06/11/04 - NNHS Newsletter - National Day of Mourning and Celebration
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
As did so many of you today, I watched the televised coverage of Ronald Reagan’s
funeral with awe in my heart and tears on my cheeks.
I love television. I’ve always loved television. I vividly remember watching the coronation
of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953. I was almost six years old, and it remains with me
even after 51 years. I deeply appreciate the blessing that television affords us of being right
there for something of this importance, even when we’re separated by hundreds and perhaps
thousands of miles. We live in remarkable times.
Watch for a page honoring President Reagan; gimme a few days.
In an earlier Newsletter I referred to Thelma Spade Roberts (’57) of VA as Thelma Spade
Robinson. I’m playing the brain damage card on this one. There’s just no other way out of it.
Thelma seems to have taken it more gracefully than I did; I was completely mortified. I
Carol Griffith Moody (’72) of VA – 06/08/04
Don Chaney (’66) of MD – 06/10/04
Welcome, Carol and Don!
Notes from All Around:
From Fred Mays (’60) of VA – 06/07/04:
Carol: Thank you again so much for the fantastic website. You are a pro. I enjoyed reading
about your father. I was so interested in knowing that he was a doctor and could have had a
much better life staying at home; however, he chose to do a nobler thing. I would say he was
a man of much character.
Carol, I just wanted to mention how proud we are of our son, Erick Wayne Mays who was
chosen to be the head Basketball coach at Menchville High School, his and our daughter's
Alma Mater. He was the JV Coach and was a likely candidate; however, he said he was
one of many being considered. The article was in the Daily Press last Wednesday, June 2nd.
It was on the back page of the sports section...page B6, at bottom of page. The headline was,
"Next generation takes over as Menchville's boys basketball coach". Also, I probably told you,
our son and daughter-in-law, Tara, presented us with our first grandchild on Dec. 8th. They had
a baby girl, Payton Lyn Mays. She is adorable. Our daughter, Ansley, is a Social Worker and
continues to give us pride. We have been sooo blessed.
I read a comment Judy Horton Lindstrom, '63 wrote. She mentioned a Carol Vogel. I wonder if
she is a sister of Jeff Vogel who was in my class ('60)? He has been among our missing and it
would be good to know an address. He was a really nice guy and nice to the shy ones like me.
This I cannot forget. Additionally, I think Judy Horton's brother, Billy, dated my older sister,
Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58). I am so happy to report that my sister, Mary Anne and her husband
are back in the states after been missionaries for 30 years in Uruguay, S.A. They are on furlough
and will retire in November. She has NEVER been to a reunion and I will do all I can to encourage
her to go when her class has their next one. They are living in Hampton and will build a house
in York Counter before the end of the year.
Take care Carol....you are a marvel!!!!!
Fred Mays, Class of 1960, married to Patty Andrews Mays, Class of 1961. Also, brother of
Cheryl Mays Howard ('66)
Thanks, Fred! I always enjoy hearing from you. Congratulations on your wonderful family!
And as a certified expert on beautiful grandchildren (having eight of my own), I must agree with you –
Payton is a precious little doll! You showed us her picture when several of us visited with you and
Patti two days after Christmas, when you graciously allowed us tour your fabulous Newport News
museum. (Thanks again!)
I’m afraid I do not know whether Jeff and Carol Vogel are siblings. They don’t look much alike,
but then my sister, Eleanor (’59) and I look nothing at all alike. I’ll defer to someone else’s
knowledge on this one.
That’s super news about Mary Anne! Y’all will have such FUN being back together again! Again,
I speak from experience. My sister and I had limited and infrequent contact for the thirty years I lived
in the Midwest. Living seven minutes away from her for these past 28 months has been a total joy!
From Carol Griffith Moody (’72) of VA – 06/08/04:
…I was in the '73 class but doubled up for 2 summers and graduated
in August 1972. So I guess I'm a "graduate without a Class" ha ha
Now, could you tell me if you know this......Willie Armistead, played
football, etc. around 1968-1971 time frame.....did he go to an NFL
Duh, I can’t, that’s for sure.
I Googled his name, and found a “Will Armistead” serving as Director of Athletic Development
at West Virginia University, but I’ve no clue if they are one and the same. Anyone? Anyone?
From Sandi Bateman Chestnut (’65) of VA – 06/06/04:
I can narrow the gap for where Barbara Hedrick is, although I don't have an address for her.
About a year ago, her mother died (her father died a few years prior to that) and the obituary
was in the Daily Press, but listed her and Barbara as living in West Virginia. I don't remember
what city or town and should have made note of it, as she and I were very good friends in high
school and for a couple of years afterwards. Her family was from West Virginia and she always
said she was going to move back there eventually. She was in Germany for several years
working as a Civil Servant for the U.S. Government, but had been back in NN for a while.
Until her mother died, I thought she was still in this area, as I'd run into her sometimes.
I checked the people search on Yahoo and found several possibilities listed, but not knowing
what town she lived in, I didn't know where else to look. She never married, or hadn't as of last
year, when the obit was in the paper. I was hoping that Dee had some information on her,
as I'd like to get in touch with her again. If you find out anything else, let me know.
Thanks for everything!
OH! Thanks, Sandi!
Sandi always seems to know – or to be able to find out – the most impossible things.
You are a jewel, Sandi!
Anyone have any further information?
From Chip Clark (’65) of Northern VA – 06/07/04:
I'd like to find out what ever became of Barbara Burns (’65).
From Me (’65) in NC to Chip:
We'll try to find that out for you!
The only notes I have say that she was a Methodist (and according to what I've noticed,
there's about an 87% chance that's no longer true), and that she attended Ferrum Junior
College (a Methodist school, BTW).
I’ll put out an APB for her.
This is that APB! Anyone know where to find Barbara? Anyone? Anyone?
Other Page Updates since 05/15/04:
Joe Madagan (’57) of FL suggested a new page for Our Old Stomping Grounds
with his fabulous story:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/HnB-grocery.html - Thanks, Joe!
Cheryl Mays Howard (’66) of VA sent me a long document and asked if there was
any way we could use it. Here’s how I did:
I’ve not had the opportunity for much tweaking. I simply removed the list of the Newport
News people (plus my dear friend, Lee Galloway, who by that time was living in Williamsburg).
If their names are in blue links, you may follow the link to the proper memorial page for more details.
PLEASE NOTE: If you see someone you recognize whose name is NOT linking anywhere,
please send me more details so that we can take care of that problem. At least three of those
other names sounded awfully familiar to me, but I just couldn’t pin them down. Thanks for your help.
And thanks, Cheryl, for suggesting the page.
From Cheryl Mays Howard (’66) of VA - 06/1/0/04:
Thanks so much for all the hard work...you are a gem...
Not at all! That page was long overdue. Thanks for providing me the necessary data.
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam57.html - a remembrance of Frank Ferguson was added
by Joe Madagan (’57) of FL
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam59.html - Dan Rouse was added by Ron Miller (’59) of NC
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam61.html - Russell Maynard was added by Joe Madagan
(’57) of FL; Jimmy Smith (’62) of VA had told me this back in Dec of ’01, but apparently I was in denial
and never posted it.
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam66.html a remembrance of Joe Curry was added by
Albert Dorner (’66) of VA
A better image of the Purple Heart medal was given to me by Joe Madagan (’57) of FL which I added
to the ’65 and ’66 pages, and then forgot to post until just now. I’m calling that “three strokes = brain
damage” thing into play again…
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/frat-soro-DLC.html - WOWZERS! Go see the 1963 image of the girls
at Buckroe! Thanks to Sue Scott Moore (’64) of VA for this priceless gem!
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/frat-soro-Naked.html - Giggles! Just go read Cookie’s comment!
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/news.html - I don’t know if I ever mentioned the cute pictures Van
Rowell (’65) of NC sent on 05/28/04 of his grandson, J.D. If I did, go have another look anyway.
They’re so cute!
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/oddsends.html - I don’t know if I mentioned this or not either
(hey – sometimes my brain works, sometimes, well…). Joe Madagan (’57) of FL sent us a scan
of his 1957 State Championship Basketball Letter on 06/01/04. Everything is listed on that page
in chronological order of the way it happened, not the order in which we received it. (Working or not,
my brain is always obsessive about such matters.)
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/greek-orthodox.html - I came across a really cool new image
and promptly pilfered it. (Hey, if you’re gonna swipe sumpin’, it might as well be from a church, right?
Okay, ever since Angelfire was absorbed by Tripod or whatever happened, they ruined their pages
by sticking up sidebars to the left, which distort things dreadfully. I can’t stand it anymore, so I’ll be
moving everything shortly. (Trust me, it’ll be some day when my brain is functioning!) Meanwhile,
click on the nice little black X at the top of the nasty grey sidebars, and the proper image will be restored.
http://www.angelfire.com/va3/65nnhs/bankhead-magruder-school.html - look at this adorable image
of Sue Scott and Alice Fowler! Our thanks to Sue Scott Moore (’64) of VA!
http://www.angelfire.com/ct3/aao/cluckmeat/famous-soldiers.html - Cookie Phillips Tyndall (’64) of VA
sent me a totally adorable shot of her brother, Charlie Phillips (’65) taken in 1980 when he was a Major
stationed at Ft. Meade. I’m still missing all the attendant data (full name, birth date, birthplace, other
occupations, etc.), but HEY! It’s still wonderful! Thanks, Cookie!
Y’all keep those “Famous” Marines, Soldiers and Sailors pictures coming!
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/classes.html - I’m pretty sure that I never brought this to your attention.
Thelma Spade Roberts (’57) of VA told me about a cool page run by Harry Covert (’57) of VA:
As I’ve never worked up the nerve to writing Harry, I hadn’t mentioned this before….Hmmm. I’ll hafta do
that one of these first days. Meanwhile, y’all go check out the page; it’s quite fascinating.
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/page-hits.html - Hit # 23,000 was made on Tuesday, June 1, 2004
at 3:33 PM by Joe Madagan ('57) of FL. – Hey, Joe! Your ornament is actually finished. As I was
inserting the ribbons, I found two completed white, blue and gold ornaments which I never mailed. Hmmm.
I wonder whose they are?!? Just for the record, and my muddled brain, how many of the rest of you have
never received your prizes from months ago – not counting the fictitious $10,000 and $15,000 that
Jim Dossett (’66) of VA and Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky (’59) of NC think they are due? (Sorry, Guys –
you must have me confused with some other deranged billionaire…)
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2004.html - WOW!!! Go see the GORGEOUS new image
from their Reunion Committee meeting Wednesday night! Aren’t they all beautiful?!? Thanks, Dave!
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2004-attending.html - SUPER! Y’all won’t want to miss the
opportunity of seeing them again in October.
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2004-missing.html - doncha love the cool music that
Dave Spriggs (’64) of VA found us for this page?
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2004-69-missing.html - ditto
Note to the Reunion Committees: To paraphrase a line from “It’s a Wonderful Life”, I’m offering you
the opportunity of a lifetime here. Just give me a list of your classmates with whom you’ve lost contact,
I’ll make the spread sheet, and we can post their names so that everyone can help look for them. The
Class of 1969 realized immediate results when their list was posted. Chances are excellent that you can too.
Classes of ’62 and ’63 – I have your old lists from your reunion booklets of ’97 (partially updated)
and ‘03. Just say the word, and your lists will be published.
Start compiling your stories and images for two new pages coming anytime now:
1964 State Basketball Tournament
Summer Playground Dances
Please submit them to me as soon as possible – Thanks!
From Mark Friedman (’65) of VA – 05/30/04:
Thanks, Mark. A good laugh to lighten the moment is needful every now and then – and this is a hoot.
Once again let me say that it’s always a great pleasure to speak with y’all on the phone – it brightens
my whole day. By the same token, I always appreciate your contributions to the web site, whether they
be stories, images, memorabilia or funding.
I’ll leave you today with a passage from William Butler Yeats, quoted by Brian Mulroney today.
"Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say that my glory was that I had such friends."
Y’all take care of each other.
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."
Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9305
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