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09/08/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Right Here Waitin

“How much of human life is lost in waiting.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(25 May 1803 - 27 Apr 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I've been "right here waiting" for seven weeks for all of y'all to be able to return from the Cyber Isolation to which Google had consigned you. 

   Welcome Home!

BONUS - - Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx, 1989


"Marx placed himself in the record books by being the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the Top 5 on the US charts. [2]"


Monday, September 08, 1969 - Once again nothing noteworthy happened on this day during the momentous summer (yes, it's still officially summer, Labor Day notwithstanding) of 1969.


   Happy Birthday today to Carroll Elliott ('57) AND   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND   Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND   Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

14 - Billy Brewer ('57) AND   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

   Y'all be sure to take a look at that page.  How are we going to wish you a happy birthday if we don't know when it is?!?  Thanks!

    From Joe Madagan (57) of FL - 09/05/09 - "Our Old Stomping Grounds; World War II Memorial Municipal Swimming Pool":

Hi, Carol:

After reading the contribution by     Norm Covert ('61) of MD regarding the "Municipal Pool" it seemed a good time to visit the website and take a look at that section again.

Reading about the underground Pump Room caused me to remember an incident that I hope is noteworthy.

When chlorine was delivered to the pool by the supplying vendor, it was the job of the Life Guards to move the large tanks that contained the chlorine from the curbside where they were unloaded from the truck to the pump room below ground level.

We had devised a wooden sled with a long rope tied to one end, that was used to place the large chlorine tanks to safely lower them below without the danger of dropping one for they were under a lot of pressure. At times, two Life Guards would man handle a large tank while others were using the sled.

Back then, the City of Newport News maintained two municipal swimming pools and the Life Guards from the Dorie Miller Pool would come over and assist us, and in turn we would assist their Life Guard crew with the task.

All this to set the scene of what took place one day during the chlorine receiving process... Earl Faison ('57-Huntington High School) who was a massive Life Guard single handedly grabbed a tank and carried it below. He was so strong that he did not need any assistance in carrying the load, and made it down the steps and placed it on the pump room floor. This amazing feat and show of strength caught everyone by surprise!!!

    Coach J.C. "Cowboy" Range who was the manager of both pools back then, and supervising the task congratulated Earl for the demonstration of strength, then gently reminded him of the extreme danger should he have happened to trip on a step and fall dropping the tank. Our youthful impatience over-rode any concern for safety, but our leader was aware of the danger and also knew how to let a person down without crushing their spirit. Coach Range was a giant of a man, but his heart was even bigger.
  As an aside, some may remember that Earl Faison went on to play football in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

P.S. After writing about the wonderful leadership skills of Coach J.C. "Cowboy" Range and mentioning Earl Faison it seemed only fair to send you a photo of Earl in football uniform as an All-American at Indiana University.

He had an outstanding career in the National Football League.


   WOWZERS!!! What a great story - thanks, Joe!   I did some checking and found these items:

Earl Faison
Won football letters in 1958, 1959 and 1960...played end and led IU in receiving in both 1958 and 1960...All-Big Ten in 1960 and a third team All-American...IU's Most Valuable Player in 1960...played in East-West game, All-American game and Hula Bowl...later played professionally for many years, most of them with the San Diego Chargers...member of the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.,0,4729983.storygallery?coll=dp-sports-u%3E%3Ca%20href=,0,

   I've posted all of this on the pool page:


      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL to         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 09/06/09 - "  Armstrong Elementary":

At last, a fellow Armstrong student......altho Sydney was quite a few years ahead of me.  I attended Copeland Park Elementary in the first and second grades.  We moved to Henry Street in Southampton in Jun 56 (after Sydney graduated!).  I had the choice to attend either Willis Syms Eaton or Armstrong.  Since my closest neighbors went to Armstrong, so did I.  I had Miss Naff in the third grade (maybe his Miss Nash ?).  I don't remember a Mrs. Wells or Mrs. Green; they may have already gone by then.  But I also had Mrs. Hubbard and Mrs. Blake.  That leaves one that I cannot remember.  And yes, Sydney, Armstrong is still there and thriving.  I met the principal a few years ago and expressed my desire to visit, but I have not done so yet.  Thanks for the great picture!

   Thanks, Gloria! Back in the earlier days of our website, I thought setting limits somewhere was a necessary course; for one thing, we didn't have the space at that time.  In 2003 we began posting elementary school memories and created the "Our Schools When We Were Younger" page, and even then, listing only those schools which fed their students into Newport News High School seemed to be a good idea.  We've long since outgrown those arbitrary boundaries, so I've expanded the concept, and will be creating new pages as quickly as I'm able:

 - brand new page!

   Remember, Sweetie-Pies, I know and remember even less about Hampton schools than I do of Newport News schools!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 09/07/09 - "George Washington Elementary":


Indulge me again, please. I’ve gotten the straight skinny on George Washington Elementary School. While talking today with my    Aunt Tena (Goodson) Hensel (’39) VA, I asked her to verify that she went to G.W. Elementary.

Here is what she said: She attended old Thomas Jefferson Elementary School her first three grades, then matriculated in 1932 to George Washington Elementary “on 28th Street.” It spanned south to 27th and was the same structure as T.J. Elementary.  She said there were only three grades taught at G.W.: fourth grade (Mrs. Burke); fifth grade (Mrs. Ham “a tall distinguished looking woman”); and sixth grade (Mrs. Souder, who also was principal).

Tena remembers three other teachers, who would come one or more days a week: Mrs. Berry (“I believe she taught English. She also drove a really old car that we always made fun of it.”); Mrs. Cox, who taught hand writing; and Mrs. Hays, who taught music.  Tena then went to seventh grade at Walter Reed Elementary School followed by high school at NNHS.

Tena reminded me that there were only four years of high school, described then as one, two, three, and four, the latter being the senior year. This represented 11 years of school, so Tena graduated when she was 16 years old. Of course she turned 17 on Sept. 16, 1939, which makes her celebration next week the 87th birthday. She still looks terrific and lives a full life.

Norm Covert (’61) MD

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! Thanks, Norm - and Tena!   I've started a new page, but it's not even complete enough with what I already have; I'll need to go back and pull some of the earlier comments, but here's the start:

 - brand new 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 - 09/07/09:

Traffic Court

A New York man was forced to take a day off from work to appear for a minor traffic summons. He grew increasingly restless as he waited hour after endless hour for his case to be heard.

When his name was called late in the afternoon, he stood before the judge, only to hear that court would be adjourned for the next day and he would have to return the next day.

"What for?" he snapped at the judge.

His honor, equally irked by a tedious day and sharp query roared, "Twenty dollars contempt of court. That's why!"

Then, noticing the man checking his wallet, the judge relented. "That's all right. You don't have to pay now."

The young man replied, "I'm just seeing if I have enough for two more words."


1. 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

2. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion - For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

  3. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. 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

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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Right Here Waiting

Written and Recorded by Richard Marx, 1989
(b. 16 Sept 1963)

Oceans apart day after day
And I slowly go insane
I hear your voice on the line
But it doesn't stop the pain

If I see you next to never
How can we say forever

Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you

I took for granted, all the times
That I though would last somehow
I hear the laughter, I taste the tears
But I can't get near you now

Oh, can't you see it, Baby
You've got me goin' crazy

Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you

I wonder how we can survive
This romance
But in the end if I'm with you
I'll take the chance

Oh, can't you see it, Baby
You've got me goin' crazy

Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you

"Right Here Waiting" midi courtesy of - 09/07/09

"Right Here Waiting" lyrics courtesy of - 09/07/09

Image of Dr. Hugo Heyrman's 2006 Painting, "Waiting", courtesy of - 09/07/09

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

Pink Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I just don't know, but it's been in my files since 04/05/05

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 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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

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

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