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06/14/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Flag Day

"I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself,
the pictured suggestion of that big thing which makes this nation.
My stars and my stripes are your dream and your labors. They are bright
with cheer, brilliant with courage, firm with faith, because you
have made them so out of your heart. For you are the makers of the flag
and it is well that you glory in the making.”

- Franklin Knight Lane
(15 July 1864 - 18 May 1921)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Here's today's homework (you knew it was coming, didn't you, Class?!?):

    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/04/06:

..... For 06/14/06 - Flag Day, I suggest "You're A Grand Old Flag" by Cohan.

Source and lyrics:

   But of course!  Thank you, Captain!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 06/14/06:

   Today is also the 231st birthday of The United States Army - 1775.

   Give a cheer to and for those brave souls who defend - and have defended - our country.

   And speaking of birthdays:



   And today we have another TWO-FER:

    Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX  and Cindy Konstant of VA are both celebrating today.  Cindy and her husband    George ('65), are active and faithful members of the Reunion Committee for the Class of 1965.

    A very Happy Birthday, Ladies!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 05/28/06 - "DEAR CAROL, So Proudly We Serve, (Flag) Day 2006":

Dear Carol ************************************************** One star for each State
 So proudly we Serve, (Flag) Day 2006
  To remember all of our service men everywhere. Whatever your beliefs, Say a few words of thanks to our CREATOR and Keep all our TROOPS Safe in the WAR we are currently engaged in.

Your Friend, Herbie   

   Thanks again, Herbie!



  From Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR - 06/03/06 (but held until today
by request):

"Turning 51 today is really not that bad;
I could be turning 58 and I could be so sad.
My brother    Steve is 58 - and what delight I get,
In bugging him about this reunion, and to be more hip!
The class of '66 needs to bug this man, I say;
Why, in his day he led the class and helped foul shots along the way!
So spread the word amongst you-get Steve to go! (he's in phone book)
Little sisters can only prod so much-then I have to let it go.
Dee has worked so hard on stirring the troops-
Now it's up to you-class of '66 - so don't be duped.
1971/2 - Steve Kiger ('66) (age 24) and his little sister, Gail Kiger (FHS - '73) (age 17)

(ok - so that's not exactly how the cheer went) I was only in 5th grade!"
Gail Kiger Bonsey (FHS '73)   6-3-06

   Thank you for that delightful rhyme, Gail!  And I finally posted your birthday belatedly.  I didn't want to risk spoiling your surprise for Steve beforehand.  And again, a Very Merry Un-Birthday to You!


    From Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR - 06/05/06 (but held until today
by blooper):

  Jim Bonsey- of Oahu's Kailua High School '74 , now living in Portland, OR, and brother in law to Steve Kiger '66 , takes a lunch time flight in his Cherokee over Mt St Helens recently...also is a pix as he flies over downtown Portland - see Mt Rainer & Mt Hood is foreground...  
Friday, April 28, 2006,
10:22 AM
Friday, April 28, 2006,
11:00 AM

Collin finishing up yr #1 at U of Oregon...intends to stay in Eugene and take some summer classes; Jim still flying as a hobby - look at this side trip over Mt. St. Helen crater four weeks ago before the cone appeared.

I am doing alright. MS - after being diagnosed 20 yrs ago - brings a lot of stiffness/aches. I still enjoy working full-time, however...actually ache less sitting at my desk at work then I do here all weekend...


  WOWZERONI!!!  These images are GORGEOUS!!!  Thanks so much for showing us!

    Take care of yourself, Lady!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 06/13/06 - "You will love this web site...":

   Oh, yes, ma'am - 'deed I do!  Thanks, Lady!

  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/13/06 - "Warning to all women -- no matter
what age!!! ":



The strangest thing happened to me at lunch today. I was sitting at a local outdoor cafe having lunch by myself and two men came and sat down at my table... I gave them the death look, but they just casually stayed at my table and wouldn't leave me alone. I shined up my ring on my married finger, then placed my hand on the table and I hinted to them that I was married and that I was not interested in them.

Luckily for me they got the hint and left, but thankfully the whole thing was captured on the Cafe's camera. I'm sending you this picture as a warning... just in case they try and pick you up too.

Honestly, some men think they are God's gift to women.







Then I fell out of bed and woke up!!! 
So how did your day start?
   Well, perhaps not quite that well!  WILD HYSTERICAL GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Cookie!

  From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 06/13/06 - "2006 Vacation Series":

Just got back from fifteen days in Italy / Greece / Turkey, and this is undoubtedly the best picture I took to document our trip.  Back-story:  The guide books tell you there are very few free sandboxes (okay, toilets) in foreign countries, so we thought this was the most valuable thing we had.  As you can see, three hands are grabbing for it.

The other picture is kind of blurry... I was being hauled off for questioning by the Swiss guards at St. Peter's 'cause I pointed to a group of priests in the Vatican and asked: "Which one of those guys is Father Guido Sarducci?"

  Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Best question heard while looking at Michelangelo's ceiling:  "The Sistine Chapel is nice, but where is the Seventine Chapel?"
Second best comment overheard in the Sistine Chapel:  "How much would that cost today, in American dollars?"
Wish I'd spent more time in Paris, where we changed planes.  I just hate thinking those years with Mr. Armstrong, Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Barr were all wasted.  Quelle dommage, bay-bee.   
Bill Black

   Bill, you're still a hoot!  Thanks for sharing a bit of your wonder-vacation with us!

    From Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR - 06/13/06 - "Newest":

Jim Bonsey (Kailua High ’74 - Oahu) (of OR) poses not by his older Cherokee but another’s shiny home - built in Portland, OR

-          brother-in-law to    Steve Kiger ’66  (of VA)


"Jim's New Toy"

From Brian Beachum ('72) of VA - 06/13/06:

The gang might enjoy this site.

Brian Beachum
Beachum Studios, Inc.

“If you enjoy what you do, you'll never work another day in your life.”

   Well, I should certainly think they might!  Thanks, Brian!


  From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 06/13/06 - "  Glenn Dye's neighborhood":

Hi Carol,

I grew up in the same general area that Glenn Dye ('60 - of TX) did.  The only name for that neighborhood that I ever heard mention was the "Ivy Farm" or "Ivey Farm" area.  I would consider that area to be bounded between 22nd and 25th Streets, and Parrish and Oak Avenues.  It was my understanding as a kid that that area had been the Ivy Farm, and the original Ivy farm house was the brick house (or maybe at the same location as that house)  located directly across from the Buckingham's (my next-door neighbors)  at the corner of Parrish Avenue and 22nd Street.  Adjacent to the that brick house (I don't remember the name of the people that lived there when I was a kid) was a jetty that jutted into Salter's Creek.  I spent my youth playing and exploring on and around that jetty.  I used to find skulls of cows  or pigs  all the time, which I assumed were the remains of the old farm animals.

At one time there was a wooden footbridge that connected 22nd Street with either Ash, Beechwood, or Mulberry Avenues (probably Mulberry) on the other side of the creek.  In the early or mid-fifty's it feel into disrepair and was torn down.

Doug Nelson

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!!  Thanks so much, Doug!    I can start on that "Our Old Neighborhoods" page much faster now!


From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 06/13/06 - "I don't care what your politics are; that's funny!":

Donald Rumsfeld briefed the President this morning. He reported to Bush that three Brazilian soldiers had been killed in Iraq.

To everyone's amazement, all of the color ran from Bush's face, then he collapsed onto his desk, head in hands, visibly shaken, almost whimpering.

Finally, he composed himself and asked Rumsfeld, "Exactly how many is a brazillion?"

   Okay, now that's funny!  Thanks, Jude!


    From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 06/13/06 - "Greetings":

Hi Carol,   
Just a short note to praise your efforts on all the work you do for all of us "Typhoons". I haven't written in a while now for various reasons and one is that I spend the little "decompression" time I have reading every newsletter you send. To be honest I have learned so much about so many people, I sometimes take the " Me " out of the picture and listen more.

   Why, Bill Honey - there you are!  I wondered where you'd been!

The input I read tonight from   Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75 - of VA) brought back some old memories: In 1968 before I reported for active duty with the Navy I worked as a program engineer at WVEC TV. My duties were varied, but mainly consisted of technical support for the live local news and sports. The station had recently became affiliated with ABC and switched from public service (CH 15, UHF) to ABC formatting (CH 13, VHF) and at the Hampton studio on Pembroke Avenue. We still were using black and white cameras in Hampton while the weather was broadcast from the Norfolk studio in color starring Joe Folkes. Both studios microwaved to the transmitter in Driver, Va. Isn't all this wonderful to Know?

   Why, YES, it is!  And I remember Joe Folkes!!!

Anyhow, I also provided support for " Shock!, Shock!, Shock Theater" and "The Bungles Show". This was a big deal for a 20 year old to be exposed to, and very educational indeed. I had grown up with these programs and was somewhat saddened to now find out that the characters weren't real after all. Such is life I guess but those were indeed the "good old days".

This story could go further but before I get carried away as with the story of " West Point" (I did not say I actually wet my pants!) or the picture of Buckroe amusement park (I did not say that was my car in the photo) I would like to give a big " Bungles Wave" to Eric Huffstutler and all the NNHS Typhoons out there.
                                                                                        Bill Hobbs
                                                                                       Typhoon Forever

   And I'll get to work on that "Our Old Television" section quite soon now.  Thanks so much for your input!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 06/13/06 - "Tell Me Why...":

We used to sing a song in Sunday School with that title...It went "Tell me why the stars do shine...tell me why the ivy twines...tell me why the sky's so blue...and I will tell you...just why I love you"  I'll guess others sang it in Sunday School or youth group or at church youth events.  Singing together was such fun.  The harmony was beautiful. 

   OHHH, I do remember that one, Jean!  It was lovely!  Thanks for the memory!

Last Sunday was the end of our choir year.  In the summer we have soloists, duets, trios, (whoever they can snag to sing...)  It is a small church and many people take vacations in the summer.  We reconvene as a choir in Sept.  Our benediction was "A Closing Prayer" by Don Besig, and it was dedicated to me.  (Possibly because I have the choir Christmas party at my house and the end-of-the-year potluck at my house and do a few other things to help our director).  Anyway it was very special and very sweet.
     How wonderful!!!  That was very touching and sweet, and I'm sure, well-deserved!  You do spoil them so!

As I read your newsletters and the contributions of those who write in it seems that so many of our happy memories come from school, church and neighborhood.  I wonder if the kids today will have those great memories? 

Love, Jean

   These are perilous times, Jean.  I do hope they manage to acquire some delightful memories from somewhere, the poor babies!

   Thanks again, Lady!


From Jennifer Lane Devorss (Ferguson HS - '89) of FL (Daughter of    Linda Lane Lane -
'64 - of VA) - 06/14/06:

Greetings, Carol, from sunny Florida,

It finally stopped raining about 4:30 this morning, and here in Tampa Bay we got 12 inches of rain. Thank God for no more forest fires this year, we hope. The pool is nice and full and I hope to get some green grass back to save my fried yard.

   YOWZERONI!!!  I should certainly hope so!

I am having such a good time reading your newsletters and being the owner of my own business, I see the need for personal time to do things that just isn't there. I can tell you take a lot of time putting these wonderful pages together. Like I said earlier in my first e mail. we the Ferguson class of '89 did not even have a reunion or any contact up to this date. I could only hope one day to have something like this for our class, so not being disrespectful and the youngest typhoon supporter, tell the guy in Richmond to appreciate what you are doing for everyone and get a grip.

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  You ARE your mama's daughter!  Thanks so much, Jennifer! 

the youngest typhoon, Jennifer Lane Devorss


From the Daily Press - 06/14/06:

        Robert E. Tatem

SUFFOLK - Robert E. Tatem, 85, passed away at Riverside Regional Medical Center on Monday, June 12, 2006. Robert was born in Newport News on July 10, 1920, the son of Edgar and Maude Godfrey Tatem. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1939, and went to work at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. He served in the U.S. Army, Airborne Division, during World War II, as a machine records technician. He was proud to have served his country and spoke often of his years in Europe. Robert was discharged from the Army with honorable medals and returned to Newport News to resume his responsibilities at the shipyard in the tabulating/computer department. He worked at the shipyard for 46 years and retired in 1986. During those years, Robert met Beaulah Rae Cutler of Washington, N.C., and they married in 1947. They had two children, Robert Miles Tatem of Gloucester, Va., and Karen Rae Tatem Braswell of Littleton, N.C. Robert and Beaulah spent 58 wonderful years together and had resided in Suffolk for the past 44 years. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his son-in-law, Harvey V. Braswell, and his grandchildren, Meagan Rae Braswell and Lauren Rebecca Braswell. He adored Meagan and Lauren and they adored him. His sweet little kitty, Nubby, always brightened his day. Robert loved the Lord and served as a deacon in his church. He was a giving and caring person; he was a loving husband, dad and grandaddy. He helped many neighbors and was loved by them. He will be sorely missed; we love him so much. Robert had a passion for wood and he loved good music. We think our sweet guy is with God sanding a beautiful piece of wood, while listening to a great song. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, officiated by The Rev. Charles A. Robinson. Entombment will follow in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Suffolk, Va.
Published in the Daily Press on 6/14/2006.
Guest Book

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Tatum family.

  From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA - 06/14/06 - "Moved":

Hi Carol - just a note to let you know I have moved to Northern Virginia - new job, new home, a million boxes to unload and way too much "stuff".

   Well, congratulations, Jo Ann!  I had heard rumors to that effect, but no details, so thanks for letting us know!   Enjoy your new surroundings on the (hectic) "sacred soil of Virginia"!

   And do check in with the good Captain:

   You surely don't want to miss your class' 60th Birthday Party now that you're back home again!


 From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 06/14/06:

  Tim (Rogers - Hampton HS - '66 - of VA),

Thanks for the memories. My God, I haven’t thought of Skeeter Beach or Beer Can Alley since I was actually in high school……and I don’t know why. Your mentioning of these two ”special” spots conjured up all kinds of memories, none of them involving alcohol or lewd behavior, of course.

Chandler Nelms

   Oh, of course.  We would never think such things!

   Thanks, Chandler Darlin'!    I posted your remarks: - brand new page


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 06/14/06 - "Early Wednesday Morning":

Hello this morning.....

I had to take off (yesterday).....

I swear, try to take a little time off around here & it seems like the work load doubles while I'm gone. Okay, wait, if I leave for a day & come back, then yeah, I've got twice as much to do because, okay, got it. That's the way it's supposed to work, isn't it? Oh well, I'll get back with ya
when I catch up. Right.


   David Darlin', you are a hoot!  Thanks, Gorgeous!



  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 06/13/06:

Just a reminder about the cost of the 1966 reunion.  It will go from $50 per person to $60 per person July 2nd.  Please let people know about the increase (it was in the original letter).  We have catering and other financial deadlines to meet, as all reunions do, so we need to have the money as soon as possible from those that are going to attend.

   Thank you, Dee!  Sometimes we forget!  So don't forget!  You DON'T want to miss this one!



   If you're planning to attend The Super Open Reunion on July 1-2 sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1961 in honor of their graduation 45 years ago (and if not, WHY not?!?), remember:

The Radisson is holding a block of rooms until June 14 for $139 plus tax. 

   THAT'S TODAY!!!  Call them!



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

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:

The Super Open Reunion
sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1961
in honor of their graduation 45 years ago will be held
Saturday, July 1, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel, Hampton, VA at 6:30 PM. There will be a social hour/dinner, at a cost of $65 per person.

On Sunday, July 2, 2006, there will be a Sunday morning brunch, also at the Radisson, for the cost of $20.

If you attend both events, the combined cost will be $75.

  The Radisson is holding a block of rooms until June 14 for $139 plus tax. 

CONTACT Jane Monfalcone Simmons
at or 757-898-5009

The Great Open Reunion sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1966
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago
will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM at RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, NN, VA.

September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School (now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,
the grand affair will be held at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at

The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964
will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006,
7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events, 12672 Patrick Henry Drive,
Newport News, VA 23602.


CONTACT Dave Spriggs at


The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates
who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to participate in the future as they plan the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!!  Please plan to join them at their next meeting.

If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address. 
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at
or Brenda Amos Williams at

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





You're A Grand Old Flag

- George M. Cohan

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

"You're A Grand Old Flag" midi and lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/04/06
Thanks, Dave!

"God Bless America Flag" clip art courtesy of - 06/12/04

Elaine's Memorial Dar Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

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

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

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!

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

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

Animated Birthday Cake Courtesy of Gathered Gifs at - 04/15/04

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