- NNHS Newsletter
"What a recreation it is to be in love! It sets the heart aching so
George Colman the Younger
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
|It's only taken me four days (count them: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4) to write this one Newsletter............. Sigh....|
1. Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC - 04/06/05
2. Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV - 04/06/05
Welcome aboard, Ladies!
The rest of y'all just keep reading.....
|Belated Birthday wishes to Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69) who celebrated his birthday yesterday without us. I hope it was a good one, Hank!|
From Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC - 03/28/06 - "Thanks to you!":
Dear Carol and Dave,
I just want to thank you for all the fond memories you have brought back to me as I surf the NNHS reunion web pages. While I know many people have contributed, I keep seeing your names and I know you have put in many hours of hard work to share your pictures, thoughts and notes of others. I really enjoy the music, too. Dee Hodges Bartram ('66 - of VA) recently sent me the Class of '65 link and I have looked at pages upon pages, for hours upon hours and I can tell I've just skimmed the surface! It is such a delight to see even just the names of old classmates. And when I stumble onto a picture of someone now that I knew then, it brings a smile to my face.
Carol, I remember you from band and those were the BEST times. Weren't you in the flute section with Diana?
Yes, Donna, Diana and I did play flute together!
I've sent her some links of pictures I didn't want her to miss. Mr. Wilson was great and I still compare bands in parades with ours... and I don't think I've ever seen a high school band as good as ours since! The Newport News High School Typhoon Marching Band playing their theme song "Giant"! Can't you still hear the words over the loud speaker as we entered the stadium for the games?
I wish I had known about the reunion in '04. I attended the Class of '66 ten year reunion in 1976, but I've lost contact with everyone since. I think only one person recognized me!
Thanks again! Your efforts are appreciated by many.
Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC
Thanks so much, Donna! It's great to hear from you! Have fun reconnecting!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to
Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC - 03/29/06
"RE: Thanks to you!":
Thanks for the kind words. From my standpoint, it is easy to send content to Carol; she does the real work of organizing it into the newsletter and a web page with all the interconnecting links.
Captain Spriggs has a generous heart, Donna. It is true that I generally spend twelve to fourteen hours a day assembling the various pages and Newsletters. But none of the grand scale which exists today would ever had been there without Dave's vision and amazing expertise in so many different fields. He alone is responsible for raising the bar back in the early months of 2003; I would have been merrily content to leave it as it was. He was joined in his efforts by Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA, and later by Joe Madagan ('57) of FL, and they were then followed by a number of others you see with us now.
But it all began with David.
Sorry you missed the '64 Reunion. Mr. Wilson attended and played along in a wonderful skit we concocted. I won't give it away, just in case you ever receive a copy of the DVD we produced of the entire affair. In fact, if you send me your mailing address, I will see that a copy comes to you.
WOWZERS!!! David, you da man!
From Susan Avent Hill (‘66) of VA - 03/29/06:
Thank you, Susan. I did just that!
Thanks again, Carol and Dave, for all you do with this wonderful website!
Susan Avent Hill, ‘66
It's our pleasure!
From Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC - 04/06/05:
Yes, you can place me and Diana on the Alumni List, Newbie announcement, E-Mail list & Birthday list. Did I cover them all? Oh...and yes, it's okay for them to show in the mailing lists. Actually, I think I've seen them there a couple times already, and I was glad because maybe an old friend would see it and contact me. I did hear from Susan Avent Hill ('66 - of VA)!
(Ummmm, yeeessss, those would have been the Big Bloopers which cause me to refer to the Mailing Lists as "usually hidden"......) Every now and then when I'm totally freaking out for one reason or another, I accidentally hit the CC button instead of the BCC button, and y'all are "treated" to the other 54 or so names in your mailing group - of which there are eight.
Our information is:
Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC
Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV
Our birthday is November 26 (1948 if you need that!).
Well, sure - it's more fun that way! GIGGLES!!! Besides, we're all still just kids here!
Alrighty, then! Here we go:
I've already received the DVD and CDs from David Spriggs ('64 - of VA). I played the DVD tonight and I thought you were great at talking to the audience...you're a natural speaker! And David was great as Master of Ceremonies, too! I plan to listen to the CDs in the next few days.
Mmmmm - that was a magical evening!
Thanks again for all your hard work on the web site.
And thanks again to you, Donna!
From One of "My" Famous Marines who served
in the Pacific Theater during WWII,
Herbert Hice of MI - 04/03/06 - " Stop & Smell the Roses":
Happiness Keeps You Sweet,
Trials Keep You Strong,
Sorrows Keep You Human,
Failures Keep You Humble,
Success Keeps You Glowing,
But Only God Keeps You Going!
|You are so special!|
AWWW!!! Okay, Herbie, ya got me with the babies (and you knew that you would!)! These are just so adorable - thanks so much!!!
They were so cute, in fact, I added them to my personal web page:
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/03/06 - "Useless Information...":
AHHH! My favorite kind!!!
From Mimi Green (February, 1940) of VA - 04/03/06 - "History in the Making":
|Thought you might like to
know that this Wednesday, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the
morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 04/04/06 - "April 5, 2006 Is A Special Day!":
I thought you might enjoy the April 5th part. The rest is just for fun. :)
Joan Lauterbach Krause
couple of lines to make this an official funny:
For those that format their dates as
day/month/year, you have to wait till May 4th.
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 04/04/06 - "Time":
This would be tomorrow!!! s
Wednesday , at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the
time and date will be
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Thanks so much to all of y'all! You know me so well!
This of course has come and gone. I hope you found out yourselves,
and got a big kick out of the whole thing. I myself fell asleep about
an hour before the Big Moment arrived - as though it would have been
heralded by clangs and sirens and whistles.....
From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty of NC - 04/04/06:
| This year on
D-Day (Plus 62 Years) there'll be another fun
06:06:06 06/06/06 OR 06/06/06 06:06:06
That's right!!! Thanks, Baby Girl! I'll even be awake for that one!
From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 04/03/06:
For some reason I couldn't open this one:
It kept going to download, then tried to open, then download again. etc. I've never had this problem before.
That is weird, Jennie. I'm not sure what was wrong - unless you caught it in the midst of some of my after-thought amendments. Try again and see if it's working now, having had a day or two to consider its options.
I'm surprised no one had (or mentioned to me!) that they had similar problems with the previous one, as it was so graphically intense:
Considering the importance of that Newsletter, that would have been a great shame.
From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 04/03/06:
web site, as usual, was grand.
Spriggs ('64 - of VA) does a wonderful job on all he does, but he
is a little off on the Newmarket photos. He suggested that the photo
was taken "around 1960", but a close examination reveals that the "newest"
cars were 1957 models. There were many early 1950's, and I think that a few
of them were late 40's. Not complaining, just setting the record straight!
Thanks for the correction; I amended it to say "Late 1950's".
After nearly a year, it's hard to say whose error that was, whether the eBay seller's or more probably mine, but I seriously doubt it was David, as he's far too meticulous. He probably gave it to me blank and I added my best guess, as undated photos drive me quite batty. The shopping center opened on May 3, 1956, so it's safe to say it wasn't but so long after then, and the card was used to generate business.
Thanks for your sharp eye! We do strive for accuracy, and it's good we have so many among us with such vast knowledge in so many areas.
Who, MOI?!? Oh, dear......
It's always good to hear from you, Jimmy Darlin'! Thanks again!
From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 04/03/06 - "H&DE / Victory Garden":
Well, Hollywood ( er, I mean 'Boston' ) came to Hills & Dales in LaFreakin'Grange this afternoon. Make sure you're all tuning in to your local PBS station ( television worth paying for..) at the end of May for "The Victory Garden" and host Paul Upsom's visit to the historic Fuller E. Callaway family home an hour south of Atlanta.
Actually, it all went very well ( hey.. when you're finally working with pros... ) the weather was darned near perfect, and they did the entire segment with Jo Steele, the prettiest girl on the staff. Plus, there's a special appearance by our huge, lovable garden cat, Buxus. I managed to - for once in my life - stay out of the shots, and only spoke up once when they were giving Paul some copy to ad-lib at the opening of the segment. "Can you say: 'The Fuller Callaway home...'?" I think all you guys will like the garden views..
|And Ooo-oo and Ah-aa all you like at the "H&DE VisCntr Bust" image.. A year ago, they ( ever notice how when I'm describing a screw-up here I don't say "we", I say "they"? ) put a marble bust of Fuller E. Callaway Sr. in the new visitor center, but didn't try or have any interest in lighting it properly. There are many other errors of omission in the building, and about two months ago, I finally ( after weeks of whining and pouting ) got the electricians back into the building to correct another glaring and stupid oversight. Since I got my way with that project, I casually mentioned we could also do a better job lighting the marble bust in the main exhibition hall.|
|Monday, April 3, 2006, 9:53 AM||Monday, April 3, 2006, 5:11 PM|
Ooo-oo and Ah-aa!!! The lighting is spectacular! Great job, Bill!
Imagine my surprise when the guy who writes the checks for the guy who signs the checks said: "Let's look at it. Hummm.. Yes, it is kind of dark... Now, look here... Do you really think you can do better?" I avoided saying: "Well, like, duh..", looked at the floor as if this was a very difficult and serious undertaking and said, humbly, that I'd try. This morning, two professional electricians ( both under the age of twenty ) came in, cut two circular holes in the painted tongue & groove overhead ceiling, wired up two 8" drop-down adjustable can lights ( I just love talking like this... ) went back to Home Depot for two 90 watt PAR 38 narrow spots, and quicker than I could say "Nananne Porcher taught me this..." ( two of you on the mailing list already know she was the lighting designer at The Lost Colony ) we had both of 'em up and running.
I absolutely LOVE the view through the entrance foyer now..
Don't forget, be watching "The Victory Garden" the end of May for the Hills & Dales Estate segment..
And nuh-uh, there'll be no program credit at the end... I'm just glad to be in show-biz.
WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much for sharing all this with us! And Bill, don't forget to send us a Friendly Reminder as the hour draws near. Not that I ever forget anything........
From David Hatchett ('65) of VA - 04/03/06 - "Warren 'Fuzzy' S. Wood Sr.":
Tom (Oxner - '65 - of AR),
Yes, Mr. Wood did live diagonally across the street from us. My dad, Henry Hatchett, built the screened porch on the side of his house that faces Madison Avenue. I remember Mr. Wood always working in his yard and always having a tan. He was a very nice person.
David Hatchett ('65)
Thanks, David! Isn't it amazing the images that remain indelibly etched upon our minds?!?
From Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 04/04/06 - "Fuzzy" Wood:
Happy Spring, Carol
I'm e-mailing to let Tom Oxner know that Warren "Fuzzy" Wood who just died at the age of 100 did indeed live on the corner of Madison and Highland Court. He was my oldest brother's Boy Scout leader, and his son, Warren, and my brother were friends growing up. We lived on Andrew Place, not far from Highland Court. "Fuzzy" was a wonderful man who was very active in the community at Parkview in the early years, as well in other organizations throughout his adult life. He was active right up to his passing. In September, there was a big 100th birthday party given for him at Artie and Toni's Steak House here in Newport News, where he ate every week.
WOWZERS. Isn't that fabulous?!?
I'm glad to hear you are enjoying springtime in Carolina. "Tain't too bad in Virginia, either. Enjoy your week.
Thanks, Melody! I generally enjoy every week! No, wait a minute - except for last week. I do not believe I enjoyed much of last week at all, now that you mention it...........
Sending a picture your way
of our whole family taken last fall - grandkids and all! The young woman by
me is our daughter, the young man at top without the beard is our son :)
What a gorgeous family!!! Not that that should come as any great surprise......
Thanks so much, Melody!
|Saturday, November 26, 2005, 3:42 PM|
|The DeBerry Family|
From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 04/04/06:
|Hi Carol -
Oh my, when I see Lynn Walker (Brothers - '65 - of VA), she brings back such memories.
In this photo, I cannot believe how much she looks like her sister, Sandra, who was my dear friend along with her brother, Dennis, who was in my class. Lynn was always the young sister hanging out with us!
(This would have been the cue to have inserted images of Sandra and Dennis. I don't understand why I'm having such a hard time locating pictures lately.......)
They had the most wonderful parents. The Walkers lived on our block and we have wonderful memories. Lynn, I even remember your dog (can't remember how to spell the name). And Sandra Walker always remembers roasting potatoes in my backyard. Remember, we were the Irish Immigrants. When we came to the US in 1946 and we moved to a bungalow in Stuart Gardens, my dad proceeded to dig up the backyard and prepare a garden. Among other veggies, potatoes were a big deal (for the Irish). My dad would dig a hole in the ground and roast potatoes. Sandra Walker Batson often reminds me of this.
I do remember that, or I remember your telling us after you joined us. I never knew it before. It's strange you should mention it at this moment; I was thinking of it just the other day. Your story sent shivers up my spine, and now when I think of Independence Day, I think of you.
If y'all have never read Evelyn's account of Coming to America, do so now, along with some other accounts from our friends - and be prepared to have your life impacted forever.
Thanks again, Evelyn!
Wonderful Memories. Thank you, Carol, for making all of this possible. ev
WOWZERS. You're making me cry again, Lady!
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 04/05/06 - "Picture-a little braggin'":
Thought I'd do a little "grandma" braggin'. This is my granddaughter, Ciarra, who is 10 going on 30!!! Such a cutie! Huh, HP?
Oh my goodness, Miss Sarah! Wasn't
she a baby girl only yesterday?!?
What a doll she is! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 04/06/06 - "Loading the USS Cole":
wondered how they loaded the Cole on that Norwegian transporter?
Quite an innovative engineering solution!
If you have sound, turn it up and listen to the music - "A Gift of a Thistle" from Braveheart (1995).
Ahhh, Miss Sarah! You do know how to make me cry, doncha?!? Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
From Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL - 04/06/06:
Time again to put in a plug for our big Sertoma Sock Hop in Lakeland. This year is our 20th anniversary, and to do it up big, we're bringing in BILL HALEY'S COMETS plus a couple of warm-up groups that are great -- this will be a BLAST!! So if any of your readers are anywhere near Lakeland, FL and can come, a special tribute to NNHS alumni will be made.
Hope the attachment of our poster comes through, if not let me know. Thanks.
Raoul Weinstein, '57
For info or tickets: (H)863/644-5904; (Cell) 863/838-0873 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I certainly hope some of y'all are able to go enjoy this! How cool will that be?!?
Thanks, Raoul! Y'all have fun!!!
REALLY, REALLY BACKLOGGED:
This is so old it's downright embarrassing - but it's fun!
From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 11/15/06 - Reunion CD #1 - Saturday, October 22, 2005:
|Faith Strickland Groom ('64) of VA; Rick ('65) and _____ Harman of VA||_____ and Rick Harman ('65) of VA||Dennis Ivey ('65) of VA; Todd Givens ('65) of Northern VA; and Rick Harman ('65) of VA|
|Dennis Ivey ('65) of VA; Todd Givens ('65) of Northern VA; and Rick Harman ('65) of VA||Line Dancing!|
|Dawn and Bobby Yevak ('65) of VA||Karen Richardson ('66) of VA; and Rick ('65) and _____ Harman of VA||Dennis Ivey ('65) of VA|
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (A Series of 27 Images):
If you can stop laughing, you might include one of these each upcoming newsletter .... unless you think it undignified.
Very ingenious, I must say.....
Thanks, David - and Tom!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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When A Man Loves A Woman
When a man loves
Can't keep his mind on nothing else
He'll trade the world
For the good thing he's found
If she's bad he can't see it
She can do no wrong
Turn his back on his best friend
If he put her down
When a man loves a woman
Spend his very last dime
Tryin' to hold on to what he needs
He'd give up all his comfort
Sleep out in the rain
If she said that's the way it ought to be
Well, this man loves a woman
I gave you everything I had
Tryin' to hold on to your precious love
Baby, please don't treat me bad
When a man loves a woman
Down deep in his soul
She can bring him such misery
If she plays him for a fool
He's the last one to know
Lovin' eyes can't ever see
When a man loves a woman
He can do no wrong
He can never own some other girl
Yes when a man loves a woman
I know exactly how he feels
'Cause baby, baby, baby, you're my world
When a man loves a woman.....
"When A Man Loves A Woman"
mov file courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/05/06
(This is by far the best one, but you have to rip it from the web page)
OHHHH, but it is soooooo good! Thanks for your diligence, David!
And thanks to my #6 son, Dale Harty (American School, IL - '02) for extracting a totally new type of file for me! (04/06/06)
"When A Man
Loves A Woman" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/04/06
Thanks again, Dave!
Image of Man Loves Woman courtesy of http://canelassongs2.homestead.com/whenaman.html - 04/05/06
Nerve Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars12.html - 01/20/06
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 04/06/05
Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
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