'll write that note, I'll say those words, I'll give that hug and kiss then," and sometimes - all too often - that opportunity is forever lost to us.  Thank you so much for that reminder! 

   I've posted this note on Kathy's page as well:



   This is so old it's downright embarrassing     - but it's fun!

  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 11/15/06 - Reunion CD #3 - Saturday, October 22, 2005:

Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA Nancy and Tommy ('64) Flax of VA Dave Arnold ('65) of VA Dave Arnold ('65) of VA and Tommy Flax ('64) of VA  
Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA; ?; Coach Charlie Nuttycombe and Mrs. Nuttycombe of VA; Mr. Jim Loving of VA (I was sitting right here at this table.  You'd think I know who that woman is, but, noooooo!) Glen Davenport ('63) of VA; Bobby Callis ('64) of WV; and Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC; John Todd (President of the Class of '64) of AK; and Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC  
Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA; ?; Coach Charlie Nuttycombe and Mrs. Nuttycombe of VA; Mr. Jim Loving of VA; ?; and Mrs. Loving Beverly and John ('64) Todd of AK Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI and Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA  

   These images are from the table-top cameras.  I'll try to post a few in each newsletter until I'm done.

 From Me ('65) of NC - 03/11/06 "MALE Call":

   OOOOOOH, Looky-Looky what I just found in my Snail-Mail Box!!!
     And,   Major (Joseph) Madagan ('57 - of FL), if some unforeseen event prevents me from seeing them that night, you'll be able to hear my bratty tantrum all the way down in Florida!

   (The reason for choosing to spell West Point as one word remains unclear...)    
   On another note, for those of you who may have received information on the dangers of buying Katrina contaminated mulch this spring (and I myself received several copies), I asked    Captain (David) Spriggs ('64 - of VA) to verify if it were true.  Here is his report:

A MOST EMPHATIC "NO".  This Urban Myth is debunked by Snopes here:

   Thank you, Sir!  I appreciate it! 


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#19 in a Series):

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



Well, okay, that's one method.....  

Thanks, David! 



    More backlogs and more reunion images will be appearing in days to come.  Y'all keep the faith - and take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!


                          Love to all, Carol 





For the Longest Time

Words and Music by Billy Joel

Oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
If you said goodbye to me tonight
There would still be music left to write
What else could I do
I'm so inspired by you
That hasn't happened for the longest time

Once I thought my innocence was gone
Now I know that happiness goes on
That's where you found me
When you put your arms around me
I haven't been there for the longest time

Oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest
I'm that voice you're hearing in the hall
And the greatest miracle of all
Is how I need you
And how you needed me too
That hasn't happened for the longest time

Maybe this won't last very long
But you feel so right
And I could be wrong
Maybe I've been hoping too hard
But I've gone this far
And it's more than I hoped for

Who knows how much further we'll go on
Maybe I'll be sorry when you're gone
I'll take my chances
I forgot how nice romance is
I haven't been there for the longest time

I had second thoughts at the start
I said to myself
Hold on to your heart
Now I know the woman that you are
You're wonderful so far
And it's more than I hoped for

I don't care what consequence it brings
I have been a fool for lesser things
I want you so bad
I think you ought to know that
I intend to hold you for the longest time

"The Longest Time" midi courtesy of - 02/15/06

"The Longest Time" lyrics courtesy of - 02/15/06

"The Longest Time" Record Image courtesy of - 03/10/06

 One Gold Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of – 03/11/06

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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