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03/31/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Robert Bunsen's 200th Birthday

“Bin Chemiker der kein Physiker ist, ist gar nichts.”

“A chemist who is not a physicist is nothing at all.”
(31 Mar 1811 - 16 Aug 1899)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Okay, I'll admit it.  If Google hadn't headlined this today, I'd have missed this birthday celebration altogether.


Sources disagree on Robert Bunsen's exact birth date. His parish register and a hand-written curriculum vitae support the claim that 30 March 1811 might be his true birth date,[2] while a majority of publications traditionally cite 31 March as the date.[3][4][5][6][7][8]


    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 Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 03/30/11 - "Class Notes - NNHS 1958":

  Nelson "Moocher" Ellis (NNHS1956) is retiring after almost 30 years as Commissioner for the Peninsula Basketball Officials Association.  The Daily Press recently published an article on Moocher and his contributions to officiating.  Our classmate   Jesse Kersey, retired NBA official, was quoted in the article.

Moocher was the oldest of the 3 Ellis brothers to play on NNHS State Championship basketball teams.  The middle brother,    Donald, is a member of our 1958 class.

Other facts about that 1956 State Championship basketball team:

Nelson “Moocher” Ellis graduated in 1956 from NNHS. Moocher was a starting guard on the Basketball State Champion Typhoon that year. The team, coached by Bill Chambers, finished the 25-1 season by defeating GW of Alexandria 65-52 in the State Championship game. The Typhoon's only loss was to Wilson of Portsmouth (54-77) during the regular season. NNHS won the other regular season game against Wilson 72-70 and defeated Wilson for the Eastern District Championship Tournament 59-58.

The 1956 State Championship team was lead by Captain Slade Dunn at center. As I recall, Slade had his appendix out during the season and only missed a couple of games.

Our NNHS 1958 classmates (then in the 10th grade) that played on the 1956 varsity included Kenny Roberts,  Bucky Keller, Jack Tesh and Bill Bradley.

Our NNHS 1958 Classmates playing JV in 1956 included: Jerry Phillips, Jimmy Van Noy, Virgil Meares, Donald Parker, Donald Hardy, Roger Heflin, Donald Ellis, and    Allen Foster.

To read the complete DP article, go to:,0,3205473.story

   Thanks, Joe! Your notes have been added to our archive: 


     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 03/30/11 - "Special Deals from WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival":

WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival
It's Show Time!
 Our 44th Annual WorldFest!

Howdy from Houston!

"Save the Date" April 8-17, 2011     

 Come see the brightest & best of the emerging cinematic talents...!

10 Great Days in April 2011 

      Come see the best in Independent Cinema at WorldFest first!

The 44th WorldFest! 

Who:The 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival


Opening Night Premiere: "EXODUS FALL" with Rosanna Arquette & Jesse James!


What: Important numbers~ 10 great days, 55 award-winning Indie films, 107 great short films, 550 Indie filmmakers from around the globe, 6 Master Classes, One Grand Awards Gala & Cocktail Reception with the filmmakers, 2 Closing Day events ~ WorldFest Consular Regatta at HYC & VIP NASA/Space Center Houston Tour.


When: Film Festival: April 8 - April 17, 2011

Daily Film screenings: 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm (plus matinees at 1 & 3 pm ~ Sat. & Sun)

Master Classes: Thursday, Friday & Saturday April 14, 15, & 16 at 10 am and 2 pm ~

Grand Finale WorldFest Consular Regatta and Barbecue: April 17 at 1 pm at The Houston Yacht Club on Galveston Bay!


WorldFest Sold Out AMC Studio 30 Dunvale  Theater!

Where: All films at AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale in SW Houston.

Master Class Seminars / Awards Gala~ Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive. Closing Day Consular Regatta ~ The Houston Yacht Club; VIP tour NASA/Space Center.

Ticket Info: Many options available starting at $7.00 for a single matinee (films at 1, 3 @ 5pm), $10 per single admission @ 7 & 9pm; Film Buff $100 (11 admissions), Silver Screen ~$150 (all films for one person), Gold Pass~$395 (all films, parties & Seminars for one person) to the ultimate VIP Platinum Pass~$500 (all films, parties, Seminars & Awards Gala for one person). Check  for details. Opening night $15 per person, $30 to include Champagne After-Party.  Tickets available now online and up to capacity at Showtime at AMC Box-Office. All films, seminars and events are open to the public.


Come And See!

Highlights: This year's line-up of Indie films offers a record number of 21 World Premieres...! With over 33 nations represented to include 20 female directors, several comedies, thrillers, 2 fantasies and 2 bio-pics, the 2011 program delivers much more than the usual great Docs and Dramas. Don't miss the sing-along version of Grease personally introduced by its director, Randal Kleiser who will be receiving the WorldFest Remi Career Achievement Award. Several great Houston productions such as Shawn Welling's third film, Project Aether ~ his venture into the sci-fi/thriller realm plus another intense thriller called Playing House (Tom Vaughan).  Trisha Ray's latest, Sugar Baby, partially shot in India and last but certainly never least is Chris Page's sequel Into the Wind II: The Adventure Continues on powered hand-gliding (some of it shot in Russia) are not to be missed...! 2 Midnight Madness Shows: Renfield: The Undead & Backstabber!Horror!   


Returning alumni directors include Henry Jaglom with his Queen of the Lot, Jake Torem with his quirky comedy, Letting Go and Jennnifer Tadlock's gripping Finding Hope Now based on Fresno's true story of 'Gangs to Jobs' on the transformative work of Rev. Roger Minassian.   WorldFest's returning Documentary alumni are Hungarian Ferenc Moldovanyi with his compelling Another Planet and Kevin Knoblock with Pope John Paul II: 9 Days that Changed the World. Plus for the Philip K. Dick Fans (Blade Runner), Radio Free Albemuth!

Background: WorldFest, founded in 1961, is the third oldest independent film festival in North America! This annual event has evolved into a competitive Independent International film festival showcasing rising cinematic talents! WorldFest Houston is a non-profit educational and cultural organization with a 501 (c)-(3) status. Visit  Full schedule plus trailers & ticketing and VIP Pass info is now available on the website.

Warmest wishes and Congratulations to all our Remi Winners for 2011!

Team WorldFest
WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival

The 44th WorldFest-Houston is very proudly sponsored by AMC Theaters, the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), Boxer Property, Amtrak, Panasonic 3D/HD, Eastman Kodak, The City of Houston, The Houston Film Commission, The HQ Marriott Westchase Hotel, Space Center Houston, Texas Longhorns, Wagner Media, NASA, The Houston Yacht Club, InkTip, The Houston Film Society, OnlyInHouston, The Port of Houston Authority, , The Wellness Center and our Sister-Festivals USAFilmFestival/Dallas , & The Seoul Drama Awards. To everyone that entered, we thank you! To other Intl Film Fests, if we can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact us!

   WOWZERONI-RINI (or should that be WOWZERONI-REMI?!?)! Thanks so much, Hunter! Y'all have fun down there!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/30/11 - "Mind Candy for Boomers":

If you would like to spend a couple hours immersing yourself in the 1950s, then this is the web site for you:

I looked at only a fraction of the pages (mostly the cars), and it took some real effort to bring myself back to 2011.

   WOWZERS! This is WAAAAY cool! Thanks, David!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/30/11 - "B 29 rescue(s)":


This is an amazing story.

This is worth watching... about 2.5 mins. An entire crew of a B-29 (12 aviators) was rescued by a US submarine after their plane was shot down in 1945, 70 miles off the coast of Japan. The entire rescue was filmed in color video but then sat in a guy's closet until now. This is a story from a Denver TV station of one of those rescued aviators to whom the video was delivered. It also shows their transfer to another submarine that is likely headed back to port before the one that accomplished the rescue."

Can you imagine 65 yrs AFTER your rescue you get to watch it on film?

   WOWZERONI! That's awesome, Bill! Thanks so much!

  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 03/30/11 - "The Things I Owe My Parents":

The Things I Owe My Parents


1.  My parents taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE 
"If you're going to kill each other, do  it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My parents taught me RELIGION.  
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3.  My parents taught me about TIME TRAVEL
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock  you into the middle of next week!"

4. My parents taught me LOGIC
"Because I said so, that's why."

5. My parents taught me MORE LOGIC .  
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My parents taught me FORESIGHT
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My parents taught me IRONY.  
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about.."

8.  My parents taught me about the science of OSMOSIS 
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My parents taught  me about CONTORTIONISM
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My parents taught me about STAMINA. 
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone." 

11. My parents taught me about  WEATHER
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it." 

12. My parents taught me about HYPOCRISY
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My parents taught me the CIRCLE OF  LIFE
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.."

14. My parents taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION 
"Stop acting like your father!" 

15. My parents taught me about ENVY
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do." 

16. My parents taught me about ANTICIPATION
"Just wait until we get home." 

17. My parents taught me about RECEIVING 
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My parents taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."

19. My parents taught me ESP
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My parents taught me HUMOR
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My parents taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up." 

22. My parents taught me GENETICS.  
"You're just like your father."

23. My parents taught me about my ROOTS
"Shut that door behind you.  Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My parents taught me WISDOM.  
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

And my favorite:

 25.  My parents taught me about JUSTICE
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you

     Thanks, Jamey!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 03/30/11 - "Check out This Chicken":

Check out This Chicken

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#19 in a Series of 19):

Finally, Some NEW Maxine's!
  AND REMEMBER: Good friends are like stars.

You don't always see them but you always know they are there.
   WILD SAD GIGGLES!  Thanks, Joyce - these have been great fun!



Bad Steering

A man who was swerving down the road got pulled over by a policeman.

"You're a terrible driver," the cop said.

"Thank goodness for that," the man replied. "I thought the steering
wheel was broken!"


1. Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 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. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 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.

3. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954 4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, contact Gary Fitzgerald at - CLASS OF 1961

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 03/29/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty


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Love Potion #9

Written by
Jerry Leiber (b. April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (b. 13 Mar 1933), 1959

Recorded by The Clovers

I took my troubles down to Madame Ruth
you know that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth
she's got a pad down on thirty-fourth and vine
sellin' little bottles of love potion number nine

I told her that I was a flop with chics
I've been this way since 1956
she looked at my palm and she made a magic sign
she said what you need is love potion number nine

she bent down and turned around and gave me a wink
she said I'm gonna make it up right here in the sink
it smelled like turpentine, it looked like indian ink
I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink

I didn't know if it was day or night
I started kissin' everything in sight
but when I kissed a cop down on thirty-fourth and vine
he broke my little bottle of love potion number nine

I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink

I didn't know if it was day or night
I started kissin' everything in sight
but when I kissed a cop down on thirty-fourth and vine
he broke my little bottle of love potion number nine
love potion number nine
love potion number nine
love potion number nine

"Love Potion Number Nine" midi courtesy of
 at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/18/04
Thanks, Dave!

"Love Potion Number Nine" lyrics courtesy of,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/18/04
Thanks again, Dave!

First Image of Robert Bunsen courtesy of - 04/01/11 (sic)

Second Image of Robert Bunsen courtesy of - 04/01/11 (sic)

Animated Divider Line 20 clip art courtesy of - 03/06/10

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

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!

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