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05/19/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Hot Stuff

"Whoever called it necking was a poor judge of anatomy."

- Groucho Marx
(2 Oct 1890 - 19 Aug 1977)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   As we unexpectedly had two Newsletters yesterday, and another two today, much of what I had intended and promised for today did not materialize, including some really cool vintage items.  But it's a very long Newsletter anyway, and gives you something to look forward to with wild anticipation over the weekend.  


   A Very Happy Birthday to one of our Famous Soldiers, the ever glorious    David Whitley ('67) of VA (a.k.a. Freakin' HOT!), who is celebrating 57 years today.

   You know Sweetie, I was going to "build you a cake", but I simply couldn't figure out the logistics of shipping it to you.  But if I had, it would have been this one:


Frances' Fabulous Pineapple Cake

2 beaten eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 (20-oz.) can undrained crushed    pineapple
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
   Combine ingredients, and mix until smooth. Pour into greased 9" x 13" pan.  Bake at 350 degrees approximately 45 minutes.  Frost while hot.  Chill.  Cake tastes much better when chilled.


1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

   Beat softened cream cheese and butter with beater.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until smooth.

                                        - Frances Pratt Weatherford, Norfolk, VA

   As a matter of fact, I just took one out of the oven just now.  That's because I have our local LDS  missionaries,    Elder Bradley Smith (Thatcher HS, AZ - '03) of MO and AZ, and   Elder Daniel Pratt (Foothills Composite HS, Alberta - '02) of Alberta (and my sister,   Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) coming over for dinner tonight.  And in one of those "non-coincidences", Elder Pratt is celebrating his 23rd birthday today.  As a matter of fact, today would also have been my mama's 98th birthday, and my great aunt Neville Tuck's 103rd birthday, but I digress......

   So, David, when you get the chance, make yourself this yummy cake.  You'll just love it.

   Have a super terrific day, Gorgeous!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 05/19/06:

   And speaking of Canada,  as we've been trying to pinpoint the infamous    "Redneck Spoiler" from Saskatchewan, I asked Elder Pratt last night the correct term for Canadian rednecks.  All I had been able to recall was "hoser", as in "Take off, you hoser!"

   He told me that "hoser" really had the connotation of "twit" rather than redneck, to which I readily agreed..

   After a brief disclaimer that Canada had no such things, he did allow that they had "Newfies", i.e., people who had lived on the rock of Newfoundland for soooo long, that they....   well, whatever.......

   But when I asked him specifically about Saskatchewan, Elder Pratt replied, "Ohh, those would be "Prairie Newfies!"

   I take that to mean a Newfie times two.......


From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/15/06:

Rules for a Healthy Day

   Thanks, Shari! 


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 05/15/06:


......Remember the sweet inquiry from someone who wanted anything they could find out about someone named    Lucy Queensberry in the class of 1960, my class. Well, for starters, I do not recall her. Secondly, it mentioned that she was in the seventh grade at N.N.H.S. The seventh grade at Walter Reed was moved to N.N.H.S. in 1955, when I began my eighth grade. FINALLY, I had arrived in high school and low and behold, a couple of weeks in the new year, along came seventh graders....we were not pleased at all. I believe this is the only year that seventh graders were at N.N.H.S......This was all due to overcrowding at Walter Reed.

Hence, with this said, this girl could not have been in the class of 1960.

   YIKESARONI!!!  Let's see what happened here:

   The 1955 Anchor has no seventh graders.

   On pages 20 and 21 of the 1956 Anchor, bearing the headlines, "GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES...", there are pictured six homeroom classes (101, 103, 218, 220, 218, and 320) of seventh grade students who would ultimately be in the Class of 1961 - just as you said.


   AHA!!!  On pages 22-25 of that same1956 Anchor, ten images of the eighth grade (students who would ultimately form the Class of 1960) home rooms (107, 116, 117, 123, 126, 203, 207, 208 - yours, 309 - hers, and 315 are shown:

  Mrs. Jean Clift's
Home Room 208
Miss Lois Callahan's Home Room 309  
  YOURS (back row) HERS (front row)  
  1956 Anchor, p. 25  

   By the 1957 Anchor, there were only nine home room classes ( 107, 123, 126, 203, 207, 208 - still yours, 309 - still hers, 315, and 317.for the freshmen, shown on pages 64 - 67.  Home Room 116 had been eliminated.

  Mrs. Jean Clift's
Home Room 208
Miss Ann Lundberg's Home Room 309  
  YOURS (back row) HERS (front row)  
  1957 Anchor, p. 66  
My wife    (Patti Andrews Mays - '61) was in the next of those who came over from Walter Reed in the seventh grade....I asked her if she recalled this girl and she has no recall.....maybe someone else in the class of 1961 will recall her. I am so sorry as I love to help in locating those missing or for families to find out about them.

   Sooooo -  what happened here is that in my joy at finding two images of Lucy (and trust me, I was shaking with excitement by that moment), I placed her in the correct class, but counted the grades incorrectly.  She would indeed have been in the Class of 1960, but the images I found were of her in the eighth and ninth grades, not in the seventh and eighth grades as I reported. 

   OOOOPS!!!    Sorry!  Thanks for catching that, Fred!
I have been asked to do a Memorabilia display for the class of 1966. I hope you and   Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) will be there. I would love to see you and Paul.

   Thanks, Fred!  I will be there, but Paul will not.  That's a busy time for him at work, trying to reach quarterly quotas in time to earn his bonuses.  It would also leave    Dale (Harty - American School - IL - '02 - of NC) without transportation for his job. 

    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and    Jean (Poole Burton - '64 - of RI) and   I ('65 - of NC) had such great fun together last year, we're going to take a room at the Point Plaza Hotel.  Of course, there's always the chance that the three of us will be evicted for loud, raucous, hysterical laughter.   If some of you should receive desperate phone calls in the middle of the night from three goofy women, please have some mercy.......

   That still leaves the Open Reunions for the Classes of '57, '61, and '56 to which Paul might bring me, but they're a very long shot at the moment; my coffers are running awfully dry right now, and I fail to see how I could afford it..

Take care, you amazing person.....Fred Mays '60 of Newport News, VA.

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Fred!


  From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of VA - 05/16/06 - "Alma Mater":


Do you have any idea where I can find the sheet music for the NNHS Alma Mater?  We always sing it at our reunions but it would be so much easier with music.

Jane Monfalcone Simmons
Class of 1961

   We're looking for this for you now, Jane.  Here's a progress report now:

  From Dave Spriggs ('64) - of VA - 05/16/06:


When Carol's request arrived, I thought immediately of you.

Would you happen to have the sheet music for the NNHS Alma Mater?

TYPHOON Regards,
Dave Spriggs

  From Charlie Snead ('64) - of NC - 05/16/06:

I'm sorry, luck here...I had an old band piece somewhere..40 years ago. I'll forward this to
(my brother-in-law) Van Rowell ('65 - of NC). Perhaps he has something.


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) - of VA - 05/16/06:

Well, I thought sure that Charlie would have it. Perhaps Van will save the day.


   Van?  Jimmy?  Jean?  Linda?  Craig?  Chuck?  Al?  Renee?

   "Anyone??  Anyone?!?"

   Don't despair yet, Joan.  If we are unable to find a copy, as a last resort I can transcribe it for you myself from "memory".  At my request, my composer friend, Charis Bean Duke, sent me home several sheets of manuscript paper Wednesday night so that I may begin.  I have the key and the melody nailed.  Now if only I could remember the true and actual original harmonization, as opposed to my imagined version.....

   Thanks, Joan.  We love a good adventure!


From - 05/17/06:

Final Clarabell the Clown Dies at 84

Wed May 17, 7:58 AM ET

AP Photo: Lew Anderson, dressed as his old character Clarabell the Clown from the Howdy Doody Show, wears a smug face at the NBC Experience store in New York Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000.

  Lew Anderson, who captivated young baby boomers as the Howdy Doody Show's final Clarabell the Clown, has died at the age of 84.

The musician and actor died Sunday in Hawthorne of complications of prostate cancer, said his son, Christopher Anderson.

Long mute as Clarabell, Anderson broke the clown's silence in the show's final episode in 1960. With trembling lips and a visible tear in his eye, he spoke the show's final words: "Goodbye, kids."

Though Anderson was not the only man to play "Buffalo Bob" Smith's mute sidekick, he was the best, Smith said in his memoir.

With the Peanut Gallery looking on, Anderson used bicycle horns to give yes and no answers. For more expressive moments, he wielded a bottle of seltzer.

The show, which launched in 1947 when televisions were still a novelty, was the first network weekday children's show. Anderson joined "Doodyville," a circus town peopled with puppets and human actors and watched by a Peanut Gallery of kids, in the mid 1950's.

Though his fame as Clarabell followed him throughout his life, Anderson was also a success as a musician and bandleader. In recent years, his All-American Big Band appeared on Friday nights at New York's Birdland jazz club.

Anderson was born in 1922 in Kirkman, Iowa. He started a band while serving in the Navy during World War II and later toured the Midwest with bands before landing in New York.

It was when he joined the Honey Dreamers, a singing group that appeared on radio and early television shows, that he met Smith and became a clown.

Anderson followed Bobby Nicholson, who later played Doodyville's J. Cornelius Cobb, into the role. The first to play the mute clown was Bob Keeshan, who later became known as Captain Kangaroo.

Anderson, who lived in South Salem, is survived by his wife, Peggy, two sons and five grandchildren.

Guest Book


   As he was such a large part of my early childhood, I take this as a personal loss.  Our sincerest sympathies to Mr. Anderson's family.

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/18/06 - "When You Are Feeling Down ":

When you are feeling down

1. If you want your dreams to come true, don't oversleep.
2. The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.
3. Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
4. The best vitamin for making friends....B1.
5. The 10 commandments are not multiple choices.
6. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
7. Minds are like parachutes...they function only when open.
8. Ideas won't work unless YOU do.
9. One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.
10. One who lacks the courage to start has already finished.
11. The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge.
12. Don't learn safety rules by accident.
13. We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.
14. Jumping to conclusions can be bad exercise.
15. A turtle makes progress when it sticks its head out.
16. One thing you can give and still keep your word.
17. A friend walks in when everyone else walks out.
18. The pursuit of happiness is: the chase of a lifetime!

- JWD -

   Oh, I like these - especially the first one!  I didn't crawl out of bed this morning until 5:27, and I've been behind ever since.  Bummer.  Thanks, Shari!


  From One of Our Famous Marines   Bob Rohrer of NC via    Joe Madagan
('57) of FL- 05/18/06 - "F-18 ride with a Blue Angel":

You have to sign up with the Atlanta paper to see the video but it is worth it. Gives you a real idea of what a ride in an F-18 would be like. I got to hand it to the reporter!

Semper Fi

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!!  This is so cool!  Be sure to watch all three clips after you register with the newspaper!

   Thanks, Joe - and Bob! 


  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 05/19/06 - "A picture for you: JAMEY'S GRANDSON":

    What a cute kid he is, Jamey!  Do I detect a slight glimmer of mischief in his eyes?  Now, I wonder from whom he could have inherited such a thing.....

   Have fun with your babies, Lady!  And thanks for the picture!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 05/19/06:

   And for those of you who are simply pining away to see recent images of five of my adorable nine grandchildren (and I know you are legion), my wonderful #2 daughter-in-law Bethany (Winona Harty - Siuslaw HS, OR - '94 - of IL) is incredibly good at posting them almost daily on her blogspot:

   Thanks, Bethany! 


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/19/06:

Hi, Carol. 

I'm so sorry that you and your family have been going through so much of life's "stuff".  I hope you know that your extended family is all around you and keeping you in our prayers. It really is nice to have the "special" contact that we all thank you for. It draws us all together in such a special way.

God Bless You!


   Thanks so much, Judy!  It's all just a part of life; it's just not my favorite part!  And I really do appreciate all the love, support, and prayers from all of y'all!  You're the best! 


  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 05/19/06 - "Parenting":




JAMEY Crawling Baby


 1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN  confirms your pregnancy.

 2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.

 3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes

 Preparing for the Birth:

 1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.

 2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time, breathing didn't do a thing.

 3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.

 The Layette:

 1st baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.

 2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.

 3rd baby:  Boys can wear pink, cant they?


 1st baby: At the first sign of distress--a whimper, a frown--you pick up the baby.

 2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.

 3rd baby: You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the  mechanical  swing.


 1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you  can go home and wash and boil it.

 2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.

3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.


 1st baby: You change your baby's diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.

 2nd baby: You change their diaper every two to three hours, if needed.

 3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.


 1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.

 2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.

 3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.

 Going Out:

 1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.

 2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.

 3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

 At Home:

 1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.

 2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the  baby.

 3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

 Swallowing Coins (a favorite):

 1st child: When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.

 2nd child: When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.

 3rd child: When third child swallows a coin you deduct it from his allowance!

 GRANDCHILDREN -- God's reward for allowing your children to live.

   You're a hoot, Lady!  Thanks for these goodies!


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/19/06:

I was just reading more accounts of Thomas Jefferson and realizing just how much I loved school--especially the first years. I guess that is why I stayed in school so long---January of 2006. Ha-ha! I still go back a few days a week to help out.

Does anyone remember the cafeteria manager? She was a large lady and we called her Miss "Mosquita". I have no idea what her real name was. Maybe that was her name. Anyway, she would walk around the tables and make us eat our lunch.

"Eat those vegetables...".

She even took her knuckles and rubbed the boys on top of their heads if they didn't eat or if they
acted up. Some of us hid our spinach in our milk cartons. What a time! :) Compared to now, our meals at school were fantastic! I used to love the chocolate cake and coconut pie, parsley potatoes, green beans, .... Oh, stop, Judy!

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Judy!



   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:


The NNHS Class of 1957
will hold its annual picnic

Saturday, June 3, 2006

The Picnic will be held at the Newport News Park Shelter #19  from 11:00 AM till dark.  
The menu includes
homemade Bar-B-Q and all the other good fixin's as well as specialty desserts made by members of the class.

If you would like to renew old friendships, send a check in the amount of $10 for each attendee made out
to "NNHS Class of 1957" to:

W. D. Dangler, 318 - 57th Street,
Newport News
, VA  23607


The Super Open Reunion
sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1961
in honor of their graduation 45 years ago will be held
Saturday, July 1, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel, Hampton, VA at 6:30 PM. There will be a social hour/dinner, at a cost of $65 per person.

On Sunday, July 2, 2006, there will be a Sunday morning brunch, also at the Radisson, for the cost of $20.

If you attend both events, the combined cost will be $75.

  The Radisson is holding a block of rooms until June 14 for $139 plus tax. 

CONTACT Jane Monfalcone Simmons
at or 757-898-5009

The Great Open Reunion sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1966
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago
will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM at RJs Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, NN, VA.

September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School (now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,
the grand affair will be held at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at

The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964
will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006,
7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events, 12672 Patrick Henry Drive,
Newport News, VA 23602.


CONTACT Dave Spriggs at


The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates
who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to participate in the future as they plan the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!!  Please plan to join them at their next meeting.

If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address. 
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at
or Brenda Amos Williams at

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/12/06 - "Funnies" (#3 in a series of 9):


   YOWZERONI!!!  Um, I mean, "No comment!"


   Thank you, Gorgeous!


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 04/30/06 - "Got Gas Yet?" (#8 in a series of 9):


Just signs of the times

Richard Dawes


   Thanks, Dicky! 


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

                          Love to all, Carol






Hot Stuff

(Donna Summer)

Sittin' here, eatin' my heart out waitin'
waitin' for some lover to call
dialed about a thousand numbers lately
almost rang the phone off the wall

Lookin' for some hot stuff baby this evenin'
I need some hot stuff baby tonight
I want some hot stuff baby this evenin'
gotta have some hot stuff
gotta have some lovin' tonight
I need hot stuff
I want some hot stuff
I need hot stuff

Lookin' for a lover who needs another
don't want another night on my own
wanna share my love with a warm blooded lover
wanna bring a wild man back home

Gotta have some hot love baby this evenin'
I need some hot stuff baby tonight
I want some hot stuff baby this evenin'
gotta have some lovin'
got to have a love tonight
I need hot stuff
hot love
lookin' for hot love

Hot, hot, hot, hot stuff
hot, hot, hot
hot, hot, hot, hot stuff
hot, hot, hot

Gotta have some hot love baby this evenin'
I need some hot stuff baby tonight
lookin' for some hot stuff baby this evenin'
I need hot stuff baby tonight
hot stuff baby this evening
I want hot stuff baby tonight
hot stuff baby this evenin'
I want some hot stuff baby tonight


"Hot Stuff" from "The Full Monty" midi courtesy of 
- 05/13/04

"Hot Stuff" from "The Full Monty" lyrics courtesy of - 05/22/04

Animated Fire Balls courtesy of - 01/06/05

First Fire Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 07/06/04

Animated Second Divider Bars clip art courtesy of - 07/06/04

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

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

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

Animated Birthday Cake Courtesy of Gathered Gifs at - 04/15/04

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