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06/30/09 - NNHS Newsletter
- Lena Horne's 92nd Birthday

I made a promise to myself to be kinder to other people.

- Lena Horne
(b. 30 June 1917)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  Today's Newsletter birthday celebration is a first for us here.

BONUS #1 - - Lena Horne - Stormy Weather, 1943 - full five minute clip of her dazzling performance from the movie

BONUS #2 - - Lena Horne - Moon River, 1965

BONUS #3- - Lena Horne and Kermit the Frog - It's Not Easy Being Green, 1974

BONUS #4 - - Lena Horne - Stormy Weather and If You Believe, even later.....



   Happy Birthday today to Blaine Crum ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     the late Julius Benton ('58) (deceased 20 Nov 2008) AND    Linda Ray Letchworth Enochs ('60) of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

02 -   Fred Mays ('60) of VA;

04 -   Fred Hayman ('57);

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA;

07 -    Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


  From Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA - 06/24/09 - "Typhoon help needed - NNHS Class of 1961":

Hi Carol,
I am forwarding you an email sent to me today by a friend who had a call from 
  Dr. Jane Chambers who is trying to locate NNHS graduates from the Class of 1961.  Perhaps you can be of help with your wide knowledge of information.

I trust all is well with you and your family. 

Kind regards,

Nancy Bigger Alligood (Class of 1956)  

Nancy B. Alligood, CTC
Warwick Travel Service, Inc.

   Hi, Nancy - and Jane! I'm sorry I stalled so long on this. I was, umm, thinking..... Try here:

   I know how to contact each of the people shown here, but I've only published the address of those who have given me permission to do so.  I would be glad to forward a message to the others.

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 06/26/09:

Hello from Jane Chambers, CNC/U retired prof. of English.
I'm so glad you sent me this information, Carol!  Thank you very much! Let me explain why I need it:
In Dec. of 2008, 3 of us who are all retired CNC/U faculty, published a book (see attached BROCHURE) called Memories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade, 1961-71. Some 35 people--retired faculty, staff, & former students, wrote short essays for this book, which was paid for by individual donations.  The book is dedicated to "Scotty" Cunningham, CNC's first president, who unfortunately died before we completed the book. All profit from the book goes into a scholarship in his memory at CNU.
Virtually all of our earliest students came to us from the Peninsula high schools. We are trying now to locate them, for several reasons. Of course, we want them to know about Memories. Some of them have their names and/or pictures in the book, along with names and pictures and information about some of their CNC professors and classmates. Also, since virtually all records of the earliest students have been lost or misplaced at CNU, and the Alumni Association there has virtually no records until the mid-1970s, we want to fill this major gap in the history of CNC/U
We are creating lists of each CNC class from 1961-71, with names, addresses, e-mails, degree(s) if any, occupations, and family members. These will circulate only among the former students and interested retired professors until sometime in 2011, when CNC/U has its 50th Anniversary. At that time, we'll share the information with CNU, so that the "lost decade" students can be officially listed.  Since these are our students from the First Decade, we're calling them the "First Decaders." We plan to honor them in some fashion during that 50th year. So we want to find them in order to invite them to our celebration of their part in the creation of the college.
We're using various avenues to locate those "First Decaders," including Alumni records at William and Mary, since many of them transferred there after 2 yrs. with us. (CNC was a 2-yr branch of W&M until 1971).  Connecting with Alumni groups at the high schools is another avenue I'm pursuing. This is why I asked Sylvia Weinstein, who asked   Nancy Alligood, who asked you to help!
And I thank you very much for that help!
What I'll need also for the NNHS graduates who then went to CNC will be some way to contact them--preferably by e-mail or SnailMail.
I've noticed that there is a NEWSLETTER put out by the NNHS Alumni. Is it possible for me to put an article in that? MANY THANKS!

   Yes, ma'am - and here it is now!

   Oh - four more things: First, here are the individuals who hold mailing lists and contact information for their respective classes:

CLASS of 1961 - Jane Monfalcone Simmons of FL - 
CLASS of 1962 - Brenda Amos Williams of VA -
CLASS of 1963 - Barbara Fritsche Barnes of VA -
CLASS of 1964 - Dave Spriggs of VA -
CLASS of 1965 - Dave and Pam Smith Arnold of VA - AND
CLASS of 1966 - Dee Hodges Bartram of VA - 
CLASS of 1967 - Marty Whitmore McCoy of VA -
CLASS of 1968 - Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally of VA -
CLASS of 1969 - Jean Baker Howell of VA -
CLASS of 1970 - Carol Comer Cutler of VA and Brenda Price DePaula - AND

   Second, we created a Memorial Newsletter to honor    Dr. Cunningham when he passed away two years ago:

   Third, I'll be posting this notice - PLUS the brochure attachment - a couple of times and probably in a couple of places as soon as I have my resident techno-geek show me one more time "How to Process and Attach .pdf Files Without Breaking Out in Hives" (as I did just now.....).

   Fourth, because I'm an outrageous Control Freak, um, I'm the only one editing the Newsletters from notes and materials supplied me by the Alumni and other friends and family. That accounts for them falling outrageously behind on a regular basis.

   Thank you, Jane - and much success!

   Y'all spread the word, please! You may contact Dr. Chambers at

  From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ - 06/27/09 - "You Get Paid to do What??":

Hey Cuzz,

Here're a few pics from our Sonoran pronghorn capture and relocation efforts this past winter. 

One of the boys Pre-dawn assembly Pronghorn Wrangling Pronghorn Relocation

This "critter" and the effort to restore its numbers in south Arizona currently consumes most of our waking hours and is what "they" pay us to do.  You've heard of the proverbial "cash cow".  That Jody and I are both employed working with the pronghorn, we refer to it as our "cash pronghorn".  We both feel very fortunate to have been selected for the assignment coming from far away Vuh-gin-ya and not having any prior pronghorn experience.  Like most "coordinator" jobs, it's more about building bridges and partnerships with all of the other agencies involved with the project and we both have long track records doing that.  Working "hands on" with the pronghorn is a definite plus of association with the project.   After all the "bear plinking" that we did at Shenandoah, dart rifle operations seem all too familiar.  Without the tranquilizer dart, we would never capture any of these critters. 

Shhhh!  Be verwy verwy qwiet, we're hunting pwonghawn...

   GIGGLING WOWZERONI! Thanks, Jim! This is a very important work in which you and Jody are engaged, and obviously very exciting as well!  I'm just everlastingly grateful that y'all are taking care of it so I don't "hafta" do it myself!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/26/09 - "Light":

  Light shall always shine through.

    OH, WOW! What a beautiful, relaxing special effect! Thanks, Shari!


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 06/27/09 - "Horsing Around":

This is making its rounds again.  It is cute.  I couldn't help but think about some of you who sing or just love horses.

Have a little musical fun today...


   MORE GIGGLES! Thanks, Dearest Judy! What a hoot!

     From Me ('65) of IL - 06/28/09 - "Our Old Stomping Grounds":

   I found two images on eBay that we had never used.  Well, what else could I do?!?  I added two new pages to Our Old Stomping Grounds, of course:

      - brand new page

      - brand new page

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/28/09 - "Buxton Avenue American Service & Stanley's Service Station; Our Old Stomping Grounds":

Hi, Carol:

Thank you for inviting comments about these two locations. As A TYPHOON it was the Citizens Rapid Transit and walking for transportation.   Wade Hancock ('56) had a beauty of a coupe that he drove and would give me a lift after the TYPHOON Basketball Games. Coach Range graciously provided transportation during the summer months to get work at the Municipal Swimming Pool. So, these two service stations were not really part of my old stomping grounds back then. Gassing up the Blue Chevrolet Panel Truck owned by H & B Grocery at the West Avenue American Station was as close as I came to a service station.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   EVEN MORE GIGGLES! Thanks, Joe! As a confirmed non-driver, I can certainly identify with much of that!

  From Rick Billings ('65) of NC - 06/28/09 - "NNHS Mailing list":


Change my e-mail address to


   Certainly, Rick - thanks!

Oh. Hmmm. I'm a little confused (not that that's anything unusual for me.....).

   I checked my mailing list, and that's the same address, so I checked the Contact Page for our class, and that's okay, too:

   Is there some other place that's showing an outdated addy that I'm neglecting to update?!? 

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 06/28/09 - "Colonel Ed has died":

With all the hoopla about Michael Jackson, here's something you may not know about another celebrity who died recently.


He wanted to be a Marine fighter pilot.  The US was building up their military force, but they were not at war yet, and the Navy required all its potential Navy and Marine pilots to have two years of college. So Ed started classes at Boston College.  When Pearl Harbor was attacked, the Army and the Navy both dropped the college requirement and Ed applied to the Marines. 

His primary flight training was in Dallas and then he went to Pensacola, Florida   He was carrier qualified, which means he knew how to perform a controlled crash of his single engine fighter, onto the rolling deck of a Navy floating runway.  It took Ed almost two years to get through all the Navy flight training.  His problem was he was a very good pilot and the Marines needed flight instructors.  He had a great command presence and public speaking ability, which landed him in the classroom, training new baby Marine pilots.  His orders to the Pacific fleet and the chance to fly combat missions off a carrier came in the summer of 1945, on the same day the Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  Of course his orders where changed. 

He never went to sea and he was out of the Marines in 1946.  Ed stayed in the USMC as a reserve officer.  He became a successful personality in the new TV medium, after the war.  His Marine command presence helped.  He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.  He never got to fly his fighter aircraft, but he saw his share of raw combat.  He flew the Cessna O-1E Bird Dog, which is a single engine slow-moving unarmed plane. He functioned as an artillery spotter for the Marine batteries on the ground and as a forward controller for the Navy & Marine fighter / bombers who flew in on fast moving jet engines, bombed the area and were gone in seconds.  Captain Ed was still circling the enemy looking for more targets, all the time taking North Korean and Chinese ground fire.  He stayed with the Marines as a reserve officer and retired in 1966 as a Colonel. 

The world knows Ed as     Ed McMahon of the   Johnny Carson, Tonight Show. 

One night I was watching the show when the subject of Colonel McMahon earning a number of Navy Air Medals came up.  Carson, a former Navy officer, understood the significance of these medals, but McMahon shrugged it off, saying that if you flew enough combat missions they just sort of gave them to you.  McMahon flew 85 combat missions over North Korea; he earned every one of those Air Medals.  The casualty rate, for flying forward air controllers in  Korea sometimes exceeded 50% of a squadron's manpower.  McMahon was lucky to have gotten home from that war. 

Once a Marine, always a Marine.  When the public was spitting (taking their personal safety into their own hands) at Marines on the streets of Southern California during Vietnam, Colonel McMahon was taking Marines off the streets and into his posh Beverley Hills home.  I spoke to a retired Marine aircrew member the day Colonel McMahon died and he personally remembered seeing McMahon at numerous Marine Air Bases in California in the 1960s.  He was known for going to the Navy hospitals and visiting the wounded Marines and Sailors from this country's conflicts, even in the last years of his life.  Colonel McMahon presented awards and decorations to fellow Marines and attended many a Marine ceremony and the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball.  He stayed true to his Corps as a board member of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund and as the honorary chairman of the National Marine Corps Aviation Museum. 

After retiring from the Marine Reserve, one night on the Johnny Carson show, members of the California Air National Guard came on stage.  Colonel McMahon was commissioned a Brigadier General in the Air Guard in front of millions of Americans who watched it happen live.  You will not see anything like that on TV anymore. 

The three core values of a United States Marine are; honor, courage and commitment.  This is what a Marine is taught from the first day of training and this is what that Marine believes.  That was Colonel Edward P. McMahon Jr., USMCR Retired. Before he was a national figure he was a true combat hero and a patriot the nation needed then and this country needs now. 
Your war is over.  Thank you, Colonel McMahon.  Semper Fi ,Sir. 

23 June 2009
Major Van Harl USAF Ret.

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Norris! 
In the course of preparing this, I saw that I had never added Johnny Carson to our Famous Sailors page.  What was I thinking?!?

   And speaking of recent celebrity deaths, there have been quite a few this month:

06/03/09 - David Carradine - age 72 (b. 08 Dec 1936)
06/23/09 -
Ed McMahon
- age 86 (b. 06 Mar 1923)
06/25/09 -
Farrah Fawcett - age 62 (b. 02 Feb 1947)
06/25/09 -
Michael Jackson - age 50 (b. 29 Aug 1958)
06/25/09 -
Billy Mays - age 50 (b. 20 July 1958)

   May they rest in peace.

From - 06/29/09 - "Emotions":

Emotions - Feel Your Emotions to Create a Life You Love
By Arleen Hannich

Feeling your emotions is very important if you wish to create a life you love. Many of us avoid feeling emotions we tend to think of as negative; for instance, anger, sadness, fear, hate, doubt, shame, jealousy, and resentment. These emotions (and others like them) become especially toxic when they are not fully experienced.

Here are just some of the reasons why feeling your emotions fully is so important.

* If you are not in touch with your unpleasant emotions, you cannot be fully in touch with the emotions we tend to think of as being positive, such as love, happiness, joy, excitement, hope, gratitude, etc.

* If you are not feeling ALL your emotions, it is impossible to live in personal Truth. Many of us are living under illusions of what is important to us, because we are so removed from our own Truth. When you feel your emotions, you begin discovering what is truly important to you. When you honor what is important to you, you begin to live authentically.

* When you don't experience your emotions fully, they stay with you, and you develop a "charge." These accumulated charges may cause you to react to life situations unpredictably or irrationally or see people and events through a distorted filter. Perhaps most importantly, you will continue to create situations in your life, so you once again have the opportunity to feel and heal the pain you are avoiding.

* There is incredible power in your emotions -- power that can draw to you what you want. When you really feel what you desire and are in emotional alignment with what you desire, it begins to manifest in your reality at a rapid pace.

* When you "shut yourself down" emotionally, energy stagnates in your body, and over time it may turn into an ailment or disease. True and permanent healing can occur when you allow yourself to experience the feelings associated with the root issue behind your disease.

* We often think of our emotions as being separate from us, or "bad" things, yet they offer us wonderful information. Our emotions only become problems for us when we stuff them down. When you experience your emotions fully, you begin to see and appreciate their assistance and wisdom.

* When you hide your emotions, you increase the amount of conflict within you. When you have internal conflict, your external world reflects conflict back to you. You will find you have many difficulties and obstacles in your life when you suppress your emotions.

* When you bottle-up your emotions, you bottle-up your creativity. "Managing" your emotions is an incredible strain on you, and there is little space or energy left for your creativity to express itself.

* We often ignore our emotions and choose instead to look "outside" for guidance and answers -- whether that be from another human being or a Spiritual source. If you feel inside, you will be guided step by step.

Experiencing our feelings is a natural process, yet for some people it is "easier said than done." Initially the process can take some time and effort, but it gets easier with practice. And there is great power in knowing you do not have to cower before your own emotions. I invite you to reclaim your power today. Experience your emotions fully to create a life you love!

About the Author:

Arleen Hannich, MA, is a Spiritual Facilitator. She provides Divine Presence, Inspirational Messages from Spirit, and the Oneness Blessing to individuals who wish to live authentically and joyfully. To receive her Free Ezine, "The Divine Connection," and her Free Guide, "Feel Your Emotions and Create a Life You Love," visit her website at

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        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 06/23/09 - "Redneck Humor" (#4 in a Series of 11):

  Redneck Garden

   Thanks again, Gorgeous!

Redneck Garden


1. 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

2. 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 - WHS CLASS OF 1959

3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion - For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

4. 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

5. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/30/09
- updated 01/09/09

  Y'all take good 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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Stormy Weather

Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, 1933

(Lena Horne, recorded December 15, 1941)

Don't know why
There's no sun up in the sky,
Stormy weather,
Since my man and I ain't together,
Keeps rainin' all the time.

Life is bare,
Gloom and misery everywhere,
Stormy weather,
Just can't get my poor self together,
I'm weary all the time, the time.
So weary all the time.

When he went away, the blues walked in and met me,
If he stays away, old rocking chair will get me,
All I do is pray the Lord above will let me
Walk in the sun once more.

Can't go on,
All I have in life is gone,
Stormy weather,
Since my man and I ain't together,
Keeps rainin' all the time.
Keeps rainin' all the time.

I walk around, heavy-hearted and sad,
Night comes around, I'm still feelin' bad,
Rain pourin' down, blindin' every hope I had,
This pitterin', patterin', beatin' and spatterin' drives me mad!
Love, love, love, love!
This misery is just too much for me!

Can't go on,
Everything I had is gone,
Stormy weather,
Since my man and I ain't together,
Keeps rainin' all the time,
Keeps rainin' all the time.

"Stormy Weather" midi courtesy of (option 1) - 06/30/09

"Stormy Weather" lyrics courtesy of - 06/30/09

First Image of Lena Horne courtesy of - 06/30/09

Second Image of Lena Horne courtesy of - 06/30/09 

Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/07

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

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

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

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

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!

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Animated USN and USMC Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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