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08/21/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Red Red Wine

“Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.”

- Bill Blass
(22 June 1922 - 12 June 2002)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   I personally do not drink wine, red or otherwise, but in continuing our celebration of all things Red, White and Blue, this song was just so easy - and I still had the images handy from two days ago!

BONUS - - Red Red Wine - UB40

" 'Red Red Wine
' is a song originally written and recorded by Neil Diamond, that was then covered by Tony Tribe and more famously by UB40. In the song, the singer finds drinking red wine is the only way to forget a lost love."

"UB40 made their rendition for their cover versions album Labour of Love. According to the band, they were only familiar with Tony Tribe's version, and their version featured a lighter, reggae-style flavor compared to Diamond's somber, acoustic ballad. This version reached number one in the UK chart in August 1983, and number thirty-four in the U.S. in March 1984. This cover version adds a toasted verse by UB40 member Astro, opening: 'Red Red Wine, you make me feel so fine/You keep me rocking all of the time'."


Thursday, August 21, 1969 - Australian Michael Dennis Rohan set the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire.


1.   Gene Ellis ('61) of FL:

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/20/09:

He will probably shoot me, but many prayers have been answered in regards to the surgery undergone by John Eugene Ellis ('61) of FL at the Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Gene is such a private individual that he would prefer that others not know of his battle with cancer, but I also know that a lot of his buddies from NNHS are very concerned about him and hope he recovers soon, and gets back on the tennis court. He is likely to go home to Lakeland tomorrow!!! He is doing very well, and getting grumpy again which is a sure sign of healing.

   Well, we certainly wouldn't want your brother-in-law to shoot you, Joe, so we won't tell him you told us, and we'll all just say silent prayers on John's behalf. Thank you so much for letting us know of his progress!

2.       Betty Savage Bateman Palmer - June 1945 - of VA:

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 08/21/09, 8:55 PM - "My mom":

I wanted to let you know that my mom has been in the hospital since Monday and is not doing well at all.  There's no definite diagnosis on what's wrong, but she hasn't been coherent for about 10 days or so and cannot swallow.  I will keep you posted as things change.  Thanks in advance for thoughts and prayers.


    Oh, NO - I'm so very sorry to hear this! Of course you and your mama are in our thoughts and prayers, Sandi.
Thank you for letting us know!


     Happy Birthday today to    Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 -  Charles Allen ('57)         My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA;

27 - Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND   My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ;

28 - Tony Lapides ('57) (deceased 06/18/09).

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


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   OH, NO!!!  They checked it again on Monday, and found something harmful again on five of 00freehost's hosted sites.....  I'm beginning to wonder if  this nightmare will ever end.....

From Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA - 08/20/09 - "Thanks for all you do for the NNHS Classes":

Hi Carol,

Just a note to thank you for all you do for all the NNHS classes, as well as a few other schools from our area. I am sorry I never have much input, but I do enjoy reading about all the news.

Since we lost our son (
 Keith Pride) in January so unexpectedly life takes on a whole different meaning. If there are others out there that have lost a child they know what I am talking about, the hurt will never go away.

One of your e-mails from earlier in the week really picked me up and I would like to share it with the principal that I used to work for at Warwick before I retired; she loves elephants!

I think I may have deleted it by accident. Cannot even remember the person’s name that sent it to you, but I think she was in my brother's class (
 Joe Floyd - '65). It was about a pre-school teacher teaching her students reading and an African Elephant, it was precious. If you could send that to me on my personal e-mail I would dearly appreciate it.

My cousin Ray Jones was a drum major at NNHS (he is 10 years younger than I am) so it may have been the class of ’72 or ’71 he graduated. Just to let you know he was in a terrible car accident last Wednesday night on the way home from work. A trailer came off another car and slammed into his and he has old kinds of broken bones, bruises has already had 3 surgeries since it happened last week.

Our family is just so thankful that he was not killed; he had an angel watching over him that night! Ralph thought the world of
  Mr. Wilson, so if you could let Mr. Wilson know I would appreciate it.

If he wants to e-mail me I will see that Ray (he goes by Ralph now) gets it. He is in a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thanks Carol and again thanks from all of us in the Class of ’62 for all your hard work to keep everyone in touch.


Patsy (Pat) Floyd Pride

   Hi, Patsy, thanks so much for your note!

   Certainly - you were right;
that African Elephant item did come from a gal in the Class of '65 -   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - and it was in Sunday's Newsletter:

   I cannot even conceive of the pain of losing a beloved child; you still have my deepest sympathies.

   I'm so sorry to hear of your cousin's accident, but grateful that his life was spared. 

   Unfortunately, I don't really know how to contact Mr. Wilson easily anymore.  He came to '64's fabulous Open Reunion in October of 2004, but suffered a heart attack the following January.  He was never easy to reach by phone, but here it is, right from

James P. Wilson, Jr., 4658 Brink Road, Emporia, VA 23847-5826
(434) 634-6833

     Frances (Heath Scott - '62 - of VA) told me at your last reunion in 2007 that Mr. Wilson no longer used email.

   Perhaps someone else will have newer information on him; we may just have to use good old snail mail - EEK!

Saturday, October 23, 2004
Carol Buckley Harty ('65)
(then) of NC
and Mr. Jim Wilson of VA

   Take care, Patsy - and give everyone my love at your next class meeting, please!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 08/20/09 - "  Joel Frank ('64) (17 Jan 1946 - 03 Dec 2001) and rings":


First, you should have contacted    Mark Friedman (NNHS '65), an excellent jeweler, and perhaps he could have given you some "inside" information on how to get those rings off your fingers. And, you don't have go without them, simply have them resized; yep, they can size 'em up! Then, later on, size 'em down! I don't know if they can size 'em sideways?

   Ya know, Wayne Honey, the first thing I thought when I realized my self-healing efforts weren't going to be sufficient this time was, "I wish I could go see Mark at his shop!" 

   The jeweler I did visit was very good and kind, blessedly. My right ring finger was badly infected - almost abscessed - so I really had no other choice.  Before I realized I was going to have my wedding band removed as well, we him asked about the inexpensive jade ring, specifically about having it reconnected so that I could wear it suspended from a chain as a necklace. He softly told me that it was not gold (which I already knew), and that even the jade itself was probably no longer worth the effort.  )I've kept it, anyway, just for old time's sake.)  We did decide that after a month or so when my fingers have had a chance to heal that the wedding ring could be resized, so that's what we'll do.

   And the miraculous thing was, when he cut the white gold band, the slice was almost perfectly centered between the inside inscription - almost beyond belief!  So that was a great comfort to me.  He's a very nice man, and we certainly appreciated him!

Next, was the memories that were brought to mind with        Dave's (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) mention of Joel Frank. Joel was a real character, in the kindest, friendly, sense of the word, and joy to be around. Like I myself, when a sport I played was not in season, Joel and I shared the same attitude about the need to attend school every day! I mean if you could get it done in 3 days, why go 5?

   Funny - that was my philosophy, too!

We had 2 classes together one year (freshman or sophomore year for me), a study hall that led us to the front and back doors of the library < the back door was most important> and up town for a couple drinks (Cokes!) and a bite to eat, and Geography under    Coach Nuttycombe. That class was held in a stadium like classroom at the north end of the first floor prior to going into the Home ED (EC.) and Shop Class areas. Anyone remember that room?

   Oh, I remember that room quite well! It  was the old band room, before the new addition to the building was built.  It functioned as the "home" to the Summer Band program as well.  Was it Room 107??  The Beacon Room was Room 108, so....

Anyway, Joel and I just happened to be absent on a day that Coach Nuttycombe gave a very important test. So, when we returned to class we were given the test and sent to the library, the librarian seated each of us at opposite ends of one of those long tables there and we each took the test, legitimately. Of course, when each finished ,we would go back to class and turn in our test; this we did.

Some days later, in front of the entire class, Coach Nuttycombe asked each of us to answer questions that he would bring forth, which just happened to be from the test we had taken. I thought that was strange, he had not given us our papers and I had no way, nor did Joel, of knowing how we had done. What was I going to do, not answer, I don't think that would have worked; he asked the questions directing the same to both of us at times and different ones at other times. Whatever he asked, I answered. So did Joel.

Well, short story longer, he finally said to me, that I was to be congratulated for truly retaining the knowledge of the subject matter and gave me my test with the score of 100!! He then turned his attention to Joel and said they needed to talk! I know for a fact that neither of us got any closer to one another during the taking of that test than where originally seated, there was no cheating! I finally got around to asking Joel what had happened and he told me all that Coach Nuttycombe did was make him take another test, which he passed. He didn't cheat on the first one, not that I saw. That's just one of those things that "stick in your mind" after all these years. I really liked Joel and never did find out what brought on his early exit from us.

I share this experience with you to sorta bring back what we used to do within the newsletters. That's not a value judgment, it's that we just don't seem to share stories like we once did. Why is that, I wonder?

Take Care!

   Thanks so much, Wayne Honey! I don't really know why that is, but I was thinking the very same thing myself just the other day. In fact, I'm actually thinking of doing something productive to try to spur more memory-sharing, but, of course, I haven't managed to actually do it yet.....

   But I did add your recollection to Coach Nuttycombe's page: 



   By the way, Joel and David and I were all in     Miss (Linda) Allen's (Fairfax HS / Hampton HS - '55) D Period Biology 1-2 class together during the 1961/62 school year.  David and Joel sat in the back of the room at a table near the door, and I sat in the front of the room at a table by the windows with Bill Ward ('64) of VA and Kenny Henderson ('64) of MD. 



    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/20/09 - "Newsletter 08/20/2009":

Hi, Carol:

The older Magruder School on 22nd Street was a red brick multiple story building, much like the design of the old Thomas Jefferson Elementary School between 30th and 31st Streets in Newport News.

   Oh. OH! Oh, well, "tha' 'splains  it, Luzy" - especially as I have zero memory of the old Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, either - and can only barely remember the fire department building right next to the high school!  Hmmm, I wonder if that hateful blubber-coating machine ran off with half of my memory cells?? No, it couldn't have been that; they've been gone much longer than that. It was "prolly" that first nasty TIA back in April of '89..... Sigh.

   Thanks, Joe!  I've added your remarks to our archive:

Thanks for sharing   the great photo of     Forrest Powell (63) of VA  . Is there no end to this young man's talents?

   Apparently not!

        Lt Brent Harty, US Army (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of TX) sure looked sharp in the video of Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA.

In my message to him, I shared that I had visited the OCS complex at Fort Benning on Sunday while returning to Florida from Kansas. The Infantry School is being completely renovated, and expanded with several floors being added, to accommodate the consolidation of the Armor School with the Infantry School as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission actions. This is long overdue, since both branches go to combat together so they should train together as well. One nice new feature at Fort Benning is the Infantry Museum near the entrance to the post. It is first class. Needless to say, visiting the museum and the post sure charged my battery!!!

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   I'm sure it did! Thanks again, Major Madagan!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/20/09 - " ANTINE'S RPPC":

I already have this PC, but if someone else wants their very own, then it has come up for auction on EBAY:

That is a long URL, so you could also search on the item number: 180398923591

The owner has no idea what he possesses, as it is starting at $6.00.

    WOWZERONI! And last I checked, there were no bids plus free shipping on this seemingly rarest of treasures! Somebody's gonna be MIGHTY happy! Thank you, Brown Eyes!

       From Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL -  08/20/09 - "The Ross sisters - you won't believe this!":

I did not know the body could move in this way.  These ladies are amazing... 

The Ross Sisters (1944) (Video)

I don't think many, if any, of you will remember the Ross Sisters who were popular in 1944. Frankly, I never heard of them. Yes, I know, some of you weren't even born yet, but I thought you might enjoy it anyway. Their act gets better as it progresses and you will be amazed at how the sisters exit the stage at the end of their performance.

(HINT: Watch past the first 50 seconds or so, then Whoa! lookout!) 

    WOWZERS-YOWZERS! This causes intense physical pain just to watch! Thanks, Paul!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/18/09 and 08/20/09 - "Message #3 AND Squeeze - Tempted==Henley Boys Of Summer":

  OOOH! Thanks, Shari!




Have a great weekend!
  Squeeze - Tempted  
      Don Henley - Boys Of Summer  



public service announcement:

If you receive an email from the Department of Health telling you not to eat canned pork because of swine flu.... Ignore it.  It's just spam.


As a realtor, I deal with all types of people. Recently, I showed a home to a couple who seemed eager to check out the fantastic view from the living room. But when I dramatically pulled back the drapes, the disappointed husband asked, "Where is the view? Those mountains must be blocking it."


   GIGGLES! Thanks again, Shari!


1.    Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!


From ArcaMax - 08/20/09:


- Walking can add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $5000 per month.

- My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. Now she's 97 years old and we don't know where the heck she is.

- The only reason I would take up exercising is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

- I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.

- I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.

- I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

- I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

- The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.

- If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

- And last but not least: I don't exercise because it makes the ice jump right out of my glass.

- You could run this over to your friends but why not just e-mail it to them!


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: -

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 08/21/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Red Red Wine

Written and recorded by Neil Diamond, 1968
(b. 24 Jan 1941)

Recorded by UB40, August 20, 1983

Red, red wine
Go to my head
Make me forget that I
Still need her so

Red, red wine
It's up to you
All I can do, I've done
But mem'ries won`t go
No, mem'ries won`t go

I'd have thought
That with time
Thoughts of her
Would leave my head
I was wrong
And I find
Just one thing makes me forget

Red, red wine
Stay close to me
Don't let me be alone
It's tearin' apart
My blue, blue heart

"Red Red Wine" midi courtesy of - 08/20/09

"Red Red Wine" lyrics courtesy of - 08/20/09

Image of Glasses of Wine courtesy of - 08/08/06

Small Blue Heart used to form Divider Lines courtesy
of - 04/07/06

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

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

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