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08/27/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Wannabe

I want to put a ding in the universe.”

- Steve Jobs
(b. 24 Feb 1955)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's Newsletter theme is one of those songs that gets into my head and just stays there - so I thought I'd share it with y'all!

BONUS - - Wannabe - Spice Girls, 1996


"Wannabe" is a song by British pop group Spice Girls. Written by the group members, Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard during the group's first professional songwriting session, and produced by Rowe and Stannard for the group's debut album Spice, released in November 1996. The song was written and recorded very quickly, the result was considered lacklustre by their label, so it was sent to be mixed by Dave Way, but the group was not pleased with the final result, and it was mixed again, this time by Mark "Spike" Stent.

"Wannabe" is an uptempo pop song that incorporates a mix of hip-hop, rap and dance music. The lyrics, which address the value of female friendship over the heterosexual bond, became an iconic symbolism of female empowerment and the most emblematic song of the group's Girl Power philosophy.[1] Despite receiving mixed reviews from music critics, the song won Best British-Written Single at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards and Best Single at the 1997 BRIT Awards.....

"Wannabe" is a dance-pop song with influences of hip-hop and rap.[1] Written in the key of B major, it is set in the time signature of common time and moves at a moderate tempo of 116 beats per minute.[17] It uses the sequence B–D–E–A–A♯ as its chord progression during the refrain, the chorus and the bridge, and F♯–G♯m–E–B for the verses.[17] The song is constructed in a verse-pre-chorus-chorus form, with a rapped bridge before the third and final chorus.[17] Musically, it is "energised" by a highly syncopated synthesised riff, and by the way the repetitive lyrics and rhythm are highlighted during the bridge.[18] "Wannabe" presents a different version of the traditional pop love song performed by females, mainly because of the energetic, self-assertive style that expresses a confident independence that is not reliant on the male figure for its continuance.[19]

The song opens with a laugh,[20] followed by undislodgeable piano notes.[21] Over the notes, the first lines of the refrain are sung with a spoken–almost shouted vocals, in a call and response interaction between Brown and Halliwell.[19][20] The words "tell", "really" and " I wanna" are repeated,[18] so that the voices' tone and the lyrics build up an image of female self-assertion...[19


  From Charlie Hilling ('56) of FL - 08/23/10 - "Status of Nelson Ellis":

Does any know the status of Nelson Ellis?  I understand that he is very ill.
Thanks for your help.
Charlie Hilling

   I'm so very sorry to hear this, Charlie! I do not know, nor do I know who might.



      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/06/10 - "Update on locations - Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion - Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!":


Please post this updated announcement when you have a moment.



Friday evening we’ll meet at the home of    Lynn Walker Brothers ’65 and her husband Barry (York HS - '65).  They have graciously extended an offer to open their home for the event.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and we would request a $5.00 donation to assist in covering the expenses for that evening if you attend.  The change in location was decided when members of the reunion committee thought the original location might not be as suitable for conversation as originally planned.  The Brothers residence is located at 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News.  The telephone number is 757-595-4116.  We’ll post a map providing directions. - significantly updated 08/07/10!

 - updated 08/18/10! 

   Thank you, Dave!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/30/10 - "BIRTHDAY CRUISE":



I just reviewed my contract with the Spirit of Norfolk. I must give them the final attendee count and final payment no later than 23 September. That means that I must receive your reservation and check no later than 20 September.

However, keep in mind that I cannot guarantee you a seat, after the first 40 seats are reserved.

 BOTTOM LINE: Send your reservation now, if you want to be assured of a seat. - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - updated 07/30/10!

         NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc -

        - 30 slots left! - updated 08/22/10! 


   Happy Birthday today to Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND     My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  the late Tony Lapides ('57) (deceased 06/18/09)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

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

31 -     Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA AND      Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA AND    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA AND    My Grandson, Jacob Harty of TX;

01 - Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA;

02 - Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND    Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA;

03 - Morton Binder ('57)

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


August 26, 1934 - Adolf Hitler demanded that France turn over their Saar region to Germany.

August 26, 1940 - Chad became the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor.

August 26, 1942 - Holocaust in Chortkiv, western Ukraine: At 2.30 am the German Schutzpolizei started driving Jews out of their houses, divided them into groups of 120, packed them in freight cars and deportsed 2000 to Belzec death camp. 500 of the sick and children were murdered on the spot.

August 26, 1944 - Charles de Gaulle entered Paris.

August 26, 1945 - The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri.

August 26, 1961 - All crossing points into East Germany were closed for West Berlin citizens.


August 27, 1939 - Nazi Germany demanded the Polish corridor and Danzig.

August 27, 1943 - Japanese forces evacuated New Georgia Island in the Pacific Theater of Operations.  

August 27, 1945 - American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government.

August 27, 2001 - Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital's historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.


Thursday, August 26, 1965 - Actress Carolina Arregui was born in Santiago, Chile.

Thursday, August 26, 1965 - Actor Chris Burke was born in Point Lookout, New York.

Thursday, August 26, 1965 - Wrestler Bobby Duncum, Jr. was born in Amarillo, Texas. He died in Austin, Texas of an accidental overdose of a prescription painkiller on January 24, 2000 at the age of 34.

Thursday, August 26, 1965 - Actor Jon Hensley was born in Browns Mills, New Jersey.

TODAY IN 1965:

Friday, August 27, 1965 - Cricketer Wayne James was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Friday, August 27, 1965 - Architect Le Corbusier (born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris on 06 Oct 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland) died in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France at the age of 77, presumably of a heart attack while swimming - against doctor's orders.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important! When I tried to vote for Grace again today, I noticed the site was trying to pull a switcheroo on me. It tried to persuade me to vote for the wrong Grace!  OH, NO!


   That's why I've included the link to all the candidates named Grace, along with the image of The Real Grace, lest there be any confusion. As y'all can see, she's a Weimaraner from Richmond.

   LAST FEW DAYS!!! Vote early, and vote often - or at least cast your allotted daily vote!


   Don't forget to get your very own autographed copy of Bill's (Fox - Warwick HS - '61) awesome new book tomorrow!

Newport News Visitor Center to Hold Book Signing for Local Author

Take a trip down memory lane and save some green at the same time! Newport News native William A. Fox will be signing specially-priced copies of his newly-released book, Downtown Newport News, at the Newport News Visitor Center on Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, the first 25 visitors who purchase a copy of Downtown Newport News will also receive a VIP Passport, valued at over $120.

The NNVC is located at 13560 Jefferson Avenue, at the entrance to Newport News Park. Published by Arcadia Publishing, Downtown Newport News is part of their Images of America series. For more information about the book signing or to purchase signed, specially-priced copies of  Downtown Newport News, call the NNVC at 757-886-7777 or go online at

    From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 08/26/10 - "Your Birthday":

Dear Carol,

Happy Birthday. Sorry but I can’t remember if this is 38 or 39?!!

In any event, I hope it is the best one yet only to be followed by many, many more happy ones.

And in keeping with the theme of today’s newsletter, I don’t think we ever grow too old to dream. Isn’t a lifetime of wonderful memories the stuff of dreams?

Love, laugh, and be happy and…..dream wonderful dreams both of times past and good things yet to come.

Have a great day, my dear. 


   WILD GIGGLES! I'd settle for 56!  At least I still felt like 38 then!

   Thank you so much, Joe Sweetie! I'm still dreaming!

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 08/25/10 - "FYI: APB to all 1st DECADERS: missing program":

Of possible interest to you: CNU has no copies of Commencement programs for 1963, 64, 65, 69, or 70. Fortunately, since beginning my search for the students of the first decade, I have located students from the classes of 63, 64, 65 & 69 who have saved their copies. Without their help, I would not now have the names of those who received AA degrees in those years. Still missing is a copy of the program for 1970. Hence this APB I've sent to the 300+ students I've located since 2008.
Jane Chambers  (aka Miss Marple)

APB: MISSING DOCUMENT-- CNC Commencement Exercises, 1970
DESCRIPTION: Probably 1 piece of paper, with this heading:
                                     CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT COLLEGE
                                       The College of William and Mary
                                      COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
                                           (Date in 1970)
Contains  program details (Invocation, Speaker, etc.) followed by a list headed: RECIPIENTS OF DEGREE of ASSOCIATE IN ARTS and 2 columns of alphabetized names.
LAST SEEN: Who knows? Probably in 1970. No copy is known to exist on the campus of Christopher Newport University.
REWARD for TURNING IN COPY: Satisfaction of helping Miss Jane Marple solve a major mystery. She will be eternally grateful for your assistance. 

   Thanks, Jane! Okay, y'all, anyone still have their graduation program from 1970??

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 08/26/10 - "2 pictures for you":

  Dear Carol - You said you weren't bored yet, sooo;

This is Grand View Beach, Hampton, Va, Summer, 2010.

It looks better now than it did in the 50's (or so I've heard from the
'ol' timers'). ;>)

Your #1 fan, John Darlin'

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Grandview Beach, Hampton, VA
OHHH, I haven't been to Grandview Beach in nine years! These are sooo beautiful!
   Thank you so much, John Darlin'!

   I just realized Grandview Beach doesn't really have a home anywhere on our site, so I whupped this up:


      - brand new page! (Regrettably, due to my obsessive need for chronological order, it opens with some bad scans of four pictures I took ten years ago.  If I ever locate the originals, I'll rescan then correctly.  Not to worry - the page soon redeems itself with your breathtaking images!)

From - 08/23/10 - "Optimism":

The Power of Optimism: 7 Strategies for Becoming a Glass Half-Full Person

By Margie Warrell

Times are tough and many people are struggling to stay optimistic given the state of the economy, the insecurity of their jobs (if they have one), the size of their mortgage and the strain that puts on relationships at home. Maybe you are one of them or maybe you know someone else who is having it tough.

Just because we can find lots of reasons for feeling down and becoming a bona fide pessimist doesn't mean that we should. The fact is, optimism creates opportunity and pessimism kills it. Expecting good things to happen will lead to taking actions that produce positive results. Expecting only more bad stuff to come your way will keep you from doing the very things that might have minimized or avoided just that!

The word "optimism" actually derives from the Latin word "optima," meaning the best outcome or belief in the greatest good. As I said to Natasha on my interview on Let's Talk Live, while some people are naturally more optimistic than others, ultimately we all get to wake up every day and choose whether we are going to be a glass half-full, or a glass half-empty person.

Below are 7 strategies for filling up your cup of optimism. My challenge to you is to try at least one of these and notice the difference it makes to your outlook and your life.

Before you step out of bed (and if you forget, before you leave your home) take one minute to set your intention for the day by coming up with one word that resonates with you about the attitude or spirit you want to bring to the day. Being intentional acts like a compass and helps you better focus your time and energy. For instance, if you've been looking for work but have found yourself stuck in a rut and procrastinating, you might choose to be proactive and set yourself a goal of making at least 5 calls/emails today to follow up on job leads and opportunities. The intention you choose will vary according to the challenges you are facing.

QUESTION: What is your intention for the rest of today? To be more assertive, organized, focused, tenacious, self-reliant, resourceful, determined, persistent or patient?

Often the very thing we need to improve our circumstances requires courage. That is, closing the gap between where you are now and where you would like to be in life will require stepping outside your comfort zone and doing something that scares you in some way. It could be picking up the phone to invite someone to dinner, attending an exercise class or having a conversation with your boss about an issue that's been upsetting you. There is no better way to build self-confidence than doing something that stretches you as it teaches you that you are capable of more than you thought you were.

QUESTION: What would you do today if you had no fear of failing or looking foolish?

You can't solve your problems by complaining about them. But you can solve them (or if they are unsolvable, learn to accept them) by reframing them so that you can approach them from a new angle. To quote Einstein: "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking at which they were created."

Where pessimists see problems, optimists find opportunities. If you change the way you look at your problems, your problems change and transform into a rich array of opportunities to grow, learn and discover inner resources you never knew you had!

QUESTION: What opportunities does your most pressing problem offer you? (I promise you --they are bountiful!)

Optimism is contagious. So too is pessimism. If you are struggling to feel as positive as you would like, don't spend your time hanging out with "emotional vampires" -- those people who suck the life out of you with their complaints and commentary about everything that is wrong with the world (and the people in it). Choose your company wisely and limit the time you spend with people who don't fill your cup of optimism and "can do" self-confidence.

QUESTION: Who do I need to spend less time with and who can I arrange to spend more time with?

If you change how you hold yourself physically, it will change how you feel emotionally. Scientists have actually proven that how you present and carry yourself on the outside has a huge impact on how you feel on the inside. Slump your shoulders, pout your bottom lip and look down to the ground and optimism (and opportunity) will elude you. But stand tall, chin up, smile and engage with people as though you were the outgoing, confident, optimistic and successful person you aspire to be, and you will attract all sorts of positive people and opportunities into your life. People will relate to you differently and you will gradually begin to feel differently (and more positive) yourself. Don't feel like it? Do it anyway! The old saying "Fake it 'til you make it" is literally true.

Where pessimists see problems, optimists find opportunities. If you change the way you look at your problems, your problems change and transform into a rich array of opportunities to grow, learn and discover inner resources you never knew you had!

ACTION: Stand tall, smile and watch your reflection in the mirror as you move. What does how you carry yourself communicate?

Why is it that comedians tend to live very long lives? It's because they have become so masterful at finding the humor in even the most unfunny situations. While it's not always easy to see the lighter side of things, it's always helpful. Humor is a highly effective antidote to almost every ailment, anxiety or adversity! Watching a funny movie and spending time with a really funny friend is literally medicinal!

QUESTION: If you were taking a lighthearted approach to your challenges, what would the joke be?

If you are one of those people who never exercises, then I'm sorry, I know you hate to hear it again and again but EXERCISE IS VERY GOOD FOR YOU. Not only is it great for you physically, but it's a very potent drug for making you feel better psychologically. As your heart starts pumping, your body releases endorphins into your system which not only burn off stress but also allow you to view your life and challenges through a more empowering and optimistic lens. Seriously, what's not to like about exercise? (Besides doing it?)

ACTIVITY: Get outdoors and go for a brisk 20 minute walk (or run) and note how much better you feel afterward (my only condition on that is please don't do it in sweltering hot weather like we have in Virginia today!)

Please try one of these strategies today and let me know how it helps! As an optimist, I am sure it will!

About the Author:

Margie Warrell is a bestselling author, certified life coach and expert on living with greater clarity, confidence and courage.


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 08/17/10 - "The Irony of it all! (#7 in a Series of 15)":

  From the Friends of Irony

      Thanks, Ruthie!



From ArcaMax Jokes - 08/24/10:

To Do List

When I returned home from college for a break, I noticed a paper posted on the refrigerator. It listed some goals my dad had set for himself: Help wife more; lose weight; be more productive at work.

I promptly added: "Send Michelle money every month."

A few days later my brother wrote: "Make payments on car for Jason."

Then my boyfriend joined in with: "Buy Tom a Jeep."

Finally my father added a new goal to his amended list: "Wean kids." 


1. Thursday, September 2, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - SEE: - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

3. Thursday, October 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have fiends in that year, go visit with them.

4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2" - from 10:00 AM and onwards at CNU Parking Lot N - SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966 AND THE SPD; OPEN TO ALL - -

5. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview at Yorktown from 5:00 PM to 10:PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

6. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

7. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - SEE: - - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

8. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at and SEE: -NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - - - CLASS OF 1964

9. Saturday, April 30, 2010 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

10. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Written by Matt Rowe and
Richard Stannard

Recorded by Spice Girls, 1996

Yo, I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really
really really wanna zigazig ha.

If you want my future forget my past,
If you wanna get with me better make it fast,
Now don't go wasting my precious time,
Get your act together we could be just fine

I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really
really really wanna zigazig ha.

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends,
Make it last forever friendship never ends,
If you wanna be my lover, you have got to give,
Taking is too easy, but that's the way it is.

What do you think about that now you know how I feel,
Say you can handle my love are you for real,
I won't be hasty, I'll give you a try
If you really bug me then I'll say goodbye.

Yo I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really
really really wanna zigazig ha.

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends,
Make it last forever friendship never ends,
If you wanna be my lover, you have got to give,
Taking is too easy, but that's the way it is.

So here's a story from A to Z, you wanna get with me
you gotta listen carefully,
We got Em in the place who likes it in your face,
we got G like MC who likes it on an
Easy V doesn't come for free, she's a real lady,
and as for me..ah you'll see,
Slam your body down and wind it all around
Slam your body down and wind it all around.

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends,
Make it last forever friendship never ends,
If you wanna be my lover, you have got to give,
Taking is too easy, but that's the way it is.

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta, you gotta, you
you gotta, you gotta, slam, slam, slam, slam
Slam your body down and wind it all around.
Slam your body down and wind it all around.
Slam your body down and wind it all around.
Slam your body down zigazig ah
If you wanna be my lover.

"Wannabe" midi courtesy of - 08/26/10

"Wannabe" lyrics courtesy of - 08/26/10

 "I Wanna Be" Image courtesy of - 08/26/10

Gold Heart Line Divider Line clip art courtesy of - uh, somewhere, some time back in 2005.....

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

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

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

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!!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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