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05/22/09 - NNHS Newsletter - National Maritime Day

“[Mariners] have written one of its most brilliant chapters. They have delivered
the goods when and where needed in every theater of operations and across every ocean
in the biggest, the most difficult and dangerous job ever undertaken. As time goes on,
there will be greater public understanding of our merchant's fleet record during this war
[World War II].”

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
(30 Jan 1882 – 12 Apr 1945)

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: - 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..

Or, he can go with me tomorrow for another chest x-ray to see if the pneumonia has improved in my right lung.  I'm not feeling any better and about ready to fire Jimmy as my nursing assistant.  Our 40th Wedding Anniversary was Sunday so I remind him of "til death do us part".

Love, Linda

   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, that Sunday was your 40th Wedding Anniversary!

   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.

   I could have sent you a    ruby red vase or something to celebrate! Sigh.

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!!!

   Thanks, Linda-Linda!



   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":

Hi, Carol,

I'm so sorry Paul has to wait even longer to get help.  I hate it when people in severe pain cannot get tests and results more quickly.  My sister's son has had chronic back pain for a few weeks, FINALLY got an MRI, and still has to wait for a doctor appointment to find out what needs to be done.  Meanwhile, he has debilitating pain that even drugs don't help.   
Sunday, I returned from 10 days visiting the "sacred soil".......spent time with my 96-year old mother, then finished the trip by attending the HHS Class of 64 reunion......FUN!  Introduced myself to    F.A. Saunders (HHS - '64 - of VA), and we spoke about how much admiration we have for you to keep the newsletter alive. 

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.

   Have 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

   Thanks, Gloria!

   "Anyone? Anyone?"


       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.

  "Anyone? Anyone?"


       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:

Mr. Spriggs,

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.


Jeff Aldrich
Group Photo USA
(800) 726-7497

       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!

To   Al Simms ('60 - of VA) … Just the fact that Newport News is a "peninsula" makes it logistically impossible to evacuate the city.  Back in the 1950s, people thought that they had plenty of warning to either take shelter in a common designated building or if planes were spotted, had a couple of hours to evacuate the city.  Of course with today's weapons there isn't much of a chance either way, and trying to leave your home will only be met with gridlock traffic due to accidents caused by panic so… stay put!  With Norfolk being also partly water bound, it has a similar problem.  As Newport News and Hampton are not a forerunner for Naval or Air Force activity as in years past, I wonder if they would still be considered "first strike"?  But the fact of Norfolk's being in close proximity would have immediate effects anyway.

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!

  "Anyone? Anyone?"


       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.

   Oh, GLORY, David!

   I feel totally nauseated...
But thanks. You're right; we need to know.

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?"

"Twelve thirty."

   Thanks, Shari!


      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!"

   Thanks, Eleanor!



        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/18/09 - "Aged Cartoons - loved the last one!" (#4 in a Series of 10):

  Thank you, Gorgeous!



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: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - 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

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: - 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 - 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

Words and Music by Jimmy Buffett, 1978
(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.”

- Jimmy

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
Thanks, Dave!

"Son 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 - 05/21/09

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Anchor clip art courtesy of - 05/21/09

Animated Head-Bonking Smiley courtesy of - 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 - 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)
Thanks, Eric!

Animated Sick Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

 Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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 Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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