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07/27/10 - NNHS Newsletter - America

My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl,
a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity
for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country
village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward
with unbounded hope.”

Herbert Hoover
(10 Aug 1874 - 20 Oct 1964)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The reason for today's theme will become apparent in just a moment, but first, enjoy these two cool videos:

BONUS #1 - - America - Extended clip from West Side Story (1961) with George Chakiris as Bernardo and Rita Moreno as Anita

BONUS #2 - - America - Karen Olivo and the cast of West Side Story perform "America" on The David Letterman Show, March 12, 2009.


"America" is a well-known song from the musical West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein composed the music; Stephen Sondheim wrote the song's lyrics. It is well known for using a mixed meter.....

In the original stage version of the musical, Anita (the girlfriend of the leader of the Sharks, and the musical's most important female character besides Maria) literally sings the praises of the United States of America, while a fellow Puerto Rican immigrant, Rosalia, sings in favor of Puerto Rico. This version of the song arguably provides an unfavorable caricature of the island, while only highlighting positive qualities of the United States ("I'll drive a Buick through San Juan," "if there's a road you can drive on").

In the 1961 film version of the musical, Anita (played by Rita Moreno) still sings in favor of the United States, while Bernardo responds to her praises with corresponding criticisms satirizing latent racism in American society, especially towards Puerto Ricans ("Life is all right in America," "If you're all white in America"). Most of the song's original disparaging elements towards Puerto Rico have been removed.

        From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 07/24/10 - "A proposed item for July 27th":

Seventy years ago, on July 27, 1940, the SS AMERICA, at the time the nation's newest, largest and finest passenger liner left her NNS birthplace and embarked on a varied and productive career that lasted over fifty years.

This lithograph commemorated the occasion. The markings on her black hull were for neutrality identification purposes (plus a little advertising - U-Boat captains probably didn't care that the vessel's owner was US Lines!). They came off, for good, the next year when America (and AMERICA) entered WW II.
Created by T.C. Skinner, the shipyard's artist in residence at the time, it was made available by the Mariners' Museum and sold for $10 a copy ($25 for the hand-colored version - a lot of money in 1940). Which explains why so few of these treasures exist.
Included in the image, ahead of the ship's bow  is the Hotel Warwick, C&O passenger station, train pier/shed and "Smokey Joe". Shown escorting the liner, just off her stern, is the shipyard tug HUNTINGTON, with shipways and cranes in the background.  

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much for this valuable information, Bill - and for the inspiration for today's Newsletter!


      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 05/11/10 - "Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion":

The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - which is OPEN to all classes!

Friday evening we will meet at R.J.'s Restaurant and Sports Bar. The only cost will be what you choose to eat and drink. The company will be priceless. 

Saturday will be spent at Newport News Park. We've reserved a group shelter that can seat 150 people with sufficient cover to take care of any weather concerns. If you made it to the 55th Birthday Party you'll recall it was held at the Park in one of the smaller shelters. The facility we're using this time is a new addition and will give us lots of flexibility to meet and reminisce. The cost of this event is $15.00 per person through August 31, 2010. After that date the cost will be $20.00 per person. The charge for Saturday will cover your food and beverages.

 - updated 07/21/10!

   Thanks, Dave!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/04/10 - "NNHS 64-64 BIRTHDAY CRUISE ANNOUNCEMENT":


Please ... run a small reminder of the event and links to forms in each newsletter for a month or two...


Dave - - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA


   Certainly, David!


   Happy Birthday today to Harry Horace (Crystal River HS, FL - '65) of FL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

30 -   Don Chaney ('66) of MD AND        My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL;

31 -   Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario AND   Anne Sawyer Turpin ('65) of VA;

01 -   Bette Heath ('57) of VA AND          My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL AND   Betty Burton Gary ('65) of VA;

02 -    Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND   Eddie Beasley ('64) of Panama AND  the late Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65) (deceased 03/11/99)!  

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 27, 1941 - Japanese troops occupied French Indo-China.

July 27, 1944 - U.S. troops completed the liberation of Guam.

TODAY IN 1965:

Tuesday, July 27, 1965 - Footballer José Luis Chilavert was born in Luque, Departamento Central, Paraguay.

Tuesday, July 27, 1965 - Writer and historian Henri Daniel-Rops (born Henri Petiot on 19 Jan 1901 in Épinal, Vosges, France) died in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, France at the age of 64.

     From Me ('65) of IL - 07/13/10 - "My Anniversary Gift to You (continued from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday)":

   I decided to actually work on the site itself and do some long overdue scanning.  As a result, these pages are either entirely new or newly fleshed-out with images: 

      - brand new page!

      - brand new page!

      - brand new page!

   Why, you may well wonder, did I concentrate solely on the Class of 1967??  That's because         David Whitley ('67) of VA graciously loaned me his 1967 Anchor back in the Fall of 2006 and it's high time to return it to him!

   Thanks again, Gorgeous!

NOTE: I had  planned to finish several more sections, but this is taking even longer (and making me even nutzier!) than I had anticipated, so I'll be working on this for the next few days.

  From Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA - 07/26/10 - "Checking in...":

Hi Carol,

Just in case you've wondered...I'm still alive and well and beating the odds a day at a time. Even with Parkinson's I still do a little quick picking and fun strumming on my faithful old Guild. The other day I was playing Dona Dona and singing (?) along when you popped into my mind and it made me feel a little better so I thought it would be nice to touch base with you. I've wondered, from time to time, about your health, your living arrangements, how that big family of yours is doing, so if you find yourself with a free moment perhaps you could bring me up to date?

By the way, that reconstructed aortic valve is working almost perfectly and aneurysm repair hasn't leaked at all so tell any of your friends who might also be facing complicated heart surgery that a good surgeon and some strong faith can work wonders...I know! Oh, and I wanted to tell you that I'm getting a new walker soon, one of those neat ones with hand brakes, a padded seat, a basket and 8" wheels that roll well in grass. No horn, radio or chrome though. :-)

Best wishes always and hoping to hear from you,

   Thanks, Dusty - so good to hear from you! I'm glad to hear you're feeling better and still having fun!  At the moment I myself am feeling better than I have in well over a year. As a matter of fact I just traipsed up and down the stairs "like a big girl" - which was a nice surprise, even to me. I'm crediting a complete change in diet.

   The family is well at the moment. We're expecting our 13th grandchild, sixth granddaughter any day now, so we're all excited!

   I'll spread the word about your improved health! In fact, I think I just did!

    From Barry Rew (NNHS / Ferguson HS - 65) of VA - 07/26/10:

Hi Carol
iamlds2. I think I was all along. Just didn't know it. I was baptized April 20, 1998. Baptized my 3 youngest. They're 15, 11 and 9 now. But I'm done. Arthritis caught up with me. Had to retire 2 years ago just to keep up the pace.
Sorry you won't be at the reunion. If I can get  Wayne Agee ('58 - of FL) up here we'll be there. Wayne's heart is giving him problems. It's good to be back but sometimes the obits get to me.
Buckroe was great.
But we'll always have Nauvoo.

   WOWZERONI! Small world - again.

   Maybe - maybe - I'll be at the reunion in October. I think I may have a 12% chance of being there. It could happen. Not overly likely, but it could happen. I hope Wayne's feeling better and that y'all both make it!

   Sometimes the obits get to you?!? I've been all but paralyzed with grief for the last six weeks now.....

   Thanks, Barry - it's great to hear from you again!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/26/10 - "Small World, Small Corps":

Hi, Carol:

The website where I volunteer,
Marines-Together We once again reconnects the TYPHOON Nation who served in the United States Marine Corps.

Jimmy Van Noy's brother, Mark Van Noy of TX is a Vietnam Veteran and made contact with me recently.
Small World, Small Corps.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Adonis!

        From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 07/26/10 - "Downtown Newport News":

  Downtown Newport News is the appropriate title of a just-published book that is chock-full of memories. The author is Bill Fox, a native of Newport News whose grandmother once owned and operated Mrs. Fox's Nut and Candy Store across the side street from Nachman's.

This treasure contains over 200 vintage photos of 'The Newport News That Was', plus captions. Downtown businesses, churches and schools (including numerous ones of NNHS) are represented, including some rare scenes of yesteryear that Bill has laboriously dug out of various archives on the Virginia Peninsula.

Bill Fox will be at the Newport News Visitor Center on August 28th (time to be determined) for book signing purposes. For those that can't wait that long, the book can be found and purchased on-line at the following web site (search by title for Downtown Newport News):


   WOWZERS!!! Thanks again, Bill!

          From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 07/26/10 - "NONE OF THE CARS ARE REAL!!!!!!":



   WHAAAT?!? HOW'D HE DO DAT?!? Thanks again, Gorgeous!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/26/10 - "Talking Cats":

I love it!

Talking Cats --- Be sure and watch the translation!


WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dearest Judy!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

From ArcaMax Jokes - 07/26/10:

Got Bugs?

My husband works as a service technician for a large exterminating company.

One of the rules of the company is that he has to confirm each appointment by phone the night before his service call to that household.

One evening he made such a call, and when a man answered the phone, he said, "Hi, this is Gary from A to Z Pest Control Company. Your wife phoned us."

There was a long silence, and then my husband heard the man on the other end say, "Honey, it's for you....someone wants to talk to you about your relatives."

1. Thursday, August 5, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

3. 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 - CLASS OF 1960

4. Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For additional information, please call Jennings Bryan at 873-7701 for reservations.

5. Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 6:30  - The Class of 1966 will hold its first Planning Meeting for Their 45-Year Reunion at Angelo’s Restaurant, J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. - CLASS OF 1966

6.Thursday, September 2, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

7. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - SEE: - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

8. Thursday, October 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

9. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2" - from 10 AM and onwards at CNU Parking Lot N - SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966 AND THE SPD; OPEN TO ALL! -

10. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

11. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For additional information, please call Jennings Bryan at 873-7701 for reservations.

12. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - SEE: - - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

13. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For additional information, please contact Dave Spriggs at and SEE: - NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - - CLASS OF 1964

14. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will have a LUNCHEON. Mickey Marcella (757) 249-3800, Betty Hamby Neher, (757) 898-5099 and Dr. Harry Simpson (804) 694-0346 will be the team leaders. - CLASS OF 1954

15. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM - 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at: - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/17/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Music by Leonard Bernstein (25 Aug 1918 – 14 Oct 1990); Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (b. 22 Mar 1930)
for "
West Side Story", 1957

Puerto Rico
My heart's devotion
Let it sink back in the ocean
Always the hurricanes blowing
Always the population growing
And the money owing
And the sunlight streaming
And the natives steaming
I like the island Manhattan
Smoke on your pipe
And put that in!


I like to be in America
Okay by me in America
Everything free in America

For a small fee in America

Buying on credit is so nice

One look at us and they charge twice

I have my own washing machine

What will you have though to keep clean?

Skyscrapers bloom in America

Cadillacs zoom in America

Industry boom in America

Twelve in a room in America

Lots of new housing with more space

Lots of doors slamming in our face

I'll get a terrace apartment

Better get rid of your accent
Life can be bright in America

If you can fight in America

Life is all right in America

If you're all white in America

Here you are free and you have pride

Long as you stay on your own side

Free to be anything you choose

Free to wait tables and shine shoes

Everywhere grime in America
Organized crime in America
Terrible time in America

You forget I'm in America

I think I'll go back to San Juan

I know a boat you can get on

Everyone there will give big cheer!

Everyone there will have moved here

"America" midi courtesy of - 07/27/10

"America" lyrics courtesy of - 07/27/10

Image of USS America courtesy of Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 07/24/10
Thanks, Bill!

Animated Blue Divider Line 21 clip art courtesy of - 04/19/10

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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!

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