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06/02/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Sir Edward Elgar's 150th Birthday

There is music in the air, music all around us,
the world is full of it and you simply take as much as you require.

- Sir Edward Elgar
 (2 June 1857 - 23 Feb 1934)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Is it but a "coincidence" that Elgar's birthday falls in the same week that the music most closely associated with his name is heard throughout many lands?

"… His greatest music was, and often is, regarded as quintessentially English… But when this has been done, there is still the paradox that appreciation of Elgar was shown in the first place by immigrants or foreigners of singular discernment…"

- Dr. Percy M. Young, 1973

  From Me ('65) of NC - 05/29/07 - "How I Spent My Tuesday Morning":

   Sustaining Underwriters and Emergency Responders - THIS IS THE MORE COMPLETE LIST!

   Obviously, this page is in the process of being seriously and completely revamped, almost on a daily basis.  As I am not sure which of y'all wished to remain anonymous, if you have contributed to either of these funds, please drop me a line (as some of y'all have) and let me know your wishes. I'll then replace each "Anonymous" listing with your name or other wording. Thanks so much!


1. James Harris ('70) - of MD - 06/01/07 (via snail mail):


My name is Jim Harris - of course, everyone in school knew me as "James". I am a member of the NNHS Class of 1970.  I was pointed to your excellent site by a member of the Class of '63.  I was saddened by the news of your privation, but did not know how to help.

In the Newsletter dated 05/12/07,   Joe (Wingo - '65 - of NC),   Wayne (Stokes - '65 - of VA) and   Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) asked for our help.  They were looking for individuals to make a donation of $180.00 each.  I am enclosing my donation.  It is the least I can do for all the wonderful work that you have done and the many hours of pleasure I have enjoyed as a result of the site.

Best of lick.  If you would like to add me to the site list, that is okay with me.  Probably you should use "James Harris" so people will know who I am.  My email is ______________________.

(James) Jim Harris

P.S. Notice how I don't use my real first name?!!

   Oh, my goodness!  Jim, yours was one of the envelopes I opened which brought the most tears to my eyes.  We did not know each other, as we were not even in school at the same moment, yet you chose to reach out to me in this most amazing of ways.  I keep looking for some "uber" way of saying, "Thank You", but I've not yet found it.

   Thank you so very, very much! I've delightedly added your name to our Alumni List:


   Happy Birthday today to      Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA , and     Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR tomorrow! 

   Next week we have    Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL and   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA on the fourth, and     Fred Field ('45) of CA,    Al Simms ('60) of VA, and Donnie Morris ('67) of VA all on the seventh.

    Many Happy Returns to One and All!


1. Patty Dunn of NC - 05/31/07:

Thursday 05/31/2007 8:19:25pm
Name: Patty Dunn
Marital Status divorced
City/Country: Winston Salem, NC
Comments I didn't attend Newport News High but I am looking for an old friend from Newport News. When I was a kid I used to spend the summers at my grandmother's house who lived on 48th Street. Those were the best summers of my life! I spent lots of time at Buckroe Beach, 58th St. Beach, and I made lots of friends. One I have thought about many times throughout the years. I stumbled across this web site and love it. (My mother did graduate from NNH, probably around 1943) Her name was Lois Smith.
Anyway, it is a stab in the dark, but would you by any chance know Bobby Stanfield? He had a younger brother Danny, and an older brother Larry I believe. Any info you or anyone can give would be a great help!
I would also like to find Roxy and Debbie McCall. Thanks!

   Thanks, Patty!

   There is much more on this subject to follow, thanks to the investigations of our Wizard of Wonderment,   Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA.  Thanks so much for your excellent research, David!


  Hit #61,000 was made in late May of 2007 while the webmistress was obviously still comatose or something.....

  From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/31/07 - "Do you remember ?":

Something most of us can relate to.............
  One of the first feelings of most often repeated attempts, to master something; followed by the exhilaration of success!

   What a great feeling!  Thanks, Shari!


  From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/31/07 - "Only good":

I Know Something Good About You

Wouldn't this old world be better,
If the folks we meet would say:
I know something good about you,
And then treat us just that way!

Wouldn't it be fine and dandy,
If each hand-clasp warm and true
Carried with it this assurance --
I know something good about you!

Wouldn't things here be more pleasant,
If the good that's in us all
Were the only things about us
That folks bothered to recall!

Wouldn't life be lots more happy
If we'd praise the good we see!
For there's such a lot of goodness
In the worst of you and me.

Wouldn't it be nice to practice
This fine way of thinking too;
You know something good about me,
I know something good about you!

~ Author Unknown

   Thanks again, Shari! I've always liked this one!

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL -  05/31/07 - "The Online NewsHour: About Us | Jim Lehrer | PBS":

Hi, Carol:

  This will supplement my earlier contribution to the Famous Marine pages.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
Jim Lehrer

   Joe, this is at least the fourth time you've tried to get me to add Jim Lehrer to our Famous Marines pages.  I wonder what must be going through your mind?  Do I hate Jim Lehrer for some unknown reason?  Have I suddenly turned against Marines?  Is my repeated ignoring of you a new hobby of mine?  Do I just like to annoy you?  Am I just plain crazy?

   Well, there's a lot of merit in that last thought, of course, but the others are all as far removed from the truth as they could be.

   So what's the hold-up?!?

   DUH...... I'm not sure.

   I think originally I had some thought about an article I have in an old magazine in my collection about a fun collection of items that Mr. Lehrer has himself.  If I recall correctly from about fifteen years back,  He has a wonderfully cool collection of toy buses or something similar.  It's possible I kept thinking I would find that and add it at the same time.  Who knows?!?  Certainly not I!

   Anyway, let's get it done - with my sincere apologies for the delay!

  Hi, Carol:

This is a better photo of Jim Lehrer than the one I sent you a few minutes ago.

Here is the link you may wish to add to the entry for Jim Lehrer in the Famous Marine page on your outstanding website:

TYPHOON Regards,

Jim Lehrer

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL -  05/04/07 - "Famous Marine: Jim Lehrer":

Hi, Carol:

I just checked the Famous Marine page on the NNHS65 website and did not find Marine veteran, Jim Lehrer listed, but I was almost positive that I sent you some material on his fine speech delivered at the dedication of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

On a humorous note during his speech, Mr. Lehrer recalled reporting to Officer Candidate Training while a student at the University of Missouri. The Drill Instructor greeting the OCS trainees at the Quantico train station mispronounced Lehrer's last name during a roll call. Lehrer corrected him while in ranks, and then he heard the footsteps of the Drill Instructor approaching him. Screaming into his face the Drill Instructor told Lehrer: "Candidate, if I say your name if Little Bo Peep, it is Little Bo Peep. Do you hear me?"

Mr. Lehrer is the anchor for the Public Broadcasting Service news program "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" as I am sure most of your subscribers recognize his name.

To add to the Famous Marine page here is a photo of 2LT Jim Lehrer, circa 1955.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
1955 - 2LT Jim Lehrer

   I still haven't caught up with all the background, but at least Mr. Lehrer is posted on Famous Marines now, Joe:

   Thanks, Adonis!

  From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/31/07 - "Happy 70th to the Golden Gate Bridge":
Happy 70th b.d. to the Golden Gate Bridge ---interesting facts and pictures.

   WOWZERS!!!  This is fascinating!  Thanks once more, Shari!

   From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 05/31/07 - "Names":

Please add Lynn Walker Brothers and Barry Brothers.  Thanks.

Dave Arnold

   Thanks, Dave! I've added them, too!

  From Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58) of VA - 05/31/07 - "Poison alert!":

Hi Carol;

I have been off line for a few months and sort of lost track about what all of you have been talking about......but I was wondering if there has been any discussion about ASPARTAME in the newsletter.

I read a study given to us by a doctor friend of ours several months back and immediately went through my pantry and refrigerator and threw everything away with this poison in it, and called my daughter-in-law and told her not to let our grandchild have anything with this poison in it, and I told a few other friends about it, but that's as far as I took it.

I have thought about writing to Oprah or someone in the media to suggest that they do a show on this subject, but I haven't done it. I have thought about writing to my Congressman to ask that there be an investigation into this, but I haven't done that either. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, as they say!

But now that I have gotten my new computer installed and have been going through the backlog of e-mails I find an e-mail about this subject in the batch which I am going to forward to you to see if you think it worthy of the newsletter. So many people read the newsletter that I thought we might get something going to stop the use of this poison in our country.

Look for the forward and see what you think.

Thanks, Joan

   Well, Pretty Lady, before I give you my own weird take on this, first let me congratulate you on your new computer!  What wonderful news!

   Next I'll tell you that my sister,    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) is in complete agreement with you, and will only use Splenda.

   Third, I opted not to discuss this before, due to some "research" I had done myself.

   Fourth, your document never arrived, but I think I found what it said anyway.

  And fifth, I suddenly was reminded of my pregnancy with my first son,     Lewis (Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '89 - of IL) back in 1970.

   The Naval doctors decided I was in danger of developing toxemia (which in eleven pregnancies, I never did, but I digress).  They put me on a sugar-free diet.  Then they decided I should also follow a low sodium diet.  That wasn't good enough, so we went to a salt-poor diet. I must tell you at that point that that there was nothing - nothing - left to eat.  I obtained some original licorice sticks from the apothecary shop at Colonial Williamsburg, and spent my time chewing twigs.  Yummy.

   It must have "worked"; I only gained 23 pounds, and Lewis weighed 10 lbs., 1-1/2 oz.

   But how could that possibly have been good and healthy for either of us?

   In subsequent years, I ultimately decided to do what I thought was best and right for myself and my babies.

   I personally really cannot tolerate any sugar whatsoever.

   When I get depressed and decide, "Who cares?" as I did this last year, I go back to eating sugar, pack on the blubber, ache all over, find it difficult even to get out of bed, and function at only minimal levels.

   Which then is worse for me, sugar or aspartame?

   But that's just me.

   Now for your report - or what I think was your report:

   OOPS!  I can't actually seem to print it out entirely, but this is what had to say - and it found it False:

   I personally believe that we all have to weigh and measure evidence as it applies in our own lives and do what we think best for ourselves and our families.  My findings may differ substantially from yours, and that is why I'm always glad to discuss different topics of interest in this forum.

   Thanks, Joan!


1. Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 60th Birthday Party for the Class of 1965 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES

2. Saturday, August 4, 2007 - Typhoon Informal Reunion - NNHS CLASS OF 1960

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 31 - September 2, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1967

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7 - 9, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957

5. Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's Buckroe Beach (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for Everyone - OPEN TO ALL

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

7. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   As these six messages were consuming so much space on each Newsletter, I've decided just to publish the NEXT upcoming reunion on each Newsletter:

The NNHS Class of 1965 will celebrate their 60th Birthdays

 on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at Shelter #12 at Newport News Park on Jefferson Avenue in NN from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. 

This will be an open event!  All NNHS classes - and others who read the website - are welcome!

Cost of the picnic will be $10.00 per person, and includes all food and beverages. Newport News Park allows only
non-alcoholic beverages to be served.
  Checks should be made out to NNHS Class of 1965 and mailed to Dave Arnold,
153 Exmoor Court, Williamsburg, VA 23185 as soon as possible in order that we may get a count for food preparation.
You may also pay at the event, but we need your name in advance for adequate planning.

  We look forward to seeing you in June!

 CONTACT: Dave Arnold at or call him at 757-618-6646.


   From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 04/27/07 - "to make you smile... (#20 in a series of 23)":


I thought folks might enjoy some of these photos as we have so many animal lovers.


Sights you may not see in a lifetime

   I think that's aptly titled!  Thanks, Dave!


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Land of Hope and Glory

Refrain to Pomp and Circumstance from Edward Elgar's "Coronation Ode", 1902
A. C. Benson (1862-1925)

Dear Land of Hope, thy hope is crowned.
God make thee mightier yet!
On Sov'ran brows, beloved, renowned,
Once more thy crown is set.
Thine equal laws, by Freedom gained,
Have ruled thee well and long;
By Freedom gained, by Truth maintained,
Thine Empire shall be strong.

Land of Hope and Glory,
Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee,
Who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider
Shall thy bounds be set;
|: God, who made thee mighty,
Make thee mightier yet. :|

Thy fame is ancient as the days,
As Ocean large and wide:
A pride that dares, and heeds not praise,
A stern and silent pride:
Not that false joy that dreams content
With what our sires have won;
The blood a hero sire hath spent
Still nerves a hero son.

"Pomp and Circumstance" midi courtesy of - 06/02/07

"Pomp and Circumstance" lyrics courtesy of - 06/02/07

Additional Background Information courtesy of and - 06/02/07

First Elgar Image courtesy of - 06/02/07

Second Elgar Image courtesy of - 06/02/07

Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/05/06

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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!

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

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

Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

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