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05/02/09 - NNHS Newsletter
A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation

“All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”

 - Blaise Pascal
(19 June 1623 - 19 Aug 1662)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

     I had forgotten that this was a Marty Robbins tune, but then I was only ten years old in 1957.....

BONUS - - A White Sport Coat - Marty Robbins


   Happy Birthday today to    Billy Turner ('65) of TX AND My Granddaughter,      Rachel Harty of IL, who is turning 13!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 - Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57);

05 - Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (WHS - '60) of VA;

06 - Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) AND
    Van Rowell ('65) of NC;

07 - Judy Abbott Copes ('57);

08 - Frank Gibson ('63) of VA;

09 -    Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

    From Van Rowell ('65) of NC - 05/01/09 - "Hello from VAN":


For some reason I have not given you my birthday date previously.  I saw   Pauline's (Collins Shofner - '65 - of VA) 5/03 birthday date on the newsletter, which is close to my birthday of 5/6/47.  Also, just wanted to say hello from NC. 


   Well, Hi, Van! Thanks so much! I added your birthday at last (and snagged your recent picture in the process)! 

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/30/09 - "•*'´¯)¸.•**.• *. An Inspiration •*'´¯)¸.•**.• *.":

Have a nice weekend!

   AWWW! Thanks, Shari! 

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 05/01/09 - "WGH Page":

Just an FYI

Thought you might want to know that the links for 
  Dick Lamb and    Gene Loving on the WGH page are dead under the THEN / NOW section.

   Sigh. This is the result of people's removing content from the internet. If they would simply keep it posted forever, it could become a monument for the eternities, but, noooOOOOoooo!

   Okay, I've replaced those two links with some others - which hopefully will stay "alive" longer:

Thanks, Eric! 

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/01/09 - "  Dr. Stephen Michael Oppenheimer ('57) of CA":

Hi, Carol:

When Dr. Stephen Michael Oppenheimer ('57) of CA responded to my inquiry regarding occupancy at his hotel in Bangkok, Thailand in view of the political strife that recently closed down the Airport he gave me some dreadful news about the impact of those demonstration on business.

But, he also sends good news. He and his family traveled to New York City to see and hear his son Aaron, age 15, perform at Carnegie Hall. Well, it is not everyday that an off-spring of a TYPHOON performs at Carnegie Hall, so it seemed appropriate to share this great news with you and your subscribers.

   WOWZERONI-RINI! That is mighty impressive, indeed!

When you posted birthday notices for the Class of 1957 several did not have photos, so I guess you do not have the 1957 Anchor, with the theme Jamestown Festival 1607-1957. So attached is the Senior picture of Michael.


   Ahhh, Joe, you've caught me slacking again!

Michael Oppenheimer
Fall of 1956

   I do have a 1957 Anchor. In fact, it's one of my very favorites, not only for its theme, but because several of the sections - particularly the advertising, are far superior to other editions!

   Thanks to the generosity of a number of individuals, and the fact that         David Whitley ('67) of VA let me borrow his very own 1967 Anchor, the only yearbook from 1954 to 1967 that I'm missing at the moment is the 1958.

   It's just that I very much dislike scanning images.  In fact, I don't much like to deal with images, anyway, because it requires a lot of time, trouble and effort, and I'm a lazy slacker.  But scanning images takes it to a whole new level.  First, there's the noise.  That whining-grinding screech is enough to rouse someone from a coma.  Then there's the whole PhotoShopping process.  Depending on the situation, each individual image could take me upwards of twenty minutes. And that brings us to the nice loophole I left for myself.

   You see, I named the file in which I keep all the yearbook images, "CORRES", short for "Correspondents".

   Technically, most of those people from the Class of 1957 whose birthdays we observe are not corresponding with me. Their names and birthdates were graciously supplied by two very nice ladies,     Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA and the late  Thelma Spade Roberts (02 Feb 1939 - 26 Aug 2005), who gathered all that information through some super-human powers I've never discovered.  I'm really not in touch with those classmates of yours; they're not on my mailing list, neither do they appear on our Alumni Page.

   So I cut myself some big-time slack and didn't scan their senior portraits. 

   Now the real problem is to be found in the In Memoriam sections.  I really DO intend to scan all of those, yet some of them - particularly the Class of 1956 - have been woefully and unconscionably neglected.  One day soon, I fully intend to repent and remedy that situation. 

   But you no doubt recall what the scriptures say of those who procrastinate the day of their repentance.  OOOPS, "nevermind", that seems to be a Book of Mormon scripture:

"And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.....

"For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked."

- Alma 34: 33, 35

   I suppose I'd better get on with that.....

   So ANYWAY, Adonis, thank you for this report - and thanks for scanning that image for me!

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

Some of the TYPHOON Nation will remember his father who was a Manager at Nachman's Department Store. The family re-located to Newport News from Canton, Ohio where Michael had attended McKinley High School.

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 05/01/09 - "This is something you'll never see again.....just sit back & e enjoy !!!":

This is outstanding. 

wow......see this one

It seems as if Eleanor Powell was just too good for Fred Astaire, as he never wanted to be paired with her again. He evidently was played down by her, but they were both great.

Frank Sinatra said we will not see the likes of this again - certainly not on Dancing with the Stars.

Eleanor Powell is fully clothed with a dress below her knees, sadly a bygone era of civility and grace.

The year: 1940 (69 years ago)

The narrator is Frank Sinatra. It was filmed in ONE unedited camera shot!  Amazing!  It is considered by many as one of the best dance scenes ever filmed. - Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire Best Tap dancers ever!

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Sarah Sugah! 


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 05/01/09 - "Light at the end of the tunnel":

Just to let you know I'm thinking of you today.
No matter what situations life throws at you....
No matter how long and treacherous your journey may  seem..
Remember ~~ there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    You're laughing aren't you?
That's good ~~ my job here is done!
Have a great day!

   Yes, ma'am, I am! Thanks, Ruthie!



1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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
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A White Sport Coat (and A Pink Carnation)

Words and Music both written by Marty Robbins, 1957
(26 Sept 1925 – 08 Dec 1982)


A white sports coat and a pink carnation
I'm all dressed up for the dance
A white sports coat and a pink carnation
I'm all alone in romance

Once you told me long ago
To the prom with me you'd go
Now you've changed your mind it seems
Someone else will hold my dreams

A white sports coat and a pink carnation
I'm in a blue blue mood.

I'm all dressed up for the dance
I'm all alone in romance

Once you told me long ago
To the prom with me you'd go
Now you've changed your mind it seems
Someone else will hold my dreams

A white sports coat and a pink carnation
I'm in a blue blue mood.

"A White Sport Coat" midi courtesy of - 04/28/09

"A White Sport Coat" lyrics courtesy of - 05/01/09

Image of Pink Carnation Boutonnière courtesy of - 04/28/09

Pink Carnation Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/01/09

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

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!

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!

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!

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

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy o
f - 02/17/09

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