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05/03/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Yom Ha'Atzmaut
(Israel Independence Day)
The Golani Brigade - Jewish Cavalry Downtown Haifa - 1948

"Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name,
speaks the same language, and worships the same G_d that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins
 from Bar Kokhba, and 2,000-year-old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store."

- Charles Krauthammer - The Weekly Standard, May 11, 1998

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   While we're celebrating everything, I thought this day certainly deserved to be recognized as well.  Here are your reading assignments, class:

     By the way, if you'd like to read a good book on the subject, I strongly recommend Herman Wouk's novel, The Hope (Little, Brown and Co., 1993).
     I haven't yet personally read the 1994 sequel, The Glory, but I think I'll order a copy shortly, because I so enjoyed the the earlier novel (and because I just found such a bargain source online!).    
   And if you'd like to hear Barbra Streisand's breathtaking version of HaTikva, try here:



   A Big Happy Birthday greeting today to    Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA!  Have a Super-Duper day, Lady!


  From Joyce Mabe Edwards ('68) of VA - 05/01/06:

Thanks, Carol. It was neat to see the picture after all these years!!


   Certainly, Joyce!  I'm still a little swamped, but I hope to be able to return to that incomplete page quite soon!


A Tisket, A Tasket:

  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 05/01/06:


Yes, Ella Fitzgerald, who was hip enough to appear with Karen and Richard Carpenter on one of the Carpenter's tv specials, when Ms. Fitzgerald was toward the end of her life, and still singing great, near 80 years young.

Now, she was, and still is, called The ________________________. Anyone?


   Um - ah, umm - ahh, I confess.  I still can't remember.  


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 05/02/06:

Carol --

The "A Tisket, A Tasket" song was Ella Fitzgerald's signature song, as you surmised. She did appear with Karen Carpenter and they sang some medleys together. I saw one of their performances, and I think it was a medley of both their hits combined, although memory is now a fleeting thing.  :-o)

   WOWZERS!!!  That's impressive, Ronnie!  Isn't it wonderful how certain performances remain so etched in our minds through the passage of time?!?

Ella was known most often as "Lady Ella" or "The First Lady of Song". She was also referred to sometimes as "The First Lady of Jazz".
    Jimmy, I think we have a winner!

Take care of yourself, gal. Thanks for all the work you do on this newsletter.

   Thank you, Sweetie! I've missed hearing from you!


  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 05/02/06 - "A Tisket A Tasket":

In regards to    Jimmy Hinesí ('64 - of Northern VA) question about the song, ďA Tisket, a TasketĒ, I know it was written by Ella Fitzgerald.  As far as itís use as a theme song, Iím going to guess Patti Page.

Captain Dave Arnold
Director of Personnel and Training
Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail

   I had no idea that Miss Ella had written that tune!  But here it is:


She started singing regularly with Webb's Orchestra through 1935, at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. Fitzgerald recorded several hit songs with them, including "(If You Can't Sing It), You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)", and "Love and Kisses" (her first recording) but it was her 1938 version of the nursery rhyme, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" that brought her wide public acclaim.

   OOOH, looky here!

   And now that you mention it, I can imagine Patti Page singing it as well!

   Thanks, Dave!


May Day:

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 05/02/06:

..... Seems to me that at Jackson we had some kind of "day of celebration" regarding May Day!? I was waiting for    Sarah Sugah (Puckett Kressaty - '65 - of VA) to come forth with all the details, but of course now I know she's in the middle of moving to MY county! See what happens when you miss an immigration meeting? ( BAD, really bad!!)
Take Care!

   Oh, you are the naughty one, Wayne Honey!

   Thanks for The Jackson Report!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/02/06 - "May Day":

I have this pictorial book:
  In it appears this photo:





Good thing that the photo is from the early 40s. It is unlikely that any subscriber is the young man mooning us from the past.

   WOWZERONI!  How utterly charming!  Thanks so much, David! I posted that here:


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 05/01/06:


     Unless I am very wrong, and I don't think I slept through any of it... we prepared for and participated only in the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday - one shot for recognition, laying it all on the line, always with a specially selected piece of music that fit the band and not only captured the imagination of the crowd, but also earned the respect of the judging panel... ummmm, obviously.

   That is the way I remembered it as well, Jimmy.  But from what I have gleaned from past comments from several of the younger band members, that may have changed in later years.

The Warwick High School Grenadier Band, under Lyle Smith's direction, marched in the Friday and Saturday parades, as I recall, but don't know how often. I believe the Ferguson High School Band went, as well. The Warwick HS Grenadier Band was a very authentically uniformed  and equipped band - a crowd favorite, and Mr. Smith was always a polished gentleman.

   Oh, how I always loved those bag pipers - and those tartan uniforms honoring the Earl of Warwick!  SHHH - don't tell!!!  GIGGLES!!!

 The Firemen's Parade was, and still is, I think,  always on Friday nights, with the awards presentation often at one of the local fire halls - I recall Rouss Fire Hall as being one that held the Firemen's Parade awards presentation. Friday night's crowd was a decidedly more 'lubricated' crowd, though Saturday's mid-day crowd had its share of rowdies, as well. Does anyone remember removing the raincoats just before the turn onto Handley Boulevard? (goosebumps...) A stroke of genius that wasn't forgotten, and was done again years later by another winning band. Saturday's awards may have been presented outside Omps Funeral Home back then, certainly during later years. Mr. Wilson knew when to raise the whistle on the wrist of his right arm, at times to clear people out of the way of his troops. He was always a striking and most impressive figure in any parade, and I'd have moved!

The memories are many, wonderful and priceless in many special ways!

   Indeed they are, Sweetie!  And thanks for sharing yours with us!

By the way, great tune today-kickin'!


   Thanks again!  I was delighted to locate such an excellent rendition of that classic!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 05/02/06 - "Hi from RI":

Hi Carol,

I returned today from a week in good ole NN, visiting my mother and helping her out.  I will be returning in a few weeks.  I was able to tell several friends about the web site and hope that they log on. 

   That would be fun! 

I drove through the new City Center (up in the Oyster Point area) and was amazed at the beautiful complex which has been built there... shops, restaurants, housing, a lake with fountain... it is really gorgeous.   Maybe the the Magical Mystery Tour should include some of the new and beautiful things in the city of our youth.  Just a thought.
So sorry to hear about your dear    Aunt (Frances Frix Atkinson - Thomas Jefferson HS - '37).  It is never easy to lose a loved one.  We really don't lose them you know, they just go through the door before us. 
Love and blessings, Jeanb

   That's an excellent way of expressing it, Jean!  Thanks so much!


  From Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (WHS - '51) of VA - 05/03/06 - "  Mrs. Helen
Shelton's Birthday":

Dear Carol,
Mrs. Helen Shelton's birthday is Wednesday, May 10.  I'm sure she would love to hear from you on her special day.  I doubt that she has e-mail, but her address is 866 Denbigh Boulevard, #25, Newport News, VA 23608-4476.
   WOWZERONI!!!  Thank you so much, Wilma!!! Could we please have a card shower?!?  We've held them before from time to time, and this seems the perfect opportunity to express our love and appreciation for one of our truly dedicated teachers.

Thank you for the wonderful work you do to keep the spirit alive for not only Newport News High School but for many others as well.  We are all in awe of your expertise and dedication!  I love reminiscing with all your correspondents of "the good old days," and find it so interesting that Newport News alums are so fond of so many of the same things the Warwick alums are.  The love and affection for our area really shines. 

Stay well; I look forward to the next edition.
Wilma Salmon Robinson
Newport News High School 1956-57
Warwick High School 1951

   Thank you again, Wilma - for everything!


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 04/30/06 - "Got Gas Yet?" (#1 in a series):


Just signs of the times

Richard Dawes

 Thanks, Dicky! 


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#43 in a Series):

If you can stop laughing, you might include one of these each upcoming newsletter .... unless you think it undignified. 



  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/02/06:

 And here are a few more I found.....: 

     Oh, no!  No, no, no, no, NO!  Oh, David, that's just wrong! I'm aghast!

   Laughing hysterically, but aghast.... 

   Thanks, Dave! 


Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





HaTikva (The Hope)

The National Anthem of Israel

Written by Naftali Herz Imber (1856-1909)
Melody arranged by Samuel Cohen, an immigrant to Israel from Moldavia, from a musical theme
in Smetana's "Moldau", which is partly based on a Scandinavian folk song

Transliteration התקוה
Kol od balevav p'nimah כל עוד בלבב פנימה
Nefesh Yehudi homiyah נפש יהודי הומיה
Ulfa'atey mizrach kadimah ולפאתי מזרח קדימה
Ayin l'tzion tzofiyah עין לציון צופיה
Od lo avdah tikvatenu עוד לא אבדה תקותנו
Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim התקוה בת שנות אלפים
L'hiyot am chofshi b'artzenu להיות עם חופשי בארצנו
Eretz Tzion v'Yerushalayim ארץ ציון וירושלים
  As long as deep in the heart,

The soul of a Jew yearns,

And forward to the East

To Zion, an eye looks

Our hope will not be lost,

The hope of two thousand years,

To be a free nation in our land,

The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

"HaTikva" (The National Anthem of Israel) midi, lyrics, and available history courtesy of  - 04/29/06

Vintage Israeli Images courtesy of - 04/28/06

Gold Star of David clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 12/26/05

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

Animated Applauding Hands clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/19/05
Thanks, Al!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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