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10/13/06 - NNHS Newsletter
231st Birthday of the United States Navy

"A good Navy is not a provocation to war.
It is the surest guaranty of peace."

- President Theodore Roosevelt,
December  2, 1902 - Second Annual Message to Congress
(27 Oct 1858 - 6 Jan 1919)

10 Dec 1996 - Northern Puerto Rican Operations Area: USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) 27 Aug 2004 - Naval Station, Norfolk, VA: A UH-3H Sea King helicopter flies over USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   If this date didn't immediately jump out at you (or even if it did), it's time for your homework again:

   Hug a sailor today.  Or salute one.  Well, okay, just thank one for their services rendered.  I still would personally prefer the hugging option.

   Not only is it the Navy's 231st Birthday, it's my #1 son    Lewis' (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '69 - of IL) 36th birthday - and he was born in Portsmouth Naval Hospital!  Now that took some fancy planning - on his part, not mine.  He was due on September 14, and just refused to be born for 29 more days......



   Elsewhere in birthday news.......

   Today is also a Big Day for    Pattie Hilsdon Reisinger ('66).  I have two spellings recorded for your first name, and I can't seem to remember where you live, but Happy Birthday anyway, Lady!


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/28/06 - "FOR THE NEXT NEWSLETTER":



Ya’ll didn’t believe that we were serious about that September 1st deadline “thing”,
did you? We did that just to get you motivated.

The truth is that you can still sign up and pay at the door. If you don’t want to miss a great party with FREE BEER AND WINE, then send us an e-mail at
and let us know how many will be attending. When you arrive at 7:00 PM on Saturday, 14 October, Faith Strickland Groom (ably assisted by her husband, Nelson) will be happy to accept your cash or check for $25.00 per person at the door.

This is your last chance to get in on all the fun, food, dancing, and perhaps, a birthday surprise. And, did I mention FREE BEER AND WINE?

Be sure to bring you cameras. We look forward to seeing you there.

---Your NNHS 64/60 Birthday Celebration Committee---

   Thanks, Captain!  I double-posted it for you:

   Y'all have a marvelous time!!!



  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 10/12/06 - "Happy Birthday!":

Hi, Carol! 

Thanks for the birthday wish.  I celebrated with family and my two best friends from school, Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66 - of VA) (also her birthday) and Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66 - of VA). Of course,   Jerry (Allen - '65 - of VA) and    Chuck (Springfield - '66 - of VA) were with us as well as Jerry's mom and dad and Marilyn's mom, nieces and nephew and grandson Joshua. We had a great time at Chuckamuck's over in RESCUE just across the James River Bridge. A great casual place to eat good crabcakes, barbeque, shrimp, etc. I recommend it for you locals. Tell them I sent you. I didn't know how to pluck out specific pictures, so I had to send them all--including Jerry's mom and Jerry, his dad and Josh.  Marilyn and Chuck took them and sent them to me. I warn you, if they know it's your birthday, you must wear the lobster.

Love you!
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 6:44 PM Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 6:52 PM Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 7:40 PM Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 7:40 PM Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 7:53 PM  
   Oh, what a fun birthday party!  Thanks so much for sharing these images, Judy - and Marilyn and Chuck!

From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 10/12
/06 - "Dear Carol, No Special reason, Red Roses !!!":

Dear Carol,

I was looking at Angel Trumpet Flowers on the internet and I happened across these Red Roses.

   I said to myself, Herbie, Who do you know that would like to have a bouquet of Red Roses? Your name popped up first SO, Here's looking at you, Kid, (Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca). More nonsense later,

Your Friend, Herbie

   OOOOH, Thank you, Herbie Darlin'! They're beautiful!  And yes, I do believe I can actually smell them!
"Coincidentally", I just watched Casablanca (1942) **** on TCM a few days ago!


From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 10/12/06:

I'll not be there (at the 60th Birthday Party for Members of the Class of 1964), alas, but home here in NH; I recognize many names from class of 1964 but am probably less recognizable to many of you; NNHS was my third high school (I started high school in Germany) and I was only there 1963-1964, graduated, and left Virginia for NH the next day.  I lived at 315 58th Street and remember Linda Levy ('64) and Bonnie Stepp ('64) from that block.  I was, if I remember correctly, the youngest in the class; I will be 59 in November.  I have been through Newport News on the way to other places three times in the last 42 years. Once I stopped to see Bonnie (she was divorced from Kyle Lawson and working at the shipyard) and once I stopped to see my old geography teacher-- I am blanking on his name at the moment-- retired military, living in Denbigh. 

   How about    Mr. Arthur Burke from NY???

I remember being the only girl in drafting class, and getting a Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow pin.


I graduated from Keene State College (BA, MEd) and work full-time for the state of NH and also teach Irish Gaelic for Comradh na Gaeilge of New England, and run a small Druidic Association of North America congregation. 

   WOWZERONI!!!  Well, we celebrate everything together here, Domi, but I will admit to being rather ignorant of Druidic customs and holidays, so you might need to raise my consciousness a bit about a week in advance of the next holiday. or two.

My children are Ragnar (31), Hagbard Lars (28) and Avens (19). I homeschooled them. The boys both have human services degrees and work in social services and Avens has an associate's degree in humanities and is working on her BA. 


It's wonderful to read the newsletters and hear about people I haven't seen in all these years.  

Colleen Ann Domitilla (Domi) O'Brien NNHS 1964

   We're glad you're enjoying them, Domi!   Thanks for sharing your news!


  From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 10/13/06 - "NNHS Class of '57 - Name change":

Hi Carol:
I'm writing you because one of my classmates was on your website browsing around and saw her husband's memoriam.  Kitty Taylor Hanrahan requests his name be changed from William Hanrahan to    Billy Hanrahan, because Billy was his actual given name.  I told her I was sure you would have no problem with that, so I'm thanking you in advance.

   Oh, absolutely!  I was glad to take care of that!

I enjoyed reading your Newsletter.  It's quite obvious that your classmates really enjoy your Newsletter and look forward to it every week.  I only do one a month, and even then I have a problem finding something to write about because no one in my Class ever tells me any news.

   Yeah, I remember those days, too.  We called the Newsletters "The   Carol (Buckley Harty - '65 - of NC),   Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) and    Wayne (Stokes - '65 - of VA) Show".  I'm really not sure how we got from there to here.  It must have been some sort of cosmic explosion.......

Since so many people that read your Newsletter are "Reunion Junkies," I thought I'd let you know that the NNHS Class of '57 is planning its 50th Class Reunion.  It is planned for September 7, 8 & 9, 2007, and it will be held at the Omni Hotel in Newport News.
I will send you more information as ideas and plans become firm.

   Oh, super-de-duper!!!  I'll build you a reunion page in a day or so!  Meanwhile, I've posted a blurb on the front page, and it will continue to appear in each Newsletter as well:

Thanks for all you do.
Typhoon regards,
Pat Beck Letzinger

   Thank you, Pat!

   And speaking of Memorial Pages......


  From Me ('65) of NC - 10/13/06:

   While I was at RJ's of the first night of the Open Reunion sponsored by the Class of 1966, the everlastingly gorgeous    David Whitley ('67) of VA said to me,  "You don't have a 1967 Anchor, do you?"

   And I replied, "No, I don't."

   And that Sweetie-Pie David said, "Well, now you do!"

   So while my sister    (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 of NC) was yelling loudly about how he was making a Big Mistake, and screaming silly things about how I'd confiscated all five of her Anchors back in February of 2002 and was holding them hostage (I mean, really, Eleanor, just because it's all true!), David graciously allowed me to borrow his senior yearbook for a while.

   And I am so enjoying it, David!  Thanks so much!

  So this morning I began scanning the images for the Memorial Page for the Class of 1967:

   I was only barely started when I had to stop.  I was expecting company for dinner and I actually cooked and baked all day long.  No, really!  Now stop that snickering!  I can cook; I just usually try to weasel out of it!

   Hmmm.  Maybe I can scan through the night....

   And okay, okay, so my sister wasn't really yelling and screaming.  Details, details.

   Oh, yes, I couldn't resist scanning David's senior portrait as well.

   My, my, my.......

   What's that, Wayne Honey?!?  No, it's not my fault!

  David Parker Whitley

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 10/13/06:

This is really beautiful.

   It is that, Jude!  Thanks!


  From Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) of VA - 10/13/06 - "Sandra Dee":


I received this from a old friend of mine and just wanted to pass it on. I thought you might like it.

Sharron Wanderer Dawes

Long ago and far away, In a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan or the dawn of Camelot.

There lived a race of innocents, And they were you and me,
Long ago and far away In the Land of Sandra Dee.

Oh, there was truth and goodness In that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, And Peyton Place was porn.

For Ike was in the White House, And Hoss was on TV,
And God was in his heaven In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We learned to gut a muffler, We washed our hair at dawn,
We spread our crinolines to dry In circles on the lawn.

And they could hear us coming All the way to Tennessee,
All starched and sprayed and rumbling in the Land of Sandra Dee.

We longed for love and romance, And waited for the prince,
And Eddie Fisher married Liz, And no one's seen him since.

We danced to Little Darlin', And Sang to Stagger Lee
And cried for Buddy Holly In the Land of Sandra Dee.

Only girls wore earrings then, And three was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, Except for Jean McKinney.

And only in our wildest dreams Did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice, marvy hooters too,
And when they made a movie, They never made it twice.

We didn't have a Star Trek Five, Or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty In the Land of Sandra Dee.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, And Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat Whose co-star was a chimp.

We had a Mr. Wizard, But not a Mr. T,
And Oprah couldn't talk yet In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We had our share of heroes, We never thought they'd go,
At least not Bobby Darin, Or Marilyn Monroe.

For youth was still eternal, And life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever, In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We'd never seen the rock band That was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren't named Jefferson, And Zeppelins weren't Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then, And Monkees in a tree,
Madonna was a virgin In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We'd never heard of Microwaves, Or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, But they weren't grown in jars.

And pumping iron got wrinkles out, And gay meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never coed In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We hadn't seen enough of jets To talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at The bottom of the bag.

And Hardware was a box of nails, And bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction In the Land of Sandra Dee.

Buicks came with portholes, And side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough To cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, And skirts came to the knee,
And Castro came to power In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We had no Crest with Fluoride, We had no Hill Street Blues,
We all wore superstructure bras Designed by Howard Hughes.

We had no patterned pantyhose Or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for condoms In the Land of Sandra Dee.

There were no golden arches, No Perriers to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, And cats were not called Bill.

And middle-aged was thirty-five And old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents In the Land of Sandra Dee.

But all things have a season, Or so we've heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline We swear by Retin-A.

And they send us invitations To join AARP,
We've come a long way, baby, From the Land of Sandra Dee.

So now we face a brave new world In slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they're using Smaller print in magazines.

And we tell our children's children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away In the Land of Sandra Dee.

   OHHHH, yes, ma'am - I do love this!  Thanks so much, Sharron!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 10/13/05 - "TA-DAH!  MORE REUNION IMAGES!"::

Here are the latest results:



 - OOPS!!!   More to come soon!










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

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:

The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964

will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006, 7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events,
12672 Patrick Henry Drive, Newport News, VA 23602.


We all agree that the Class of 1964 throws the best parties, and we really were flattered that so many members of other classes attended our 40-year Reunion.  However, the Committee chose to invite only members of the Class of 1964
to our 60th Birthday Celebration.

But, the good news for all you High School Reunion "Junkies" out there
is that you can look forward to our 45-year Reunion in 2009.

CONTACT Dave Spriggs at


The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA
from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by September 15.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion. 

It will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The Class of 1962
is busily planning their 45-Year Reunion!

Email Brenda Amos Williams at
or call her at 757-810-4000.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The Class of 1958
is gearing up for their Big 50th Anniversary Reunion!

The Noble Gathering

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008



From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 08/21
/06 - "Dear Carol, Too Cute to keep to myself, Getting along in life" (#17 in a series of 24):

Dear Carol,

The first picture has been around many times before, but ... enjoy the 23 other pictures. Some of the pictures may have been staged or touched up digitally, but they are still interesting to see.

Your Friend, Herbie

     OHHHH, what a sweet little pretty little puppy dog!

   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!

Don't watch too much TV.    

  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 09/22/06 - "T-Shirts" (#5 in a series of 12):


   Oh, that's priceless!  WILD GIGGLES!!!
   Thanks, Gorgeous!


   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

Anchors Aweigh

- Words (Verses One and Two) by Midshipman First Class Alfred Hart Miles, USNA - '07, 1906 ;
Music by Lieut. Charles A. Zimmermann, USN, 1906
Words (Verse Three) by Midshipman Royal Lovell, USNA - '26.

Stand Navy down the field, sails set to the sky.
We'll never change our course, so Army you steer shy-y-y-y.
Roll up the score, Navy, Anchors Aweigh.
Sail Navy down the field and sink the Army, sink the Army Grey.

Get underway, Navy, Decks cleared for the fray,
We'll hoist true Navy Blue So Army down your Grey-y-y-y.
Full speed ahead, Navy; Army heave to,
Furl Black and Grey and Gold and hoist the Navy, hoist the Navy Blue

Blue of the Seven Seas; Gold of God's great sun
Let these our colors be Till all of time be done-n-n-ne,
By Severn shore we learn Navy's stern call:
Faith, courage, service true With honor over, honor over all.

"Anchors Aweigh" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks, Captain!

"Anchors Aweigh" original lyrics and history courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks again, Captain!

Official U.S. Navy Images courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks again, Captain!

1 - 961210-N-0710M-001 (DECEMBER 10, 1996)--The U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)
steams in the Northern Puerto Rican Operations Area (NPOA) during carrier airwing qualifications.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Second Class Scott A. Moak. (RELEASED)

2 - 040827-N-4459K-002 Virginia Beach, Va. (Aug. 27, 2004) - A UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to the Search and Rescue
(SAR) unit at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., flies over the aircraft carriers moored at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.,
left to right, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The SAR squadron,
which provides rescue services to both the military and civilian communities, (was) decommissioned on October 1st, 2004.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Anthony M. Koch (RELEASED)

Navy Flag Image used to create Divider Lines courtesy of 
once again at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA - 06/29/04
Thanks once more, David! And those four gold bars are for you, Captain.

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

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

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!

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

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