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08/24/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
We'll Sing in the Sunshine

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(25 May 1803 - 27 Apr 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme comes as a surprise - to all of us, especially me.....  This song has a catchy tune, but I've always passionately disliked the lyrics - well, beginning with the fourth line, anyway.  Actually, I think that's why I find it so annoying - it begins so happily, and then turns so selfish.  Yes, I am a Pollyanna.  I like fairy tale endings.  This is not my idea of a happy ending.  In fact, it makes me want to throw something.

   But if you'd like to hear it sung by Gale Garnett, click here:


  Hit #64,000 was made on Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 9:29 PM by an unknown user.

   In fact, the number of hits on the site yesterday were more than double the number of daily hits we've been averaging all summer.  On my personal website, that number rose to five times the summer's daily average.  I wonder if this next subject had anything at all to do with that?!? 

      From Me ('65) of NC - 08/25/07 - "GASP! BLUSH!  ":

   Ya know, years ago, before this website grew to be really, really, really, REALLY big, my #6 son,           Dale (Harty - Hillsboro High, IL/American School, IL - '02 - of VA), had great fun describing it to people as, "My mom's NNHS site: 'The Internet - Minus the Porn'".

   And I took care to monitor the content so that it would stay that way.

   And then there was Thursday morning.  Sigh.

   I was so tired when I was finally ready to release that Newsletter announcement, it wasn't until after I hit that "Send" button that I saw (amid my futile shrieks of, "NOOOO, STOP!!!!!") that my typing finger had missed that oh-so-critical "r" in Mr. Crum's name.....

   I sent that rushed "apology" of sorts two minutes later, and left my computer room for several hours:

          HORRIBLE EMBARRASSING TYPO!  Would somebody please just shoot me now???

   I had hoped to just ignore it and pretend the whole thing never happened.  But the outpouring of response was simply too great.  So reluctantly, I'm sharing these classic responses with you.

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/23/07 - "RE: HORRIBLE EMBARRASSING TYPO!":

Zer Firink Squad vil assemble at sunrise, do you wish your eyes covered or not?

   Oh, no, sir, Major Madagan, that won't be necessary; I'm quite adept at squeezing my eyes tightly shut, a result from driving around in heavy traffic....

   ARGHHH!!!  I was so mortified as I saw that subject line streak by my blurring eyes, I just had to walk away from the computer for a few hours!  As though I'm not having enough trouble with spam filters already, now I'm sending out Newsletters that appear to be pornographic!  SHEESH!!!

Thanks for the laugh, Adonis!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 08/23/07:

read your subject line!

   Well, actually, Lady, I'd rather not.............

     From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/23/07 - "RE: HORRIBLE EMBARRASSING TYPO!":

Sweet Cuz',

I am having a horrible day and that "mistake" made me really laugh!
I thank those "fat fingers" (that is what we always called typos at work).

Cuz' Pam

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  I'm glad I was able to lighten your day, Cousin Pam!  I was so mortified as I saw that subject line streak by my blurring eyes, I just had to walk away from the computer for a few hours!  As though I'm not having enough trouble with spam filters already, now I'm sending out Newsletters that appear to be pornographic!  SHEESH!!!

   Thanks, Lady!

  From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 08/23/07 - "RE: HORRIBLE EMBARRASSING TYPO!":

What is this about?? 

Typos don't matter do they??  :-)

   Typos only matter when the result is pornographic.  In the announcement for the two Newsletters of the day, I accidentally omitted the "r" from Mr. Crum's last name - and that was part of the subject line.  ARGHHHH!!!

       From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/23/07 - "RE: HORRIBLE EMBARRASSING TYPO!":

Hey, it could have been worse (I think).  None of us are mistake proof.

  Well, yes, Dave, I suppose it COULD have been worse, but just barely!  GIGGLES!!! Thanks!

     From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 08/23/07 - "RE: HORRIBLE EMBARRASSING TYPO!":

HUH?  I must have missed it.....what was the typo that I missed...would it make me laugh?????

   Oh, YOU'RE the one who missed it!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

    My Typo of the Day resulted in a pornographic subject line in the Newsletter announcement this morning.  I accidentally omitted the "r" from Mr. Crum's last name

   So - are you laughing now?!?

yes ....I am laughing.....outloud!!!!!!!!

  From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 08/23/07 - "RE: HORRIBLE EMBARRASSING TYPO!":":


It's just a typo, a funny one, but nevertheless A TYPO!!!!

Love, Sepi

   Thanks, Lady! I suppose one day I'll be able to look back at the whole thing and laugh, but right now it still gives me the shivers!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro High, IL - '90) of IL - 08/23/07 - "RE: HORRIBLE EMBARRASSING TYPO!":

hehehe...I guess it can be worse, but that one was pretty funny...I guess a bad typo every five years or so after near daily newsletters isn't too bad though, eh?! 

love bh

  Thanks, Brent! When I make 'em, at least I make 'em memorable, hmm? Love you, too!

  From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 08/23/07 - "RE: HORRIBLE EMBARRASSING TYPO!"

Carol, Carol, Carol...

No need to apologize for that silly little missing letter.  Heck, when I saw it, I thought it was just some more of that stuff I get every couple of days from a girl who said she knew me in high school.  Now, she's a terrible typist.  She keeps saying she helped me with "Trigger-Nometry", and everybody knows I barely got past Algebra in school.  She says her best friend went to - and never mind how she manages to mangle this word - I finally figured out she meant to say "Chuckatuck High".  And says that they had a cheer that went, "We don't smoke, and we don't chew, and we don't do what those other girls do.  Norfolk!"  Now that doesn't even make sense, if you went to Chuckatuck.  I mean, Chuckatuck isn't even in Norfolk.

Anyway, this girl lives in Sweden now, and lately she's been real depressed.  Seems one of her girlfriends is married to a Spanish prince, and his family has been in exile since the reigning - and you'll howl at how she spells this word, but I know she meant to say, "dictator" - threw them out of the country, and she just needs some money to get them back on the throne.  She sent me some photographs of them, and I had to laugh.  They really are close friends. 
Anyway, don't you worry about that missing "r" in Crum's name at all.  Don't give it another thought. 
Whoops...  I think I'm getting another e-mail from that girl.  Gracious!  Now she needs money for clothes, 'cause this time she isn't wearing any at all!  Gotta go, Carol.
Bill in Gooberville, Georgia 

   Oh, no, I won't give it another thought. I wouldn't. I mean, how could I??

   Thank you for this classic bit, Bill! I could hardly refuse to share such great comedy writing with the class.....

   Now, where were we?!?


  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 08/22/07 - "THE BAND (oops)":

Web Maestro Carol,

I am tho confuthed (blushing again) and apologetic. Here's more work for you. The photo of the trombone trio forwarded a few days ago was probably taken May 28, 1959, not 1960 as originally claimed. Historians (recovering from strokes associated with cardiovascular events) should know better than to jump to conclusions.


   WHAT?!? You hadn't mentioned strokes before, had you?!? YOWZERONI!!! But you look cute when you blush, anyway.....


A discovery in my basement “archives” reveals the official program for the 1959 Annual Spring Concert by the NNHS Music Department and it includes the listing of  “Trombero” by Frank Cofield, with the players listed in order: “    Bill Gruver (’62),   Bill Prillaman (’60) and   Norman Covert (’61).” The picture being stored in my ’60 Anchor fooled me. I did not receive a ’59 Anchor, having been transferred from Warwick High School in February and probably stuck it in there for safe keeping.  
 Newport News High School Music Department
Annual Spring Concert
Thursday, May 28, 1959, 8:00 PM


The same musicians, however, would have been in the same positions on stage in 1959, except that Bill Gruver was in the "Solo Chair" (that week anyway) and we three traded chairs a lot in the ’59-’60 school year. The 1960 program would help my dilemma.


The program fortuitously lists each member of the band -- as well as the chorus, then directed by  Virginia Lapides, who had replaced the long-time Typhoon Chorister    Eleanor Sherman.


As a means of seeking forgiveness, I also found the 1955 and 1956 programs for Russell Girt’s Junior Band and offer them.

Mr. Girt was also elementary school band instructor at John W. Daniel across the street. He received permission for me to play with the Junior Band during my 5th and 6th grade years. My 6th Grade Teacher, Miss Saunders, thought my time would have been better spent catching up on arithmetic (I’m still behind). Then-Miss Ellena Armistead, my 7th Grade mentor, reluctantly allowed my leaving early, too.

Newport News High School
Junior Band Concert
Newport News High School Junior Band Concert
Thursday, April 8, 1955 Friday, April 13, 1956


We played the ’55 concert at the Walter Reed Elementary School Auditorium and the ’56 concert in the brand new NNHS auditorium. We rehearsed in the old Band Room on the 32nd Street wing in 1955. At the time I was in awe being in that musty, cramped room. I’m not sure what replaced it after the new construction in 1954-55 which gave us the huge, airy band room overlooking Saunders Stadium.


Where is the 58th Street Beach when I need it!


Norm Covert (‘61)

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! What incredible treasures you bring, Sweetie! Anytime you feel like digging around in your archives for more such gems, feel free to do so - and no apologies are necessary!

   I've posted the 1959 Spring Program here, and rather than cut the earlier posting from the 1960 Band page, I did some cross-referencing and double-posting between the two years:

   As for the Junior band programs, I've been promising     John ('66) and    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA for at least three-and-a-half years now that I would make a Junior Band page - "soon".  So here, in a very embryonic form, is that page now: - brand new page - at last!

   And by the way, the old first floor Band Room is where Summer Band classes were held. 
I attended those for several years myself.

Newport News Summer Band School - 1959

 While searching (fruitlessly) for my certificate (I ultimately gave up and rescanned it), I came across this image in my files:


   I'm sure there's some perfectly good reason why I never posted this picture of the Dance Band from the 1959 Anchor before, but nothing really comes to mind. It's been sitting in my files ever since I scanned it on 03/30/04!

 Newport News High School Dance Band

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 08/23/07 - "Naming of New High School in Newport News":

I'm forwarding an email I just sent to the Newport News School Board.  Some of you may want to make your views known to members of the School Board.  Feel free to share this information with others who have an interest in maintaining the legacy of NNHS. 
FYI, the following provides a bit of background:
I received an email that directed me to a site that had the following:

(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.
Heritage High School
5800 Marshall Ave, Newport News, VA

I got the School Board emails from:

Dear Superintendent Kilgore & Newport News School Board Members:

I recently received an email from someone interested in naming the new high school to be built on Briarfield Road.  Unfortunately, I am out of town and will not be able to meet the requirements for submitting a letter to the suggestion box.  I am a 1958 graduate of Newport News High School.  My home address and contact information is provided at the end of this message.
Please feel free to share these comments with Mr. Hicks, Mr. Ashby, and Superintendent Kilgore as I do not have their email addresses.
My suggestion for a name for the new high school is "Captain Newport High School".  I think this name would be a good way to incorporate the name of the city into the name of a city high school.
As you know, many Newport News High School alumni have been interested in reinstating the legacy of NNHS with a naming opportunity.  NNHS  alumni that I continue to interact with are dedicated and passionate about maintaining the legacy of NNHS.  However, there is no longer a consensus that naming a new school NNHS is the best way to continue that legacy.
I am including a cc to Lisa Wilkins, who attended NNHS in 1971, the last year of its existence.  It was Lisa who alerted me to the naming opportunity and I believe she also supports the "Captain Newport High School" idea.
I'm also sending a copy to Carol Buckley Harty, NNHS'65, who maintains a popular NNHS website.
Joseph W. Drewry

   Joe, I think your suggestion for the new name is positively brilliant! In fact, the more I think of it, the more I like it!  Thank you for sharing it with us!

   I've posted your letter on that new school page:

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 08/24/07 - "server problem":

Hi Carol,
Are you getting emails regarding "no server available" for the newsletter...or is it just me?
PS You notice I have diplomatically avoided mention of The Blooper. That's just the kind of person I am.

   And I appreciate that, Chris! WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Actually, I am bombarded with server messages of almost every description on a regular basis. This one caught my curiosity. It popped up quite recently - even before "the troubles":

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

(      Al Dorner's - '66 - of VA - email addy)

Technical details of permanent failure:
PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 13): 554 Service unavailable; Client host [] blocked using; Your message could not be delivered due to complaints we received regarding the IP address you're using or your ISP. See Error: WS-02

   But, I'm sorry, Chris, I don't know what your message might mean.  Then again, I'm not able to think very clearly just yet....

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/24/07 - "Just so much Road Kill on the High Tech Highway.":

Hi, Carol:

We are both "Just so much road kill on the high tech highway" kid.

When you Phat Phingered Mr. Crum's name recently, it was mild compared to my lack of attention when I entered a comment online at The Daily Press obituary for Mr. Crum. For some unknown reason, I added an afterthought for my classmate Dr. Blaine Cecil Crum, III ('57) of AL. I meant to say Uncle, but keyed in Father instead.

Instead of concentrating on the subject, my mind morphed back to Blaine firing up on a manual typewriter in Mrs. Jean W. Clift's typing class. The man could make that thing fly, with the little bell ringing every few seconds warning him to return the carriage, so much so that it was distracting to those around him.

  Elaine Bracken Wilkinson ('61) of VA was sure kind to Eva, by not revealing her age in her recent lovely comment about Sealed With A Kiss. It has been Forty-Eleven Years, not Forty Years! Sweet!!!

Speaking of SWAK, my Parris Island buddy, Sergeant Major James A. Morris USMC (Ret) reminded me that his lovely wife Betty, when they were dating in Boston, mailed him a letter at Parris Island after his pleas not to place lipstick or SWAK on his letters. We had witnessed enough punishment for such an offense at mail call, so what does she do? She loaded up lipstick and put a big smacker on a letter going to PVT Morris. That was not enough, she placed a dotted line around it, and wrote "Eat Along The Dotted Line" to be sure our Drill Instructor would not overlook it. You know what happened, but they have been married for Forty-Eleven years now. I may have to nominate him for your Famous Marine page, since he survived the 67 day siege at Khe Sanh in 1968.

  Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC sure stirred memories of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. It is my hope to secure a photo image of the old red brick three story structure for your Website. I am going to corner Betty Lee Heath Ford ('57) of VA during our upcoming Reunion for a copy of some of her photos of this old building now long in the dustbin of history.

I think there is sufficient Grace for our errors, so don't give it another thought, unless 
  Bill Black ('66 - of GA) persists on harassing you...for he surely will not let this one pass without a humorous remark or two.

   Good call, Adonis!

Well, I am thoroughly discouraged. 
  Mr. John A. Huller ('43) of FL has refused to reveal to me the origin of his nickname "Scooter" after repeated request. Some TYPHOON has to know, and I hope they will let the cat out of the bag. (how is that for an old southern saying?)

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Hang in there, Joe - and thanks so much for cheering my soul!


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, 6:00 - 9:00 PM Friday by the Fountain, City Center, Oyster Point - Social:
Gather at the Red Star Tavern for conversation, relaxation & fun - Casual Dress - Pay your own way


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

Sunday, September 2, 2007 - Omni Sunday Brunch

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! "- #13 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!

   The time is short and I'm not finished, but need to stop.  We'll have much, much more from several of y'all - including some more gems from   Norm Covert ('61) of MD - next time!

   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

We'll Sing in the Sunshine

- Words and Music by Gale Garnett, 1964

We'll sing in the sunshine
We'll laugh every da-a-y
We'll sing in the sunshine
Then I'll be on my way

I will never love you
The cost of love's too dear
But though I'll never love you
I'll stay with you one year

And we can sing in the sunshine
We'll laugh every da-a-y
We'll sing in the sunshine
Then I'll be on my way

I'll sing to you each mornin'
I'll kiss you every night
But darlin', don't cling to me
I'll soon be out of sight

But we can sing in the sunshine
We'll laugh every da-a-y
We'll sing in the sunshine
Then I'll be on my way

My daddy he once told me
"Hey, don't you love you any man,
Just take what they may give you
And give but what you can

"And you can sing in the sunshine,
You'll laugh every da-a-y,
You'll sing in the sunshine,
Then be on your way"

And when our year has ended
And I have gone away
You'll often speak about me
And this is what you'll say

"We sang in the sunshine,
You know, we laughed every da-a-y.
We sang in the sunshine,
Then she went away"

"We'll Sing in the Sunshine" midi courtesy of - 08/04/07

"We'll Sing in the Sunshine" lyrics courtesy of - 08/05/06

First Sunshine Image courtesy of - 08/05/07

Second Sunshine Image courtesy of - 08/05/07

Rising Sun Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/11/05

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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!

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

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

Animated Laughing Head courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/25/06
Thanks, Janice!

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