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08/23/09 - NNHS Newsletter
Blue Suede Shoes

NO!  WAIT!  My shoes are in there!!!”

- Anonymous

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Our Red, White and Blue Newsletter themes continue with this entry, which curiously repeats each year:

BONUS #1 - - Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins, about 1956 - on the Perry Como Show

BONUS #2 - - Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins, September 15, 1997 - at The Royal Albert Hall


Saturday, August 23, 1969 - No WAY! Two days in a row during the momentous summer of 1969 when apparently nothing happened, no one was born, and no one died?!? "Inconceivable!"


    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 08/22/09, 7:10 PM - "    My Mom - Betty Savage Bateman Palmer (June 1945)":

To all our friends and family, we wanted to let you know that my wonderful mother passed away this afternoon about 3 PM. She died peacefully, with my step-dad by her side, along with other family members. We have been so blessed to have her for an additional 35 years after the traffic accident that left her disabled. We know she's in a better place with her parents, brothers and granddaughter, and is no longer suffering. Funeral arrangements are not complete at this time. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. We love you all!


   Oh, Sandi, I'm so very sorry to hear about your mama! I always enjoyed her so over the years, and am especially grateful for the time       Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and I had to visit with her in her home back in 2000.

   Losing a parent is just never easy, no matter what our ages. You and your whole family have my deepest condolences, and are certainly in our thoughts and prayers. 


  From Bob Slaughter of VA, WWII D-Day Veteran of Omaha Beach - 08/22/09, 4:08 PM - "To whom":

Dear Friends:

I checked into the Salem VA Hospital on July 27 to correct a small hernia problem.  The overnight operation went smoothly, but doctor discovered an enlarged prostate and bladder.  On the 27th this month I'm scheduled an overnight procedure to trim the prostate --- no big deal.  On September 15, I check in for a 3 to 5 day bladder procedure.  My PSA count is good, and no cancer is suspected.  The doctor has advised me to postpone the European trip to next spring.

Best Wishes,

Bob Slaughter

   I'm sorry to hear of your medical problems, but delighted that the prognosis is so favorable! Thank you so much for letting us know, Bob! To insure that there is a barrage of mighty Typhoon prayers on your behalf, I've added you to our Prayer Roll:

   I started to say (to the class) that Sgt. Slaughter is one of our Famous Soldiers, thinking that I had added him to that page back in June, but was aghast to see that I had only done that in my mind. I've taken care of that now, however belatedly:

   This is a good time to plug Bob's book, too - which I'm planning to order in early September as a belated birthday present for myself:

   Although Bob did not know       my daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25), his book nevertheless contains much history I want preserved for my family to read - including a letter written by my father!


   Happy Birthday today to  Charles Allen ('57) AND           My Beautiful Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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);

29 -    Richard Coltrane ('57) of __ AND    Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) - 1948 (deceased 09/17/08);

30 -      Me ('65) of IL AND    Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


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

  From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA - 08/22/09 - "  Joel Frank ('64) (17 Jan 1946 - 03 Dec 2001)":

In regards to Joel Frank--I also have wondered what happened to Joel--he was one of a kind for sure-the last time I saw him was at the sandwich shop he owned in downtown NN and around that time I moved to Texas (1992). My fondest memories of Joel were that whenever I went to a party--private or public, local or out of town, from high school and on-all I had to do was look around the room and I would find Joel standing there with a grin-and in the most unexpected circumstances and I loved it.

Regards, Jo Ann Stewart

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France

   Thank you, Jo Ann! I added your remembrance of Joel to his slot on the In Memoriam page for your class:

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 08/18/09 (but only just located today...) - "Neat duet":

An older couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic and spotted a piano.

They've been married for 62 years and he'll be 90 this year.

It's all attitude. Enjoy!! - Mayo Clinic atrium piano, charming older couple...

Fran & Marlo Cowan (married 62 years) playing impromptu recital together in the atrium of the Mayo Clinic. He turned 90 in February. The song is Old Grey Bonnet.

More Info:

   COOL BEANS! Thanks so much, Wayne Honey! Moments such as these enrich all our lives!

From ACTS International - 08/19/09 - "Daily Encounter ... Thankful":


"I thank my God every time I remember you."
Philippians 1:3(NIV).

I have read that "Charles Plumb, a US Naval Academy graduate, was a jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent six years in a Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience.

"One day after Plumb gave a presentation, a fellow came up to him and said, 'You don't know me, but I am the person who packed your parachute the day you were shot down.'

"Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, 'I guess it worked!'

"Plumb assured him, 'It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today.'"

If it weren't for somebody else—perhaps many "somebody elses"—most of us wouldn't be where we are today either... May we ever be mindful and thankful to all who have "folded our parachute" and may we do the same for others.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/18/09 - "Message #5:

  OOOH! Thanks, 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 - 08/22/09:


A recently retired Nebraska farmer went to Dallas for the first vacation he had taken in his entire working life. He checked into a downtown hotel, but when he got to his room he immediately called the front desk.

The farmer said, "This here bed kin sleep the whole Cornhuskers football team! I only wanted a regular-sized bed."

The clerk responded, "That is a regular size bed, sir. You have to remember that everything's big in Texas!"

The farmer went to the hotel's bar and ordered a draught beer. When he was served, he said to the bartender, "This is as big as a milkin' pitcher. I only asked for a glass of beer!"

The bartender answered, "That is a glass of beer, sir. You have to remember that everything's big in Texas!"

When the waiter in the hotel's dining room brought out the steak the farmer ordered for dinner, the farmer exclaimed, "That steak's as big as my thigh, the baked potato's bigger 'n a watermelon, and this corn-on-a-cob's as big as a baseball bat! Where'd this come from?"

The waiter replied, "It's all local, sir. You have to remember that everything's big in Texas!"

When the waiter asked the farmer if he wanted to see the dessert menu, the farmer said he might be able to squeeze something in, but after consuming all that food and drink he needed to use the restroom first.

The waiter directed him to go down the hall to the first door on the right.

By this time, the farmer was quite inebriated and mistakenly went through the first door on the left. He walked across the tiled floor and fell into the swimming pool. When the farmer came sputtering to the surface, he yelled out, "For gawd's sakes, please don't flush!"


The Scientist

An American scientist once visited the offices of the great Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Neils Bohr, in Copenhagen, and was amazed to find that over his desk a horseshoe was nailed to the wall.

The American said with a nervous laugh, "Surely you don't believe that horseshoe will bring you good luck, do you, Professor Bohr?"

Bohr chuckled. "I believe no such thing, my good friend. Not at all. I am scarcely likely to believe in such foolish nonsense. However, I am told that a horseshoe will bring you good luck whether you believe in it or not!"


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 08/23/09

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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Blue Suede Shoes

Written and recorded by Carl Perkins, 1955
(09 Apr 1932 – 19 Jan 1998)

Well it's one for the money, two for the show,
Three to get ready, now go, cat, go.
But don't you, step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes

You can knock me down, step on my face
Slander my name all over the place.
Do anything that you wanna do
But uh uh, honey, lay off of my shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

You can burn my house, you can steal my car
Drink my liquor from an old fruit jar
Do anything that you wanna do
But uh uh, honey, lay off of my shoes
But don't you, step on my blue suede shoes.
Well, you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

Well it's one for the money, two for the show,
Three to get ready, now go, cat, go
But don't you, step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

Well it's blue, blue, blue suede shoes
Blue, blue, blue suede shoes yeh!
Well blue, blue, blue suede shoes
Blue, blue, blue suede shoes
Well, you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

"Blue Suede Shoes" midi (Carl Perkins ... not Elvis) courtesy of
located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/08/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Blue Suede Shoes" lyrics courtesy of
also located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/08/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Image of Blue Suede Shoes courtesy of - 08/21/06

Blue Tennis Shoe clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 08/21/06

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!

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

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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!

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

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