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08/21/07 - NNHS Newsletter
Sealed with a Kiss

"A kiss seals two souls for a moment in time.”

-  Levende Waters

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's Newsletter theme comes to us by special request from    Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/19/07:

Hi, Carol:

The selections with summer themes used lately with your Newsletters are most enjoyable.

How about “Sealed With a Kiss” for a summer theme? It was first made popular by Bobby Hyland in 1962, and hit the charts again in 1968 when it was recorded by Gary Lewis and The Playboys, only to rebound again in 1972 when it was released by Bobby Vinton.

The song had lot of “staying power” and is still quite popular on the Easy Listening radio, and is likely a favorite of many of your subscribers.


SWAK has been used for many years on the outside of envelopes by young ladies mailing a letter to their special one to abbreviate sealed with a kiss.


When a young Marine Recruit at Parris Island received a letter with such a mark or worse yet, lipstick on the envelope it was noted by the Drill Instructor during mail call at the end of the training day. Those envelopes became “dessert” for the young Marine Recruit, for they were required to eat those envelopes in front of the entire Platoon. Love hurts!


TYPHOON Regards,

Joe Madagan (57) of FL


   But I do love this song, Major Madagan! Good call - thanks!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 08/21/07:

   For those of y'all (like me) who are always looking for that time machine, take a trip back to 1962 and see Bobby Hyland sing this again:


1.   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA - 08/21/07:

  From Nancy Mitchell Wynne ('64) of MD - 08/21/07:

Carol, I believe Kathy (Avant) Taylor (NNHS 64) would like to be added to your site.  She’s probably going to send you a note to confirm.

Just thought I’d let you know and cc her so she’d know who YOU are!

Thanks for all you continue to do for our alumni! 

Nancy (Mitchell) Wynne

   Thanks, Nancy!

  From Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA - 08/21/07 - "Class of 64":

I have just found this website and I'm not sure exactly what I am doing here, but I give my permission to post my Class of 64 picture.  I was Kathie Avant and live in Atlanta, Georgia.  I'm married to Rick Taylor.  My email address is _________________________.

Thank you,  Kathie Taylor

   Super! I've added your name and senior portrait to the Alumni page:

   If you'd like your email addy to be published here, let me know:

   Welcome back, Kathie!


   Happy Birthday today to Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA, and on Thursday to my first cousin,     Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64)!

   Many Happy Returns, Ladies!

   Y'all be sure to take a look at that page.  How are we going to wish you a happy birthday (or in the case of my coo-coo brain, forget to wish you a happy birthday) if we don't know when it is?!?  Thanks!


1.   Wayne Chapman ('65) of VA - 08/21/07:

Tuesday 08/21/2007 1:03:51pm
Name: Wayne Chapman
Marital Status married
City/Country: Roanoke, Virginia 24015

   Wayne! I haven't seen you in about 102 years (give or take)! Thanks for signing our Guest Book!

   For another ride in that time machine, check here:

   And if you'd like to be added to our regular Mailing/Alumni List, let me know that, too!  Thanks!

   From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 08/12/07 - "The Two Dollar Bill":

Don't know if this is true, but heaven help us if it is. I can see this happening when some clerks today, not just teenagers, can't make change without the cash register telling them how much to give back!    

Jerry Blanchard (62) of Va.

The Two Dollar Bill

(The food server was probably age 15, and the restaurant manager was probably age 16!

The $2 bill, everyone should start carrying them! I am STILL laughing!! I think we need to quit saving our $2 bills and bring them out in public. The younger generation doesn't know they exist.

On my way home from work, I stopped at Taco Bell for a quick bite to eat. In my billfold was a $50 bill and a $2 bill. I figured that with a $2 bill, I can get something to eat and not have to worry about anyone getting irritated at me for trying to break a $50 bill.

Me: "Hi, I'd like one seven-layer burrito please, to go."

Server: "That'll be $1.04. Eat in?"

Me: "No, it's to go." At this point, I open my billfold and hand him the $2 bill. He looks at it kind of funny.

Server: "Uh, hang on a sec, I'll be right back." He goes to talk to his Manager, who is still within my earshot. The following conversation occurs between the two of them: Server: "Hey, you ever see a $2 bill?"

Manager: "No. A what?"

Server: "A $2 bill. This guy just gave it to me."

Manager: "Ask for something else. There's no such thing as a $2 bill."

Server: "Yeah, thought so." He comes back to me and says, "We don't take these. Do you have anything else?"

Me: "Just this fifty. You don't take $2 bills? Why?"

Server: "I don't know."

Me: "See here where it says legal tender?"

Server: "Yeah."

Me: "So, why won't you take it?"

Server: "Well, hang on a sec." The Server goes back to his Manager (who has been watching me like I'm a shoplifter), and says to his Manager, "the guy says I have to take it."

Manager: "Doesn't he have anything else?"

Server: "Yeah, a fifty. I'll get it and you can open the safe and get change."

Manager: "I'm not opening the safe with him in here."

Server: "What should I do?"

Manager: "Tell him to come back later when he has real money."

Server: "I can't tell him that! You tell him."

Manager: "Just tell him."

Server: "No way! This is weird. I'm going in back."

The Manager approaches me and says, "I'm sorry, but we don't take big bills this time of night."

Me: "It's only seven o'clock! Well then, here's a two dollar bill."

Manager: "We don't take those, either."

Me: "Why not?"

Manager: "I think you know why."

Me: "No really, tell me why."

Manager: "Please leave before I call mall security."

Me: "Excuse me?"

Manager: "Please leave before I call mall security."

Me: "What on earth for?"

Manager: "Please, sir."

Me: "Uh, go ahead, call them "

Manager: "Would you please just leave?"

Me: "No."

Manager: "Fine -- have it your way then."

Me: "Hey, that's Burger King, isn't it?" At this point, he backs away from me and calls mall security on the phone around the corner. I have two people staring at me from the dining area, and I begin laughing out loud, just for effect. A few minutes later this 45-year-oldish guy comes in.

Guard: "Yeah, Mike, what's up?"

Manager (whispering): "This guy is trying to give me some (pause) funny money."

Guard: "No kidding! What?"

Manager: "Get this, two dollar bill."

Guard (incredulous): "Why would a guy fake a two dollar bill?"

Manager: "I don't know. He's kinda weird. He says the only other thing he has is a fifty."

Guard: "Oh, so the fifty's fake!"

Manager: "No, the two dollar bill is."

Guard: "Why would he fake a two dollar bill?"

Manager: "I don't know! Can you talk to him, and get him out of here?"

Guard: "Yeah." So, the Security Guard walks over to me and says, "Mike here tells me you have some fake bills you're trying to use."

Me: "Uh, no."

Guard: "Lemme see 'em."

Me: "Why?"

Guard: "Do you want me to get the cops in here?"

At this point I am ready to say, "Sure, please!" But I want to eat, so I say, "I'm just trying to buy a burrito and pay for it with this two dollar bill." I put the bill up near his face, and he flinches like I'm taking a swing at him. He takes the bill, turns it over a few times in his hands, and says, "Hey, Mike, what's wrong with this bill?"

Manager: "It's fake."

Guard: "It doesn't look fake to me."

Manager: "But it's a two dollar bill."

Guard: "Yeah, so?"

Manager: "Well, there's no such thing, is there?"

The security guard and I both look at him like he's an idiot, and it dawns on the Manager that he has no clue. So, it turns out that my burrito was free, and he threw in a small drink and some of those cinnamon thingies, too. Made me want to get a whole stack of two dollar bills just to see what happens when I try to buy stuff. If I got the right group of people, I could probably end up in jail. You get free food there, too.

Just think, those two food service workers will be voting soon.

YOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! Thanks for the warning, Jerry!

From Lisa Furr Wilkins ('71) to        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/20/07:

Dear Friends of NNHS-

My name is Lisa Wilkins, and I got your e-mails off the Menchville High School Reunion Site...

I found this article hidden in the NNPS name the new high school being built here in NN.  I attended NNHS in 1971, the last year it was a high school.  My brother, Mike Furr, graduated there in 1961.   This issue, to bring back the Typhoon heritage to NN, is so dear to my heart that I wanted to let you know of this....

Please read the article below, copied directly from the site, and write to the School Board.  This may be the last time we have a chance to resurrect NNHS!


(June 7, 2007) - The Newport News School Board is seeking suggestions for naming the new middle and high school located at the former Briarfield Elementary School site at 5720 Briarfield Road. Any member of the community may submit suggestions for consideration by the School Board.

Suggestions may be submitted in writing to the Office of the Superintendent, 12465 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606, on or before Friday, August 24, 2007, to be eligible for consideration.

A comment box for suggested names will also be available at the new middle and high school in the office through Friday, August 24.

Each proposal must include the suggested school name; the name, address and phone number of the person(s) submitting suggestion; and rationale for suggestion.

A report regarding the names suggested to date will be made to the School Board during the special meeting and work session on Wednesday, September 5, 2007.

A decision on the name of the new middle and high school is scheduled to be made by the School Board during the September 18, 2007 meeting.

For more information, the public is invited to call 591-4500.


Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming, " Wow! What a ride!"

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to Lisa Furr Wilkins ('71) - 08/20/07:

Hi Lisa,

We all loved our old NNHS, and I am sure that we wish it had never closed.  And I know that many people would like to be able to recreate that special feeling we had for NNHS by recycling the name on a new school.

However … and speaking only for myself … I would strongly oppose ever using that name again.

There was only ONE, and will only ever be ONE, Newport News High School. Merely placing that name above the door of a new structure will not bring it back. It will only serve to dilute the wonderful heritage, traditions and memories of that building at 3100 Huntington Avenue.  I would not look forward to the first drug arrests, the first gun and knife gang slayings, the first teacher/student sex scandal, the first Columbine-style massacre by a bullied student … all splashed across the front of the Daily Press and CNN, along with the name of our beloved Newport News High School.

No, I would rather keep those wonderful memories in my mind and heart and not worry about besmirching them with present day problems and immorality.

Of course, that’s just my opinion; I could be wrong.

Dave Spriggs ‘64

   Well, David, you could be wrong, you COULD be wrong, but I don't think so. I agree with you 100% - and you expressed it beautifully!  Thanks!

  From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/21/07:

I hope your day is nice!,
A nice policeman showing sensitivity to a funny call in.
A remarkable view of Nature! (First time since 1931.)
Find new world records. Site updated with cool flash intro.


How to Tell if a Fly is a Boy or Girl

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter

"What are you doing?" she asked.

"Hunting flies," he responded.

"Oh! Killing any?" she asked.

"Yep, 3 males, 2 females," he replied.
Intrigued, she asked, "How can you tell them apart?"

He responded, "Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone."

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Shari!


   Reunion Reservation Deadlines are looming! Please check the Reunion Page!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 31 - September 2, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1967 - FRIDAY NIGHT: OPEN TO ALL

2. Thursday, September 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7 - 9, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957

4. Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for All of Us - OPEN TO ALL

5. Thursday, October 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

6. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942

7. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

8. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

9. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

10. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


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

   As these five messages were consuming so much space on each Newsletter, I've decided just to publish the NEXT upcoming reunion on each Newsletter:

The NNHS Class of 1967
will hold its 40-Year Reunion on Labor Day weekend:
Friday, August 31, 2007 - Friday by the Fountain, City Center/Social, at Red Star Tavern

Saturday, September 1, 2007 - Buffet Dinner/Dance, The Omni Hotel, Newport News

Sunday, September 2, 2007 - Omni Sunday Brunch

More information will follow.....

CONTACTS: Marty -;
Wanda - 757-867-9070; or Melissa - 757-874-0094


  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/24/07 - "Summer's Not Over Yet! "- #11 in a Series of about 38:

It's not Buckroe, but it'll do in a rush!

This is sand? Thought this was one you'd enjoy seeing; it all took place in British Columbia.


   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Chris!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





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

Sealed with a Kiss

(Brian Hyland)

Though we've got to say good-bye
For the summer
Darling, I promise you this
I'll send you all my love
Everyday in a letter
Sealed with a kiss

Yes it's gonna be cold, lonely summer
But I'll fill the emptiness
I'll send you all my dreams
Everyday in a letter
Sealed with a kiss

I'll see you in the sunlight
I'll hear your voice everywhere
I'll run to tenderly hold you
But, Darlin' you won't be there

I don't wanna say good-bye
For the summer
Knowing the love we'll miss
Let us make a pledge
To meet in September
And seal it with a kiss


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"Sealed with a Kiss" midi (courtesy of - 08/21/07
at the suggestion of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/19/07
Thanks, Joe!

"Sealed with a Kiss" lyrics courtesy of - 08/21/07
also at the suggestion of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/19/07
Thanks again, Joe!

"Sealed with a Kiss" animated title art courtesy of - 08/21/07

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!

Sealed with a Kiss Envelopes Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/21/07

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!

Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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