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  07/04/06 - NNHS Newsletter

“In a chariot of light from the region of the day,
The Goddess of Liberty came
She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love,
the plant she named Liberty Tree.”

- Thomas Paine
(29 Jan 1737 - 8 June 1809)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There's not much homework for today.  It is a major holiday, after all.  But here are some things you might not want to forget:  


   From Me ('65) of NC - 07/03/06:

   The Super Open Reunion sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1961 in honor of their graduation 45 years ago was held on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel, Hampton, VA.

   I hope y'all had a marvelous time - send pictures!!! 

   I'm not sure it's as obvious as I think it is, but recent circumstances have caused me to cut my computer time down by at least half.  Exacerbating the situation, we were playing "musical computers" this week.  Mine had an extra hard drive on it which was not being used.  It was decided this should be moved to the puny #4 computer.

   I was delusional enough to believe this process would take about an hour.

   Oh, my - that was a good one!  Needless to say, this actually required a period of several days - which explains my absence and my total lack of communication with anyone lately.....  Several planned Newsletters were scrapped and jumbled and rearranged and postponed, and we'll catch up as soon as we can.



1. Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of ? - 07/01/06 - "Class of 1971":

Please add me to the e-mail list to received the NNHS newsletter.
Thank you,
Linda Robinson Gillespie

   Certainly, Linda!  We're glad to have you with us!   I've added your name to the (usually) hidden mailing lists as well as to the Alumni Page:

   Welcome aboard!



   I didn't forget any of these birthdays; I was just temporarily crippled and unable to announce them. 

June 29 -   Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA -1944;

July  01 -   Julius Benton ('58) of VA - 1940; and

July 02 -   Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 1942

   I hope all of y'all had wonderful birthdays, Gentlemen!


  From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 07/02/06 - "Bday Wishes":

Happy 64th bday.. to my MUCH OLDER brother    Fred (Mays - '60 - of VA)...
Peace & Blessing,

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Cheryl!

   Cheryl attached a great song here for her brother.  If you'd like to here it, click here:


  From Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA - 06/28/06:

Hi Cousin Carol. 

Thanks for the birthday greeting.  I spent the day bicycling from Roanoke Rapids, NC to South Hill, VA as the last day of Bike Virginia.  Every year they have a 5 day bicycling event in the state, sometimes having excursions into neighboring states. 

Yvonne (Peters Hoyle - Hampton HS - '64 - of Northern VA) broke her left wrist about a month ago (bicycling), so we rented her a 3-wheeler, which could be operated without using her left hand.  The right hand can steer, apply the back brakes, and change the back 7 gears.  We had 2 hot days, 2 days with light sporadic rain, and 1 day with a downpour.  The light  sporadic rain is actually the most comfortable to bike in.  I wonder if there are any other bicyclers in the class?

  Saturday, June 24, 2006,
11:19 AM
   WOWZERONI!!!  This is a new one on me!  Using "class" in the broad sense - as in all of y'all - are there any of you who share this interest with Henry and Yvonne?

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Thanks, Cousin Henry!


  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 06/28/06 - "4th of July":

        Hope  All  Have A Bang Up Good 
... Typhoons Forever     




   This is so cool, Al!  Thanks so much!

   Unfortunately, I'm having trouble convincing most of the pretty graphics to display, so if you get here only to find about ten boxes with a little red "X" instead of what you're "posta" see, check back later.  I might have found the Magic Button to push by then.


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA to      Joe Madagan ('57) of FL -

..... Take care good people.   Joe (Madagan - '57 - of FL), I hope to see you this weekend at the N.N.H.S. Class of 1961 Reunion. My wife,    Patty Andrews Mays and your wife    (Eva Ellis Madagan - '61 - of FL) and brother-in-law, Gene (Ellis - '61 - of FL) were in this same class.  I certainly wish that    Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of NC) would be there.

   I certainly wish I could have been there myself!  I hope y'all have lots of pictures for us!

Carol, you know that EVERYONE loves you.  You are certainly a giver and have done so much for all N.N.H.S. grads and others as well.

Good night....Fred Mays, class of 1960

   WOWZERS!!That Happy Thought arrived at just such a moment when I most needed to hear it, Fred!  And that would be why I don't believe in "coincidence".  Thank you so very much!


  From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 06/29/06 - "Godspeed Arrives in NY Harbor":

I was delighted to see the slideshow in this morning's Richmond Times Dispatch of Godspeed's arrival for a week in New York City.  She is Virginia's "Sailing Ambassador", and will be visiting several other ports-of-call over the next year, leading up to the huge 2007 celebration of America's Beginning in Jamestown.  Humm.. Why do my e-mails sound like I'm writing press releases?
I'm also certain that just hearing the words "Jamestown" and "Godspeed" instantly brings back memories for those of us who went to Stonewall Jackson Elementary... 
QUICK!  Name all three ships!
            The Susan Constant, Godspeed,
            and the brave Dis-cov-ery...
            Three ships, three tiny ships,
            sailing on to great renown...
            Sailing half around the world
            to build a place called ( pause )
Yep, if that's how to name the three ships, by golly you were educated in Virginia in 1957.
Say.. Somebody ask Iris Beeson Coffey ( the, uh, second prettiest girl in my class..  Maybe I'm the only one who knows who number one was.. ) if she remembers walking from Stonewall Jackson to NNHS ( scene of so many momentous events beginning just  five years later ) to sing that song in an afternoon concert.   I think that red-headed girl played the chimes at the concert..
Speaking of chimes, I enjoyed the stroll down memory lane with the Richard Rodgers Birthday newsletter.  "Victory At Sea" was a wonderful ( even in black-and-white ) TV series, and I still get goosebumps hearing the show's opening theme: "Song of the High Seas" The way the violins undulated in endless waves to a crashing of brass, then the da-da-dat-da-dah  da-da-dadada-dat-dah-h-h ( or whatever the correct musical equivalent is ) and the sharp repetition of those notes from a shiny glockenspiel..
Ahhh.. The ecstasy of it all..
The only thing that comes close is a line of eight or ten glockenspiels, lined up at Saunders Stadium, chiming out the music to "Giant" on a cool autumn night ..
Which, I don't think, is the same thing as the rat-a-tat-tat from a 9mm Glock on a cool autumn night in Richmond..
And for the record, many years later I ran into that red-headed girl in Leggett at Military Circle.  I was with Thalhimer's at the time, doing one of my frequent walk-through and spotted her scolding a small child in the store.  I walked over, said her name, then mine.   As if she didn't hear me she looked up to explain, "I'm so embarrassed, this is my child, and I've told him to behave in a department store.. -wait a minute.. Bill?  Did you say you're Bill Black?"
But, that was a long time ago.
Make sure all the Typhoons in New York and environs come down to the harbor ( I'm assuming South Street Seaport ) to see a piece of Virginia.
Bill Black
Nautical History Advisor to the Class of '66

   Bill, you are a hoot!  Thanks so much for the timely reminder.   I haven't "da noive" to check to see if my unfortunate delay caused it to be a moment or two too late.....


From my Friend, Judy of IL - 07/01/06 - "Ragged Old Flag, One Nation Under God":

Johnny Cash never sounded better.  Happy 4th.

   Ahhh, Judy likes to make me cry.  Then again, it's so easy! 

   Thanks, Jude!   I really loved this one!


  From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 07/01/06 - "A great tribute to all Vietnam veterans.":

The Vietnam Era (60s, 70s Music)

   Paul Dobie!  There you are!

   Ummm, actually, where are you?  Are you still Over There?

   Thanks for this site!  We've had it a couple of times, but we seem to misplace it from time to time, and it's such an outstanding site, we just don't want to do that.

   And yes, of course, this made me cry, too.  Actually, for some reason all anyone has to do these days to make me cry is to mention Vietnam, and I lose it.  I'm not sure what that's all about....

   Thanks again, Sweetie!


  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 07/03/06 - "HAPPY 4TH OF JULY":

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY.........  a pretty Jacquie Lawson card for you...

   OOOOH, Cookie!  This is beautiful!   I'd not seen this before.  Thanks for sharing it with us!


  From Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) - of VA - 07/03/06 - "E-mail Address
Change for Wilma Robinson":

Please note e-mail address change for Wilma Robinson to  This is already in effect.  I look forward to hearing from you at this new address.
Have a great summer!

   Thanks for keeping us posted, Wilma!  I changed this on the mailing lists as well as on your page:


  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 07/03/06:

Hey Carol,

The fourth of Judy is my all time favorite holiday. Growing up my favorite color was Red, White and Blue. Yea, like one word. Each year I've made something in 'that' color. Now I know why. My three sons were born in 'That' color. My one and only, born in April - White. My g-son thru marriage, January - Red, and my next g-son September - Blue.

What a grand gift God has given me. A true celebration of a life I like to call home, America.

God Bless All
Linda May ' 66

   WOWZERS!!!  How cool is that?!?  Thanks so much, Linda May!


  From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA (via    Betty Spain Uecker - '63 - of VA) - 07/03/06 -
"Twinkies & Root Beer":

Carol, from me to you.  I thank God every day for you.  You are a blessing to me.

Just click... VERY CUTE!
This is so pretty and so very, very true....

   WOWZERONI, Lady!  What a sweet thing to say!  You made me tear up before I even clicked on the site!   And the site reminds us of the precious things in life as well.  Thanks so much!

   In my own mind, I tend to somehow fuse Independence Day with Thanksgiving Day.  They both remind us of the great and wondrous blessings we all - even the least of us - enjoy.

   And one of my choicest blessings is my association with all of y'all.  Finding hundreds of you after forty-eleven years - friends who were near and dear to me as was Linda, and friends I never knew before - has been an amazing journey for me.  I'm so very grateful for all of it.



    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06 - "ATTENTION ALL CLASS

If you will require lodging, we have reserved a block of 15 rooms at the Point Plaza, 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News VA, for Saturday night, October 14th, at a special NNHS rate of $79 (Standard) or $99 (Suite) plus 12.5% tax. You must make your reservation NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2006. Call 1-757-599-4460 or 1-800-841-1112. In order to receive the special rate, you must clearly say "NNHS Class of 1964 Birthday Celebration" when making the reservation. Because of this requirement, it is recommended that you DO NOT make your reservation over the Internet.

   Thank you, David!  Y'all have fun!



   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 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.


We all agree that the Class of 1964 throws the best parties, and we really were flattered that so many members of other classes attended our 40-year Reunion.  However, the Committee chose to invite only members of the Class of 1964 to our 60th Birthday Celebration.

But, the good news for all you High School Reunion "Junkies" out there is that you can look forward to our 45-year Reunion in 2009.

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 have a safe and blessed holiday - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

The Star Spangled Banner

- Francis Scott Key, 1814

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

"The Star Spangled Banner" midi courtesy of - 03/02/06

"The Star Spangled Banner" lyrics courtesy of - 03/02/06

"Happy Independence Day" Title clip art courtesy
of - 06/29/06

Animated Liberty Bell clip art courtesy of - 06/29/06

Quill Pen Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/14/04

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

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!

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

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