05/22/09 - NNHS Newsletter - National Maritime Day
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Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today is National Maritime Day, which we have also never celebrated here before.
I quite naturally enlisted the aid of our double expert on the subject, or Wizard of Wonderment, the SOOP-ER genius, Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, for help with the music:
I really wrestled with this one.
I considered La Mer by DeBussy. Apropos, but no one would recognize a MIDI.
I considered “Across the Sea” by Bobby Darin. All the MIDIs were unsatisfactory.
I personally like “Beneath the Southern Cross” by CSN&Y, but it still did not quite fit.
We have done to death “Victory At Sea”.
What to do. What to do. What is uniquely associated with the sea and is easily recognizable?
And then, a flash.
Jimmy Buffett, “Son of a Son of a Sailor”
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LIpuMbLX-Q - Jimmy Buffett - Son of a Sailor - Oct. 21, 2004
It's perfect, of course. Thanks so much, Captain!
From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 05/21/09 - "How is Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL)?":
I've been a little under the weather since Sunday and wanted to know if Paul is feeling better? I'm sure if you keep letting him win the card games he will improve quickly..
Pneumonia is just "a little under the weather" to you, Lady?!? Wasn't it Saturday when you called me??
Paul's usually "okay", too. Normally, he rarely likes to take even more than a low dose of aspirin a day, but for the past week or so he's taken regular doses of a heavy duty pain killer and a big-time muscle relaxant which Dr. Ayres prescribed for him back in January. This doesn't eliminate the pain so much as keeps him asleep most of the time so he doesn't notice it.
You also failed to
remind me, the ultimate dunderhead,
Sunday was your 40th
A framed copy of this image you gave me four years ago - which is sitting right here in my room!!! - didn't seem to help me remember either.
|Saturday, May 17, 1969|
Linda Lane Lane ('64) and
Rose Woodard Davis ('65)
Well, Happy Belated Anniversary to you and Jimmy, anyway - and get well soon!!!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Judy Blechman Morenoff ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
24 - Zoe Pappas Marcopoulds ('57) AND Betsy Wilson Ellis ('57);
25 - Edna Martin Clemence ('57);
26 - Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA;
27 - Mary Johnson Weaver ('57);
29 - Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 05/21/09 - "Bill Feathers":
I have been asked by Kathy (Mooney) Abrams, (HHS '64) - NY, to see if your readers know William (Billy) Feathers. She's not sure if he graduated from NNHS or Warwick HS, maybe 64, 65, or 66. He attended Christopher Newport and drove a yellow Triumph convertible. Kathy believes he lived in NN on Chesapeake Boulevard. Anyone?
Well, maybe yes, and maybe no. Billy Feather (singular) graduated from NNHS in 1964, and he did attend Christopher Newport. I knew him quite well - we were in band and French classes together - but after 45 years, I cannot now remember what he drove (despite how many times I rode in it) or where he lived.
Kathy check these images, and see if we're talking about the same man.
That's Billy, fifth from the right, with the 1962 Golf Team.
Sadly, I don't know where he lives, nor am I in contact with him now, but I do know he's planning to attend his next reunion:
|1962 Anchor, p. 121 - Golf Team|
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/09 - " Neal Joseph Patten":
Neal Joseph Patten graduated
in, and appeared in the Anchor of, June 1936. I have very few
Anchors, but June of 1936 is one of them.
In the 1930 census, he was 12 and lived at 1035-28th Street.
Thank you so much, David! I added this to Mr. Patten's Memorial Newsletter:
|June 1936 Anchor|
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/21/09 - "When I go to YouTube I get no sound.":
Is anyone else having this trouble?
This happens to me on occasion, Shari, and then goes away as mysteriously as it came. I have no explanation.
From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 05/21/09 - "Panoramic Picture":
We had a panoramic done at our 20 & 30 year reunions. The photographer we used is no longer in business. Tell Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) I would be very interested in the name so I can pass along at our next meeting.
Carol Comer Cutler
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/09 - "NN 1964 Reunion Panoramic Photograph":
Carol & Carol,
Here is the e-mail from the fellow who took the 58/50 group photo.
From Jeff Aldrich - 01/18/09:
It was a pleasure talking to you the other day. As you get closer to picking a date for your reunion please keep us in mind. Enclosed are a couple of samples of our past reunions.
Group Photo USA
From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 05/21/09 - "Panoramic Photo":
Jeff Aldrich is who took our pictures in 1990 & 2000. I thought he was out of business, but it's just a name change. Great news!!!!!
Thanks, Dave & Carol.
Carol Comer Cutler
WHOO-HOO!!! Thanks, Carol - and David!
From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 05/21/09 - "Follow Up":
There seem to be at least two shady characters in the crowd of your Class of 1958 50th class reunion photo, though I am sure they graduated a few years earlier than 1958!
GIGGLES! I believe Marilyn Monroe and James Dean were guests of the Reunion Committee!
Sorry guys, I must have had a senior moment when it came to my question about the Cold War and found that I asked the same about 5-years ago. Of course it has also been as long since anyone responded so this may bring new life into the historical subject.
As you are ten full years younger than I am, I absolutely forbid you to have a senior moment, Eric! Let's just say that with so many more subscribers now than there were five years ago, you wanted fresh input on the topic!
But I still wonder just how involved Newport News was when it came to Civil Defense? Do people remember block wardens? How many community drills, if any, took place? Was there special training? How about home built bomb and fallout shelters? Was Civil Defense heavily advertised and any local radio spots advertising it and what to do?
I still remember none of those things personally, Eric - proving absolutely nothing!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/09 - "Saunders Stadium":
I was in NN
this morning, so I drove by and caught this image.
I know it is painful, but I feel that it must be documented.
The orange device is the great toothed beast gnawing at the corpse.
|Thursday, May 21, 2009|
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/21/09:
Visiting his parents' retirement
village in Florida, my middle-aged friend, Tim, went for a swim in the community
pool while his elderly father took a walk. Tim struck up a conversation with the
only other person in the pool, a five-year-old boy. After a while, Tim's father
returned from his walk and called out, "I'm ready to leave."
Tim then turned to his new friend and announced that he had to leave because his father was calling. Astonished, the wide-eyed little boy cried, "You're a kid?"
Finding one of her students making faces at others on the playground, Ms. Smith stopped to gently reprove the child. Smiling sweetly, the Sunday School teacher said, "Bobby, when I was a child, I was told that if I made ugly faces, it would freeze and I would stay like that."
Bobby looked up and replied, "Well, Ms. Smith, you can't say you weren't warned."
A man was telling his neighbor, "I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art."
"Really," answered the neighbor. "What kind is it?"
From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 05/21/09 - "Great Visit":
Today I was traveling through the Shenandoah Valley after a tour to Harper's Ferry. After a few failed attempts over the last year I finally managed to link up with Jay Styles ('68 - of VA) for lunch in Harrisonburg. He's still keeping the roads safe with the Virginia State Police and looks great. It was nice to catch up on things after a lot of years. It made us both comment on how much we appreciate everything you do for the Typhoon Nation.
Oh, WOW! How cool - and really touching! Thanks so much, Dave!
From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 05/18/09:
A ventriloquist is performing with his dummy
on his lap. He’s telling a dumb blonde joke when a young platinum-haired beauty
jumps to her feet.
"What gives you the right to stereotype blondes that way?" she demands. "What does hair color have to do with my worth as a human being?"
Flustered, the ventriloquist begins to stammer out an apology.
"You keep out of this!" she yells. "I’m talking to that little jerk on your knee!"
From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/18/09 - "Aged Cartoons - loved the last one!" (#4 in a Series of 10):
|Thank you, Gorgeous!|
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. 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: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2009-69.html and contact Jean Baker Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI
2. 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 WHSREUNION1959@aol.com.
3. 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: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2009-64.html - CLASS OF 1964
4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at email@example.com. - CLASS OF 1970
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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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Son of a Son of a Sailor
(b. 25 Dec 1946)
“I saw a picture of my grandfather after he had come back from a trip to Nova Scotia. He was born there but left when he was a young man
and didn’t return until he was 84. He was standing on dock staring at an old sailing schooner, and the look on his face told the story of where he
had come from and where he had been. I have always been very proud of my heritage as a sailor and wrote this for the men who taught me the skills.”
As the son of a son of a sailor
I went out on the sea for adventure
Expanding the view of the captain and crew
Like a man just released from indenture
As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man
I have chalked up many a mile
Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks
And I’ve learned much from both of their styles
Son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
Son of a gun load the last ton
One step ahead of the jailer
Now away in the near future, southeast of disorder
You can shake the hand of the mango man
As he greets you at the border
And the lady she hails from Trinidad
Island of the spices
Salt for your meat and cinnamon sweet
And the rum is for all your good vices
Haul the sheet in as we ride on the wind that our
Forefathers harnessed before us
Hear the bells ring as the tide rigging sings
It’s a son of a gun of a chorus
Where it all ends I can’t fathom, my friends
If I knew, I might toss out my anchor
So I’ll cruise along always searchin’ for songs
Not a lawyer, a thief or a banker
But a son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
Son of a gun, load the last ton
One step ahead of the jailer
I’m just a son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
The sea’s in my veins, my tradition remains
I’m just glad I don’t live in a trailer
"Son of a Son of a Sailor" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/09
of a Son of a
Sailor" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/09
Thanks again, Dave!
National Maritime Day Image courtesy of http://www.mudvillegazette.com/milblogs/archives/2006/05/ - 05/21/09
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Anchor clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars34.html - 05/21/09
Animated Head-Bonking Smiley courtesy of http://www.hauntedhamilton.com/cgi-bin/scripts/board-image-lister.cgi - 02/20/09
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric
Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Animated Sick Smiley courtesy of http://www.hauntedhamilton.com/cgi-bin/scripts/board-image-lister.cgi - 05/04/09
Laughter clip art courtesy of
McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of
Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
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