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10/16/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Surround Me with Love

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.”

- Epicurus
(341 B.C. - 270 B.C.)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme is a first for us today.

BONUS - - Surround Me with Love - Charly McClain, 1981


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Betty Jean Dail Phillips ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

18 - Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA  AND   Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA  AND Jimmy Crank ('63) of VA;

19 -   Danny Coleman ('63) of NC;

20 - Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND    John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA;

21 -
  Mr. Julius Conn - 1904 - (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA;

22 -       Herb Hice - 1924 (deceased 18 Apr 2008)  AND   Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) - (deceased 22 Sept 2007) AND   Annette Funicello of CA  AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA;

23 -   Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 16, 1941 - The Nazis advanced to within 60 miles of Moscow. Romanians entered Odessa, USSR, and began exterminating 150,000 Jews.  A moment of silence, please.....


Friday, October 16, 1964 - The People's Republic of China detonated its first nuclear weapon.

Friday, October 16, 1964 - Soviet leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Aleksey Kosygin were inaugurated as General Secretary of the CPSU and Premier, respectively.

Friday, October 16, 1964 - Harold Wilson's Labour Party narrowly won the British general election with a majority of five, and he became Prime Minister.

Friday, October 16, 1964 - Canadian hockey player Patsy Callighen (b. 13 Feb 1906) died.


      From Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - ’72) of VA - 10/15/09 - "Colony Inn":

Hiya Carol!

Saw the inquiry on the Colony Inn, so asked the best Hilton expert I know – my dad (John “Bud” Lankes, Morrison H.S., 1933).

Dad says the Colony Inn started out around 1918 as a block of 4-room row houses at the corner of Warwick Boulevard and Main Street. Circa 1928, major remodeling took place, the two-story section was added, and it became a hotel. It was an exceptionally nice establishment, and notables such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover stayed there for launching events. In fact, the hotel could have been a shipyard-sponsored project for housing VIP visitors, since the Warwick Hotel was not exactly posh. Dad remembers a Rolls-Royce being parked in front of the inn for a time.

The dining room was a nice place to go; the food was excellent and the inn employed its own dietician. People went there for parties, banquets, and dances.  Dad particularly remembers one musician named Goff who played a “bull fiddle.”

Dad believes the building was torn down sometime in the mid-to-late 1940s. On the south side, a bank building was constructed, and on the north side, a telephone company building went up (behind Silverman’s).

We’d be happy to know of any corrections!

Jeanie Lankes
HHS ‘72

P.S. A postcard on eBay shows the Colony Inn with 1950s-looking cars in front of it -- so I guess it was torn down later than we thought.

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Jeanie!

  From Jim Dossett ('66) of NC - 10/15/09 - "Colony Inn":

Hi Carol,

In answer to    Pat Beck Letzinger's question about the Colony Inn .... 

In the summer of 1959 my family moved from the apartments on the 200 block of 37th Street to Palen Avenue in Hilton Village.  I attended Hilton for the 6th and 7th grades and was fortunate to have two really great teachers in the 7th grade - Ms Gilliam (sp?) for math and Ms Katherine Adams for history.  Contrary to popular belief, many Hilton Elementary "grads" chose to go on to NNHS instead of WHS.

During that summer I roamed all all over that part of Newport News - from the Little League field in Hunting Park to Hilton pier to the trails weaving through the woods in Mariners' Museum.  One place that caught my attention was a big old Tudor style building behind the drug store and across Main Street from what was then the Bank of Warwick.  The Tudor building was the Colony Inn and was mostly empty with maybe one or two small insurance/ lawyer offices operating. Within a very short time, that winter or perhaps the next summer, the building was removed and was replaced with a really ugly one story brick building. The new building was first a bank (I think) and then Ma' Bell took possession.

The Colony Inn was a hotel and part of the Hilton Village Planned Community.  Being involved in the growth management side of  local government over the last 30 years I often hear discussions about "New Urbanism".  In reality, Hilton was probably the first "New Urbanism" development in the US and was designed back at the turn of the century (19th to 20th century)... hardly qualifying as "new".  It was a wonderful  place to be a kid in the 50/60's but not nearly as wonderful as the friendships I formed with my JW Daniel classmates and my 37th Street neighbors.

Jim Dossett ('66)

   MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, Jim!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/15/09 - "Hilton Village - The Colony Inn":

The Colony Inn was located on the east side of Main Street on the corner of Piez Avenue.

The site is now occupied by some ugly cement and glass bank “thing”.

Some additional images are attached.

It was demolished in 1951 to make way for the bank building now occupying the site.

1910 1922 1931 1939
1940     1950

   AND MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, David!

    Silly me. I was naive enough to think that surely no one would tear down such a beautiful, historic structure only to replace it with an ugly one.....

   Thank you for the beautiful old postcards, Brown Eyes!   I dedicated the top portion of the Hilton Village page to the Colony Inn, and added the images - along with all the comments - there:


   And speaking of Hilton Village.....

From Gary Sealey of VA - 10/15/09 - " Real Time Advertising":

Hello Everyone,

The Menchville High Entrepreneur Club members and webpage professional (Ernie, our volunteer business partner) put together an awesome scroller.. (continuous moving line) on the bottom of the home page to advertise up-to-date events, announcements... it can literally be changed daily as needed.

PLEASE go to on the bottom the scroller which is currently advertising, The HHV Top Ten Great Neighborhoods in the Nation (Award presentation Oct. 24th) well as The October StreetFest and Children's Costume Parade.

It is very user-friendly.  You can click on any of the three and it will take you to a detailed event page.

The kids are about 80 percent complete in totally over-hauling the site with Ernie's expertise and assistance.

Thanks for your support of the students.

   MORE WOWZERS STILL! Thanks, Gary!

     From Me ('65) of IL - 10/12/09 - "It's That Time Again! (Nag #5)":

   Halloween is almost here.  Thanksgiving isn't far behind.  You know what that means, doncha? 

   That's right, it means it's time to schedule the Holiday Parties!

   How many of y'all are planning class or multi-class events?  The Class of 1962 usually has one.  The Class of 1958 almost always has one.  Wouldn't the rest of ya'll like to get together, some day, somewhere - soon?!?  Lemme know.  No, I cannot make it, so I don't even have a vested interest.  I just like to live vicariously and pretend a lot.


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 10/15/09:

The Book

As chaplain in a university residence hall, I am supposed to uphold all of the school rules, which include a ban on pets. That changed when a kitten adopted me.

The freshmen in my dorm kept my secret. They covered for me by calling my kitten "the Book," since I had so many in my room.

One morning I was leaving the dorm with the kitten in a carrier. A student stopped me and asked, "Where are you taking the Book?"

I explained that I was taking the kitten to the vet. "She's getting neutered today," I told him.

"Hmmm," the student responded, "no sequels."


Life's Plan

Two women met for the first time since graduating from high school.

One asked the other, "You were always so organized in school. Did you manage to live a well planned life?"

"Yes," said her friend, "My first marriage was to a millionaire;
my second marriage was to an actor;
my third marriage was to a preacher;
and now I'm married to an undertaker."

Her friend asked, "What do those marriages have to do with a well planned life?"

"One for the money,
two for the show,
three to get ready,
and four to go!"


1. 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

2. 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 10/12/09

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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Surround Me with Love

Written by Norris Wilson and Wayland Hollyfield

Recorded by Charly McClain, 1981
(b. 26 Mar 1956)

Sometimes when life's poison arrows shoot me to the ground
Dreams come fallin' down, friends just can't be found
I don't worry, I don't wonder, I know what to do
I don't go crazy, I just go for you

Surround me with love, I need you beside me
I want you to hold and hide me
When this world is closin' in on me
Surround me with love, oh and I can make it
Whatever comes, you know I can take it
Just as long as you surround me with love

Who can say what comes tomorrow, what the future holds
What lies down the road, heaven only knows
But one thing I know for certain, one thing that's true
One thing I'm sure of is I need you


"Surround Me with Love" midi courtesy of - 10/16/09

"Surround Me with Love" lyrics courtesy of - 10/16/09

Hearts clip art courtesy of - 10/21/06

Bows and Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/05/08

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

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!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Image of Annette Funicello courtesy of - 10/21/06

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

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

Animated Ringing Gold Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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