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09/05/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Dweezil Zappa's 40th Birthday

“But the reality is when you write a song, you should be able
to strip away all the instruments and just have a song right there
with an acoustic guitar and a voice, and the song should be good.”

Dweezil Zappa
(b. 05 Sept 1969)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   When I realized that Dweezil Zappa was born forty years ago today, I knew it was time to have another celebrity birthday celebration Newsletter.  No midi file or even a song is necessary today.  Just listen to Dweezill play his guitar in the bonus videos.

BONUS #1 - - Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa - Let's Talk About It, @ 1986

BONUS #2 - - "Dweezil Zappa explains how he uses Guitar Rig, and shows off some of his great playing."

BONUS #3 - - Dweezil Zappa plays "Eruption" (EVH) Live at Dodge Theater, Phoenix, AZ - Feb, 26, 2009

HOMEWORK: - "Zappa's father was of Sicilian, Greek, Arab and French descent and his mother was of Danish, French, Irish and Portuguese ancestry." - "Dweezil"???


Thursday, September 04, 1969 - This was another of those rare days during the momentous summer (yes, it's still officially summer) when nothing noteworthy happened.


Friday, September 05, 1969 - My Lai Massacre: Lieutenant William Calley was charged with 6 counts of premeditated murder, for the deaths of 109 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai.

Friday, September 05, 1969 - Actor and rock guitarist Dweezil Zappa was born in Los Angeles, California the son of musician Frank Zappa and his wife, Adelaide Gail Sloatman.


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1.   Liz Roberts Venton ('66) of VA - 09/03/09 - "Class mailing list":

Please add my information to the list. My name is Liz Roberts Venton and I live in Smithfield, Va. Please add my e-mail address to the list also:

Liz Roberts Venton

   Certainly, Liz! I've added you to both '66 pages. Welcome Aboard!


   Happy Birthday today to   Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA AND        My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -   The late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased - 03/08/06);

08 - Carroll Elliott ('57)
  Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND   Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND   Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA;

09 -   Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA;

10 -    The late Mr. Pete Robinson (deceased - 12/23/03);

11 -        The late Bobby Hedrick ('58) (deceased 08/31/09) AND     My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 09/03/09 - "School memories":

Hi Carol,

There has been some comment lately that not enough people are posting their memories of growing up on the peninsula. There have also been some comments about some of our schools lately, so I thought I would share a couple of memories of my elementary school days. When
 Dad (Syd Dearing) (30 Dec 1918 - 16 Feb 2002) went off to war in 1944,   Mom (Lena Mae Scruggs Dearing) (11 May 1917 - Feb 1979) and my sister       Nancy (Dearing Berry - '62 - of TX) and I went to live with my Grandma Cora (Dad's mother) in Buckroe. I attended the first grade at Buckroe Elementary School. The first grade classroom was a large room with a curved outer wall like a very large bay window and the teacher's name was Miss Clark. Other than the shape of our classroom, about the only thing I remember about Buckroe Elementary was that we were required to take a midday nap after lunch. I'm pretty sure there wasn't a lot of sleeping going on but we did have to lie down on a blanket and have a quiet time of perhaps a half hour or so.

  When Dad came home in 1945 we moved to Southhampton and I attended Armstrong Elementary School from the second grade through the sixth grade. Armstrong School was almost in the center of a triangle made up of Victoria Boulevard, LaSalle Avenue, and Kecoughtan Road very close to where the Sentara Hospital is today. I think the school is still there. Armstrong was within a couple miles from home and I often walked home from school. My memories of Armstrong School are spotty with very few really strong ones. I remember what the school looked like and I remember Mrs. Wells (a rather heavy woman), Miss Nash and Mrs. Green, my third grade through fifth grade teachers. I can't remember the names of my teachers from the second and sixth grades. On my final report card in the fifth grade which I still have, Mrs. Green said "He reads well but often neglects his other subjects to do this reading." (She was right, I have always loved to read).

In front of the school, close to where the school busses stopped, was a large area with no grass where the boys would play marbles. Almost every boy carried a bag of marbles in his pocket every day, usually kept in a drawstring bag. Some marbles were more prized than others, because of their unusual color patterns or complete lack of color, like the clear marbles called crystals. On one occasion, a friend of mine was trying to slip a special marble out of his marble bag to show it to someone when the marbles spilled out onto the wooden floor of the classroom with a loud clatter. Naturally, everybody in class burst out laughing. Once the marbles were all gathered up, they were instantly confiscated by the teacher. I think the offender was probably also made to stay after class and write "I will not play with marbles in class" one hundred times on the blackboard.

We would often stay after school to shoot some marbles and would miss the school bus. On those occasions when we walked home, we took a shortcut to avoid the main roads. It took us by an old rundown shack of a house which we had convinced each other was haunted, or at least inhabited by some kind of evildoing residents. As in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, when we went by the house we picked up our speed and never got too close. I think it was actually uninhabited. We never saw any signs of life, but nobody ever had the courage to run up on the porch as a test of bravery, as they did in the book. Of course, one of us could have used the "double dog dare" and the recipient of the dare would have had no choice but to run up on the porch and touch the door before running back down and catching up with the others who would, no doubt be running at full speed and be halfway home by then. But the one using the dare was well aware that he would have been on the receiving end the very next day.

In 1950 we moved to Hickory Avenue just over the Newport News line, where I attended 7th grade at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School which is sadly no longer there. Then it was on to NNHS.

Sydney Dearing

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Sydney! I will be revamping to include this information over the weekend!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 09/03/09 - "Saying It So,     Joe (Madagan - '57 - 0f FL)":


Thought you got rid of me for a time – not so.

   GIGGLES! Well, that's a relief, Sweetie!

You are owed a couple items, coming in separate transmissions.

First, however, I appreciate Joe Madagan’s (’57, Fla.) compliment, but more so his note about George Washington Elementary. He cleared up my obvious confusion in the discussion of Magruder Elementary. I would not have walked home from Walter Reed to 33rd Street by way of 22nd Street. However, like Beaver Cleaver, I often varied my route home and often took 29th Street. I don’t remember any union signs on the former GW Elementary, but do remember that it showed no signs of educational intent. I believe my mother 
  Betsy (Goodson) Covert (June ’37) and her sister    Tena (Goodson) Hensel (’39, Va.) attended GW before matriculating to NNHS.

Thanks to Joe, also, for the info about Orrsville. I used to tag along with Brother
      Harry (’57, Va./Md.) for games at the Rec Center. “Orrsville” was always one of the teams, whether football, basketball or baseball. Joe was probably there with Harry at the football field that day in 1954 when Hurricane Hazel blew in – but that’s another story. Look for Joe’s sister Nancy Madagan (’61) in the Walter Reed class picture.

Norm Covert (’61, MD)

   Thank you, Norm! We'll definitely return to Hurricane Hazel very soon!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 09/04/09 - "Did You Mean...":


In your response to    Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL), within the newsletter of 9-03-2009, you mentioned remembering a discussion of time long passed that included the "Little O's little league baseball team...". Did you mean "basketball team"?


   AHA! Thanks, Wayne Honey! Actually, I vaguely remember the discussion of various teams - baseball and basketball and football - and clearly remember the Little O's little league baseball team. I used to watch them play in the summertime. They wore red shirts with white lettered O's - and white pants. It's all about the clothes, doncha know!

  From Jimmy Todd ('63) of the USA - 09/03/09 - "Magruder School":


I went to Magruder School from the first to the fifth grades starting in 1951. It was located on the corner of Chestnut Avenue and 17th Street. The front of the school faced Chestnut Avenue. The grounds of the school were between Chestnut and Oak Avenues and 17th street and 20th Street. There were three or four houses on 18th street but at that time 18th Street only extended about one hundred yards off of Oak Avenue and did not start again until you crossed Chestnut Avenue. In later years the creek that ran through the property on the 20th Street side was filled in and a baseball field was built for NNHS. This was prior to 1955. The right field line ran into Magruder School. Randy Tosh ('63) hit a home run down the right field line that bounced into the side of the school.

I lived on 22nd Street between Chestnut and Oak and walked to school with the kids in the neighborhood.   Jerry Schweida ('62) lived behind us on 23rd Street. Gerald Graham lived a few houses down on 22nd, and Billy Weaver ('63) lived across the street.

I still appreciate your news letter. Kris and I no longer live in Alabama; we are full time RVers and travel all over the US.

Jim Todd

   Hey, Jimmy, it's good to hear from you; congratulations on living the All-American Dream! WHOO-HOO!

   "Your" Magruder School is also "my" Magruder School, still operating at 1712 Chestnut Avenue. It only came to the attention of some of us in late July that this, however, was not the first Magruder School, but was preceded by another one of the same name located a few blocks away at 22nd Street and Roanoke Avenue.

   The history and story of both schools is outlined on this page - along (now) with your own recollection:

   Thanks so much, Jimmy!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 09/03/09 - "Thomas Jefferson Picture":


Here’s a wild guess that you’ll be surrounded by family much of the weekend. Enjoy.

   GIGGLES! As far as I know, Norm, the only plan for this thunderstorm-filled Illinois weekend is for complete and utter "chillin" - but then I could be wrong.

   However, speaking of my little chickadees, we actually relieved my camera of six full months of images last night, and here are a couple of shots of them from last March.

Sunday, March 15, 2009 - Edwardsville, IL  
Andrew, Rachel, Mary, Becca, Lewis, and Elizabeth Harty
of Collinsville, IL
Randolph, Lewis, Adrienne, Joshua, Dale, and Nathaniel Harty  

You asked for it, so here’s the first installment of class pictures.



This is May 1951 in the auditorium of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Pictured is Miss Ann Powell’s second grade class
(In 1958 we moved next door to Ann's parents on 52nd Street).
We had performed a May Day/Spring program in the auditorium.
Music was provided on piano by my mother,    Betsy (Goodson) Covert (June ’37, MA), shown in the back row.

I apologize to all the kids whose names I can almost remember. Here are the ones I know:

Front Row: The late Eugene Turner, the late Shirley Markoff, Shirley McMahone, ?, ?, Bradley Ewell, ?, ?.

2nd Row: Tommy Reese?, 2,3,4,5,6, the late Beryl Barkley, ?, Norm Covert.

May 1951 - Second Grade

I know someone tuning in can help me out with the identities. I’m glad to be able to remember Gene, Shirley and Beryl. Gone but not forgotten.

Norm Covert (’61, MD)

   AWWW! How adorable! Bradley Ewell is unmistakable, but I would not have recognized anyone else, Normie - not even you!

   Thanks so much! I've added it to the TJ page:


1.   From 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 - 09/04/09:

Hunting, sort of...

Shelia walked into the kitchen to find her husband, Fred, stalking around with a fly swatter.

"And what are we doing?" she asked.

"Hunting flies" he responded.

"Oh? Killing any?" she asked, with a smirk.

"Yep! Got 4 males, 3 females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. "How the heck can you tell?"

"Simple." He replied, "4 were on a beer can, 3 were on the phone."


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 is holding 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 09/03/09

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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First Image of Dweezil Zappa courtesy of - 09/05/09

Second Image of Dweezil Zappa courtesy of - 09/05/09

Animated Electric Guitars Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/04/09

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

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 USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

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