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06/02/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Sir Edward Elgar's 152nd 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,

   Today marks the third year we've celebrated Elgar's birthday here, but with a different composition each time:

BONUS - - Elgar's Chanson de Matin - played by Robert Finley (who also sequenced today's midi file)



1.   Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA - 05/11/09:

   Welcome aboard, Lucy - even if I am more than a bit late in announcing it to "the class"!


   Happy Birthday today to      Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to       Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 -        Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND    Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA;
05 -
    Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of NV (now in school in UT);

06 - Robert Helmintoller ('57) AND Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57);
07 -    From Fred Field (June '45) of CA
AND   Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


  From Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA - via snail mail - 05/08/09:

Hi Carol,

  Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65 - of VA) gave me your contact information.  We were neighbors in the Shipyard Apartments and friends at Calvary Baptist, 48th and Huntington Avenue, and kept in touch while she was in California.  We had a cliché about her.  Telephone, telegraph, tell Sarah.  She knew local gossip before others in the same circle did, even in California.
Did we double-date after a football game, to go to Rabbit-Habit 11, a dance at the Armory, sponsored by SPD?  That is about all I remember about you, other than what you looked like in 1963.  I do not know who I was with.  Were you with    Steve Smith ('66 - of VA)?

   WOWZERS!!! What a gift for details your memory holds - to remember the actual name of the dance! Yes, ma'am, we did double date that night, and I was with Steve, but even after looking at this list, I cannot recall who you date was - though I'm fairly certain that he must also have been a member of SPD:

   And don't let your lack of memory of me bother you, Lucy; that's more than a lot of people recall of me. Apparently, I was quite the forgettable character.....

My favorite places to eat downtown were The Dog House (25 c deal), Monty's Penguin, Nachman's Tea Room (club sandwich), W.T. Grant's (hot dog cooked on a roller grill), Kresge's (slice of German chocolate cake, 15 c), and of course Shoney's (big boy hamburger).  Locally, I did go to What-a-Burger, and the "new" one is still worth the drive from Williamsburg.  The burger seemed fresh, handmade.

Remember the fads in jokes?  When we were kids, It was knock-knock, and little moron.  Then, in high school, there were elephant jokes and sick jokes.  "Daddy, how long will it take to get to England?  Shut up and keep rowing."  They weren't that funny, but I could remember a lot of jokes then, and tell them without forgetting the punch line.

Who was the best at telling tall tales or good jokes in each Class?  I always loved hearing    Rocky Gary ('64) talk, and never knew when he was serious.
Where did the girls of the early 60's get their hair done?  I know the shop around the corner from the Paramount was a favorite of mine.
What magazines did we read?  I took Seventeen.  My husband, John Propst (Warwick, '61), subscribed to Hot Rod, and still has so many.

   I was given a three-year subscription to Glamour magazine in 1963 which I treasured. I think I still had it when I got married in mid-August of 1969, but it's long gone now.

Who do you recall as a real encourager of your class?    Howie Smith ('63) and Joy Bridges ('63) were so kind.  Vivian Starnes ('64), and   Judy McCall ('65), my bff, were also great encouragers.

The best male vocalist of my class was Jimmy Crank ('63), who sang at NNHS, our church, dances, and weddings.

   He still does! He assembled one of the best sixties bands I've ever heard for your 45-Year Reunion last October. If I would ever actually process the bulk of those marvelous images, we could all enjoy them.....

Each year's first assembly always included the singing of Bless This House, in memory of the fire and rebuilding of the school auditorium in the early '50's.  How did it start, what rooms, besides the auditorium, were damaged, and how long was the school closed?

   These two pages should answer that question for you, Lucy:

Do you have a photo of the downtown Catholic high school?  I know some students transferred to NNHS to experience the big urban school life, and graduate from the best in the area.

   I think we do NOT have a picture of St. Vincent's High School anywhere; just the church:

I was thinking of some of the technology we experiences in our city life.  Remember going on the escalator the first time, with all the warnings to step off at once!  We called it the alligator. 

   I'm STILL very leery of escalators. As recently as April, even with arthritic knees, I opted to walk down umpteen flights of stairs at Busch Stadium rather than take the descending escalators (I did agree to ride them UP). They do not mix well with my extreme astigmatism......

How many times did we x-ray our feet before getting saddle oxfords for school?  I crave having some shoes like that again.  Where can I get some black & white shoes? 

   Try That's where I found my Bass Weejuns a few years ago.

Which store had the beam of light which opened the second set of front doors when you walked through and broke the beam?  I recall how hot the stores were in the summer, without the air conditioning.  Ceiling fans were little help.  I loved seeing the credit card and ticket go through the vacuum tube to the office on the mezzanine at Nachman's.

Photos I'd like to see:

The city pool, a block or two from the black pool

Christopher Newport, when it started at old     Daniel Elementary, across from NNHS.

  Christmas lights strung across the streets, downtown

The real Santa (which store was that, where we waited in line)

Newmarket Rocking Chair Theater:
When it opened, The Sound of Music played, and went on, it seemed, for a year. My sister, Mary Frances Southall, ('66), dressed as Miss Sound of Music, and rode on a convertible with Donna Byrd, dressed as a clown, through the neighborhood for a promotion.  They were cashiers.

   Hmmm. That seems to be the only theater for which we do NOT have a page, Lucy:

Any photos of school plays or Senior plays?

   MORE Hmmm. From the very earliest portion of the site still left in its original 2001 form for sentimental reasons:

What were the most popular romantic songs of our days?  I loved Unchained Melody, remembering the boy who sang it to me.  Wonderland by Night was also beautiful.

For crazy, funny songs, who could forget Louie Louie, but I liked Alley Oop, too.

Does anyone have a program for the WGH rock & roll show in the early '60's at the Paramount?  I thought Little Richard was the star.  When Elvis came there in the late '50's, Pam Pennington ('58), was president of the local Elvis fan club.  She won the life size sign from the lobby.  She shared her room with two sisters then, and Elvis stood in their corner.

It was socially important to be seen at Shoney's (Warwick) and Tarey's after games and dances.  Some kids went from Warwick to the Hampton's Shoney's.  Wonder how many miles there were from one Shoney's to the other?

Judy McCall and I were on the front seat of 
 the roller coaster at Ocean View once and the bar wouldn't lock.  It was really scary, trying to hold it in place.  We rode   the Bullet ride at Buckroe.  I had an open purse, held in place between my feet.  On the first twirl upside down, all the contents fell out onto our dates.

Do you remember that the Daily Press, Newport News' paper, had an afternoon paper, The Times Herald Susan Perkins ('63) and I wrote a weekly column alternately for two years, for a Teen Page addition to the Times Herald. 
  Kenny Lipscomb ('63) called in scores after the games to the newspapers.

   I remember the Times-Herald - AND your Teen Page - quite clearly, Lucy! I thought I might even find your byline posted somewhere, but this was as close as I came for now:

I have had such great memories come back after seeing all the photos and comments on your NNHS site.  I am sending you $2.00, and my deep appreciation for all your work, and love put into this project.

   Thanks, Lucy!

I enclosed the obituary of 
   Linda Grubbs Clarke ('62), sister of    Peggy Grubbs McGowan Briggs ('63).  Also, I am enclosing two old ones for   Billy Roberts ('63) and   Billy Rhodes ('63).  

   Thank you so much, Lucy! I've not yet scanned these obituaries, but I did make a few updates to the In Memoriam Page for the Class of 1963:
I'd love to see photos of the WGH disc jockey's of the early '60's.  I woke up to that sound every day, and listened 'til I fell asleep.  I still prefer that 50-60's sound, because I know all the words.

   I think you'll really enjoy this page, then:


Lucy Southall Propst, '63

   Thank you, Lucy! I hope all those blue links will help you to recall some more fun old memories!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/31/09 - "Honor Flight Trip to WWII Memorial":


You might want to post this in case some of our Typhoon brothers and sisters have parents who might like to take one of these trips.  I really appreciate those Typhoon buddies who participated in the special presentation of letters.  They were Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66 - of VA),       Wayne Stokes ('65 - of VA), and     Linda Lane Lane ('64 - of VA).  You guys are great!


Yesterday,   Jerry (Allen - '65 - of VA) delivered Howard (Hodnett - '45 - of VA) to Williamsburg at 5 am to catch one of the three Honor Flight Tour buses going to Washington, DC to visit the WW II Memorial.

Each Veteran had a personal escort.  Howard's was an energetic and caring young man named Timothy.  He can be found working at the Norfolk Zoo.  We will go to visit him soon.  Tim took excellent care of Howard.  We had NOTHING to worry about.  We were so glad to meet and thank him in person. He is such a special guy.

The veterans were served breakfast items and coffee before the buses took off.  They had lunch at the Memorial under a special shelter just for them.

They had dinner at Quantico before heading home to arrive at 9:30 pm.  While having dinner at Quantico, they had "Mail Call" and each veteran was given an envelope with the wonderful letters from family and friends as well as 8-10 from locals and school children from elementary to seniors in high school.  Howard received some from Bruton and Walsingham. Some were from adults, too.

The vets shared their letters with each other and facial expressions ranged from huge smiles to tears and quivering lips.

Jerry and I want to THANK those of you wrote letters.  You can't begin to know how much it meant to Howard and to us. He said that it was one of the most wonderful things he has ever done.  He came home looking so good and healthy with such a glow on his face and those blue eyes were just sparkling. 

Thank you again for taking the time to write a letter or send a card to Howard, Jerry's dad.  He really deserved this trip. If you know of a veteran who might enjoy this trip, they are planning another for October.

God bless you!


   WOWZERONI!!! Thank you for sharing this with us, Judy - how wonderful!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 06/01/09 - "a 2LT pic of me for your site":

Hey, Mom,

  Glad you liked my email...hope others enjoy it as well. 

For my pics on your site, if in the future, if you would, use one of these as an officer, not as an enlisted guy fresh from Basic.  I'd appreciate that.  Anyone who knows, by looking at my beret, will notice that is from Basic as I have no rank or company crest (for enlisted soldiers) on the crest of the beret.  I appreciate that.

Friday, January 2, 2009
Fort Benning, GA

PS...Well, I thought I had more, but that is the only one with rank on it.  I'll look for more, but that is an ok one for now
Brent L. Harty

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   AHHH, I knew it was only a matter of time before you had me switch this image, Brent! It's just that I really, REALLY liked that earlier one! Still, it's not seemly for an officer to have his photo posted as an enlisted man, so I switched it at last.

   Thanks for the nudge, Brent!

  From Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA - 06/01/09 - "Tarey's":

I noticed a sign in front of old Tarey's Drive In (and around, and back to Shoney's).  It will soon be another pharmacy, a CVS.  I often repeat myself, and that is one inspiration, to say, "That was Tarey's."

Lucy Southall Propst, '63

   Thanks again, Lucy! I added your report to the Tarey's page:


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/01/09 - "*+* Thoughts for the day *+*":

You cannot chain another without chaining yourself.

*+*  *+*  *+*  *+*  *+*  *+*  *+*  

  Always remember to forget
The things that made you sad
But never forget to remember
The things that made you glad
Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you
Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

*+*  *+*  *+*  *+*  *+*  *+*  *+*                         


Hope is bright shining light which keeps darkness at the bay
Hope is gentle cold breeze on a hot summer day

Hope is to remain positive when going gets tough
hope is seeking more when others think u had enough

What hope means

Hope is dreaming of tomorrow
Hope is simmering under sorrow

Hope is sparkles when tears in our eyes
Hope is a beautiful thing and beautiful things never dies

What hope means

Hope is as light as a feather
Hope keeps all of us together

Hope is ubiquitous and free of cost
hope is the last thing ever lost.....

by Vineet Bansal

*+*  *+*  *+*  *+*  *+*  *+*  *+*

   Thank you, Shari!


   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 06/01/09 - "Regarding E-mails":

This is hilarious!  (and it's ABOUT TIME someone did this!)

   BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Ev!


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





Carol Buckley Harty  
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Chanson de Matin, Op. 15 No. 2

Composed by Sir Edward Elgar, 1901, originally for violin and piano -1899
 (2 June 1857 - 23 Feb 1934)

Elgar's "Chanson de Matin" midi (sequenced by Robert Finley) courtesy of - 06/02/09

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

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

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

Cheyenne High School (NV) Desert Shields Logo courtesy of - 02/05/08

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!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
 Thanks, Mark!

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