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05/25/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Ralph Waldo Emerson's 203rd Birthday

"Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(25 May 1803 - 27 Apr 1882 )

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Who knew that Emerson wrote songs as well as essays???



1. Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC via  Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/24/06:

   (Keep reading....)

   Welcome, Bill!  We're honored and delighted to have you with us.  I've added your name to our (usually) hidden mailing lists, as well as to our now mis-named Alumni List:

   Send us your senior portrait and your birthday, and we'll add those as well.  Life is short, so we celebrate everything here. 

2.   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA - 05/24/06:

Could you please add me to your list?  I was receiving the wonderful NNHS65 newsletter but now that I have moved from Nevada to Virginia and changed my e-mail address, I do not.
I am Betty Spain Uecker ( '63) and I am living at 181 Cooper Drive, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477.  My e-mail address is .  I would not mind if you told everyone my e-mail address.  Also my birthday is March 13, 1945. 
I talked to my cousin June Veneris Collie and she said that you wanted to know who her cousin is....well, it is me. 
I used to live on Chestnut Avenue between 24th and 25th Street.  I attended elementary school at Magruder but moved to Idaho Falls for Junior High because the Shipyard sent my dad there to work.
Keep up the wonderful job with the newsletter.
Typhoons forever.
Betty Spain Uecker '63
I attended the 24th Street Church of Christ and Northside Church of Christ also.  In fact my husband and I were the 2nd couple to be married in the Northside Church.

   And that would have been on August 19, 1967, n'est pas?

   Well, Betty, I don't know what on earth happened here.  You've been on our mailing lists for years, but your name wasn't on the Alumni List!  That has now been corrected:

   And as you gave me your permission, I posted your email addy on the '63 contact page when I changed your state of residence:

   Congratulations on your return to "the sacred soil of Virginia"!

   I added your note here, and made a few clarifications to these pages:

   Thanks for reconnecting with us, Betty!  I'll try not to "lose" you this time!


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 05/24/06 - "Re: Alma Mater":

Hi Carol

I'm glad you found one. I have looked for one that I thought I had, but could not come up with it. If I remember correctly, there were two Alma Maters on the program - one that preceded the one we played. Did it have a different title? Any idea as to when was it used? Any history on it?

   I was not able to attend the Grand Reunion, nor did I know it even transpired, as I was still living in Illinois (and might as well have been on the moon).    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, bless his sweet heart, sent me that program, plus the news clipping you see here three years ago:

   This was the first time I ever heard mention of the earlier Alma Mater:

   As Arthur Hundley wrote the words and music to the Alma Mater which we all know and love, I assume the other song pertained to the earlier Newport News High schools mentioned here:

   This sounds like a question for    Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA, or    Ronnie Burroughs ('60) of VA, or    Dale Lucado ('68) of VA, all of whom played an active roll in that wondrous reunion.


Also. about the "Key".
You said that you remember it being "B-flat". I think that may indicate that the one in the key of "C" was for "B-flat" instruments. So the one you remember in the key of "B-flat" was for "C" instruments, which would match up to the instruments that were "B-flat". It sounds confusing. Remember when Mr. Wilson would tune up the band? He would tell us all to play a Concert B-flat which would put us all on the same note.

Richard Dawes

   I recant my earlier statement.  The band version was not written in the key of B-flat;  it was in the key of F.  And as I was thinking of recreating a piano rendition, make that a Concert F.  I played a flute, which like a piano, is a C instrument.  I wasn't factoring in all the other band instruments. That part of music theory was always way over my head anyway, like economics.   (Come to think of it, I think I see a direct correlation, but we'll just leave that alone.....)

   I'm working on transposing it now.  I'm using a broken flute and no piano, but when I check a few things on Sunday, I should be able to finish it - in one form or another.

   Thanks, Dicky!


From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC to   Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/23/06:

While I didn't attend NNHS, the web sites you led me to provided a couple of hours of happy 'North End' and 'Downtown NN' memories. Thanks. I'm still absorbing all that is there. I even found you on the 'famous marines' page (and learned that you were born in Charlotte)! I assume your father, like so many others, went to NNS to work in the war years. 
From your information, its obvious that we lived within 20 blocks of one another at one time. I don't know    John Mitchell ('57 - of VA), but I did find him, I think, in the most recent Apprentice Alumni Association listing (Class of 1963).
Another 'north end' fella I did know well (who you may have known - he's younger than I by 2-3 years) was Doug Brown ('56). He lived on 70th street, but attended NNHS (because his father had a business there, and that entitled him to be a Typhoon - instead of a Farmer). I know he worked for the city for a long time, after completing high school, but have no current knowledge of him.
I knew Coach Formichelli well. Too well, on one occasion. He also taught biology at WHS and I got into a fair amount of trouble in his class (disposing of dissected frog parts in girls' lunch bags). As I vividly recall, he was not amused. Nevertheless, that same year, after the annual staff surprised him by dedicating The 1952 Warwick to him, he was gracious enough to autograph my copy.  
I guess he figured I'd need as much luck as possible, later in life...
I knew 'of'' Joe Agee, but never really had any acquaintance with him.
Coach Formichelli    
 The 1952 Warwick    

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 05/23/06:

Hi, Bill:
Great story. I could hardly wait to get to the end to learn .....

   (SHHHH - be patient, Sweetie-Pies!)

Would you give    Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of NC) permission to post it on her website? If you grant this wish, I will forward it to her for it is a great story and touches so many aspects of Newport News.
She had a portion devoted to Newport News Shipbuilding, and even there several mention how skilled the workers were to be able to take an ocean going vessel to sea for trials.
It would add a lot to the history of the community.
Of course, I understand if you do not wish to have it placed on the internet.

From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC to   Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/24/06:

Some more small world stuff!
My father, as you may have noticed, was the Managing Editor of the Daily Press (which, at that time, was in the 200 block of 25th Street). I spent many a happy hour in my youth exploring the newspaper's inner workings.

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 05/24/06:

Hi, Bill:
Glad you brought out the fact that your father was the Managing Editor of The Daily Press in Newport News. I am sure his face will look familiar to me when I see a photograph.
Mr. Ashe, the red-headed route supervisor was my main contact, along with the nice lady that took all of our coins and dumped them into the coin counting machine when we settled our accounts as a newspaper route carrier.
My route was a Times-Herald home delivery route in East End, and of course on Sunday Mornings we delivered The Daily Press. I used to go pick up my papers on Sunday Mornings because I wanted to get a jump on the the other carriers and get a good whiff of the Betty Lewis Bakery with bread in the ovens. The aroma reached me while riding my bicycle over the 25th Street Bridge, and it sure fired up an appetite.
Carol Buckley Harty's primary email address appears in this message as a CC.
She will explode with excitement when she reads your message that you agree to permit her to post your "Two Hoffmans" on her website. She has captured a lot of Virginia Peninsula history by the memories of so many TYPHOON, FARMERS, and KRABBAS. You may even hear her in quiet Wesley Chapel!!!

   Boy, Howdy!!!

I am going to snatch a copy of the note at the end of your story, to place in the Editor's Note when I publish your article in "The Seahorse" in August 2006. What a small world!
Joe Madagan

From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC to   Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/24/06:

Joe - I'd be honored if your friend would post my story of Felix and his father.
BUT FIRST - I want to make a couple of minor changes to it - I need to add the fact that they lived in the North End (around 49th street on Huntington Avenue, I think), and to better identify NNS and the Apprentice School in the very beginning of this article. And perhaps a short paragraph about myself at the very end.
Give me a few days, please. Meanwhile, you can tell your friend to expect an email with an attachment from me in the near future (I'll cc you on that transmission). Ask her if she'd like a Word Document, or one in PDF format - I can do either. Also, I'll need her email address.

   (A Word Document would be lovely, Bill - thanks so much!)


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 05/24/06:

Thanks, Bill:
We will all enjoy reading your article.


Here is Carol's email address:
Carol Buckley Harty <>
Take care,

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/24/06:

Hi, Carol:
You have another contributor to the Virginia Peninsula history!

.... Bill Lee (WHS '54) of NC
.... is going to polish and scrub his article and send it to you!
He not only learned to build "good ships" at the Apprentice School, he has a gift for writing and he also has a passion for naval history.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   SUPER!!!  I'll look forward to it!  Thanks, Adonis!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/24/06:

Hi, Carol:
Surely    Alan Foster ('58) of VA will forgive me for persuading another FARMER to join us at your website after he reads the account of disposing of dissected frogs from Mr. Forminchelli's biology class at Warwick High School.
And we thought we were creative by hiding the cafeteria spinach in the empty milk cartons!
The photo of this handsome Coach will add to your history of the Virginia Peninsula. They lived in Marshall Courts and his son Billy was in the Cub Scout Pack lead by Ambert Dail, the station manger of WGH-AM that met at the Marshall Courts Community Center on Marshall Avenue.
After all, we all shared the water from the Newport News Reservoir, why not share the website? How is that for logic?
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   It works for me, Joe!

   Thank you, Gentlemen, for this exciting new chapter we're developing.

   The rest of y'all stay tuned.  There's much more to come!


  From Joe Wingo, President of the Class of 1965, of NC- 05/24/06:

Morning Carol...

Please note and advertise that my new e-mail address post May 31st will be "".

Thank you so much and an early happy Memorial Day to all.

Charlotte is preparing for one of the city's biggest weekends as NASCAR takes over, uptown becomes "Speed Street", and big hair and tank tops rule again!

"Swappin' a little paint down in turn three"...that's racin'.......

Be good and thanks again---Joe

   Hi, Sweetie!  I'm so glad you caught us again before you retired from Bank of America; I was afraid we'd lose you there, and we can't have that sort of thing!

   I'll adjust your email addy in the next few days when that moment arrives.

   Have fun at the races! 

   Congratulations again, best wishes to you in your new endeavors, and thanks for everything!


  From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 05/22/06:

Hi Carol,

On May 31, I will be RETIRING!!! after 33+ years of government work.   Could you change my email to _________________.      

Thanks for all your hard work. 

Barbara Houston

   A TWO-FER - and on the same day!

   Well, congratulations to you, too, Miss Barbara!  Enjoy your new freedom!


  From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 05/24/06:

Dear Friends,
I am very fortunate to be alive.  If not for Dick, I would not be here to write this.  Sunday night while at a cookout at Susan and Dan's, I cut a piece of steak and it lodged in my throat.  I could not swallow, could not breath, could not cough it up.  (Everyone else was still in the kitchen.)  I moved quickly to the grass where I thought I could throw up, but could not.  About the time I was doubled over, Dick came to back door and yelled to me asking me what was the matter - when I could not reply - he ran to the back of me and performed the Heimlich and the steak flew up and out of my throat!
I am sending this hopefully to help someone else in this situation.  First, I should have run inside the house for help, or should have done the Heimlich on myself, or should have leaned over one of the chairs on the patio and applied pressure.......but I was "paralyzed" and could not think logically.
Think of all the people who live and eat alone.  If this helps just one of you, it is worth sending.
Lv, ev


   I wasn't feeling well (yesterday) morning, Evelyn.  I had awaken in the middle of the night quite ill after only four hours of sleep.  By mid-morning I finally decided to take a little nap, so I turned off the bell on the phone and lay down for what turned into a "three-hour" tour.  EEEK!
   When I awoke (still rather groggy), I found you had sent me the file of the adorable laughing quintuplets (Southern, no less!) that we had all loved and misplaced several weeks ago.  Then I found your beautiful (Memorial Day) card, and your hair-raising story (please thank Dick on behalf of all of us for saving your life!).
   Thank you so very, very much for everything!

Thank you, Carol. 

lv, ev


  From Jim Elliott ('61) of AK - 05/24/06:

Carol, glad to know of another Gwen Stefani fan. She's one of my favorites, too.

“Sent from my BlackBerry handheld”

  From Judy Leggette Elliott ('56) of VA - 05/24/06:

Dear   Carol (Buckley Harty - '65 - of NC) and    Kelly (Loose Bustamante - '58 - of VA ),

Thank you so much for the kind words; if I would not end up in the ER, I would try to do a cartwheel. I sincerely appreciate your remarks--so sweet!

Kelly, I do remember you--you had such beautiful eyes, and great hair, and you were the first Kelly that I ever knew. I am happy that you remembered my mom; she was a great lady! She sewed for so many NNHS students, teachers, and did tailoring for all of the downtown stores. While I was in school, she kept all school uniforms repaired,
as well as, taking care of the firemen and policemen. Her shop was called
Pearl's Tailor Shop. Kelly, I never learned to sew, but I could really press with that big iron. People would come from other cities for mom to "peg" their pants--she even sewed for
  Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL)!!!!!!!!

Thanks again to you and Carol--this has been a very special day. Carol, I really do appreciate you!!!

Typhoon love, Judy Leggette Elliott

   Thank you - so much, Miss 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 RJ’s 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 Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA - 05/22/06 - "Happy Day" (#3 in a series of  9):

Hope every day is happy for you :)

Have a Blessed Day

I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend while I'm here

than a whole truck load when I'm gone.  THESE ARE FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Oh, WOWZERS!!!  How pretty!

Thanks, Stacy!


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/12/06 - "Funnies" (#7 in a series of 9):


Ohh, David, what can I say?

Thank you, Gorgeous!


   I'm sorry if I haven't seemed my usual chipper self lately.  Along with the increased number of deaths and serious illnesses among family, friends, and acquaintances lately, I've suffered a series of serious financial setbacks that have left a number of my plans in jeopardy - and have left me quite depressed and reeling to the point of disorientation.  Hopefully, things will improve........

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

                          Love to all, Carol






Words by Ralph Waldo Emerson

to the tune of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee"

O tenderly the haughty day
Fills his blue urn with fire;
One morn is in the mighty heaven,
And one in our desire.

The cannon booms from town to town,
Our pulses beat not less,
The joy bells chime their tidings down,
Which children's voices bless.

For he that flung the broad blue fold
O'er-mantling land and sea,
One third part of the sky unrolled
For the banner of the free.

The men are ripe of Saxon kind
To build an equal state,—
To take the stature from the mind
And make of duty fate.

United States! the ages plead,—
Present and Past in under-song,—
Go put your creed into your deed,
Nor speak with double tongue.

For sea and land don't understand,
Nor skies without a frown
See rights for which the one hand fights
By the other cloven down.

Be just at home; then write your scroll
Of honor o'er the sea,
And bid the broad Atlantic roll,
A ferry of the free.

And henceforth there shall be no chain,
Save underneath the sea *
The wires shall murmur through the main
Sweet songs of liberty.

The conscious stars accord above,
The waters wild below,
And under, through the cable wove
Her fiery errands go.

For He that worketh high and wise,
Nor pauses in his plan,
Will take the sun out of the skies
Ere freedom out of man.

* These lines refer not only to the chains of slavery, but to the laying
of the transatlantic cable in 1857, the same year as this song was composed.

"My Country, 'Tis of Thee" midi (sequenced By MTA) courtesy
of - 05/24/06

"Ode" lyrics courtesy of - 05/24/06

First Image of Ralph Waldo Emerson courtesy of - 05/24/06

Second Image of Ralph Waldo Emerson courtesy of - - 05/24/06

Pastel Divider Lines clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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