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05/28/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Stairway to Heaven

“To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(25 May 1903 - 27 Apr 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I just realized that in all these years, we've never once used Stairway to Heaven anywhere. 

   "How can this be?," you may well ask.

   There are probably two or three reasons for this, but I'm gonna go with the one involving my OCD.  When I first opened the site in July of 2000, long before the Newsletters existed, I was exceedingly particular to ensure that no music included was written after June of 1965.  I know, it's sad - pathetic, really.  Try not to think abut it.

BONUS - - Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin


1.   From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 05/26/09 - "  Myra Wilkins Golden ('61) of MT":

"... Myra is in St. Paul's Hospital in Helena, MT. She had a heart attack late Sunday (05/24/09) night. I talked with Myra about two hours ago, she is doing better and is expecting to go to a regular room later today and hopefully come home by Thursday (at the latest as she says).

The doctor doesn't seem to think that there is damage to the heart, but one artery was blocked 100% (they put 2 stints in), and there are two other arteries that are blocked 60% and 70%. Nothing will be done about those two yet; the doctor will wait and see how the first stints do.

Ray took Myra to the hospital late Sunday night after she complained about pain (she thought it was her gallbladder)...."

   Oh, no! Thank you for telling us, Al! There's more background on this story which I've not included here at this time, but for now, I've added Myra's name to our Prayer Roll:

2.      From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 05/28/09, 4:08 PM - "Fred":

Just a short note....Fred was admitted back to DePaul Hospital today....he apparently aspirated food/drink into his lungs and has what the doctor calls "chemical pneumonia".....he's on oxygen, fluids, antibiotics etc....we only expect him to be there a couple of days to fight off this pneumonia....he is a LOT stronger now than he was after recovery should not take too many days.

   YOWZERS! Thanks for letting us know, Janice!


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND   Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

30 -   Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL;

31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND   JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC AND Kathy Reece Burke (Warwick HS - '72);

01 - Dawn _____ Yevak of VA;

02 -     Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA;

04 -        Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


   Hit #85,000 was made on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 8:45 AM by an unidentified AOL user. 

        From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 05/29/09 - "George & Mary Helliesen's 40th Anniversary":

  Dear Miss Typhoon,

My wife, Mary, suggested that we send you our wedding picture -- Tomorrow, May 29, is our 40th Wedding Anniversary.  Amen, Jesus!!!

George Helliesen '61

     AWWW! How adorable y'all are! Happy Anniversary! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies! And here's your virtual vintage ruby red glass vase to help you celebrate!  

Thursday, May 29, 1969
Mary and George

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 05/27/09 - "Saunders Stadium":


Thought I would share my achievement and memories of Saunders Stadium....I already have a piece of the cement wall that surrounded that place !  I got it in 1959 when I, not being used to power steering, turned a corner and ran into the Stadium wall in my mother's brand new two day old, Plymouth Station Wagon !  The damage done to the wall and the car was nothing compared to the damage that was done to me after my dad told her what happened !  Daddy always ran interference for me and I was never again allowed to drive my mother's car...   I would like to add that I was taking Driver's Ed and
    Lefty Driesell (Granby HS - '50 - of VA) was my teacher.  After facing my mom the next hardest thing I had to do was face Lefty and pray that he wouldn't flunk me....he didn't ...such a kind and understanding man...he could have given my mom lessons in compassion !   Every time I look at that small chunk I have memories of Newport News High School that no one else has !

Dimples AKA Sepi

   YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI!! What a classic memory! Thanks, Dimples!


From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 05/27/09 - "Launchings":

I just came across Launchings, the literary magazine for NNHS in 1964. Would you be interesting in photocopied or scanned pages, or has this already been on the site and I missed it?


   Thanks so much, Domi! Those scanned pages would be true treasures!

  From My Friend,  Judy Cress Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '58) of IL - 05/27/09 - "Chicago Trip":

I've spent the last few days trying to think of what I wanted to tell you about my Chicago trip.
1 Chicago cab drivers are INSANE!
2 Chicago has hooked 2 bus bodies together with an accordion weld in the middle so they can turn corners. They will wear you as a hood ornament in a heart beat.
3 Pedestrians have a death wish.
4 Drunks or druggies laid out the street system. I want some of what they were on!
We (Sam and I)  left Litchfield about noon on Thursday the 20th. Since the arthritis is so bad in my hips and back, we stopped at the rest areas at Bloomington and Joliet to walk around a bit. It's a good thing I took my cane! Our destination was the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 121 E Wacker Drive. After driving across the Chicago River bridge in the heart of Chicago at least 8 times we discovered there is a N S E W Upper and Lower Wacker Drive. When we stopped for directions I got to see a drug deal and I think a male pros pickup! Exciting times. After looping around the Miracle Mile for the 5th time we finally found the Hotel. I (by then) HOBBLED in to register for the convention. I was sent down an escalator and down another to come to an area of registration with NO ONE THERE. So I retraced my steps, found Sam and off we went to find Naperville and our Motel. After transversing the Miracle Mile at least 3 more times we found the Lake Michigan beach and 2 traffic cops. They both laughed at us when they found out where we wanted to go BUT gave us good directions. We checked in, dropped our bags and headed for a Steak N Shake we COULD SEE FROM THE MOTEL! After a lot of Ben Gay I finally got to sleep about 12:00. The room was good, the mattress Great and the shower fantastic. Of course My normal sleep cycle was in effect so I was awake at 4am. Sam finally got up and dressed so we could grab a bite for breakfast to take with and we were off for the Hyatt Regency again.
This time we only crossed the Chicago river twice and found the hotel. When I finally got to where I was supposed to register I found out it was across the street from where I had entered and I went under the street to get there. By now I'm in pain and my mood isn't the best. The 2 ladies looking for my registration packet can't find it. Finally one of the says Honey I sent all the Star Recorder packets over to the Sheridan Towers this morning. It was VERY hard to smile and thank her. I came out of the bowels of this den of Satan on the other side of the street from where I went in! So now we have to get to the Sheridan Towers in a hurry as it's 8:30 and my session starts at 10 and I still have to find my registration packet! Sam asked for directions and the man said it's right there across the river, the big brown brick tower. It took us 45 minutes to find the way there and I told Sam we are valet parking so we will know where the car is! We were there for about 2 hours and it cost $24 . I got there and found the desk, gave the lady my Moose membership card so she could tell my dues were paid and see how my name was spelled. She couldn't find my packet. Are you sure you pre-registered? Blood pressure rising, I said, "Yes, ma'am; I registered in March online."

 She looked again and said, "Here you are; I was spelling your name wrong."

She had my card with my name spelled out on it!  Anyway I got to go to my session and get my Star pin , which is beautiful, and shed a few tears so it was all worth it?????? I got pictures with some good friends from IL and we started back to the motel.

I asked Sam how much gas we had and it was 1/8 of a tank. NORMALLY that would have been enough, but as good as we are at wrong turns and missed turns, I said we have to find a gas station. I paid $2.95 a gallon for gas and we took off again. I went to sleep and when I woke up an airplane was falling on the car. You guessed it we were at O'Hare Airport! Don't even ask. Back to Chicago we went. We found Navy Pier for the 6th time in 2 days and Lake Michigan beach again too and that was after a couple more trips down the Miracle Mile! When we finally got back to the motel we found we had a Canadian Goose to guard the car. She was on a nest next to the building and hissed when anyone got close! It was cute. After a couple of hours calming nerves we went to dinner at Old Country Buffet.  We had a map the desk clerk gave was which was very accurate but of course we came in the back way.
When we left Saturday morning we stayed on the right road all the way BUT  when we came to the last toll booth on that road, we had no more change, so were hoping for a person at the cash only side - except that we were blocked in and ended up blowing through an I-pass only booth mounted with a big camera. I got online Sunday to pay my toll and after going through 4 screens it ended up putting .50 on my credit card! :-) If I hadn't done that within 7 days I would have received a citation for $20 so .50 isn't so bad!
Cab drivers will try their best to cut you off, but by the second day Sam got mad, laid on the horn, shook her finger at him and screamed no at him and he backed off! Then some guy started to cross the street at a very slow pace and Sam told him to run or get back on the curb and he turned around and went back! She told him thanks!
If you stop on the bridge that crosses the Chicago river in downtown, it shakes liker a tremor and is freaky!
We had a good time, got 373 miles out of 10.2 gallons of gas on the way home (it's all downhill; just look at the map), all the paint is still on the car, and nobody shot soda out of their nose. Would I do it again....NEVER!!!!

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks for sharing your Adventures in Chicagoland with us, Judy - and congratulations on achieving your Star pin!

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 05/27/09 - "FORZA ITALIA........":


Lv, ev

THEY ARE ONLY 14 YEARS OLD!  HOW ABOUT THAT? - Serán el relevo generacional de cantantes como Pavaroti, Bocelli, Plácido, Carreras, entre otros ...?.

   WOWZERONI!!! Remember their names - Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone!

   Thanks so much, Evelyn!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/27/09 - "Top 10 Causes of Mortality in U.S. Citizens":

Top 10 Causes of Mortality for All Ages in the United States

By Mark Stibich, Ph.D.,

Updated: June 21, 2007 - Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medical Review Board

See More About:

You can do a lot to decrease your risk of many of the major causes of death in the US. A healthy lifestyle with a good diet and plenty of exercise can increase add healthy years to your life.

1. Heart Disease

  • % of Deaths: 27
  • Prevention Methods: healthy diet and plenty of exercise.

2. Cancer

  • % of Deaths: 23
  • Prevention Methods: regular screenings and a healthy lifestyle.

3. Stroke

  • % of Deaths: 6
  • Prevention Methods: maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

4. Chronic lower respiratory disease

  • % of Deaths: 5
  • Prevention Methods: not smoking, quitting smoking, and living in a place with clean air.

5. Accidents

  • % of Deaths: 4.5 (motor vehicles accidents: 2%)
  • Prevention Methods: Keep buckling those seat belts, driving defensively, and being careful.

6. Diabetes

  • % of Deaths: 3
  • Prevention Methods: Control your sugar intake, manage your diabetes, and follow your doctor's orders.

7. Alzheimer's disease

  • % of Deaths: 3
  • Prevention Methods: Keep your mind fit through mental exercises and social interaction.

8. Influenza and pneumonia

  • % of Deaths: 2
  • Prevention Methods: Annual vaccines, good hand washing, and exercise can all help prevent these infections.

9. Kidney disease

  • % of Deaths: 2
  • Prevention Methods: Healthy lifestyle changes.

10. Septicemia

  • % of deaths: 1
  • Prevention Methods: Keep your immune system functioning well through sleep, exercise, and good nutrition.

14.6% of all mortality in the US is from other causes.

source: CDC NVSR

   YOWZERS! That's very informative! Thanks, Shari!

     From Joan Dinwiddie Smith ('63) of VA - 05/27/09 - "Battle Hymn of the Republic":

Way too good not to share.

Get a load of these high school kids. At the conclusion listen to the high notes on the trumpet . . . played by a high school kid? One of the fathers recorded it, added some graphic enhancements to the recording, and posted it on the web.

   Thank you, Joan! This is so wonderful we post it on a regular basis, both for the benefit of those who may not have seen it and those who wish to view it once again!

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 05/27/09 - "A FAREWELL LETTER":


I hope the file transfers with this.  While the letter is sad, saying good-bye is never easy.  The photos are beautiful and bring back many memories of places I have visited some years ago.  Enjoy.


   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Linda-Linda!

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 05/27/09 - "Something to think about":

Wow - so true

Washington DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:
the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the till and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
10 minutes:
A3 year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly, as the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced them to move on.

45 minutes:
The musician played.  Only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace.
He collected $32.

1 hour:
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. The questions raised: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ....
How many other things are we missing?

   MORE WOWZERS! Thanks again, Ev! 

  From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 05/27/09 - "THE MISSISSIPPI SQUIRREL REVIVAL":


THE MISSISSIPPI SQUIRREL REVIVAL - How a church in Mississippi found the Lord by Ray Stevens


  Well, I'm glad to know that SOME part of me is not broken! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!


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

  Thank you, Gorgeous! These have been a hoot - and you're right; this last one is a doozie!


1. Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, 2009 - The Class of 1961 will hold a Mini-Reunion: Social get together Saturday night, June 13, 6:00 PM until ? at the David home on Parkway Drive; Breakfast Sunday, June 14, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Saunders home in Isle of Wight. For details, contact Buddy David: Phone (757) 595-4500 or Fax (757) 595-6723 - CLASS OF 1961

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/28/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





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Stairway to Heaven

Composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant

- Led Zeppelin, 1971

There's a lady who's sure
All that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

When she gets there she knows
If the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

There's a sign on the wall
But she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have
Two meanings

In a tree by the brook
There's a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are

Ooh, it makes me wonder

Ooh, it makes me wonder

There's a feeling I get
When I look to the west
And my spirit is crying
For leaving

In my thoughts I have seen
Rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those
Who stand looking

Ooh, it makes me wonder

Ooh, it really makes me wonder

And it's whispered that soon
If we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason

And a new day will dawn
For those who stand long
And the forests will
Echo with laughter

Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, ooh, whoa, oh

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow
Don't be alarmed now
It's just a spring clean
For the May queen

Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
There's still time to change
The road you're on

And it makes me wonder

Aw, uh, oh

Your head is humming and it won't go
In case you don't know
The piper's calling you to join him

Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow?
And did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?


And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The truth will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll

And she's buying a stairway
To heaven...

"Stairway to Heaven" midi courtesy of - 05/28/09

"Stairway to Heaven" lyrics courtesy of - 05/28/09

"Stairway to Heaven" Image courtesy of - 05/28/09

Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/21/05 (re-saved 03/22/09)

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

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

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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