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03/31/09 - NNHS Newsletter - The


“The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.”

 - Samuel Butler
(04 Dec 1835 - 18 June 1902)

Dear Friends and  Schoolmates,

   This issue will conclude our Marching through March mini-series.

   There's no bonus video today; I seem to have a real knack for the obscure.....



   Happy Birthday today to Alex Nicol (February '49) AND Webb Edwards ('57)  AND       Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL AND   Tina Crowder Adderholdt ('65) of NC AND   Ivan Anker ('67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Harold Smith ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
04 - Robert Workman ('57) AND 
  Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) of UT;

06 - Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69);

07 - Marc Snyder ('65) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

  From Dora Colton Ellis ('69) of VA ? - 03/29/09 and 03/30/09- "The Alma Mater of NNHS":


Would you have the music to The Alma Mater of NNHS?  We are going to have our 40-Year Reunion this September and I would love to remember the music to the alma mater if you know someone who has the music.  

Thanks so much for your help.  Hope you have a good day.


   Thanks, Dora! I do have some good news for you - and everyone else, as well!.

   Both   Al Simms ('60) of VA and I (or rather           My #6 Son, Dale Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of MA) created midis of the Alma Mater which are included on the site.  As our impressions were completely different, so are the midis, but you may hear our interpretations here:

   Hmmm. I'm 97.3% certain that I posted Al's midi in a very reasonable, logical spot on the computer, but that may just be one of my wild imaginings, because an hour's search produced nothing of the kind.  Fortunately, I've kept everything, so I'll just locate Al's original note and reprint it here.

From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 01/24/07 - "NNHS Alma Mater Modified - Final Sing Along Version":

The Piano/Organ version of the NNHS Alma Mater is done and the results are attached.  I toned down the organ a bit as this version is really intended as an accompaniment for singing and having the piano strong makes it easier to follow. 
When you look at the printed score you will see that I have given you, Dale and myself credit for the midi.  The melody was, of course, done by you and Dale, and the only change that I made was in measure 10 where you had an eighth note, I changed it to two sixteenth notes for the "to thee" text.  I did make some changes in the harmony but the alto still follows somewhat the alto that you did.  The tenor, bass and organ pedal are new and done by me. 
I also transposed it downward 4 half steps with the resulting key change from your key of F to my key of D-flat.  This was needed to bring it into a range more comfortable for singing.  Take a look at any hymnbook and you will find the nearly all of the hymns have a range between middle C and the next C up with an occasional excursion of a note 1 step above or below.  This range represents a good compromise for everyone as most women can sing in this range whether they have soprano or alto voices and by dropping one octave both tenors and basses can handle it too without difficulty.  When you get up to F above the C above middle C altos and basses have problems singing the note comfortably, if at all.
This represents my best effort and unless you have suggestions for change I am done with the sing-along version.
I am also in contact with several people in the Newport News School System now and the email that I sent to the main office music department is now being sent to the band and chorus directors in all of the NNHS schools.  I am hopeful that one of them will find a full orchestra score in their files somewhere and will send it to us.
Attached you will find 4 files.
1. NNHSAlmaMaterPianoOrganAllVerses.mid - The midi file of the whole thing as played by Piano and Organ.  This would be a good accompaniment for singing in this form, I think.  I would appreciate any suggestions that you have.
2. NNHSAlmaMaterFULLScore.pdf - In case you want to suggest changes this is a Full Score with all parts.  I suggest that you do not post this one as it is 2 pages and not so useful for singing.  I printed this one mainly for you to look at if you hear things that need to be changed.
3. NNHSAlmaMater.pdf - This score is limited to piano and words only, is only one page and would be useful for people singing it.  Since it is a .pdf, it won't display on your website, but you could post it as a download (37KB).
  4. NNHSAlmaMater.jpg - Same as 3. above except in jpg format (132kb).  This one would display on your website if you wanted it to.  If you are going to offer it as only a download without displaying it then I suggest that you use the pdf in number 3 as it is smaller and nearly everyone has the Adobe pdf reader on their computer.  Also a lot of people know nothing when it comes to jpgs.
NNHS Alma Mater

I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Al Simms
NNHS Class of 1960

WELL!!! This is extraordinarily embarrassing! This is NOT the email which I remembered, nor do I ever recall seeing this! Had I not run a mail search, I obviously NEVER would have found it! I do recall I was out of town when this note arrived two years ago, and became extremely ill as soon as I returned, and stayed that way for the next entire month, so I suppose maybe I did nothing at all - certainly nothing encompassing all this!

   Al, I'm so sorry - thank you so very much for all your work on this!!! What a gift to us all!

   Thank you, Dora, for your query! Otherwise, I would never have recovered this!

   Al's midi is now attached here - along with the sheet music (which is also a perfectly reasonable logical place, but if anyone ever encounters it elsewhere on the site, DO please let me know where!): - Okay, this is NOT the midi of Al's I remember hearing (even in a daze) two years ago.  I must be quite insane..... - The sheet music is here as well.

   As soon as my resident tech-reppie is available, I'll attach those links to the .pdf files there as well.

   There will surely be several in attendance at your reunion who remember the tune, even if they cannot read music. It is generally led by any former cheerleaders in attendance, and as your reunion is an open one (bless your sweet hearts!), chances are excellent that you will have a few there.

   By the way,   Arthur Hundley, Class of 1937, who composed the Alma Mater, passed away on 09/02/08. His Memorial Newsletter is here:

     From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/30/09 - "Bi-Lo Super Market":

OK guys, I have a nostalgia trivia question and hope someone may have photos of this?

Does anyone remember the Be-Lo Store that was off of Marshall Avenue between 37th and 39th Streets?

It looks like they pulled out years ago and not quite sure what is there going by the Google Street Maps shots but it looks pretty run down whatever it is.

During the day when Seven Oaks and Marshall Courts apartments were still middle class blue collar public housing, it was "the" grocery store to go to and was an easy walk. A railroad track ran right behind it crossing Marshall Avenue and a creek ran parallel to it. We played as kids along those tracks flattening pennies, catching tadpoles, minnows, and crayfish in spill creek, and rode our bicycles along the loading ramps and up and down the streets.

The store gave S&H green stamps and not sure but think they gave you an option for Gold Bond stamps too? I do know they had giveaway games shoppers would participate in like Be-Lo Bingo and Jerry Sandford of WVEC would host it before he changed into his Bungles the Clown outfit.

Seems the company had some labor union disputes in the '90s and ended up changing its name to Fresh Pride around 1998. And I think there may be some sort of Camellia Store brand linked to it as I recall?

Eric S. Huffstutler
Bethel HS '75

   Thanks, Eric! I personally do not remember either the Be-Lo or Bi-Lo store there, but I do remember the end of the commercial jingle:

"It's a Be-Lo Bar-gain!"

   The extent of the loss of my brain cells is all too apparent throughout today's Newsletter. Nevertheless, I shall create a new page for this Be-lo Store on Our Old Stomping Grounds before the next edition!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/30/09 - "strange titles in e-mail":


For some reason a lot of my personal e-mail account has turned into business sends. I have tried a few times to re-subscribe to a few jokes, to no avail. I was cleaning out my in-box and found these titles pretty humorous. Guess everyone has their own strategy for having others open up, or not.
When I was just starting out, I was a certified sponsoring wussy.
The BEST Pooper Scooper Ever...

Just Call Me Tubby


Gotta go Go GO to the bathroom frequently?

Dude, get it before it's gone! (yep, the 80's have made a comeback)

A great fertilizer you already make at home

Ain't that the truth

How to be present at the moment of Death

Snoring.. not the heavy breathing I was hoping for

No more sticky rice

Having a chicken brain type of day?

Termites talking?

Millionaire spills his guts

Why I make money and you don't

The great candy bar debate

Well I'll be damned I was scammed

Going batty-need I say more???

Scum spammer/scammer and other hidden agendas

If you're fat and you know it clap your hands

Banga Wanga Moocha Moolah

Wanna be a geek?

Flush Up To 20 LBs From Your Colon

HA HA HA I told you

We heart this!

Are you ready for Christmas, this Spring? (What? Guess that is the economy talking.)

The attack of the saddist clown

Calcium NO BONES about it

Jeremiah was a bullfrog but what are you?

Hocus Pocus hear me now

Make your phone happy.....gimme a call

Sweet barvarian type torture

warts} here, there and everywhere


Tired of being a turkey?

   WILD GIGGLES! And an amazing number of my emails these days seem to be originating with "Me"! I had no idea that I had so much spare time on my hands that I could be spamming myself! Thanks, Shari!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 03/30/09 - " Warwick Gardens":


  The Warwick Gardens page is rather sad so this should start things up.

This is my inheritance. Under the double windows of our living room mother kept a line of book cases (she was an avid reader) where she had on display all of these red vases. As you can see they are lovely when the sun shines through. This is mine. It is some fifty years old.

I hope people are not embarrassed to have lived there; we were coming out of a recession and into a baby boom and I feel our parents did the best they could.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Harold Waters ('65) (31 May 1947 - 24 Feb 2001) was one of my friends from Warwick Gardens. I loved him for just who he was.

So come on, people, step up.
Linda May ' 66

   Thanks, Linda May!  Our subscribers seem largely (to me, anyway!) to be fiercely proud of their old neighborhoods, whether they were modest or luxurious. I personally cannot recall who else lived in Warwick Gardens. Maybe the others who did are just not included among our readers, although that seems rather far-fetched.

   Perhaps we can persuade our Wizard of Wonderment        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, to snag a couple of shots of the apartments for us the next chance he has.

   Okay, I'll be honest; I cannot even recall where Warwick Gardens was located, even though I recall the name quite clearly. (I'm also the one who has no recollection whatsoever of Thomas Jefferson School, and took three months or so of heavy prompting to remember the fire station right around the corner from NNHS, so this is indicative of absolutely nothing pertinent to the issue.)

   Now back to that gorgeous red vase! I've loved ruby red glass ever since I was a bitty baby girl; I didn't know that you did, too! Your vase looks spectacular with your red walls!

   In view of the fact that our 40th (ruby) wedding anniversary is approaching in August, and the pieces were rather small anyway, I was able to justify bringing my ruby red collection from over the years with me back to Illinois. Here are a few of my favorites, though because they're not in front of a window, their true beauty is not actually revealed in these shots.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 Monday, January 7, 2008

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/30/09 - "Some E-mail Fun":

A little silliness keeps us all young.
Have a nice Tuesday.
Put in whatever you want and character will say it back. Free text character.
Mystic ball
Instant oracle--free coin toss, I ching, tarot and more.
Giant hug

   COOL! I especially like the downloadable -printable Giant Hug Certificate! Thanks again, Shari!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/26/09 - "Picture Messages (#3 in a series of 5)":

Have a nice weekend.


   COOL! 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, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

5. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 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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   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

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The Detroit Free Press March

- W. Paris Chambers, 1897
(01 Nov 1854 - 13 Nov 1913)

"The Detroit Free Press March" midi (sequenced by Keith Otis Edwards) courtesy of - 03/26/09

 The Detroit Free Press Logo courtesy of - 03/30/09

Images of the antique Daily Press Presses taken by the Webmistress in Newport News, VA on 07/09/07

Red Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/09

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

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!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Embarrassed Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/01/09

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Animated OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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