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08/30/06 - NNHS Newsletter
But Not for Me

"For of all sad words
of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these:
'It might have been.'"

- John Greenleaf Whittier
(17 Dec 1807 - 7 Sep 1892)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I really thought I would have issued this Newsletter HOURS before I did, but I suppose I've just had too much fun today!  


   We have two birthdays today:    Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA is celebrating 58 years, and    I'm turning 59 here in NC:

   Have a great day, Chuck!

   And lest I become sidetracked tomorrow (not that I ever do....), we have another Twofer then as well.   Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA and    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA  are both having birthdays.

   Many Happy Returns, Ladies!


  From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 08/27/06 - "1956 to 1960 Jukebox":

This is a great jukebox from the late 50's. Just scroll down to the first Jukebox, turn up your sound and click on a song.


   Thanks, Cheryl!  This is so cool!


  From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 08/28/06:

I also got a perfect score of 20 on the history test and I am also old as dirt.  But I would like to talk about #16.  First of all, mimeograph produced a black ink copy.  It was the Spirit duplicator that produced the purple copy.  Two different systems and two different products.  Mimeograph was created by setting the typewriter on "stencil" meaning the ribbon did not engage when a key was pressed.  So the key "cut" the wax stencil with the letter (or number) impression.  To make corrections there was a little bottle of "green or blue" stuff to paint over the hole.  You used it very much like finger nail polish.  The mimeograph machine had a drum which ink was poured inside.  The stencil was then clamped over the drum.  The ink would come out of a "zillion" little holes onto the stencil.  When the paper fed through the machine the ink would come out of the stencil holes (left by the typewriter) and print onto the paper.  Fun things we dealt with were cleaning up the drum, cleaning up the stencil (which we stored incase we needed it again), cleaning up the table (counter) and finally getting the ink off our hands and / or clothes.  Those were fun days. :) :)
The spirit duplicator was developed later.  The typist left the ribbon engaged while typing the "ditto master".  When the key struck the master it left the print on the outside of the master and the force of the strike caused a layer of the "carbon backing" to be transferred to the back of the master.  To correct any mistakes we would use a single edge razor blade and scrape off the carbon.  The carbon was the "purple" stuff.  We got pretty good at "mirror reading" the backs in order to make the corrections.   This machine had container with a felt wick that the duplicator fluid was poured into.  We used a funnel do this.  It was highly flammable and smelt like lighter fluid.  The master was clamped to the drum face down.  The fluid moistened the paper first, then as the paper pressed against the drum a little of the carbon would come off and print the imagine on the paper.  Some fun things we dealt with were getting teachers to NOT smoke while using this equipment.  I was sure somebody was going to blow up the school. :) :) Then of course when the fluid spilt onto our hands or clothes we smelt to high heaven the rest of the day.  But then again, we didn't have to have our clothes dry cleaned, that fluid cleaned everything.  It just smelt like Wellworth's dry cleaners.
A stencil was good for about a 1000 copies, while a spirit master was only good for 200 or so.  Companies like A.B. Dick, IBM, and 3M were the leaders in the field in those days.  3M did come out with the Thermofax machine.  The Thermofax did 3 different operations.  Transparencies, copy a document, and "burn" a Spirit Master.  In order to copy the document we took a piece of "pink" film like "stuff" and laid it on top of the original.  Then threaded the two pieces through the machine.  Viola a copy appeared.  And if you were lucky so did your original.  This machine had a plastic belt inside and when it got too hot it like to "have a snack" by eating up stuff. 
When Xerox came out with the first copiers everyone cheered.  Of course the schools were the last to get anything like that.  In fact, this brings to memory, the time Dick told me about the new fax machine in his office at the ship yard.  I asked him how it worked and he said he put the original on the small tray of the machine, then using the telephone, he dialed the number and then pushed the send button.  I know it was at least 10 more years before my school got a fax. :) :)
So eventho, I understand why everyone would think A is the answer to number 16, in reality none of the answers are correct.  :) :) :)  This is just my 2 cents worth.  Have a good week.
Joan Lauterbach Krause

   WOWZERS!!!  Who knew?!?  Thanks, Joan!


  From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 08/28/06 - "Class of '57":

    I've updated the last page to be put in our Class Memorial. Thanks for all you've done for our Class.  You've done a great job. Let me know if I can ever be of help to you.
Patricia Beck Letzinger

Class of 1957 - in Memoriam

Gail Morrison Brooks

Phillip M. Collins

Adrienne Price Cox

Christine W. Ezzell

Frank R. Ferguson

Margaret Stanfield Flynn

Judith Beach Glover

Gerald Francis Grogan

William Hanrahan

Sandra Turner Ingels

Robert F. Johnson

Bobby Arthur Jones

Moneda Key – Class Sponsor

Lucy Ann Kinlock

Richard H. Krause

Delores Ann Monfalcone

Steven P. Parianous

Sarah Frances Reese

Beverley Powell Roberts

Thelma Spade Roberts

Coach Pete Robinson – Class Sponsor

Margo White Parker

G. Presley Powell

C. Wesley Smith

Michael Spangler

Robert L. Stoops

Fred B. Thomas

Millard E. Thomas

John H. Weidman

Julia Morris Wolf

   Thanks so much, Pat!  Rather than replacing Thelma's earlier list, I will be adding this list to that page following hers.  The fact that her name appears on this second list lends a poignancy and a reminder of the fragility of life that I don't want to lose.  I hope to accomplish this at least by tomorrow:

   Thanks again!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 08/29
/06 - "Dear Carol, A tribute to my Mother, In Heaven since 1971":

Dear Carol,

What prompted me to write this letter was an E-Mail from a friend telling me about her Mother. I had the Greatest Mother in the world and as a tribute to her, I had a special license plate made to honor her. She has been in Heaven since 1971, Attached is a picture of the License plate. I grew up during the Great Depression and my Mother Was the Original Recycle Queen, Before they had a name for it. We lived on a small farm and there was a lot of raising our own food. I can still remember on Sunday's  "doing in" a coupla home grown Chickens so my Mother could make "Chicken and Dumpling`s" for dinner with "Home baked Bread". She did all this on a wood fired stove. With 6 Children there were Never any leftovers. There I go again, I just get carried away with my childhood days. More later,

Your Friend, Herbie

     This is such a touching gesture, Herbie!  Thanks for sharing it with us!

   And it goes without saying that I just adore your USMC stickers!!!

   Thanks, Sweetie!


  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 08/30/06:

Good Morning, Saint Carol,
Don't know if its weird or scary.  Last week I sent you a birthday card, (hope you got it), not knowing that today is your birthday.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Hope you have many more.  I myself, don't have them anymore, I give them to my cousin, who used to be younger, but now is much older, but she's also gorgeous, so everything evens out.  Anyway, just wanted to wish you a very good day.
Jay Styles, '68

   Oh, Jay, Sweetie, that IS weird!  I thought you knew, and were just sending it early!  How delightful!  Thanks!  And obviously, yes, I DID get it, thanks!  Excerpts were "posta" be appearing above, but I'm running seriously behind as usual, so I'll save it for next time!  Thanks again!

PS:  Friday night it's predicted to go down to 48 degrees here.  I told Donna I'll be sleeping on the deck.  Can't wait.

   Such fun!!


  From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 08/30/06 - "HBTU":


Chandler Nelms

   Thank you, Chandler Darlin'!  Normally I correct misspellings and the like, but I choose to believe this is not a blooper, but a hidden message.  I haven't quite deciphered it yet, but I think that's part of the charm  Anyway, that's my story, and I'm sticking with it!  WILD GOOFY GIGGLES!!!


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 08/30/06:

I am SO embarrassed that I missed your birthday! Well, I mean I should
have known it was a-comin', and I didn't.......

   But, Gorgeous, obviously, you DIDN'T miss it!  Thanks, David Darlin'!

From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 08/30
/06 - " Dear Carol Buckley Harty 2006 Happy Birthday":

Dear Carol,

Happy Birthday, August 30, 2006, 

Love, Your Friend, Herbie

   OHHHH, your pretty black-eyed Susans - right from your own garden!  Thanks so much, Herbie Darlin'!  What a nice surprise!


  From  Colin Faison ('58) of VA - 08/30/06 - "Shame Shame Shame":

Howdy Carol;

Me again. Went to the page for the e-mail addresses for class of 58. One small problem there, it is labeled class of 59. Won't count the fact that about half of them were marked ' deceased "; that is a sad effect that bothers us all. Must have been late at night when you did that page.

   Actually, I made it in the pre-dawn hours when I was rushing to finish it before I had to leave home.  Sorry for the blooper; these things happen because "haste makes waste", as we all know.  I was just trying to get it done as quickly as possible.  I'm sure in reality that the living outnumber the dead, but I can only report what I know.

   The year and the colors have been corrected now:

   I also changed the colors on the 1958 Graduation Page:

   But seriously, Colin, I can make much bigger bloopers than a mistyped numeral.  Over the years I have declared at least three people dead, much to their great surprise.  Perhaps it's just as well I don't live "on the sacred soil of Virginia".  They still have to catch me first.

My wife and I hope to make the get together at RJ's anyway. Have to find someone to watch our two grandkids we have custody of. Think daughter will take care of that. Didn't see any charge on RJ's so assume there is no " formal " charge.

By the way , the class of 58 pennant was pink and white, I hated those colors, but that was life.

Colin Faison

   Thanks, Colin!


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/30/06 - "NNHS 64/60 CONFIRMED ATTENDING":




   Thank you, David!  I posted them for you:


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/30/06 - "A SERENDIPITOUS DAY":


As I do every day, I went to my local Post Office to check the Class of 1964 P.O. Box for reservations to our 60th Birthday Party. I found two, which, in and of themselves, would have made my day, but an even bigger thrill awaited me. I also found a USPS form telling me that there was a piece of mail which was too large to fit.

Hmmm, I thought. Nothing that large ever arrives in my P.O. Box. When I went to the business counter and presented the form, I was in turn presented with a cardboard box about 4" x 4" x 22". My address was handwritten on a pre-printed adhesive address label from Champion Solutions Group in Boca Raton FL. So now I am listening for anything ticking, sniffing for evidence of Cuban cigar smoke, and wondering if I should dare to open this mysterious package.

Curiosity overcame caution, and I carefully unsealed it to find a roll of papers. When I unrolled them I found many issues of the NNHS Beacon published from September 1961 to June 1963, and all issues from September 1963 to June 1964 . I am sure that you can imagine what a treasure this time capsule is. All those candid photos of Faculty and students and NNHS, all those stories of school activities and sports events that were so important to us then .... and even the Last Will and Testament of the members of Class of 1964.

This is a treasure beyond value, and I am not quite sure what to do with it. The pages are too large to fit on my scanner screen; I will soon experiment with taking digital images of each page to determine if the photos and text are legible. If I can do that, I will begin feeding them to you in doses that are manageable for publication in the Newsletter.

This donation was clearly intended to be anonymous, and I intend to keep it that way. I do not know, nor do I wish to know, who sent this to me. If that person is reading this Newsletter, you may be sure that this irreplaceable and invaluable archive will be carefully safeguarded and its contents will be made available to all NNHS Alumni.


   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!!  That is simply marvelous!  What a magnanimous gesture!  And what a treasure!  Congratulations, Captain!


  From Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - 08/30/06:

Hi, Carol,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!  You're just a kid at 59!

   That's what I keep saying!  "I'm still just a kid!"  WILDEST GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Betty!

I looked through my 1958 Anchor and found a few references to the senior color committee, but no colors were mentioned.  Then, printed above some of our seniors' pictures were the words, "The prom was a fantasy of rose and white."  I now see that the new page you created for the class of '58 is in rose and white.  Those must be the colors!
I hope you are well and will enjoy a great birthday.
Betty Brockwell McClure ('58)

   I'm having a splendid day, Betty!  Thanks again!


  From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA - 08/30/06 - "Happy Birthday, CAROL!":

Regards, Jo Ann

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

   OOOOOH, my own cake!  Thanks, Jo Ann!!!


  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 08/30/06:

First off may I'd say it's good to "hear" you back to "normal"!

Next I'd like to announce I have read my first book in over three years. It IS a Miracle, albeit small. The book in question was Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. 740 odd pages that kept my interest for 710 pages. Not to ruin it for those of us who have not read it but suffice it to say, it was written by a man after all. His ego must be beyond measure and I'm sure every dead Catholic in the world is rolling over in their grave. Yes, I am a Catholic, but I do not roll--rock on, maybe, but never roll. (It looks nasty on fat people) (So does jumping up and down--gross!) I tell fat people everywhere not to do it, they could put an eye out. You must read this book. Not for the subject matter but for the ending. I am gob-smacked. I may write this guy.

Mr. Herbie, cutie, sweetie pie, I've not forgotten you. Of course you may write but I must warn you, I'm moody. I'm assimilating after a loss. If I knew who I used to be, I could more easily know who I am.  I just know I love people and sometimes my humor gets lost over the computer airways, but I always mean to be nice. ( Hey, was that a oxymoron? 'mean to be nice' ? or just moronic?  or is this a moratoria on NOT saying Good-bye?) KAY?  

Be brave, lovies. Linda May '66

   THERE you are, Lady!  I thought you'd gotten lost somewhere! 

   Thanks for your note!   And congratulations on finishing your book!  That's always a good feeling of accomplishment.


  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 08/30/06:


I was just reading your second favorite joke.


My Second
Favorite Joke

Q.  What goes HA-HA-HA-HA-clunk?

A. A man laughing his head off.

This joke courtesy of my sister,  
Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky, 10/15/03
(b. 26 July 1941)
Thanks, Eleanor!


I am sitting here alone and laughing out loud. How funny. That is a new one on me but one I "shan't" forget. Thanks for the laugh

   Ahh, yes.  I have another one you may like.  Few people do, but those who do, really do.  I hadn't posted it, because I suspect the humor comes from the delivery, but here it is.

          Q.  What's pink and fluffy?

          A.  Pink fluff.

   My sister,    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky -- '59 - of NC) thinks this is just plain stupid and not in the least bit funny, and most people will give you a "HUH?" look when you tell them, but others will feel their knees buckle and start to hit the floor from laughing so hard - as I myself did.

   Thanks, Cookie!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 08/30/06 - "THANKS!":

   Thank y'all for the many cards, gifts, notes, ecards, and phone calls you sent for my birthday today!  What a fun day it's been!  Y'all are the best!  


  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/13/06:

Point Plaza Hotel is located just north of the I-64 and Route 17 interchange, Exit #258. We have reserved a block of rooms there for Friday and Saturday nights at a special rate of $84, plus tax for an efficiency, and $99 plus tax for a suite.

You must book your rooms no later than Thursday, August 31st. Please call (800) 841-1112 or (757) 599-4460 and identify yourself as an attendee of the NNHS Class of 1966 Reunion being held there on September 30th to receive this special rate.

   Thanks, Dee!


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06 - "ATTENTION ALL CLASS

If you will require lodging, we have reserved a block of 15 rooms at the Point Plaza, 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News VA, for Saturday night, October 14th, at a special NNHS rate of $79 (Standard) or $99 (Suite) plus 12.5% tax. You must make your reservation NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2006. Call 1-757-599-4460 or 1-800-841-1112. In order to receive the special rate, you must clearly say "NNHS Class of 1964 Birthday Celebration" when making the reservation. Because of this requirement, it is recommended that you DO NOT make your reservation over the Internet.

   Thank you, David!  Y'all have fun!  


  From Carolyn Simpson Knight (‘56) of VA - 08/17/06

The “absolute deadline” for reservations for the 50th - Year Reunion celebration of the Class of 1956 is September 15, 2006!!  

Checks may be mailed to    Judy Leggette Elliott:

            Judy Leggette Elliott
            15 Rivercrest Drive
            Poquoson, VA 23662

   Thanks, Carolyn!



   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:

The Great Open Reunion
sponsored by the NNHS Class
of 1966
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago
will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM
to 1:00 AM
RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA.

September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School
(now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,
the grand affair will be held
at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at

To Pre-order Photographic Memories of the Event:



The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964

will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006, 7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events,
12672 Patrick Henry Drive, Newport News, VA 23602.


We all agree that the Class of 1964 throws the best parties, and we really were flattered that so many members of other classes attended our 40-year Reunion.  However, the Committee chose to invite only members of the Class of 1964
to our 60th Birthday Celebration.

But, the good news for all you High School Reunion "Junkies" out there
is that you can look forward to our 45-year Reunion in 2009.

CONTACT Dave Spriggs at


The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates
who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to participate in the future as they plan the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!!  Please plan to join them at their next meeting.

If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address. 
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at
or Brenda Amos Williams at

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 08/21
/06 - "Dear Carol, Too Cute to keep to myself, Getting along in life"(#2 in a series of 24):

Dear Carol,

The first picture has been around many times before, but ... enjoy the 23 other pictures. Some of the pictures may have been staged or touched up digitally, but they are still interesting to see.

Your Friend, Herbie

     What a hoot!  Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!  
Everybody wants to be a dog.    

  From Judy Horton Lindstrom ('63) of FL - 08/27/06 - "YOU ARE GONNA LOVE THIS"
(#2 in a series of 10):

I thought you might love these.
     Awwww, isn't that sweet?!?

Thanks, Judy!  That's precious!

A dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do...    

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

                          Love to all, Carol - the Richest Woman in Town





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

  But Not for Me

Words and Music by George and Ira Gershwin
for Girl Crazy (1930)

Old Man Sunshine -- listen, you!
Never tell me Dreams Come True!
Just try it --
And I'll start a riot.
Beatrice Fairfax -- don't you dare
Ever tell me he will care;
I'm certain
It's the Final Curtain.
I never want to hear
From any cheer -
Full Pollyannas,
Who tell you Fate
Supplies a Mate --
It's all bananas!

They're writing songs of love,
But not for me;
A lucky star's above,
But not for me.

With Love to Lead the Way,
I've found more Clouds of Grey
Than any Russian play
Could guarantee.

I was a fool to fall
And Get That Way;
Heigh ho! Alas! and al-
So, Lackaday!

Although I can't dismiss
The mem'ry of his kiss --
I guess he's not for me.

He's knocking on a door,
But not for me;
He'll plan a two by four,
But not for me.

I know that Love's a Game;
I'm puzzled, just the same --
Was I the Moth or Flam...?
I'm all at sea.

It all began so well,
But what an end!
This is the time a Fell --
Er Needs a Friend;

When ev'ry happy plot
Ends with the marriage knot --
and there's no knot for me.

"But Not for Me" midi (sequenced by Mel Webb) courtesy of - 04/06/06

"But Not for Me" lyrics courtesy of - 04/06/06

The Rachels' "No Love Here" Image courtesy of - 04/06/06

Japanese Kanji Symbol for Sorrow used to form Divider Line clip art courtesy
of - 04/06/06

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

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