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05/29/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Memorial Day

"The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
the soldier's last tattoo;
No more on Life's parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On fame's eternal camping ground
Their silent tents to spread,
And glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.”

- Theodore O'Hara, The Bivouac of the Dead, 1858
(11 Feb 1820 - 6 June 1867)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Do you really need to do your homework today?  If so, we have many sites to see, and read, and remember:

   Then please take a few moments to give thanks for their sacrifices, great and small.



   Rather incredibly, I missed   Stacy Dorn's ('64 - of VA) Big Birthday Friday.

   It was also John Wayne's 99th Birthday, or you know, would have been....

   I'm so sorry, Stacy!  I'm afraid I've been working strictly on automatic pilot lately, and then it broke too.  I hope you had a wonderful day!

   And today we have a TWO-FER:

     Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL, and    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA are both having holiday birthdays!

    A very Happy Birthday, Ladies!



  Hit #47,500 was made sometime in the late afternoon or evening of Sunday, May 28, 2006 by an unknown visitor.


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/24/06 - "Memorial Day - Public and
Intergovernmental Affairs":

Hi, Carol:
The image and quotation caught my eye, so I thought I would share it with you.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

    As you can see, this was the source of today's quotation.  There are many interesting links here, too.  If you have the time, try to peruse them.

   Thanks so much, Joe!


  From Janice McCain Rose of VA (’65) – 05/27/04 (sic):

A beautiful Memorial Day site:


   Thank you so much, Janice!  That says just what I wanted to share!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/18/06 - "The Victory Arch":

Hi, Carol:
As we approach Memorial Day this year, maybe you would consider adding this photo taken in 1962 at the rededication of rebuilt Victory Arch in Newport News. The Daily Press covered this event and a article was written by Parke Rouse, a Williamsburg writer.
It would not surprise me at all to find some of your subscribers were among the Girl Scouts holding the Flags of the Allied Nations.
It is not a very good image, and maybe that is why you discarded it when I first sent it to you.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Oh, Honey, I never discard anything!  I become overwhelmed from time to time and lose things in the process, but I certainly never willingly part with them!

May 1962    

   I started to say you must have sent this just before my computer went down last May, but I just found it still safely tucked in my files from when you sent it to me first - on 08/28/04.  So while I'm sure there's some perfectly logical reason why I never posted it, I cannot imagine what it might be.........

   I'm delighted you re-sent it to me, Adonis! 

   Wait a minute.......

   When I opened that page to add the image, I found it stuck in the middle of a redesign.  I have a vague memory of my brain short-circuiting in the midst of the process.  Oh, dear......

   Okay, I'm going to do something I never have before (I think).  I'm uploading this mid-stream, and I'll search for the other missing pieces and texts later.  It seems I've made quite a mess of it.  I thought something was amiss when I saw the wrong fonts there...........

   I'm so sorry, Joe!  Hopefully, I'll be able to clear it soon.


From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 - "Memorial Day":

This is the Day that is set aside
to REMEMBER my Friends and Countrymen 
with whom I served, 1967-69.         

May your DAY be filled with memories and peace.....
Thanks to all that have given Their Lives 

   So that many others
can live in Freedom as we do TODAY..

.  WE will always REMEMBER. 

Typhoons forever     Al

   Oh, Alan!  This is beautiful!  Thank you so much!

   By the way, Al, may I direct your attention to this page?

   You will notice under Fred Eubank's name an empty spot.  It's reserved for you!  Your photo in uniform would be nice, but all I really need is your birthplace and occupation(s).

   Otherwise,    Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) will come after me - and he was a Major of Armor - and he knows where I live!

   Thanks again, Al, and have a good Memorial Day!


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 05/24/06 - "American Gladiator video":

We have seen many of these photos before, but the setup and delivery are great.

   WOWZERS!!!  This is rather long, but very worthwhile, and of course quite timely!  Thanks, Sarah Sugah!


  From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 05/25/06:


Please tell    Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58 - of TX) that she was very lucky with that piece of steak.....the same thing happened to Fred in a restaurant......while we were dining with friends.....the meat would not go up or down.....and Fred could not swallow....our friend tried the Heimlich....nothing we flew to the this time, Fred is spitting up blood......(the meat tore at his throat)...and he was rushed into emergency surgery.....there was only one tiny little hole .....allowing him to was a nightmare that I will never forget....and SO scary!!!!!!!!

   YOWZERONI!!!  Thanks for sharing that with us, Janice!  I'm glad it ended well!


  From Jim Elliott ('61) of AK - 05/25/06 - "Gwen Stefani":

Carol, wrong Elliott. Not    Judy Leggette Elliott ('56 - of VA), although she may be a fan, too.

James W. Elliott
“Sent from my BlackBerry handheld”


   I amended that last Newsletter three hours after its release, so perhaps no one else caught my colossal blooper here, Jim.  I'm so sorry.  It was the initials in the addy which threw me.  As I said, my thinking has been severely impaired as of late.....

   By the way, Jim, I hope you noticed in the news that Gwen and her husband, Gavin Rossdale, had a bouncing baby boy this Friday.  He weighed 7 and a half pounds, and was named Kingston James McGregor Rossdale:

   We wish them all well.

   Thanks again, Jim!


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/25/06:

Jeepers!!!   All this retirin' going on .... you would think that we are all gettin' old or sumpin.

Well, truth is that I, too, will be retiring from Civil Service on 31 July with 35 years of service .... if'n you count the 15 years of military service, which I "bought in".

Why now?  Because I will turn 60 in August, at which time I become a retired Naval Reservist WITH PAYThe combination of those two retirements will provide me a comfortable lifestyle and the option to pursue other interests, e.g. genealogy.

Now ..... the problem is what to do with all this time on my hands ....

   Now, David, we can never grow old.  It's only that there has been some passing of time.
   Our heartiest congratulations on your upcoming retirement, Captain; you've justly earned it!  You're leaving two or three weeks before I expected; for some reason I thought you would need to wait until your birthday.

   And do let me know if I'm wrong, Brown Eyes, but I think you'll find that your life will be so filled with other things, you'll wonder how you ever had time for your job.


  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 05/25/06:

Hi Carol,

The frog story brought back memories. I believe that if you were successful in removing the entire spinal cord, without breaking it, you got extra credit. Alas, my partner in this mini CSI adventure, Elliott Torn ('66), and I were not a success. But I do recall we named our victim, Bull Winkle. Must have been a big frog! Was Mrs. Baker the teacher?

   The frog story?  I know I've been thinking about that lately, but I didn't realize I'd actually mentioned it......

   I do not believe Mrs. Baker ever taught biology, Linda May.  If you didn't have Miss Allen, perhaps you had Mrs. Conn, Mrs. Nettles, Mr. or Mrs. Sharpe, or Mr. Leonard.

I am also tickled no end about being able to understand your story about the "C" / "B-flat". I always wanted to play a musical instrument. Being poor, a kazoo was about it, that did not require reading music. So when my church got hand bells and put out the invitation to join; "no" music skills, such as "no" reading music, or "no" instrument playing required, I knew this was my chance to excel, I had a lot of "no".! It turns out I did alright and stayed six years until my husband became ill. I was so scared I didn't even hear the notes for the first whole year, I just followed the red-for-right-hand and blue-for-left-hand  marks and counted! Of course, my dyslexia would kick in if I got upset, which the quire director loved to do, just to see how long it took me to notice. That brought in another "no". I didn't "know" my right hand from my left hand. It brought me the greatest joy.

   Why don't you try taking it up again??

And Carol, I'm sorry about your being sad. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.....Typhoons ya.

   Thank you so much, Linda!  I really appreciate that!  I think I'm starting to snap out of it now, which is a great relief.

Linda May ' 66  ( Hey, my zip code is '666. Should I feel fortunate I've obtained another " 6 " or be really worried?)

   GIGGLES!!!  I think it doesn't matter whether you add another 6 or subtract one - just so you don't leave it with just the three!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 05/28/06 - "DEAR CAROL, So Proudly We Serve, Memorial Day 2006":

Dear Carol ************************************************** One star for each State
 So proudly we Serve, Memorial Day 2006
  To remember all of our service men everywhere. Whatever your beliefs, Say a few words of thanks to our CREATOR and Keep all our TROOPS Safe in the WAR we are currently engaged in.

Your Friend, Herbie   

   Herbie, I've spent the entire weekend (except for the hours when I was at church yesterday), watching the Memorial Day war movie marathons on AMC and TCM.  You may rest assured that I said many such prayers of thanksgiving and pleas for safekeeping.  And more than once even as I watched my set awestruck, I threw in a few words of thanks for the privilege of knowing you.

   Thank you so much, Sweetie - for everything!

   Semper Fidelis!

From the Daily Press - 05/27/06:

          Donald L. 'Don' Forman

WILLIAMSBURG - Donald L. 'Don' Forman, 72, formerly of York County, passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Ashland, Ky., on Oct. 1, 1933, the son of Kelly Henry and Nancy Barbour Forman. His brother, Bob Forman, and sister, Charlene Brown, preceded him in death. Don is survived by his devoted wife, Dot; his children, stepchildren, and their spouses, Sheree Fox and husband, Tommy, of Williamsburg, Donald Forman and wife, Teri, of Yorktown, Susan Rhew and husband, Ray, of Yorktown, David Forman of Yorktown, Alan Brown and wife, Bobbie, of Gloucester, and Sharon Brown of Northern Virginia. He was also very proud of his grandchildren, Jason and Kristy Fox, Kelly and Ashley Forman, Matthew and David Lusk, Jack and Nicholas Rhew, Courtney Forman, and Mandy Brown; and great-grandchildren, Hannah and Noah Fox. Don attended Newport News High School, where he played the trombone in the Golden Typhoon Band. He received training as an electrician at the Newport News Apprentice School and applied those skills at the C&O Railroad for 15 years. He later pursued his dream of owning and operating a small business by founding Sports, Inc. on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for 18 years. Don was known throughout the East Coast as an outstanding fisherman and hunter. He was the Captain of the 'A Team' Boat and earned a reputation for catching the most and largest fish in the area. He founded the Peninsula Bassmasters Club and was an active member of the Peninsula Saltwater Sports Fishermen Association. He was recently awarded the 'Master Anglers Award' for catching over 10 different saltwater species in the Chesapeake Bay. Don's winning ways while competing in bass tournaments earned him numerous championships in Mr. BASS, regional/state level events, along with placing high in National Bassmaster Invitational Tournaments. During his younger years, he hunted throughout North America for various species of wild game. He founded the West Point Stillhunters Club and was currently a member of the Bent Barrel Hunt Club and Waverly Hunt Club. He cherished the many friendships that he developed with fellow outdoorsmen throughout his lifetime. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday evening, May 29, at Amory Funeral Home in Grafton. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church on Harpersville Road, Newport News. A graveside service will follow at the burial site at Peninsula Memorial Park on Warwick Boulevard, Newport News. A reception will follow the graveside service at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, 23606, or the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190.

Published in the Daily Press from 5/27/2006 - 5/28/2006.
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   Although the account doesn't say, from his age I'm estimating Don to be a member of the Class of 1950 or thereabouts.  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to his family.  


   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 ('64) of VA - 05/22/06 - "Happy Day" (#4 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



OOOOH, these are soooo pretty!

Thanks, Stacy!


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/12/06 - "Funnies" (#8 in a series of 9):



  Ah, yes, it reminds me of the old song parody:

       "Born free.  My dad was a doctor."


  Thank you, Gorgeous!



   And to all of y’all who have served in our country’s armed forces, I extend my heartfelt thanks.  I personally tend to doubly observe both Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day as for both the living and the dead of all our wars and conflicts.  So to all of you, have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day – you deserve it!


   I saved back many things for later in the week.  Stay tuned!

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

                          Love to all, Carol






Composed By Major General Daniel Butterfield

Day is done...Gone the sun
From the lake...
From the hills...
From the sky.
All is well...Safely rest
God is nigh.

Fading light....Dims the sight
And a star....Gems the sky....Gleaming bright
From afar....Drawing nigh
Falls the night.


"Taps" midi, sequenced by Mark Weston, courtesy of - 06/10/04

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

History of "Taps" available here: - 05/24/06

Image of Memorial Day Poster courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/24/06
Thank you, Major Madagan!

Animated Military Seals clip art courtesy of - 05/26/06

Elaine's Memorial Day Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

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

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

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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

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

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