- NNHS Newsletter
Send in the Clowns
"No matter what your heartache may be,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
| Just after I
released Sunday's Newsletter, I
was getting ready for church, and my Magic Shower
started singing me this song. I was somewhat less than amused, so I
thought I'd use it now so that my Magic Shower would move on and switch to something
Also, due to the delays involved, today's Newsletter had grown soooo long, I plucked several notes to use for tomorrow's edition. Never fear, I'm not ignoring you.
1. Wade Scott ('66) of MO - 06/19/06:
I would like to have my name added to the Class of 1966. I hope this is the correct address to send the request. What information is required to be added to my class’s alumni list? My personal e-mail address is email@example.com but feel free to respond to my work address. I sent this request last week to 'NNHS65@nc.rr.com' but have not received a response and have to assume the note went to “e-mail heaven/hell”. If I haven’t heard from you in the next few days I’ll send the request with a check (I know this can’t be completely free!) via U.S. mail to your home address listed on the web home page
I also want to thank you for all your hard work in maintaining this site! When I need a break from work, and be reminded of all the good memories of Newport News I pull this site up from my list of “Favorites“ and just let myself become nostalgic for a few minutes.
Again, thanks and let me know what other information you need.
Wade Scott of Missouri….pronounced Misery after having lived here 22 years and very much wanting to return HOME!
Well, Wade Scott, as I
live and breathe! It's so good to hear from you after forty-eleven years!
And no, I never saw your other note, which is no doubt hovering in that
Oh, and certainly, all donations are happily and gratefully received!
BIRTHDAYS - BELATED AND OTHERWISE:
Happy Belated Birthday
Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA, who celebrated yesterday without
Have a wonderful day, Everyone!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/18/06 - "Irving Berlin Songstress":
|How do you know that it was not
London? The time frame is right.
Was it Rosemary Clooney? (attached)
How about Sophie Tucker?
Sophie Tucker performances, 1925.
1 sound disc : analog, 78 rpm, aluminum-based acetate, mono. ; 10 in.
On labels: Audiodisc recording blank.
Preservation copy in: *LT-10 11221.
Access to original items restricted.
Original in: *LJ-10 1539.
Contents: What'll I do? / Irving Berlin -- There'll be some changes made.
Maybe even Keely Smith.
Thanks so much!
But it was neither of those.....
From Stacy Dorn ('64) of VA - 06/18/06:
They were of some woman whose name I cannot recall singing Irving Berlin songs - "Remember", "All Alone", "Always", and "What'll I Do?".
Could the singer(s) have been Doris Day and/or Rosemary Clooney? They both did a lot of Berlin songs, and both had deeper voices -- especially Doris Day.
But 'twas neither of those lovely ladies, Ronnie. She was a lesser-known singer (at least to me), or I'd not be having this problem.
I Wish I Didn't Love You So
Originally made famous by: Dinah Shore
You can hear a 30-second
sample of Dinah singing it here:
Written by: Frank Loesser
I wish I didn't love you so,
This song was originally recorded by
I've never been able to find a MIDI file of it, or I would have used it as a
Newsletter theme "long ago". Nonetheless, that voice in the
movie - whosever it was - might have been my mysterious songstress.
Irving Berlin wrote all four of these songs in the early to mid-20's. The records were 78's, but we could all be thinking of the 40's when we should be thinking of the 30's. Just a thought.
Thanks so much for trying, Sweetie!
So the mystery remains.......
Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 06/18/06 - "Father's Day, Military, Etc.":
I read your newsletter every day. Don't even THINK about limiting it to something less, like only once a week.
Actually, Bill, I can't even consider that as one of my options. It just becomes too mind-boggling, and I need to conserve all the brain power I have remaining, such as it is. But thanks, Sweetie - I appreciate your endorsement and encouragement!
Well, today I am responding to your Father's Day/Military appeal in the 6/18/06 newsletter.
I was in the U.S. Army for two years after I graduated from NNHS in 1954. My classmates Mac Langston, Mickey Marcella, Granville Hall, and Joe Lanier were also in the Army during that time. So, we had 5 Typhoons 'guarding the perimeter' just after the Korean War. After basic training at Ft. Jackson, S.C. and Signal Corps School at Camp Gordon (now upgraded to FORT Gordon), Ga., I spent the remainder of my two years as a saxophonist in the Southeastern Signal School Band. I was able to get into the band because I had obtained good musical training at NNHS. (An aside - I was in the Jr. Band in 8th grade under Miss Sherman, promoted to Sr. Band in 9th grade under Miss Sherman, and then she quit. For the next three years we had 3 different band directors. First, Elmer Cogan, then Mr. Warner, who didn't stay long enough to even have his picture in the Anchor, and finally, Mr. Leonard Zimet. Four band directors in four years. Was Miss Sherman a tough act to follow or what?)
Anyway, the time that I spent in the U.S. Army was the best investment I ever made, because it allowed me to go to the University of Virginia on the G.I. Bill (couldn't have afforded it otherwise), which allowed me to graduate with an engineering degree, which allowed me to get a job as an engineer with N.A.S.A. at Langley, which allowed me to get jobs with N.A.S.A contractors, which allowed me to make a lot of money, retire, and live happily ever after.
Well, I'm glad somebody made a lot of money! GIGGLES!!! Money always seems to flee from me. Anytime it looked as though we might actually - just this once - rise above the poverty level, my husband's job would lose its funding, and we would find ourselves once again unemployed - just like now! ARGHHHH!!!
I also have a son, William Austin Campbell, Jr., so you may add me to your list of fathers, if you have one, and also to your list of military veterans. Keep up the good work, you little Energizer Bunny.
Wellll, actually we don't have a list of fathers, per se. But I'm honored to add you to our Famous Soldiers page! And there you are now, right between my daddy and Art Carney - who used to live next door to my daddy's brother, Graham Buckley:
Now I just need your place of birth. Any images you have of yourself in uniform will give you extra bonus points - which are, of course, absolutely useless!!! WILD GIGGLES!!!
Thanks again, Bill!
From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 06/18/06 - "More on 1965 TV":
I will try to find a station
logo for WVEC-TV from the 1965 era. I am sure we can come up with one if
nothing else, from the newspaper microfilms at the library. Will this do
for now from '68 time frame?
that will be absolutely lovely, Eric! Thanks!
And I've saved the rest of this letter for tomorrow - don't panic! Thanks again, Honey!
From Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA - 06/18/06:
Just wanted to ask you to please add me to your "birthday list". Another anniversary of my birthday is almost here - June 21st, 1940. Thank you!
Kelly Loose Bustamante, NNHS'58
Thank you for letting us know, Kelly! And of course, I added your name to the birthday list!
Again, do have a lovely day!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/18/06:
|I saw this on eBay and
thought you might be interested.
|Company K and I with Theater, Soldiers Home||1905 - Main Building||Back of Postcard at Left|
Thank you, Captain! These old vintage cards are fabulous! I posted them on that page:
From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 06/18/06 - "1965 Shows":
Here is a list of (I believe) of all of the popular network shows on TV during 1965:
Meet the Press
The Ed Sullivan Show
Bozo the Clown
Truth or Consequences
What's My Line
Love of Live
Search for Tomorrow
Hallmark Hall of Fame
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
The Guiding Light
The Today Show
Face the Nation
The Milton Berle Show
The Secret Storm
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
The Lawrence Welk Show
As the World Turns
The Edge of Night
The Donna Reed Show
Juke Box Jury
The Bell Telephone Hour
My Three Sons
The Andy Griffith Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Fulton Sheen Program
The Mike Douglas Show
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Lucy Show
Ready Steady Go
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
The Addams Family
This Hour Has Seven Days
Tom and Jerry
Shows ended in 1965:
The Jack Benny Show (CBS 1950-1964 NBC 1964-1965)
The Price Is Right (original version NBC 1956-1963 ABC 1963-1965)
Outer Limits (ABC 1963-1965)
Shows debuts in 1965:
Hullabaloo (NBC 1965-1966)
Green Acres (CBS 1965-1971)
Days of Our Lives (NBC 1965-present)
Hogan's Heroes (CBS 1965-1971)
I Dream of Jeannie (NBC 1965-1970)
Get Smart (NBC 1965-1969 CBS 1969-1970)
Lost in Space (CBS 1965-1968)
The Dean Martin Show (NBC 1965-1974)
WOW - I think I watched them all! Thanks, Eric!
From Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR - 06/20/06 - "Fathers article
Tim Rogers (Hampton HS - '66)":
Enjoyed your story about your father, Tim, in the 6/18/06 newsletter. So you were the Rogers family on Greenbriar. I spent many a day on Greenbriar, from where we lived in Stuart Gardens...as our cousins, Ronald, Tommy, and Brenda Staples, lived on Greenbriar. (All graduates of HHS). Ronald would have been about 2 yrs younger than you. I recall walking to the corner market behind Ronald's backyard with my grandmother, who we called 'Nanny Pete'. They had a little dog named Robbie. There was a cement basketball court on their property. Wythe was a pretty area.
Gail (Kiger) Bonsey FHS '73
Thanks, Gail! I love hearing about how our lives were so entwined!
From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 06/20/06:
Thank you for posting
Tim Rogers' (Hampton HS - '66)
interesting story about his father and his mother (in
the 6/18/06 newsletter).
I knew this family quite well. Ronnie was the oldest and he
graduated from Hampton High in 1960, the same year I
graduated from Newport News. He was always in my Sunday School class at
Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church. Of
course, I knew Jerry and Tim also. What a wonderful
family! When Mr. and Mrs. Rogers left the Wythe section of Hampton, they
moved to Lansdowne in the Denbigh area of Newport News. I have lived in
this neighborhood for 28 years and would often talk to Mr. Rogers as I
passed by his house down the street from where I first lived in the
neighborhood. Mr. Rogers was known as "Buckshot Rogers"....everyone
really liked him as he was so interesting and kind. We all knew how
devoted Mr. and Mrs. Rogers were to each other. The Rogers' were very
active in the church. I recall Mrs. Rogers was Church Librarian and Mr.
Rogers assisted Sheriff W. B. Weaver in preparing the meal for the
Brotherhood, the mens' organization in the church. This was for our
monthly meeting. Young people today would not believe that often
times civic organizations and churches would, at times, have a Womanless
Wedding. It was ALL MEN - it was a hoot!
Mr. Buckshot Rogers was dressed as the Groom and Sheriff W.B. Weaver was the Bride. He actually wore a bride's gown. Mr. Rogers was short and Weaver was real tall. The father of the bride carried a shot gun. I even have some pictures of this wedding. It was so humorous. Dr. Bruce Price was a bridesmaid; there was a flower girl and ring bearer. All men! I think that people today would think this was sort of kinky; however, people at that time did not think as so many do today. I remember one man (I mean bridesmaid) wore a gown, wig, and had a plunger tied around his neck. The plunger represented a "plunging neckline", I think! When anything needed to be done at the church, you could always count on Mr. Rogers. He was a friend of my father and all who knew him.
Take care, Fred Mays, '60
Indeed they are! Thanks, Fred! I posted them for you:
By the way, many of these pages are still missing music. The honor of choosing such music belongs to members (or former members) of the individual congregations. You need not find the MIDI files yourselves unless that would just give you a thrill. Just pick the hymn, and either David (Spriggs - 64 - of VA) or I ('65 - of NC) will locate it for you. This is done on a "first come, first serve" basis, so "GO GIT 'EM"!!!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06 - "Two More of Soldiers' Home":
|Both are offered by Bob
Buchan ('61 - of VA).
|Breakwater and Governor's Office||Hospital - National Soldiers Home, VA|
Ohhh, these are quite different from anything we've seen before! Thank you, Gentlemen! That page is really blossoming now!
From Wade Scott ('66) of MO - 06/20/06:
I have a few minutes after a meeting being cancelled!
Thanks for adding my name to the Alumni list. I’ll send a check to your home address this weekend when I pay bills for the week. I have used Pay Pal but am not totally comfortable with it.
“What on earth took you to the Midwest?”
The answer to that question is long and complex! The short version is my wife of nearly 35 years is from Iowa. We met while both of us were in the Navy. After two years at C&P Telephone, I was offered a job in Iowa by what was Continental Telephone Company. In 1981, we packed bag and baggage, sold our home, put our twins (3 ½ years old at the time) in the car and moved to Knoxville, Iowa. In 1984, I was promoted and transferred to Wentzville, MO and have been here ever since. I continue to work in telecommunications in Maryland Heights close to Chesterfield but have our home in Wentzville, if you remember where that is. Our son lives in St. Charles working for Penske and considers this to be home. He and his twin sister were born in Newport News but don’t remember anything about it other than annual visits to see their grandmother. Our daughter is in the Navy stationed in Hawaii and just delivered our first grandchild, Olivia Leeann, in February. Heather joined the Navy after graduating from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. While both children consider Missouri to be home I am past ready to return to the southern states preferably North Carolina or Virginia. My wife, Joanne, is also ready to return to the East Coast. I think she misses the water/beach as much as I do! This was supposed to be short, so I’ll stop for now.
Again, thanks for all your work on the web site it is greatly appreciated! I’ll send a check this weekend.
That would be lovely, Wade! Thanks!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06:
ATTENTION ALL CLASS OF 1964 TYPHOONS
MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW TO ATTEND
OUR SUPER-DUPER PARTY TO CELEBRATE
OUR COLLECTIVE 60TH BIRTHDAY
OCTOBER 14TH 2006, 7:00 – 11:00 PM
12672 PATRICK HENRY DRIVE
NEWPORT NEWS VA
Your Celebration Committee is pleased to announce that we have engaged the services of the incomparable Gidi of Gidi Gourmet Catering. He has created for us a menu comprised of his finest delicacies, which are not only a feast for the palate, but for the eyes, as well. All of the images below were taken at previous parties at Spirit Events, which were catered by Gidi.
Fresh Salmon & Vegetables on Skewers
Beef Tenders stuffed with Wild Rice
Roasted Cornish Hen pieces (marinated) with herbes d'provence
Scallops wrapped in Bacon
Assorted Cheese and Crackers
Fruit Display with Chocolate Fountain
Cream Puffs stuffed with Chicken Breast Salad
Mini Cold Cut Rolls with condiments
Fresh Vegetable Tray with Dip
Vegetarian Puff Pastries
Mini Skewers with Shrimp & Vegetables/Cocktail Sauce
Tortellini Parmesan Salad
German Potato Salad/Mayo Potato Salad
DESSERTS AND DRINKS
Coffee, cream, sugar
beautiful food! I've posted your update on your Birthday
Y'all have fun, Brown Eyes!
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!
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
on 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
The Great Open Reunion
by the NNHS Class
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.
On Saturday, 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.
On 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.
CONTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 03/15/06:
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.
INFORMAL "SOCK HOP" (WEEJUNS AND BLEEDING MADRAS, IF YA GOT 'EM), CATERED FOOD, ADULT BEVERAGES, MUSIC, DANCING, BIRTHDAY CAKE
CONTACT Dave Spriggs email@example.com
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 06/20/06:
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.
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
CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Brenda Amos Williams at email@example.com
for directions, and so that you can stay in touch.
Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 05/10/06:
Joe Madagan ('57)
of FL - 06/17/06 -
"From the Garden" (#2 in a series
OH!!! How beautiful it looks nestled among those periwinkles - or are those vincas? Or are periwinkles and vincas the same?? Well, anyway, it's quite lovely! Thanks, Adonis!
|Saturday, June 17, 2006, 10:02 AM|
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Send in the Clowns
- Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim, A Little Night Music
Isn't it rich, are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.
Isn't it bliss, don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around
One who can't move
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.
Just when I'd stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours.
Making my entrance again with my usual flair,
Sure of my lines;
No one is there.
Don't you love farce?
My fault I fear,
I thought that you'd want what I want,
Sorry my dear
But where are the clowns
Send in the clowns
Don't bother, they're here.
Isn't it rich, isn't it queer
Losing my timing this late in my career
But where are the clowns
there ought to be clowns
Well, maybe next year.
"Send in the Clowns" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://users.openface.ca/~dstephen/clown.htm - 06/18/06
Of course we all remember Judy Collins' rendition of "Send In The Clowns."
Image of William Persona's Clown Painting courtesy of http://www.personaclowns.com/ - 06/18/06
Image of Red Skelton's Clown Painting courtesy of http://volcanocom.com/redskelton-gallerycom/ushop/index.cgi?ID=GORXCJ&task=show&cat=LIMITED+EDITION+CLOWNS+ON+PAPER - 06/18/06
Squiggle Bar Divider Line lip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars3.html - 04/26/05
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
"I Wish I Didn't Love You So" lyrics courtesy of http://www.spiritofsinatra.com/pages/Lyrics/i/I_Wish_I%20_Didnt_Love_You_So.htm - 06/19/06
Animated Burning Dollar Bill courtesy of http://www.beitar-jerusalem.org.il/views/rafi/rafi16.htm - 06/20/06
Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric
Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06
Anchor clip art courtesy of
(FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Animated Birthday Cake Courtesy of Gathered Gifs at http://members.tripod.com/~B123/cd/cake12.gif - 04/15/04
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the
South Pacific during WWII.
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
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