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06/08/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Paint It Black

“Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.”

- Bill Hicks

 (16 Dec 1961 - 26 Feb 1994)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter is for all you Rolling Stones fans.

BONUS #1 - - Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones, 1966

BONUS #2 - - Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones, much later.....


   Happy Birthday this week to:

10 -         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN AND Eileen Casey Sparkman (Ferguson HS - '68) of VA;

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57) AND       My #3 Son,  Randolph Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '92) of IL;

14 - The United States Army - 1775 AND  Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX AND Cindy _____ Konstant of VA (wife of   George Konstant - '65 - of VA) AND    Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66) of PA AND    My Youngest Grandson, Buckley Harty of MA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 06/06/09 - Memories":

In response to   Lucy Southall Propst's ('63 - of VA) walk down memory lane, it sure was fun.  Though I am a youngster around here, I do remember many of the things she is recalling.  Though my childhood memories are mostly lost in a dense fog, I do  have a few that do emerge every now and then.

I have fond memories of   the Christmas lights across Washington Avenue.  And the parades to usher in Santa Claus who came in through the C&O train dock station.  I remember watching the newspapers to watch for the schedule advertised for his arrival and the short trip you could take to see him waving at you from a caboose on a spur track.  The train only went up the track a mile or so and then reversed but for a child it seemed like a cross country trip.  I also remember mother getting her 4 inch stiletto heel stuck between the planks at the dock and we almost didn't make the train!  The days of decorating streets and the hoopla associated with it are pretty much a thing of the past due to Political Correctness.

When I clicked on the photo it took me to other downtown sights and I also remember the days when animated lighted and neon signs were everywhere. 

I saw one that showed the coffee pot pouring into a cup (was the restaurant called The Coffee Pot?)

   Oh, no - that would be our beloved   Antine's! This is one of our oldest OOSG pages, dating back to 10/23/03.

... and another I also vividly remember is a place called "Tops" and had a sign that looked like a spinning top.  If I remember it was across the street from the old Standard Drug store?  That is where we use to stand to watch the parade.  As I recall Tops was burned in the late 60s during one of the race riots downtown?

   Race riots?? There were race riots?!?

Here Summer is upon us and I am already getting eaten up by mosquitoes but remember the days when the mosquito truck would come down the streets spraying mist behind them.  Wish they still did (at least for my sake)!

Pictures I would like to see... the    Armory that was across from NNHS,

   Thanks, Eric! This is also one of our oldest OOSG pages, dating back to 10/22/03.

...the weather ball at the old Newmarket Shopping Center,

 Tanker Gas Station that was taken down to put a Robo Car Wash there, Newmarket Circle before it was built up and circle, the old Pep Boys building downtown with the large Manny Moe and Jack figures on the roof - like the Muffler King also had, the military trains that carried armament (trucks, jeeps, tanks, etc...) on them for deployment, Mac Cabs (with their black and white Cadillac fleet), Best Ever Ice Cream trucks, Mister Softee - to name a few.

Any takers on posting some of the above?


   Well, now, there you have me, Eric!

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

  From Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA - 06/06/09 - "Our old neighborhoods - north end":

I enjoyed reading the familiar Typhoon names associated with their neighborhoods. North End was mine. The Riverside Apartments were better known as Shipyard Apartments, by location. They were built in 1918-19, and consisted of 4 identical buildings, each 4 stories tall. They each had 2 stores and 84 apartments, 1-3 bedrooms. They faced Washington Avenue, and offered a great view of the James River Bridge lights, and river sunsets. Mr. Byrd and Mr. Holloway had small markets, with hand scooped ice cream cones for only 5 cents. There was also a beauty salon. The greatest advantage was all the children available, so we did not go far from home. Halloween was fun. We filled a paper grocery bag at just one building, but usually got another bag, and another for the other buildings. Fall meant roller skating season to us. I wore a dog tag and a skate key for weeks in the Jackson School days. Just across the street was a sidewalk about 15 blocks long to skate on.  

Here are some of the kids from just the 45th Street building that I remember:
Judy Bright (59),   JoAnn Norman (59),   Kitty Norman ('57), Betty Jean Spencer (60), Richard Eastman (60), called Woody in the neighborhood,   Lavernia Hudson (62), Ginny Morton (62), Myrtle Morton, Bernie Whitmer (63), Bennie Whitmer (68), Wayne Boger (64),  
Sarah Puckett (65), Helen Puckett, Mary Frances Southall (66),  
Lucy Southall (63), Phil, Bobby, of NNHS, Joy Wheeler (Warwick, (65)

All the buildings are gone now.  Times change.

Lucy Southall Propst

   Thanks so much, Lucy! I posted your memories:


  From Curt Overman ('59) of VA - 06/02/09 - "Typhoon Class of 59":

Dear Carol,

Several members of the Typhoon class of 59 are trying to see if there is any interest in a 50-year reunion.
They would ask that members contact one of the people listed below to express their interest and ideas.
Mary Catherine Todd    Telephone 757-596-4347
Margaret Powell Bryant   Telephone 757-826-6397   Email
Mary Jones Lenhart              Email
Curtis Overman             Email

They would ask that they contact one of the above before July 1 so that plans may be made.  It is anticipated that the reunion itself would be in either September or October.  The form and venue would depend on the response they get.

Thank you for all your hard work!

Curtis Overman

   That's truly fabulous news, Curt! I'll harp on this everyway I can imagine in the next four weeks to try to encourage one and all so that this comes to fruition!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 06/07/09 - "I GOT YOUR MAMA":

Little Carol came into the kitchen where her mother was making  dinner.

Her birthday was coming up and she thought this was a good time to tell her mother what she wanted. '"Mom, I want a bike for my birthday."

Now, Little Carol was a bit of a troublemaker. She had gotten into trouble at school and at home.. Carol's mother asked her if she thought she deserved to get a bike for her birthday. Little Carol, of course, thought she did.

Carol's mother, being a Christian woman, wanted her to reflect on her behavior over the last year, and write a letter to God and tell him why she deserved a bike for her birthday. Little Carol stomped up the steps to her room and sat down to write God a letter.

    LETTER 1:

    Dear God:
    I have been a very good girl this year and I would like a bike for my birthday. I want a red one.

    Your friend, Carol

    Carol knew this wasn't true. She had not been a very good girl this year, so she tore up the letter and started over.

    LETTER 2:

    Dear God:

    This is your friend Carol. I have been a pretty good girl this year, and I would like a red bike for my birthday.

    Thank you, Carol

    Carol knew this wasn't true either. She tore up the letter and started again.

    LETTER 3:

    Dear God:

    I know I haven't been a good girl this year. I am very sorry. I will be a good girl if you just send me a red bike for my birthday.

    Thank you, Carol

    Carol knew, even if it was true, this letter was not going to get her a bike. By now, she was very upset. She went downstairs and told her mother she wanted to go to church. Carol's mother thought her plan had worked because Carol looked very sad.

    'Just be home in time for dinner,' her mother said. Carol walked down the street to the church and up to the altar. She looked around to see if anyone was there. She picked up a statue of the Virgin Mary , slipped it under her jacket and ran out of the church, down the street, into her house, and up to her room. She shut the door and sat down and wrote her letter to God.

    LETTER 4:



    Signed, YOU KNOW WHO

    Thanks, Joyce!


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 06/05/09

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
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  
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Paint It Black

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (with Brian Jones contributing the song's signature riff)

- The Rolling Stones, 1966

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes
I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a new born baby it just happens ev'ry day
I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door and it has been painted black
Maybe then Ill fade away and not have to face the facts
Its not easy facin' up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the settin' sun
My love will laugh with me before the mornin' comes

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes
Hmm, hmm, hmm,...
I wanna see it painted, painted black
Black as night, black as coal
I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black

"Paint It Black" midi courtesy of - 06/08/09

"Paint It Black" lyrics courtesy of - 06/08/09

"Paint It Black" Image courtesy of - 06/08/09

Black Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/09/09

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

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!

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 03/24/03

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

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

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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