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09/13/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Summer Nights

“Oh, the summer night Has a smile of light And she sits on a sapphire throne."

- Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter)
(21 Nov 1787 - 5 Oct 1874)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This theme was suggested by      Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('56) of NC back in early August.  Thanks, Sepi!


   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA will celebrate her birthday tomorrow!.  

   Have a great day, Lady!


   For the several of y'all who were worried about this, I ran it through, and it's a "Not to Worry":

  From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/09/07- "A Mix of stuff": 
Very detailed & pretty creations made from card stacking.

Beard and Wonderful---  beard and moustache contest held in Brighton, this month. Scroll down slightly for various pictures.


Did ya know?

+-------------------- Bizarre "Onlys" ---------------------+  
Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes.  

Baskin Robbins once made ketchup ice cream. This was the only vegetable flavored ice cream produced.  

Bats have only one baby a year.  

Giraffes are the only animals born with horns. Both males and females are born with bony knobs on the forehead.  

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.  

Swans are the only birds with penises.  

Teeth are the only parts of the human body that can't repair themselves.  

The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card.  

The only part of the human body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.  


Kids are funny

As I was dropping off my son at his daycare the other day, I overheard some of the other children talking about their siblings.  

"My brother takes karate lessons," bragged one little boy.  

"My sister takes gymnastics," said another.  

Not to be outdone, the littlest child in the group piped up. "My sister takes antibiotics!" 

Want protein in your diet? A great cheap & tasty way.

   Thanks, Shari!

From Mike White ('67) of VA - 09/10/07 - "67 CLASS REUNION":

It was great putting a face to the person that has held NNHS together. I appreciate what you are doing for all the people that went to Newport News and was glad to have met you over the Labor Day weekend. I look forward to seeing our reunion photos on your website. Would you let me know when you have put it together. Thanks again for your "OVER THE TOP" efforts.
Mike White
Class of 67

   Hey, Mike - it was good meeting you, too!

   I have started (but of course, I haven't finished; I so rarely finish anything...) with the Reunion Images,
and they're accessible from the main page of the website.



  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 09/10/07 - "Ministry Part One":


You were curious about my being a “Preacher’s Kid (PK)” and about my Dad’s church. His ministry was more that of a missionary instead of being housed in one of the beautiful edifices downtown. Thus, as the singular scribe Damon Runyon wrote, “A story comes with it.” This may be like me telling you how to make a watch, when you just wanted to know the time. Let me do it in two parts to spare my classmates.


First, the “Famous Soldiers” part:  My Dad was Harry M. Covert (Sr.) of rural Palmer, Ill. He was ordained by the Church of God in 1943 and was conducting Wednesday night prayer service at a store-front mission on 27th Street (and Wickham Avenue) when I was born Feb. 10 at Elizabeth Buxton Hospital.


Dad matriculated to Newport News by way of Langley Field, where he served as a B-17 radio operator. He had served a three-year tour in Panama (14th Infantry Regiment), reenlisted in the Army Air Corps at Selfridge Field, Detroit, and trained at Chanute Field, Ill, coming to Langley in 1937. The attached photo is Dad at Fort Knox, Ky, in 1932.

1932 - Ft. Knox, KY
Harry M. Covert, Sr.


He found the Gospel Tabernacle (600 block of 32nd Street, just off Jefferson Ave.) during one of his first passes to town in 1937. My mother, Mary Elizabeth (Betsy Goodson) Covert (’37) was the 18-year-old church pianist, who stole his heart. After his discharge and marriage, he enlisted in Service Battery, 111th Field Artillery, 29th Division (Va. National Guard) in 1940, which met at the armory across from Saunders Stadium. His age, prior service, family, and work in the Newport News Shipyard (later the C&O Railroad) kept him from being activated with the 111th after the New York and Carolina maneuvers in 1941-42. He also was rejected in 1944 as a U.S. Army Chaplain. Each church was authorized a certain number of chaplains and the Anderson (Ind.) Church of God had used all its quota.) Mother was happy about that. I’ll explain more tomorrow, including his claim to the Class of 1957.


Norm Covert (’61)


   Thanks, Norm!   I added your father to our Famous Soldiers page:



      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 09/

Dear Carol,/Dimples,
This is very interesting, There is a lot to read, Scroll down and read it all.
I must say that my Mother's family ate Margarine only because we could not afford Butter. I grew up during the depression years, 1929-1939. 
Right now today, I eat butter on everything,. Mostly Toast and I love it on Bakery Rolls. 
I don't care.. I am older now and I have been eating margarine since World War 2,  I am of course still alive.. I drink tap water... I eat a peck of dirt every year as my grandmother told me I have to to be healthy.. I grew up on lead in paint... Our problem today is we have too many "highly educated people" doing too much research telling us what we have to do to live forever...but not how to enjoy what we have...

Pass The Butter,  please.  

           This is interesting . . . .  .    

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys.  When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.  It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter.  How do you like it?  They have come out with some clever new flavorings.  

   DO YOU KNOW.. the difference between margarine and butter? 

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!   

Both  have the same amount of calories. 

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams. 

Eating  margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over  eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent  Harvard  Medical Study. 

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods. 

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few   only because they are added! 

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods. 

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years

And  now, for Margarine.. 

Very high in trans fatty acids

Triple  risk of coronary heart disease

Increases  total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and  lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol) 

Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold.  

Lowers quality of breast milk. 

Decreases immune response. 

Decreases insulin response. 

And  here's the most disturbing fact.... HERE IS THE PART THAT  IS VERY INTERESTING! 

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC..   

This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the  substance).   

You can try this yourself: 

Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area.  Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:

   *  no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it  (that  should tell you something)

   *  it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny micro organisms will not a find a home to grow.  Why?  Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast? 

Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to "butter them   up")!

Chinese Proverb:
"When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.  
       So..., DO IT !

   Thank you, Herbie Darlin! I'm very partial to butter myself, for all of the reasons you mentioned, and probably a couple of others.  I'm quite certain I have not used butter in my home in over thirty years, at the very least.  In fact, I'm famous (or infamous) when asked for a recipe for practically anything for saying, "You start with a stick of butter."

   I had a dear friend in Macoupin Co., Illinois who had eight beautiful children.  Whenever her father, a prosperous farmer, learned of any of her children being sick, his first response was, "Have you been feeding them margarine again?!?"

   He was absolutely convinced of the health benefits of butter.

   I am, too.

   From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/10/07 - "Diary":
Lonnngggg  trip back down memory lane. This was so touching to me. Whilst listening, I saw the first blog stating "That's so Emo."

That is too funny! I was sipping some water and out it came. Yea, I guess it is.

   WOWZERS!!!  I was unfamiliar with the song (or else forgot it from way back when, and the ending came as a big surprise to me.  Yeah, I know.  I'm just a big ol' cry baby.....

   Thanks, Shari!

    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('56) of NC - 09/10/07 - "Flower Show":

Two little old ladies were sitting on a park bench outside the local town hall where a flower show was in progress.

The thin one leaned over and said, "Life is so darned boring. We never have any fun any more. For $5.00 I'd take my clothes off and streak through that stupid flower show."

"You're on!" said the other old lady holding up a $5.00 bill.

The first little old lady slowly fumbled her way out of her clothes and, completely naked, streaked (as fast as an old lady can) through the front door of the flower show. Waiting outside, her friend soon heard a huge commotion inside the hall, followed by loud applause and shrill whistling. The smiling and naked old lady came through the exit door surrounded by a cheering crowd.

"What happened?" asked  her waiting friend.

"I won 1st prize as Best Dried Arrangement."

Thanks, Sepi!

  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 09/11/07 - "North End Item":

Re:        Dave Spriggs' ('64) of Va. find of the post card depicting the house at 5600 Huntington Avenue. The esteemed     Mickey Marcella ('54) Va. wrote an historical monograph about the North End about three years ago. My brother,     Harry Covert ('57) N. Va., shared his copy with me. It was a great read. Mickey's informative article chronicled that the house was originally the residence of Collis Potter Huntington, founder of N.N. Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.; namesake for Huntington Park, etc. I recall the house passed through the families of other shipyard presidents, including Homer L. Ferguson. Where is Mickey when we need him? Maybe he will share his writing here.
I remember Mickey as quite an athlete and what we used to call a "square guy," that is to say he was top notch. He helped put together the 1996 reunion of all NNHS grads (see the program attached). He knows 'bout 58th Street Beach!
Norm Covert ('61)

   Thank you, Norm! As usual, you've told me a couple of things I did not know.

   I did not know that Mickey wrote a monograph. (Okay, I'll admit it - I never heard of a monograph - although I am familiar with a phonograph, a photograph, and even a stereograph).

   I did not know that Homer L. Ferguson lived at 5600 Huntington Avenue as well as 5700 Huntington Avenue.

   I never realized until I looked that Collis Potter Huntington (1821-1900) and Homer L. Ferguson (1915-1946) were not contemporaries.  (I know, I'm quite shocked at my own ignorance myself!)

   But I did know that Mickey was one of the moving forces behind the Grand Reunion of 1996, because Dave Spriggs told me so in 2003:

 ● Grand Reunion - 04/14/96

   And I'm pretty sure that Mickey is out there somewhere; he and    Carol (Moell Marcella - '56 - of VA) checked in just this week.

   I added your thought to the North End page:


   Thanks again, Norm!

  From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 09/12/07 - "9/11":

Probably nobody can remember 9/11 any better than I because I was there.

I was in New York on a business trip and was staying at the Marriott two blocks away. I had gone to Downtown Athletic club for breakfast two more blocks away, and was on the thirteenth floor when the second plane flew over my head and shook the building.  When I got outside, all hell had broke loose. It really got bad when buildings started to fall and I had to help elderly people try to get out of Battery Park. I saw a lot of bad things, and was on one of the first boats over to Jersey Shore, after which I had to proceed to Brooklyn where I met back up with people I knew. They sent use to a  Red Cross shelter where they cleaned us up, and we got lucky and hired a limo for $900.00 and they brought us home. During this course of time it was hours from the time we could use phones, and we didn't contact our families until about t2:00 PM to let them know we were still alive.

The next day Marriott called my house to see if we were alive, and to notify me my credit card had been stolen and was being used. I ended up in hospital with a little nervous problem.

So just remember, when it's your time to go, you will. 

Didn't mean to bore you; just trying to give you a first hand account.  

Gary - Class of 61

   BORE US?!? I think not! Thank you so very much for sharing that chilling testimony with us, Gary! And we're glad that your time had not yet arrived!

   By the way, Tim and Anne Wilson, my beautiful cousin    Cheryl's (White Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA) youngest son and his wife, live in Brooklyn.  She described a part their 9/11 experience in this Newsletter two years ago:

   Thanks again, Gary - for everything!

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 09/12/07 - "7 year old sings National Anthem at local college basketball game.":

This is awesome!

   WOWZERONI!!! This IS awesome! Thanks, Dave!


1.  Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for All of Us - OPEN TO ALL

2. Thursday, October 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

3. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

5. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

6. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

7. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


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

Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us
Hosted by Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX
Saturday, September 29, 2007, 2:00 P.M.
The Canepa Cottage, 760 North 1st Street, Buckroe Beach, Virginia


Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us - 09/29/07

The NNHS Classes of 1941 and 1942
will have a reunion on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the James River Country Club at 12 noon.

Dr. Harold Cones will speak about the founding and development of the Mariners' Museum.

Cost is $30.00 per person - Includes Choice of Two Entrees

CONTACT: Jennings Bryan at 
or call him at 757-873-7701.

- 07/23/07

The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2007
at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

All schoolmates from '60, '61, '63, '64 and' 65 are invited to attend the Friday night affair.

 The Friday night cost will be $20.00 per person, which includes being with all of us, food, and beverages
(including beer and wine), plus a cash bar. 

The 1962 classmates will be celebrating on that night and on the 13th, ending with breakfast on the 14th.

For information, email Brenda Amos Williams at or call her at 757-810-4000.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/24/07 - "Summer's Not Over Yet! "- #24 in a Series of 38:

It's not Buckroe, but it'll do in a rush!

This is sand? Thought this was one you'd enjoy seeing; it all took place in British Columbia.


   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Chris!

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

                          Love to all, Carol 





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

Summer Nights


Summer lovin', had me a blast
Summer lovin', happened so fast
Met a girl crazy for me
Met a boy cute as can be
Summer days drifting away
To, uh oh, those summer nights

Well-a, well-a, well-a, uh!

(Tell me more, tell me more)
(Did you get very far?)
(Tell me more, tell me more)
(Like does he have a car?)

She swam by me, she got a cramp
He ran by me, got my suit damp
Saved her life, she nearly drowned
He showed off splashing around
Summer sun, something's begun
But, uh oh, those summer nights

Well-a, well-a, well-a, uh!

(Tell me more, tell me more)
(Was it love at first sight?)
(Tell me more, tell me more)
(Did she put up a fight?)

Took her bowling in the arcade
We went strolling, drank lemonade
We made out under the dock
We stayed out till ten o'clock
Summer fling don't mean a thing
But, uh oh, those summer nights

(Tell me more, tell me more)
(But you don't gotta brag)
(Tell me more, tell me more)
('Cause he sounds like a drag)

He got friendly holding my hand
Well, she got friendly down in the sand
He was sweet, just turned eighteen
Well, she was good, you know what I mean
Summer heat, boy and girl meet
But, uh oh, those summer nights

(Tell me more, tell me more)
(How much dough did he spend?)
(Tell me more, tell me more)
(Could she get me a friend?)

It turned colder; that's where it ends
So I told her we'd still be friends
Then we made our true love vow
Wonder what she's doin' now

Summer dreams ripped at the seams
But, oh, those summer nights

(Tell me more, tell me more)

"Summer Nights" midi courtesy of - 08/04/07
at the suggestion of Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('56) of NC - 08/0
Thanks, Sepi!

"Summer Nights" lyrics courtesy of - 09/11/07
also at the suggestion of Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('56) of NC - 08/0
Thanks again, Sepi!

"Summer Night" Image courtesy of - 09/11/07

 Animated Blue Divider Line courtesy of - 08/27/05

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

Army Seal clip art also 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!

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

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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