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04/12/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Wonderland by Night

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and
his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

- Oscar Wilde
(15 Oct 1854 - 30 Nov 1900)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's theme song just popped into my head.  

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnU_nMYb0C4 - Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_pDTaRRR-w - Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert - with old scenes of NYC

BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuORl3iZB_8 - Wonderland by Night - Johnny Mathis

BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMZyJiEDi_I - Wonderland by Night - Floyd Cramer

BONUS #5 - http://www.jacquedee63.com/wonderland.html - Wonderland by Night -


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderland_by_Night

"Wonderland by Night" is a popular song by Bert Kaempfert that was a Billboard number one hit for three weeks, starting January 9, 1961. It was Kaempfert's first hit with his orchestra.[1] Another cover, recorded and released by Louis Prima, also charted in the same year, reaching #15 on the Billboard charts. Anita Bryant's version reached #18 on the US Pop Chart. Engelbert Humperdinck also recorded a vocal version of the song in his 1968 album A Man Without Love.


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

     Happy Birthday today to   Harvey Weinstein ('57) AND  Richard Rawls ('71) of VA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Gil Hughes ('64)!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

14 -   Linda DeShazo Hatchett (65) of VA;

15 -      George Helliesen ('61) of MI;

17 - David Jones ('57);

18 -     Monty Phillips ('62) of VA AND    Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html


THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:

http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0412.htm - INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

Friday, April 12, 1861
SINISTER SHELLS STRIKE SUMTER


In the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, lay the United States installation of Fort Sumter, Maj. Robert Anderson commanding. His position was difficult, as South Carolina was no longer a member of the United States. The Carolinians had refused to allow supplies to go to the fort, and Anderson was prepared to evacuate by April 15. Evacuation was not what was wanted, though, and at 4:30 a.m. a shot was fired from a signal gun, and the Charleston artillery opened fire on an enemy fort. Who fired the signal, or the first shot, is not known to this day, as several claimed the title. Civil war was underway.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

From Dana Clark Epstein of VA - 04/12/11, 9:24 AM - "1950's Dinnertainment":

Hi, my name is Dana Clark Epstein and my parents were NNHS alum (  Kathleen Pilgrim 1963 and   John Clark 1959) and I now own the Grey Goose in downtown Hampton.
 
  I was hoping that you could help me get some info out! We are doing a musical dinner theatre show called "The Marvelous Wonderettes" which is set at the prom of 1958 and the ten year reunion in 1968. The music is all songs you will know and want to sing along .....we don't mind. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The flyer attached has all of the info about the show. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks. Dana Clark Epstein
 
 

The Grey Goose
101-A West Queens Way
Hampton, VA 23669
757-723-7978

Please visit us on the WEB!
http://www.greygooserestaurant.com

   Certainly, Dana, I'd be delighted! Your mama was a good friend of mine, both from our days together in band and later as we reconnected. Her sudden death came as a great shock to me, and at times I still have difficulty coming to terms with it.

http://nnhs65.com/03-10-06-NNHS-Kathy-Pilgrim-Clark.html

   I just checked out your yummy menus, and I'm still drooling!  I won't be able to make it to your Big Event, but I do look forward to dining at your restaurant the next time I'm in the area.

   Meanwhile, the rest of y'all go have a wonderful dinertainment experience!


    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 04/11/11 - "THANKS FOR THE PLATTERS...":

They were my all time favorite...their music takes me back like no other...

   It does, doesn't it?? Thanks, Lady - good to hear from you again! I've missed you!


      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 04/11/11 - "YAP [yet another picture]":

Carol-Sweetness -
 
  This is in Poquoson, at the terminus of Messick Road where it meets Back River. This one is called 'Pencil Sketch.' I hope you like it, BUT; if you and our NL friends are bored with my compulsion to make pictures of Tidewater please let me know. I will not be offended at all.

AS always, we, all of us, appreciate your excellent work with the site and NL !!!

John-Darlin'

    John Darlin', You are so funny! How could ANYBODY get bored with your gorgeous images?!? Thank you so very much for sharing them with us!

 
 


  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 04/11/11, 7:22 PM AND       From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/11/11, 8:10 PM - "We all need to watch this":

Another release from the library of my friend Bill Hobbs!! It's worth the time!! Really!!
 

We all need to watch this.

Enjoy this one minute clip "where creativity unfolds"

"It's not what you say, but how you say it."

This makes the point better than ever. Have a look!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU

   Thank you, Gentlemen! This is quite a powerful message!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/11/11 - "Life is Life":

TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE, SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS...

Observations on Growing Older


~Your kids are becoming you...and you don't like them...but your grandchildren are perfect!

~Going out is good... Coming home is better!

~When people say you look "Great"... they add "for your age!"

~When you needed the discount, you paid full price.
Now you get discounts on everything... movies, hotels, flights, but you're too tired to use them.

~You forget names .... but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

~The 5 pounds you wanted to lose is now 15 and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything .... especially golf.

~Your spouse is counting on you to remember things you don't remember.

~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.

~Your husband sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than he does in bed. It's called his "pre-sleep".

~Remember when your mother said, "Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"?
Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!

~You used to say, "I hope my kids GET married... Now, "I hope they STAY married!"

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..

~When GOOGLE, ipod, email, modem .... were unheard of, and a mouse was something that made you climb on a table.

~You used to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???

~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

~Your husband has a night out with the guys, but he's home by 9:00 PM. Next week it will be 8:30 PM. 

~You read 100 pages into a book before you realize you've read it.

~Notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

~Everybody whispers.

~Now that your husband has retired .... you'd give anything if he'd find a job!

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet ... 2 of which you will never wear.

~~~~But old is good in some things:
old songs,
old movies,
And best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!



Love you, "OLD FRIEND!"

It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived

  
   Thanks, Shari! Love you, too!


From the Daily Press - 04/09/11, 04/10/11, 04/11/11, and 04/12/11 - "Who Killed    Jack Wheeler (Hampton High School - '62)":

By Hugh Lessig, hlessig@dailypress.com | 247-7821

Part One: Surveillance cameras hold final, haunting images of Jack Wheeler

The final, haunting images of Jack Wheeler come from surveillance cameras in various corners of Wilmington, Del.

He shuffles through a parking garage and a downtown office building. He can't find his car and says someone stole his briefcase. He limps from the picture, holding one shoe, and heads into the cold December night wearing a sport coat.

Hours later, his body falls from a garbage truck into a landfill. Authorities determine that the 66-year-old man had been beaten to death. More than three months later, police still don't know who killed Jack Wheeler or why, or where the murder happened.

Speculation over his death has become a morbid cottage industry. Enter "John Wheeler conspiracy theories" into Google and see what comes up.

Steve Wright owns a sandwich shop in downtown Wilmington near where Wheeler was last seen. Wright doesn't know what happened other than the publicity was bad for business but he succinctly sums up all the Internet chatter.

"He worked for the government and he knew too much," Wright said.

Jack Wheeler was a defense consultant, a respected Pentagon insider, a passionate advocate for Vietnam veterans and a valued member of three presidential administrations. At one point, he published an influential paper on biological warfare and was also an authority on cyber warfare, reports say.

Opinionated and driven, he was successful in almost everything he set out to do.

Peninsula residents make that Peninsula teenagers saw this potential early on: The Hampton High School Class of 1962 voted their classmate most likely to succeed. A son in a military family, he spent those high school years living at Fort Monroe.

The surveillance tape of the disoriented, disheveled Wheeler is all the more difficult to fathom considering the type of person Wheeler was, friends say.

Should Wheeler be lost in Wilmington? He was only minutes from his historic home in New Castle that overlooks the water, yet he went to the wrong parking garage in an attempt to retrieve his car. His wife, in her only interview (with Slate.com), said she didn't find this unusual. Wheeler had a terrible sense of direction.

But the man known for his laser-like focus appeared confused and rambling, unable to communicate exactly what was bothering him.

The last snippet of tape shows him heading toward a section of town that is considered dicey, city residents say. So besides conspiracy theories, his murder could have been the result of a tragic, but more conventional run-in with a thug.

The publicity has faded since his body was found on Dec. 31, but his friends still wonder.

"People like Jack Wheeler do not get murdered," says one longtime friend, Richard Radez. "To find his body being dumped out of a trash truck in a landfill in Delaware, you say, 'What the hell is this?'"

'A West Point thing'

John Parsons Wheeler III had great potential coming out of Hampton, where he lived at Fort Monroe with his mother, Janet, and his father, an Army colonel known as Big Jack.

He could have gone to Yale University or the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He chose the latter, and his experiences became featured in "The Long, Gray Line," the 1989 classic by Rick Atkinson.

The book, which won a Pulitzer Prize, profiles Wheeler and several other members of the West Point Class of 1966. They stood at the crossroads of history, their families rooted in World War II, their eyes on the war in Vietnam.

Radez was a year behind Wheeler, a member of the Class of '67. He recalls with a chuckle the first time they met.

"I was standing out by the barracks when this yearling came up and upbraided me," Radez says.

Wheeler noted that the buttons on Radez's uniform were not properly aligned with his belt buckle and fly cover. The proper alignment was known as being tangent.

"This is a West Point thing," Radez explained. "It is designed to force people to concentrate on very small details. You can make a little mistake and it can cost people their lives. It is a zero defect kind of society, and it ought to be."

Later, the two became fast friends.

"The problem Jack had, he had a hard time being a tough guy," Radez said. "After a while, you get to know each other and it gets to be a relaxed relationship."

The two would meet later at Harvard Business School the next stop for a pair of West Point graduates who had the smarts. They graduated in June 1969 and Jack received orders to go to Vietnam. Radez arrived in country a few months later.

Neither man saw combat, but they got to know each other even better, putting their college degrees to use in the business side of managing a war.

"You work 10 hours a day and at night you go over to the officers' club and have a beer and listen to a horrible Filipino band play," Radez said.

They eventually went their separate ways, but Radez got a call years later when Jack began working on a memorial to Vietnam War veterans. Although both men had relatively easy tours in Vietnam, the West Pointers of 1966 had been particularly hard hit.

And Jack had lost friends over there.

"Jack brought the benefit of a very creative mind," said Radez, "and a network of contacts he knew how to leverage, and a determination to get the job done. I can say, straight from the heart and with total conviction, if it had not been for Jack Wheeler, this nation would not have had the Vietnam memorial on the Mall."

Machine gun fingers

Art Schulcz was another classmate of Wheeler's at West Point. He described his friend as a man of strong opinions, but not one to impose his views on someone.

"He had a viewpoint but he listened to people," Schulcz said. "He would try to find common ground, try to get people to agree instead of trying to get to 51 percent."

One way they kept in touch was through email and a message board for the Class of '66. Schulcz perused the board from time to time, and Jack was always known as someone who would fire back quickly on his Blackberry whenever someone sent him a message.

"There was a joke about that ability," Schulcz said. "Some of us referred to him as having machine-gun fingers."

Around 5 o'clock on Tuesday, Dec. 28, Wheeler dashed off a message to the alumni board, responding to a discussion about college sports, complaining about what he saw as the NCAA's corrupt management.

It was opinionated typical Jack, as Schulcz would later think. There was nothing to suggest he was under stress.

Shortly after that, Jack Wheeler's Blackberry went dead.


Part Two: A confused walk through Wilmington

One of the last people to see Jack Wheeler alive was Sammy Abdelaziz, who manages parking garages in the city of Wilmington.

On Wednesday evening, Dec. 29, he received a call from a concerned employee at the New Castle County Courthouse parking garage. There appeared to a be a homeless man there, asking for help.

"She said he had one shoe on and the other one in his hand, and he had a wrinkled suit, stuff like that," he said.

Abdelaziz went looking and found Wheeler by the garage exit. He asked Wheeler if he needed help. Wheeler said he was looking for his car. By that time, he was wearing both shoes, but his suit was dusty and wrinkled, as if he had been sitting somewhere, or fallen down, or had worn it for a couple of days, Abdelaziz said.

Wheeler didn't have his parking ticket, which meant that Abdelaziz couldn't pinpoint the location of his car. Then the conversation took a different turn.

"Actually, I lost everything," Wheeler said. "I got robbed. They took my briefcase."

"He was just shaking his head," Abdelaziz said. "I was willing to give him a ride. You can drive around to the garages and see where his car was. But he was kind of shaking his head and looked disoriented. He was just lost."

Wheeler, who graduated from Hampton High School and went on to a successful career that included service to three U.S. presidents, was in the middle of a fateful odyssey that was partly captured on surveillance cameras in downtown Wilmington and partly documented by interviews with people in New Castle, where he lived.

All of it has been previously documented in media reports, most notably the News Journal of Wilmington, which has covered the case extensively.

The mystery begins on Tuesday, Dec. 28. Wheeler reportedly spent the day in Washington, D.C. he worked for a company in McLean, Va. then is believed to have taken a train to Wilmington, Del.

At 5:10 that afternoon, he posted a message on a forum for the West Point Class of 1966, part of a discussion about the management of college sports. Art Schulcz, a college classmate, took note of the post but saw nothing amiss in its contents.

That night, there was a disturbance across the street from Wheeler's home in New Castle. Someone tossed a smoke bomb into a house that is under construction.

At the time, Wheeler was involved in a bitter legal dispute with the owners of the unfinished house, which he said did not conform to the rich history of his neighborhood. The person who threw the smoke bomb has not been identified.

There is no indication where Wheeler spent the night, but he resurfaced at 9 a.m. the next day. He was in Wilmington again, or maybe he never left and took a cab from the Amtrak station to the corner of 11th and Orange streets, at the Hotel Dupont.

The cab driver, Roland Spence, told the News Journal that Wheeler talked during the ride and seemed observant. Nothing appeared amiss. Records indicate Wheeler didn't check in at the hotel, police said.

Around 6 p.m., Wheeler showed up at Happy Harry's Pharmacy near New Castle and asked the pharmacist for a ride back to Wilmington. The pharmacist, who considered the request strange, offered to call a cab. Wheeler declined the offer and left.

At the garage

Forty minutes after leaving the pharmacy, Wheeler turned up at the New Castle County Courthouse parking garage, carrying his shoe in one hand, looking disheveled and disoriented. That's when he told Abdelaziz that he'd been robbed, that someone had taken his briefcase. Police can't confirm the theft.

Again, it is not known where he spent the night, but the next day brings more twists.

In the morning, a neighbor noticed an open window in Wheeler's house in New Castle. He walked in and found smashed dishes and other wreckage. His first thought: a thief. But nothing seemed to be missing.

Later in the day, Wheeler was spotted back in the area of 10th and Orange streets in Wilmington. Surveillance video captured Wheeler walking inside the Nemours Building, a large office building in downtown Wilmington.

People approached him because he seemed confused or disoriented. He declined their help. He was wearing different clothes from the day before, having exchanged his sport coat for a blue hooded sweatshirt. He was last see at 8:42 p.m. Thursday. An exterior surveillance camera showed him walking past the Hotel Dupont and toward Wilmington's Rodney Square, a small park named for Caesar Rodney, who was Jack Wheeler's kind of guy.

On July 1-2, 1776, Caesar Rodney rode to Philadelphia through thunder and rain, despite ill health, to cast the deciding vote in the Delaware delegation for independence. He arrived with a dramatic flair, just as the vote was beginning.

Just beyond Rodney Square, the city of Wilmington takes a visible turn for the worse, with run-down homes and litter in the streets. A woman who runs a liquor store in the neighborhood, who won't give her name, says she often advises newcomers to walk the other way.

Charles Johnson is a lifelong city resident who says he knows the local streets. He stopped to chat with a reporter while pushing a shopping cart full of recyclables near the neighborhood store.

"I get scared walking down there day or night, really," he said.

Friday morning dawned, the last day of 2010, and at 4:20 a.m. a garbage truck began making its rounds in Newark, about 15 miles from Wilmington. It stopped to empty a number of Dumpsters.

Police believe one of those Dumpsters contained Wheeler's body, because at 9:56 a.m., the garbage dumped its load at the Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington. Wheeler's body was spotted in the trash.

Newark police are investigating the case because investigators determined the body came from there. To date, they do not have a suspect or a murder scene.

They don't know how Wheeler made it from Rodney Square to Newark, much less how he ended up in a Dumpster, only to get hauled back to Wilmington.

'I should have pushed'

After Wheeler's body was discovered, the media published his photo. Abdelaziz got a call from the employee who had phoned him Wednesday night. The man wandering around the garage had been murdered.

"It hit me real hard," Abdelaziz said. "It all came back in my mind. I was talking to him less than 48 hours ago. Maybe if I did help him or if he was cooperative he would have ended up somewhere better than he did."

In an interview, he went back and forth over the encounter.

"That little bit of conservation it made me feel bad," he said. "I should have pushed more, but I did what I could."

That was the story from Wilmington. In New Castle, there is another view.


Part 3: Plenty of theories in Wheeler's death

Jack Wheeler had a flair for the dramatic.

Growing up in Hampton, he wrestled with the question of his future after high school. The grand moment of truth is recounted in Rick Atkinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Long, Gray Line."

Jack's father, an Army colonel, was pushing him toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His mother, Janet, favored Yale University, where Jack had been accepted.

When he made up his mind, Jack came down to the dinner table one evening and announced: "I've decided where I want to go." After a theatrical pause, he said: "West Point." That dramatic streak continued throughout his life.

His last home was in New Castle, Del., a historic section that overlooks the Delaware River. Richard and Phoebe Dill live two houses and away, and they became fast friends with Wheeler and his wife, Katherine Klyce.

Mrs. Dill recalled one moment that was typical Jack. The two couples were having dinner before Christmas when Mr. Dill mentioned that his grandchildren would love to see one of those giant military transport planes the kind that can hold a tank.

"Jack just quietly made that happen," Mrs. Dill said. "We didn't know about it until Christmas Day when the grandchildren were here. In he walks, just opens the door and we were friends, so that was OK and he said, 'All right, everyone will have to get dressed.'"

She laughs at the memory.

"It's Christmas Day! It's so unbelievable! But it was really wonderful. Everybody got their coats on and we got in the car and went to where the airplane was."

New Castle view

Much of the publicity about Jack Wheeler's murder has focused on his actions in Wilmington, where he was last seen alive, and on the nearby city of Newark, where his body was dumped in a trash container.

Back in New Castle, the Dills had their own unsettling experience that told them something was wrong.

On Dec. 30, Wheeler was in downtown Wilmington, appearing confused and dazed on surveillance video from an office building and an outside location.

That day, the Dills were watching Wheeler's home, because Wheeler and his wife were away. The couple often traveled because Wheeler's wife, Katherine Klyce, runs a silk business in New York and they had a condominium there.

Mr. Dill noticed an open window. Since Dill was watching the house and had been inside, he thought he had forgotten to close it. He went inside the house again and found broken plates in the kitchen sink and powdered cleanser spread on the floor, according to an account in the News-Journal of Wilmington.

Phoebe Dill came over to join her husband and view the damage nothing seemed to be missing.

"We still weren't sure," she said. "We still thought somebody may have come in for reasons we didn't understand."

They called the police, but their discovery only appears to deepen the mystery. Did someone come into the house? Did Wheeler himself go there at some point during the final, confusing hours of his life?

Another part of the story concerns a house under construction across the street from where Wheeler lived.

Wheeler was caught up in a vigorous legal dispute with the builders of that home, which some neighbors have characterized as a bed-and-breakfast in the making.

Ms. Klyce has continued to pursue the case after her husband's death, still hoping that the house can be torn down. They say the house does not fit with the rich historical character of their neighborhood. This section of New Castle, known as Battery Park, was where cannons fired on British ships in the War of 1812. The same ground was later part of the Underground Railroad.

"They came here because of the history," Phoebe Dill said. "They wanted to live in a nice, little town with a lot of history."

Two days before the Dills noticed damage at Wheeler's house, another neighbor saw someone throwing two smoke bombs at the house across the street.

The neighbor, Scott Morris, told the News-Journal in February that the person who lobbed the bombs was an adult whose build resembled Wheeler's, but he couldn't make a solid identification.

Police in Newark, who are investigating Wheeler's death, said the smoke bomb incident is on their radar, but they have not linked it to the case.

"We are aware of the dispute they were having with the neighbor, and that is one facet of our investigation," said Lt. Mark Farrall, Newark police spokesman.

The home under construction is being built by Frank and Regina Marini, according to published reports. They have not commented other than to express their condolences for Wheeler's death.

Do dots connect?

Videos. Smoke bombs. A body in a landfill. The Wheeler case remains a puzzle.

Brad Garrett is a 21-year veteran of the FBI who now operates his own private investigation agency. With the FBI, he was a profiler and a hostage negotiator. He hasn't investigated Wheeler's murder, but he has followed media reports.

"It's a fascinating mystery," he said.

There is a tendency to want to connect all the dots of the case and see how they are related, he said. But everything may not fit neatly together.

"The biggest problem you have with these cases is when each piece is not connected," he said. "For example, what if his disorientation is not connected to his ultimate death?

"Maybe it's A, B and C, but maybe it's only C," he continued, "and the rest are behaviors and occurrences that aren't related to C. The key is to be open-minded and see if there is a logical link, an evidence link, from the time he gets on the train in Washington to the time he's found in the landfill."

Making speculation more difficult is the lack of details. Police have not established a murder scene. They have not said whether Wheeler had been robbed before he was killed. They have not confirmed that Wheeler's briefcase was stolen, as Wheeler had insisted to employees at a parking garage.

Wheeler's friends are frustrated at the lack of information. Arthur Schulcz, a former West Point classmate of the murdered Hampton man, explains why.

"At West Point, you're trained as a soldier who must solve problems," he said. "You look at a fact situation, you define the problem, and then what are the steps, what are the factors? You put it all together. When you come from that kind of background, you look at this and you say, What's going on?"

Richard Radez, another good friend from West Point, has taken note of the various conspiracy theories out there.

"It still sounds far-fetched," he said. "But don't discount the sinister."

Garrett holds a similar view.

"If you laid all of your cards on the table, it doesn't tend to fit some kind of organized killing," he said. "But you just can't rule it out completely."

One of the last people to see Wheeler alive was Sammy Abdelaziz, a parking garage manager in Wilmington who tried to help. Wheeler was confused when the two met, and Abdelaziz is haunted by the final image of the disoriented man wandering into the cold night.

"While he was walking away, he was dragging his feet," Abdelaziz said. "You can tell this guy is tired. And you're thinking, there's a lot of things on this guy's mind."

Want to know more?

Visit http://www.delawareonline.com, the website for the News-Journal of Wilmington, Del., whose reporters have covered the story extensively. Under the "news" tab, go the "crime and courts" page and look for the special coverage on Wheeler.

The book "The Long, Gray Line" profiles Wheeler and other members of the West Point Class of 1966, tracing their lives from when they entered the military academy, through military service and beyond. The book earned author Rick Atkinson a Pulitzer Prize.


Conspiracy talk aplenty in Wheeler murder

The murder of Jack Wheeler is lacking some basic facts suspect, motive and location, to name three so speculation has rushed in to fill the vacuum.

Given Wheeler's career as a Washington insider, some of that speculation reads like a potboiler and while interesting, is unproven.

One theory in the blogosphere notes that Wheeler, who was 66, was an authority on chemical and biological warfare, and his death occurred just after strange mass deaths of birds. Connection?

For this theory to work, three dots need to line up: 1) the mass bird deaths had to be caused by the release of military chemical weapons, apparently by accident; 2) an upset Wheeler threatened to expose this; and 3) he was killed for it.

The part about Wheeler's expertise has basis in fact. It is partly chronicled in the book "The Long, Gray Line." Wheeler had a distinguished record as a cadet after graduating from Hampton High School in 1962.

After Wheeler returned from Vietnam, he worked in the Pentagon on the staff of an assistant secretary of defense. Part of his job involved reviewing the utility of biological weapons such as anthrax bombs, writes author Rick Atkinson.

Wheeler concluded that "there were no circumstances in which the president would conclude that biologicals provided a useful supplement to the American arsenal," the book says.

That analysis was a factor when President Richard Nixon renounced the use and production of biological weapons in 1969, Wheeler said he was told.

Other thoughts come from Wheeler's wife, Katherine Klyce, in an interview she gave to Slate.com. The family has offered a $25,000 reward, but she said, "I think perhaps no one has been on the reward because they've already been paid."

"The way they disposed of his body, it's a miracle anybody ever found it. That just sounds like a pro to me," she said.

Thomas McInerney, a retired Air Force officer, told ABC News: "A man with that experience, it could have been foul play to get some of the secrets he had."

Wheeler served three U.S. presidents in various capacities and was a defense consultant at the time of his death. He was a driving force behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and Atkinson notes in his book that Wheeler had an impressive rolodex of contacts.

Friends closer to the murdered man aren't necessarily buying into any theory, but they aren't ruling anything out, either.

Art Schulcz was a classmate of Wheeler's at West Point.

His death "wasn't just a shock," he said. "We are at that age where we die."

But Schulcz noted how Wheeler's intellect touched on so many subjects, including cyber warfare.

"There are all these theories floating around," he said, "but what you have is a person who is inexplicably murdered."

Copyright 2011, Newport News, Va., Daily Press

http://nnhs65.com/01-07-11-NNHS-Jack-Wheeler.html


FINALLY:

From http://www.cleanjokes4u.com/:  

Lonely Child:

Sandy began a job as an elementary school counselor and she was eager to help. One day during recess she noticed a girl standing by herself on one side of a playing field while the rest of the kids enjoyed a game of soccer at the other. Sandy approached and asked if she was all right. The girl said she was. A little while later, however, Sandy noticed the girl was in the same spot, still by herself. Approaching again, Sandy offered, "Would you like me to be your friend?" The girl hesitated, then said, "Okay," looking at the woman suspiciously. Feeling she was making progress, Sandy then asked, "Why are you standing here all alone?" "Because," the little girl said with great exasperation, "I'm the goalie!"


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. 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.

2. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella (mcmiceli@verizon.net - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (bjneher@cox.net - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (hdsdds@aol.com - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

3. Thursday, May 5, 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.

4.  May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - http://www.greygooserestaurant.com 

5. 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 Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971

6. 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 dhbartram@cox.net - CLASS OF 1966

7. 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 Fitz43@cox.net or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

8. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956


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

                                   Love to all, Carol

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Wonderland by Night

Written and Recorded by Bert Kaempfert
(16 Oct 1923 21 June 1980), 1960


Stars hang suspended
Above a floating yellow moon
Two hearts were blended
While angels sang a lover's tune

And so we kissed
Not knowing if our hearts could pay the price
But heaven welcomed us to paradise
Blessing our love

Then came the sunrise
Fading the moon and stars from sight
Recalling always
Our wonderland by night

Stars hang suspended
Above a floating yellow moon
Two hearts were blended
While angels sang a lover's tune

And so we kissed
Not knowing if our hearts could pay the price
But heaven welcomed us to paradise
Blessing our love

Then came the sunrise
Fading the moon and stars from sight
Recalling always
Our wonderland by night


"Wonderland by Night" midi courtesy of http://bettylou.zzruss.com/wonderlandbynight.htm - 04/12/11

"Wonderland by Night" lyrics courtesy of http://artists.letssingit.com/engelbert-humperdinck-lyrics-wonderland-by-night-51s9t8l - 04/12/11

"Starry Night" Image courtesy of http://photoshop-dragon.com/Brushes/Nature/Starry-Night.htm - 04/12/11

Gold Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment.....

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

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 Drooling Smiley courtesy of http://www.hauntedhamilton.com/cgi-bin/scripts/board-image-lister.cgi - 02/16/09

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

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