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09/13/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Good Vibrations

In every man's heart there is a secret nerve
 that answers to the vibrations of beauty."

- Christopher Morley
(5 May 1890 - 28 Mar 1957)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This Newsletter is a rerun from two years ago today, because good vibrations are just what we'll all be feeling at all these upcoming reunions!


The NNHS Class of 1963
is planning its 45-Year Reunion on
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008.

Please provide your current email and mailing address to Barbara Fritsche Barnes at 
to receive YOUR reunion registration info. The reunion committee has prepared a reunion registration brochure,
which we hope to have available here for you soon.

Were Going Back!!!! 

The NNHS Class of 1963 invites all former NNHS students and their guests to join them
at an upcoming class reunion event:

A 60s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym!!! 

What:  Sock Hop with DJ in the Newport News High School Gymnasium 
When:  Friday night, October 17th, 2008 
Time:  7:00pm - 10:00pm 
Cost:  $15 per person

Event Details 


Capacity is Limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  No sales at door.

Names of all members in your party must be provided with payment. 

Send check or money order payable to: Barbara Barnes, 4891 Parthenon Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23462 


  • All participants must travel to/from NNHS via shuttle bus from Newport News Omni Hotel
    and sign a release of liability form enroute to the event.

  • Shuttle bus will depart every half hour from The Newport News Omni Hotel, 1000 Omni Boulevard
    (off  Diligence/J. Clyde Morris Boulevard) starting at 6:30 PM. 
    Last bus will depart the school enroute to The Omni at 10:30 PM.

  • Hand stamps issued on shuttle bus will be required for entry.

Socks only, (no shoes of any kind or bare feet) will be permitted in the gymnasium.  

Soft drinks & snacks will be sold at the event. 
No alcoholic beverages allowed on the premises, (some things never change).



All events of the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1968 are open to everyone.
It will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008.
For further information, call Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally at (757) 874-1666 or e-mail her at   


Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us
will be held Saturday, September 27, 2008, 2:00 P.M. at the Canepa Cottage, 760 North 1st Street, Buckroe Beach, VA.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Billy Brewer ('57) AND    Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

16 -   Tena Goodson Hensel ('39) of VA AND  Mr. John Huller ('43) of FL AND Brian Cooper of SC;

17 -     Mr. George McIntosh (NNHS Principal) - 1914 - (deceased - 05/04/05)  AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND   Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA;

18 - Bobby Bell ('57) AND       Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL AND The United States Air Force - 1947;

20 - Barry Stutt ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to One and All!


   Hit #77,000 was made on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 8:39 PM by    Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX.

From    Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX - 09/13/07 - "Web Hit #77000":

Hi Carol,

This is Susan Harlin is sunny Texas.  We managed to only get a little rain and wind from Hurricane Ike today.  I went over to the web site tonight and I think I got hit number 77000.

Hope you're having a great day today!!!

Susan Whitcomb Harlin

Susan Harlin, Photographer

Fine Art Photography. . .the Old Fashion Way.

   WOWZERONI!!! Susan wins again! I think I'll need to send you an entire Christmas tree now! I have at least started crocheting your ornaments  now - really I have! Thanks for letting me know!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 09/11/08 - "Some Random Thoughts":

I have some random thoughts this morning.
I was saddened this morning when I went out to pick up the paper.  I looked up and down my block and on this anniversary of a terrible day in our history, I saw only two flags flying, mine and one other down the block.

   I saw very few myself, Sydney, other than own own.....

Your son           Dale's (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of MA) blog looks like it is off to a great start.  I hope it does the job intended, that is to lighten your load a bit.  I am only a little concerned that it is going to lose the little personal touches that you add to your newsletters.

   You probably needn't fear, Sydney. I can only hold my silence for so long.

I wonder if anyone on the website might know the whereabouts of Billy Ford (William Howard Ford).  In the mid 50's, Billy lived on the Newport News side of Pear Avenue.  Standing at the intersection of Pear Avenue and Kecoughtan Road with Hampton to the right and Newport News to the left, he lived in the first or second house on the left.  This would have been directly behind, or nearly behind the house of        Dimples Dinwiddie (Prichard - '58 - of NC) who lived on Hickory Avenue.  Though he lived in Newport News, he did not attend NNHS.  I'm pretty sure he also did not attend Hampton High.  I think he went to a private school (perhaps a military school but can't remember for sure).  I think he was in the same year in school that I was so would have graduated in 1956.  We were close friends and spent a lot of time at each other's home and at the Evans Soda Shop.  Billy played the trumpet.  He had a small tattoo, I think on his right upper arm that said "Bill".  He dated a girl named Bitsy for a while in High School (I think it was Bitsy Heath ('57) but if I'm wrong about that my apologies to her).  Billy's mother married a man named McCraw sometime between 1955 and 1960.  If anyone has any info as to his whereabouts I would greatly appreciate it.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

A few of years ago, my oldest daughter asked me if I would write down a few memories I might have about my childhood, something that she could pass along to my two granddaughters and eventually to their children.  I said  "sure" thinking I would jot down a page or two of notes and give it to her.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Three years later, that page or two turned into a small book called "Childhood Memories".  It covers a period from my earliest memories in East Hampton, through WW2 when   my dad (Syd Dearing) had gone off to war and we went to live with my grandma in Buckroe.  Memories of when he came home a changed man, life in Southampton after the war, my parents' divorce, our move to Hickory Avenue and Woodrow Wilson School and Newport News High School with lots of pictures.  What a catharsis!  I recommend it to anyone who wants to leave a little bit of themselves to their children and grandchildren.  I have actually sent you small bits of it which you have posted in the newsletter (the story of my dad's wounding on Iwo Jima and the story of my sister       Nancy (Dearing Berry - '62 - of TX) and her sliding board dog, Laddy, for instance). I sent a copy of the finished book to my friend   Donnie Satisky and he suggests that others that grew up in the 50's and 60's would enjoy reading it.  It is not something that I plan to try publishing or anything like that and I would not mind sharing if anyone is really interested but right now I only have about six copies and it would be quite a project, not to mention cost prohibitive to have very many copies printed up.  I have no interest in selling it and would feel uncomfortable asking for a donation to cover costs but If enough people express an interest in reading it, maybe I can think of a way to make a copy available on the internet, perhaps in a PDF format that anyone could pull it up and read it or copy it for free.  I have no idea how to do that but I think I could learn.

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! I would personally be delighted to own such a treasure - as would, I am certain, many others! Do keep us posted!

Finally, I was blown away by    Bill Lee's (Warwick HS - '54 - of NC) link to the B-western stars:

For a period of about five or six years, during and immediately after the war years, myself and a friend or two would faithfully ride the trolley or city bus every Saturday morning from Buckroe and later from Southhampton to the Langley Theater in downtown Hampton for a double feature western.  A day at the movies included two western features, a chapter of the latest serial, a cartoon and a comedy short and a newsreel of our progress in the war.

   What a neat memory! I posted it here: 


Typhoon regards,
Sydney Dearing 

   Thanks, Sydney - for everything!

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 09/11/08 - "Warwick Theater":


The stories about the Warwick Theater do bring back a load of memories for me. The Warwick Theater was my first job. I had to get a work permit signed by my mom so I could work. The price to get in was 14 cents, and I started out making 14 cents an hour. I could only work 18 hours a week. What a time.

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

   WOW - and wasn't that only yesterday?!? Thanks, Jerry! I posted your comment here:

  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 09/11/08 - "gather at the river":

HYMN No.365 

This is a hoot, but I suspect the minister didn't appreciate it. 

A minister was completing a temperance sermon.
With great emphasis he said, 'If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river.' 

With even greater emphasis he said, 'And if I had All the wine in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river.' 

And then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he said, 'And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river.'   

Sermon complete, he sat down. 

The hymn-leader stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, nearly laughing, 'For our closing hymn, let us sing Hymn No.365, 'Shall We Gather at the River.' 

Smile, life is too short not to !!   
If this brightened your day 
Don't let it stop here 
Pass it on with a smile 
Keep spreading the Cheer.
See you at the river.

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

From My Friend Judy of IL - 09/11/08 - "There comes a point in your life when you realize:":

There  comes a point in your life when you realize:
                                            Who matters,
                                           Who never did,
                                      Who won't anymore...
                                       And who always will.
 So, don't worry about people from your past; there's a reason why they
                                 didn't make it to your  future.
      Give these flowers to everyone you don't want to lose in 2008.....

"Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."


   Thanks so much, Jude!

    From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 09/11/08 - "An Old Juke Box!":

Man!!  Does this bring back lots of memories. 

An Old Juke Box!
Here are over a hundred tunes from the late fifties and early sixties.  You don't even have to put in your nickel........just press the button......if you want another one before the last is finished.....just press another button.  It is just that easy!....

   Oh, what fun! Thanks, Buster! See ya soon!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 09/11/08 - "Spell Check":

A woman arrived at the Gates of Heaven. While she was waiting for Saint Peter to greet her, she peeked through the gates. She saw a beautiful banquet table. Sitting all around were her parents and all the other people she had loved and who had died before her. They saw her and began calling greetings to her:

"Hello - How are you! We've been waiting for you! Good to see you."

When Saint Peter came by, the woman said to him,
"This is such a wonderful place! How do I get in?"

"You have to spell a word," Saint Peter told her.

"Which word?" the woman asked.


The woman correctly spelled "Love"
and Saint Peter welcomed her into Heaven.

About a year later, Saint Peter came to the woman
and asked her to watch the Gates of Heaven for him that day.

While the woman was guarding the Gates of Heaven, her husband arrived.

"I'm surprised to see you," the woman said. "How have you been?"

"Oh, I've been doing pretty well since you died," her husband told her.

"I married the beautiful young nurse who took care of you while you were ill. And then I won the multi-state lottery. I sold the little house you and I lived in and bought a huge mansion, and my wife and I traveled all around the world. We were on vacation in Cancun and I went water skiing today. I fell and hit my head, and here I am. What a bummer! How do I get in?"

"You have to spell a word," the woman told him.

"Which word?" her husband asked.

" Czechoslovakia."

Moral of the story:  Never make a woman angry... There will be Hell to pay later!

   Thanks, Joyce!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/12/08 - "Too funny (and sometimes too true) not to pass along...":

Cancel your credit card before you die..........(hilarious!)
This is so priceless, and so easy to see happening, customer service being what it is today.
A lady died this past January, and Citibank billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card, and added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00 when she died, but now somewhere around $60.00. A family  member placed a call to Citibank.

Here is the exchange :

Family Member:   'I am calling to tell you she died back in January.'

Citibank 'The account was never closed and the late fees  and charges still apply.'

Family Member: 'Maybe you should turn it over to  collections.'

Citibank: 'Since it is two months past due, it already has been.'

Family Member: So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?'

Citibank: 'Either report her account to frauds division or report her to the credit bureau, maybe both!'

Family Member: 'Do you think God will be mad at her?'

Citibank: 'Excuse me?'

Family Member: 'Did you just get what I was telling you  - the part about her being dead?'

Citibank: 'Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor.'

Supervisor gets on the phone :

Family Member: 'I'm calling to tell you, she died back in January with a $0 balance.'

Citibank: 'The account was never closed and late fees and charges still apply.'  

Family Member: 'You mean you want to collect from her estate?'

Citibank: (Stammer) 'Are you her lawyer?'

Family Member: 'No, I'm her great nephew.' (Lawyer info was given)  

Citibank: 'Could you fax us a certificate of death?'

Family Member: 'Sure.' (Fax number was given )

After they get the fax :

Citibank: 'Our system just isn't setup for death. I don't know what more I can do to help.'

Family Member: 'Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her. She won't care.'

Citibank:  'Well, the late fees and charges do still apply.'  (What is wrong with these people?!?)

Family Member: 'Would you like her new billing address?'

Citibank: 'That might help.'

Family Member: 'Odessa Memorial Cemetery, Highway 129, Plot Number  69.'

Citibank: 'Sir, that's a cemetery !'

Family Member: 'And what do you do with dead people on your planet???


   Thanks, Joan!

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/02/08

   Hopefully, this will help address the problem in a number of ways. Just don't forget to click on it each time!

NNHS BLOG: - updated 09/13/08


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968 - OPEN TO ALL TYPHOONS: - 03/31/08

Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

2. Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us


4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND ALL TYPHOONS ON FRIDAY NIGHT (if pre-registered):  - 08/29/08

   Y'all take good 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
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Good Vibrations

- Brian Wilson, 1966

I, I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air

I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations
I'm pickin' up good vibrations
(Oom bop bop good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)

Close my eyes
She's somehow closer now
Softly smile, I know she must be kind
When I look in her eyes
She goes with me to a blossom world

I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations
I'm pickin' up good vibrations
(Oom bop bop good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)

(Ah my my what elation)
I don't know where but she sends me there
(Ah my my what a sensation)
(Ah my my what elations)
(Ah my my what)

Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin'

Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
(I'm pickin' up good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's na na...

Na na na na na
Na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na
Do do do do do
Do do do
Do do do do do
Do do do

"Good Vibrations" midi courtesy of
 at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/12/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Good Vibrations" lyrics courtesy
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/12/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Elaine Del Degan's "Vibrations" Image courtesy of - 08/31/06

Animated Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 09/04/06

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

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

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

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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

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

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