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08/28/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
White Bird

“The caged bird sings with
A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom.”

- Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969
(b. 04 Apr 1928)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's WHITE Newsletter features a song from 1969 that I never recall hearing before, but I think it's quite lovely.  I hope you'll agree!

BONUS #1 - - White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day - set to beautiful animations!

BONUS #2 - - White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day, Live, 1971- great nine-minute video!

BONUS #3 - - White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day, Live


Thursday, August 28, 1969 - Actor and musician (Tenacious D) Jack Black was born in Santa Monica, California.


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   HEY!!!  They checked it again today, and haven't found anything harmful (still on those same five of 00freehost's hosted sites) in eleven days!  D'ya think it may soon be over - that .00freehost will finally do something about those offending sites so that this nightmare will end for the rest of us?!?


   Happy Birthday today 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) (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!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 08/27/09 - "can't open the Newsletter !":



   I know, Lady, I know! Sigh.....

  From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 08/27/09:

Dear Carol,

... I have enjoyed scanning your newsletters for the last five years or so, ever since I ran across it one Saturday night when on a whim I did a Google search on myself.  It is the remembrances of those childhood times at NNHS, and growing up in Newport News that I enjoy.

... I have also noticed, like       Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA and      Joe Madagan (57) of FL, that fewer people are writing in to share their memories of growing up on the Peninsula.

It occurred to me a few years ago that you, and         Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, are doing something significant.  You have contributed to the preservation of the history of Newport News, and Hampton Roads, in a way no one else has.  I hope that your website and newsletters are being archived in some way.

I hope your new life in Illinois is going well, and I will continue to look forward to your upcoming newsletters.

Sincerely, Doug

P.S. Please change my email address to It is ok to post on your website.

   Thank you so much, Doug! I think we're seeing a trend developing now to sharing more of those precious memories!

   I've added your new email addy to the contact page for your class:

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 08/27/09 - "Magruder Elementary":

A short note regarding     Joe Madagan's ('57) FL accurate description of the old Magruder Elementary School. I remember it being the same architecture and style as the original Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, adjacent to the Tabernacle Baptist Church on 30th Street; and, the same as John W. Daniel Elementary "over town," with the wide first floor corridor reached from the fairly steep concrete steps. The cafeteria was in the basement, auditorium on the top floor.

       Dave Spriggs ('64) VA postcard.

   No kidding?? Sooo, we've established that this building was located at the corner of 22nd Street and Roanoke Avenue.  If you were headed up Roanoke Avenue, duh, northwest (basically) from Stuart Gardens towards Williamsburg (not that anyone would ever drive THAT far very often back then!), on which side of the street would this be seen?  And would it be just before or just after you reached 22nd Street? 

   I don't really hold out too much hope that I'm actually going to remember it, but "it's so crazy, it just might work!"

A further note, I was enrolled at Thomas Jefferson at the old school building, which was torn down between the end of the 1949 school year and opening of the new school in September. For some reason I thought the original Magruder was once called George Washington Elementary School. I sometimes walked by it on the way home from Walter Reed.

Norm Covert ('61) MD

I've added your memory to the Magruder School page:

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/27/09 - "First woman on the moon":

First woman on the moon

You have to be old enough to appreciate this.  

If you don't understand it, you are too young.

        Thanks, Glenn!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD -
08/27/09 - "Old Photos":


Here’s hoping you are bouncing back from your frequent bouts of “It ain’t workin' today, OK?” Some of us suffer from the “vapors,” mostly the “get up and go has got up and-went,” and some ailments in which no humor can be attached.

   The vapors! I love it! Here's some more fascinating background reading on the subject:

Interesting that a writer would comment about the a perceived recent paucity of reminiscence. While rearranging my office (the only option), I uncovered photographs of long ago that included images of several classmates who have suffered untimely deaths.

   Buried treasures! How delightful - and also poignant - for you, Norm! Thank you so much! Of course, we'd love to see them and archive them, too!

Among the pictures emerging from the archives: Miss Ann Powell’s second grade class at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in May 1951; Mrs. Burton’s fourth grade class at Walter Reed Elementary School spring 1953; and Miss Ellena Armstrong’s seventh grade class of John W. Daniel Elementary School in 1956. I need help identifying all the wonderful kids in those elementary school pictures and if you desire I will send them in a separate missive.

The revelation included a photo taken in spring of 1961 by the Daily Press for a story on The Beacon, which had been awarded citations at the annual Scholastic Press Association’s annual judging in New York City.

I also uncovered a cache of The Beacons that, given time, I could scan for you, if interested.

In the meantime, I thought you might want to add this to The Beacon page that has grown through the attention of        Dave Spriggs (’64 Va.) and your generous labor.


I’ve attached The Beacon photo, which shows (from left): Norman Covert (’61), Wanda Thornhill (’62), the late good friend    Jerry Zoumplis (’61) (d. 07 Mar 2005), Diana Merrill (’61), Debby Horton (’62) and (seated right) Editor    Paulette Odom (’61). We had a terrific staff.   Elijah Pillow was our capable advisor for school years 1958-59 and 1959-60.    Mrs. Rebecca Lovelace succeeded him in the fall of 1960.


Norm Covert (’61) MD

   WOWZERS!!! That is so cool! Thanks, Normie!

   It reminded me of this image I snagged three years ago from the 1961 Anchor.  I've placed them both on the Beacon opening page:

Mrs. Lovelace, Wanda Thornhill ('62), Debby Holton ('62) and Bobby Dick ('61)
1961 Anchor, p. 39


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 - 08/27/09:

 Things You May Hear Just Before Unemployment.....

-- I don't know what we'll do without you, but we are certainly going to try!

-- We told everyone you are leaving because of illness. The truth is, I'm sick of you.

-- Its not that you aren't a responsible worker. In fact, you've been responsible for more disasters than any one else in the place.

-- Today I'm going to mix business and pleasure. You're fired!

-- I've got good news for you. You won't have to worry about being late for work 'ever again'.

-- Tell me - how long have you been with us not counting tomorrow?


Blonde and Library

Once a blonde went to the library to get a book. A few days later, she returns and says to librarian at the counter, "This book was very boring. It had too many characters and too many numbers, so I would like to return it."

The librarian says to the other librarian, "So here is the person who took our phone book!"



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 or visit the reunion website 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 08/26/09

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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White Bird

- It's a Beautiful Day, 1969

White bird,
in a golden cage,
on a winter's day,
in the rain.

White bird,
in a golden cage,

The leaves blow,
Across the long black road.
To the darkened skies,
in its rage

But the white bird just sits in her cage,

White bird must fly
Or she will die

White bird,
dreams of the aspen trees,
with their dying leaves,
turning gold.

But the white bird just sits in her cage,
growing old.

White bird must fly or she will die.
White bird must fly or she will die.

The sunsets come, the sunsets go.
The clouds roll by, and the earth turns old.
And the young bird's eyes do always glow.

She must fly,
She must fly,
She must fly.

White bird,
In a golden cage,
On a winter's day, in the rain.

White bird,
In a golden cage alone.

White bird must fly or she will die.
White bird must fly or she will die.
White bird must fly or she will die.

"White Bird" midi courtesy of - 08/28/09

"White Bird" lyrics courtesy of - 08/28/09

Image of White Bird courtesy of - 08/28/09

Two Animated Doves clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 08/28/09

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

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!

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

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

 Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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