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10/02/07 - NNHS Newsletter -

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays
of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.”

- Washington Irving
(3 Apr 1783 - 28 Nov 1859)

 Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's long overdue theme comes as a suggestion:

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 10/02/07 - "song suggestion":

Hi Carol,
This was easy to open, and is lovely.


   OH, WOWZERS!!! Thanks so much, Chris! I was absolutely astonished to find I had never used this song before!  It's always been a great favorite of mine - along with Nat King Cole himself.



1. Bill Willoughby (York HS - '73) of VA - 09/21/07 (but somehow, only just spotted... ):

Friday 09/21/2007 8:44:42pm
Name: Bill Willoughby
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Hampton, VA
Comments I just ran across your site and wanted to first thank you for the wonderful pictures of Buckroe. That was one of my favorite places when I was a kid.

Secondly I'd like to commend the authors of this site. It is huge and I know has taken a lot of work. I am a 1973 graduate of York High and the Webmaster of the York High School Alumni Association site,

   Thanks so much, Bill! I really appreciate your kind words! The site itself is relaxing and fun; it's these over-the-top near daily newsletters that consume practically all my waking hours!

2. Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ - 10/02/07:

Tuesday 10/02/2007 9:26:34am
Name: Mary Massey Lyle
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Voorhees, NJ
Favorite Teachers Mrs. Nettles & Coach Powers
He made US History interesting to me.
Hobbies Baseball games.
Reading good books.
Playing with grandchild.
Entertaining & being with friends.
Comments I feel that life has been very good to me. I have a wonderful husband. We have been married for 31 years. A wonderful son & a precious grandchild with another due in March. We all are in good health & love to have a good time. I feel blessed with many good friends, which some are still good/old friends from NNHS days.

   Thanks, Mary! It's good to hear from you!


   Happy Birthday today to    Wayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD!

   Later this week we have    Rennie Dick ('54) of VA  AND  Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA on the fourth,  Butch Ragland ('63) of CO on the fifth, and    Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA on the sixth!

   (And, uh, no, I still haven't run those missing scans...)

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

    From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 09/26/07 - "YOU!":


Life is short!  Break the rules!  Forgive quickly!  Kiss slowly!

Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably..

And never regret anything that made you smile.

....have a GREAT Day!!!

   Thanks, Lady - great advice!

    From Joe Madagan ('67) of FL - 09/28/07:

Hi, Carol:
..... May I suggest that you consider linking the photo of      Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC receiving an award at the Annual Bathing Beauty Contest held to the Old Stomping Grounds page for the World War II Memorial Municipal Swimming Pool. That was one of the big events each year and many crowded around the pool to watch the contestants promenade around the pool. Maybe it will encourage others who competed in this annual event to furnish you more photos to brighten up that page!!!
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Adonis, that's another fine suggestion! I made it a Two-Fer!

      - Check near the bottom of the page for the surprise!

  From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 09/28/07:

Hello, Miss Carol!

I just read the remarks from you and
    Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) concerning the "Famous Marines Section" and find myself deeply humbled! Thank you so very much for the honor of inclusion.

   Absolutely, Sweetie - and the honor is ours!

Also, please inform Joe I am looking forward to meeting him in the near future and hope he will soon have the opportunity to visit this beautiful area of the country.

   I've been "lost in space" for a few days, and do not remember if I actually forwarded your note to Joe before I left town of not, Butch.  (I know I meant to write you back a personal note, and I also know that didn't happen.) 

   If not, "Oh, Ma-jor Mad-a-gan...."

In respect for my brother,
   Chuck Ragland NNHS -'66, I would like to recommend him for the "US Navy section", if I might be so bold? Thank you again.

God Bless All,
Butch Ragland, 63'

   Well, this part I actually did do earlier! And I placed a Navy emblem before Chuck's name on the Alumni Page:

   And I gladly added Chuck to our Famous Sailors:

   Welcome to our Famous Sailors, Chuck! Thanks so much, Butch - for everything!

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 09/29/07 - "Thank You, Carol":

..... Thanks Carol, for all the special things you do everyday for so many people.

   Thank you, Linda! I posted the rest of your note on Harvey's Memorial Newsletter:

      From Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - '72) of VA - 09/29/07 and 09/30/07 - "Evelyn Fryer Fish's birthday party for all of us":

Hiya Carol!
I had such a great time at the party. No one seemed to mind if a Crabber was lurking in their midst. It was wonderful to meet you, 
plus my newly-acquired friend       Sepi (Dinwiddie) Prichard ('58 - of NC) was amazingly gracious and thoughtful -- I didn't feel awkward or left out for one second!
I'm attaching some photos, with more to come separately. Even though I was introduced to many, I'm unable to remember
everyone's name and therefore can't accurately write captions.

Jean Lankes
HHS 72

   Wasn't it such fun?!? It was great meeting you at last, too, Jean!

   Thanks so much for all your great images! I have them posted now - but not necessarily labeled: - your note is included here

 - brand new page with 36 images!

    From Joe Madagan ('67) of FL - 10/01/07 - "RE: Evelyn Fryer Fish's birthday party for all of us":

Hi, Carol:
So glad that you and your dear sister       (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) were able to make it to the Beach Party. It must have been a hoot!
Sure wish I could have made it.
I will be watching for more photos.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

   Thanks, Joe! I wish you'd been there, too!  I mean even though I did just see you fifty years ago, it certainly would have been nice to have seen you again!

   My pictures are still languishing on my camera, but perhaps I'll remedy that soon..... - your note is posted here

   From the Head Cheerleader of the Class of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 10/02/07:

Dear Carol -

Thank you so much for coming to the Beach - we loved being with      you,       Eleanor, and         Adrienne

We had 90 people in attendance. 

Lv, ev

   Thanks, Evelyn! We certainly enjoyed being there! - your note is also included here

   And speaking of cheerleaders.....

   From Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 10/01/07 - "NNHS Cheers ":

Hi, Carol,

It’s been a long while since I have been able to write.

In my father’s attic I found an old copy of the “Counselor,” the blue handbook that all NNHS eighth graders received in Guidance Class.  I copied some of the cheers that I remember so fondly to send to you. Perhaps you already have these for the website, but in case you don’t, here they are. I sent the copy of the Counselor to the NNHS “archivist,”   Fred Mays ('60 - of VA).

Also,  I learned from the current newsletter of the First Presbyterian Church of Hampton that Miss Lilly Todd celebrated her 103rd birthday in July. Is that the Miss Lillian Todd who taught algebra at NNHS?  

Here are the cheers I copied from the Counselor. These were the cheers that we used when I was a student at NNHS 1954-1959.

Strawberry shortcake,
Huckleberry pie.
Are we in it?
Well, I guess!
Newport News High School
Yes, yes, yes!

Jump on the bandstand,
Bang on the tin can.
Who can?  We can!
Nobody else can.
Newport News, Rah! 

Ice cream soda,
Ginger ale pop;
Newport News High School is always on top!
You can stand them on their head;
You an stand them on their feet;
But Newport News High School
Can’t be beat!

What us go?
Us got a lot,
Us got a team that’s red hot.
That spells victory
For Newport High!

Beat me, daddy, eight to the bar,
Maury High ain’t going very far.
Scrub me, mamma, with a boogie beat,
Come on Newport, Turn on the heat!

How do you like your oysters?
Raw. Raw.
How do you like your cabbage?
Slaw, slaw.
How do you like your sugar?
Sweet. Sweet.
How do you like Hampton?
Beat. Beat.

The team is in a huddle;
The Captain lowers his head.
They all got together,
And this is what they said.
“You gotta F- I G-H-T
You gotta F-I-G-H-T
You gotta F-I-G-H-T
You gotta fight with all your might;
You gotta fight, fight, fight." 

You’ve got to click your heels,
And clap your hands,
All you people in the stands.
You’ve got to snap your fingers,
And stamp your feet,
'Cause Maury High is gonna get beat!

Take care.

Aretie Gallins Patterson

   DOUBLE WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Aretie!   I added the cheers to the Cheerleaders page (made sense to me! ):

    And that must surely be the same Miss Todd, as the dates of her teaching would be correct.  1961 was her last year at NNHS.
Thanks so much, Aretie!
In any case, I've created her teacher page at last:

      - brand new page; more memories from her students and colleagues are welcome

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/02/07 - "Quote of the day":

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." 

- Martin Luther King, Jr.
American Civil Rights Leader 

    Thanks, Shari!

   From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 10/02/07 - "PDF files about Newport News Shipbuilding":


Delighted that you saw fit to recently mention my story about NNHS grad Pam Cole in your latest offering. I'm not sure why you can't use it all directly (that's why I sent it in PDF format), but here's a suggestion:

This story has been posted on the Apprentice Alumni Association's web site, along with several others I have written in the last few years. If you just refer people to the following, they can see this story in its illustrated entirety, and lots more, if they like. Undoubtedly, I have mentioned many NNHS grads and probably a lot of fathers and grandfathers of NNHS grads, as well, in those stories. 

    Well, Sweetie, that's because you're dealing here with a Dumbdy-Dingle, and there you have people who actually know what they're doing!! 

   I only PRETEND I know what I'm doing, and I can no more bluff my way through converting PDF files into something I can post than I could bluff my way through Mrs. Baker's Chemistry Class forty -eleven years ago:


   I'd describe my whole procedure of attempting to do anything at all with PDF files, but it's just too humiliating.....

   Thanks for sending this other link, Bill! THAT I can do!


      And speaking of PDF files.....


1.  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 10/01/07 - "Fall Concert Series! Music of the 50's, 60's and 70's! ":

Hello Everyone!
Our Fall Concert Series is nearly here. The dates are October 13th and 14th (Sat. & Sun) at 4 PM and 8 PM both days.   If you wish to come to one of the concerts let me know and I can put tickets at will call for you or you can buy them from me directly.  Attached is the flyer. 
Tickets are $18 @ the door, Advance - $15.  Seniors, Military and Students are $15 @ door and $12 Advance.  It's really going to be a fun concert!

Sarah Kressaty 

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! Okay, Lady, I'll see what I can do about reconstituting and/or reclaiming information found on a PDF file, and try it again - next time!

2.   From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 10/02/07 - "REDSKINS FOOTBALL GAME":


I have a bus trip going to the REDSKINS/CARDINALS football game on October 21, 2007. This is a day trip and the bus will leave from Norfolk/Newport News early in time for tail gate party. The price is $75.00 per person if you have tickets and $175.00 per person if you need tickets. Would love for some old Typhoons to make the trip.

Give me a call ASAP for reservation  757-879-2847

Gary Fitzgerald

   Thanks, Gary - it sounds like great and glorious fun!


1. 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

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

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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:
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! "- #31 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! Well, perhaps now summer really IS over, but it will live on forever in our hearts, n'est pas??

   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


- Gross, Lawrence, Plante

(Nat King Cole)

The evening breeze caress the trees,
The trembling trees embrace the breeze,

Then you and I came wandering by,
And lost in a sigh were we.
The shore was kissed by sea and mist,

I can't forget how two hearts met,
Your arms opened wide and closed me inside.
You took my lips, you took my love
So tenderly.


Your arms opened wide and closed me inside.
You took my lips, you took my love
So tenderly.

You took my lips, you took my love
So tenderly.

 "Tenderly" midi courtesy of - 10/02/07
at the suggestion of Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 10/02/07
Thanks, Chris!

 "Tenderly" lyrics courtesy of - 10/02/07

Image of "First Kiss" Plate courtesy of - 10/0207

Heart Mix Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/20/05

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 Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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!

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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