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.

 

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Correction:

 

   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

apologize again.

 

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Newbies:

 

Carol Griffith Moody (’72) of VA – 06/08/04

 

Don Chaney (’66) of MD – 06/10/04

 

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/alumni-list.html

 

   Welcome, Carol and Don!

 

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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!

 

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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

team, etc.?

 

   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?

   Thanks, Carol!

 

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From Sandi Bateman Chestnut (’65) of VA – 06/06/04:

 

Hi, Carol,

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!

Sandi

 

   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?

 

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From Chip Clark (’65) of Northern VA – 06/07/04:

 

Hi Carol:

         I'd like to find out what ever became of Barbara Burns (’65).

 

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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.

 

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   This is that APB!  Anyone know where to find Barbara?  Anyone?  Anyone?

 

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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:

 

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/VA-Vietnam-KIA.html

 

   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…

 

   Thanks, Guys!

 

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/fraternities-sororities.html

 

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/our-places-worship.html

 

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? 

No?!?)

 

   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/our-schools.html

 

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:

 

http://www.thecovertletter.com/

 

   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/reunion-page.html

 

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!

 

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From Mark Friedman (’65) of VA – 05/30/04:

 

http://www.mamarocks.com/diet.htm

 

   Thanks, Mark.  A good laugh to lighten the moment is needful every now and then – and this is a hoot.

 

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   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."

 

   Amen.

 

   Y’all take care of each other.

 

                                                        Love to all, Carol

 

 

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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."

 

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Carol Buckley Harty

219 Four Ply Lane

Fayetteville, NC 28311-9305

910-488-9408

 


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