- NNHS Newsletter -
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
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).
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!!!
From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 08/23/07 - "RE: HORRIBLE EMBARRASSING TYPO!":
What is this about??
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
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. ARGHHHH!!!
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!!!!
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?!
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!"
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.
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)":
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.
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:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/junior-band.html - 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":
Dear Superintendent Kilgore & Newport News School Board Members:
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":
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 [22.214.171.124] blocked using dynablock.iwon.com; Your message could not be delivered due to complaints we received regarding the IP address you're using or your ISP. See http://blackholes.iwon.com/ 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.":
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?)
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
Hang in there, Joe - and thanks so much for cheering my soul!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
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
OPEN TO EVERYONE!!
Saturday, September 1, 2007 - Buffet Dinner/Dance, The Omni Hotel, Newport News
Sunday, September 2, 2007 - Omni Sunday Brunch
CONTACTS:Marty - email@example.com; Wanda - 757-867-9070; or Melissa - 757-874-0094
HELP LOCATE MISSING CLASSMATES:
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 07/22/07:
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.
THESE SEEM TO GET BETTER AND BETTER EACH YEAR...
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
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
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 Sing in the Sunshine" midi courtesy of http://www.fromtheheartpostcards.com/MidiPreview.html - 08/04/07
"We'll Sing in the Sunshine" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsondemand.com/g/galegarnettlyrics/wellsinginthesunshinelyrics.html - 08/05/06
First Sunshine Image courtesy of http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/photo31140.htm - 08/05/07
Second Sunshine Image courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/marc50/316360335/ - 08/05/07
Rising Sun Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars9.html - 04/11/05
Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 03/07/06
Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy ofhttp://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Laughing Head courtesy of
('65) of VA - 01/25/06
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