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10/24/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Beyond the Sea

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

- Joseph Campbell
(26 Mar 1904 - 31 Oct 1987)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   Today's theme comes at the suggestion of my newest daughter-in-law,  
Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth High, NH / Eastlake High, CA - '05) of VA, who has the singing voice of an angel.  Thanks, Pretty Lady!


   Happy Birthday today to  Mark Friedman ('65) of VA!  And Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA!  On Friday, we'll have a Two-Fer:    Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY  AND    Randy Tate ('66) of DE will both be celebrating!  On Saturday (formerly known as Navy Day), we'll have another Two-Fer:    Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA  AND        Sepi ("Dimples") Dinwiddie-Prichard ('58) of NC are both having birthdays!  On Sunday,   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA will be celebrating her birthday, and on Monday,    Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA will be as well!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


   Hit #66,500 was made on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 1:13 PM by someone from who ran an AOL/Netscape search for "newport news high school class of 1965".

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/18/07 - "Now Missing Bridge":

Perhaps this will stimulate some discussion among the more senior alumni.

If you look closely at this image, in the upper left corner you will see the very familiar water tower.  But, look to the right of the tower. Is that not a bridge over the RR tracks? 
By my calculations, it is at 58th Street.
The same area today almost suggests that a bridge
stood there. Does anybody have a recollection of a bridge
at that location? Why and when was it removed?

   Thanks, David! I'd ask you how on earth it is that you came to spot a teeny-tiny bridge in this huge image, and then were able to pinpoint its location, and then find a corresponding present-day map, and THEN spot clear evidence that, yes, indeed, there once was a bridge there, but I already know the answer to that riddle. You're magic!

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

   To help increase our chances of solving this mystery, I've double-posted your images on Our Old Stomping Grounds:

      - It's about 4/5 down the page, just above the basketball discussion.  I also changed the shade of blue to something lighter, brighter, and prettier.  I had originally thought that other shade would look muted and nostalgic; it just looked ugly and depressing.....


   Thanks again, Captain!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/18/07 - "Age Progression Photo":


      Jean (Lankes - Hampton HS - '72 - of VA) did this picture since she did the Originals and sent it to me Tuesday.  Would you be so kind as to add it to my age progression 'photo gallery'? 

   Thanks, Sepi!   I've added it to your others on the Alumni Page:


I don't know when you  will get this, but either have a good time or hope you had a good time.  Trust you gave all the grandchildren extra kisses and squeezes to last until the next time you see them,  Family First after God.  Prayed for a safe trip for all, coming and going.

Love, Dimples

   Thanks again, Lady! We had grand fun with much hugging, kissing, and squeezing!  I appreciate those prayers, too!  On the way home there was some kind of accident on that twisty-turny part of Highway 501 just north of the Maury River.  Had we not dragged our feet about leaving, we might very well have been caught in it.  As it was, we were only delayed for ten minutes (from 2:22 to 2:32 PM on Tuesday) in the resulting traffic jam

  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/18/07 - "Just Kids":



Do hope you and sibs are having a good celebration of your Dad’s 100th. My dad was 99 in September, born “the year the sewers overflowed in St. Louis (1908),” he used to say.


I owe you the report on Dad’s ministry, but thought this item up front might relate to a couple classmates. As an old Veteran, I’m active in La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (Society of 40 men or 8 Horses -- from the WWI Victory Boxcar, War Memorial Museum, Huntington Park). We are supposedly the “fun guys’ of the American Legion. Like most “guys” groups (Rotary now has ladies), we have great hats, but we call them “chapeaux.”   Mrs. Phoebe Hoyle (Le Cercle Francais) would be so proud that I at least could pronounce it.


I send my wife, Loretta (Ludwigsburg/Stuttgart American HS ’68), off to work each morning at 9. More often than not my La Societe comrades and I, or my Silver Beaver buddies from the Boy Scouts, go out to brunch, do some project of questionable value – or just sit around and talk in our short britches. Loretta has decided my comrades and I are like a bunch of six year olds (spirits not allowed)!


I figure that isn’t so bad as long as dinner is ready when she gets home! One day we’ll be old enough to go to the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch (both my daughters did!).


It is worth mentioning that several Typhoon Marching Band (60-62) brass guys often helped out the Braxton-Perkins Post 25 American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps, which called itself “The Virginia Gentlemen” and used the Fairfax County bourbon label to identify our horn cases. My trombone case still bears the label. Marylanders just don’t get it! Six?  Maybe I'm seven!


Norm Covert (’61)

   Normie, you made my day - as so frequently you do! Thank you for this delightful note!  I had forgotten (if I ever knew) that you were a Silver Beaver, and I'm quite certain I never knew of your involvement with La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux. 

   Congratulations on maintaining Great Fun in your life, Sweetie!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/19/07 - "Incredibly useful tips for everyone.":


1. Reheat Pizza: Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove , set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

2. Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients , reseal , keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly , cut the tip of the baggy , squeeze mixture into egg Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

3.. Expanding Frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

4. Reheating refrigerated bread: To warm biscuits  pancakes , or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

 5. Newspaper weeds away: Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

6. Broken Glass clean up: Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards you can't see easily.

7. No More Mosquitoes: Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

8. Squirrel Away!: To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

9. Flexible vacuum nozzle: To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

10. Reducing Static Cling: Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and -- ta da! -- static is gone.

11. Measuring Cups clean up: Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

12. Hate foggy windshields?: Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

13. Reopening envelope: If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside , just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.

14. Hair Conditioner: Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like .

15. Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid , mix well. Those flies will be drawn to the cup and gone forever!
16. Get Rid of Ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it , take it "home", can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works & you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

17. INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS : The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. WELL....the hot water just sat on top of the mesh!  It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film , but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free - that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot  soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it.! The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!

   These are excellent tips, and most of them were new to me! Thanks again, Sepi!  

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/19/07 - "Mormon Tabernacle Choir":

Hi, Carol:
This evening, while doing a little iTunes shopping I found a couple of my favorite songs by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and they do a great job with two songs, Shenandoah and Eternal Father Strong To Save.
The words of Shenandoah, "Bound Away" are indicative of an indentured servant being bound to serve. The origin of Shenandoah seems to be that of Scot-Irish immigrants entering the USA in Baltimore with a seafaring background and river flat boat skills, and as was the custom they would be required to work seven years as an indentured servant to work for their passage to the United States. Hence, the longing to see the rolling river again, and 'tis been seven long years since last he saw it, all while working on the wide Missouri River.
It recently was considered by the Commonwealth of Virginia as the State Song, and the Senate passed the resolution, but the House of Delegates did not pass the resolution.
But of course, no one sings Eternal Father like the United States Naval Academy Glee Club.
And, if I may, no one sings Shenandoah like the Virginia Military Academy Glee Club.
This is a private message, and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy the songs selected for your Newsletters. Of course, if you do not think it is too hokey you can use this message. Your call.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Joe Madagan, you are such a delightful hoot! There is no chance I would ever consider tyour note "hokey"!  In fact, I'm so glad you explained the origins of "Shenandoah' to me.  I've loved that song for over 50 years, but never understood its meaning.  And of course, I've yet to hear "Eternal Father" sung without finding my cheek drenched by my own tears.

   Thanks so much, Adonis - for everything!


  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 10/24/07 - "Fort Monroe documentary on WHRO":

This a reminder that the Fort Monroe documentary covering both the past and the future of this National Historic Landmark will be on WHRO this week. Many people, including me, would like to see it become a park after the Army leaves. I hope that you will watch the half-hour program to become better informed on the issue.
Adrian Whitcomb
WHRO Channel 15's upcoming "Kingdom by the Sea" documentary on Fort Monroe and its future.
The half-hour film premieres October 24 at 8:30 p.m. on WHRO-TV 15 and WHRO HD 15.1, and airs again on October 25 at 9:30 p.m. and October 28 at 2 p.m.
Portfolio Magazine review of documentary:
Daily Press announcement of documentary:,0,5393461.story

For more information on Fort Monroe:
(Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park)

   Thank you, Adrian! I myself had forgotten this!


1. 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

2. 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

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

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  10/03/07 - "Dear Carol, Here are some Happy Halloween Pumpkins" - #11 (sic) in a Series of 12:

Dear Carol,

The Halloween season is fast approaching, Here are some ideas to get everyone in the spirit of Haunting.....

Your Friend, Herbie

   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!


   Now I'm only FIVE days behind in posting all the many wonderful things y'all have sent me this week - WOO-HOO!!!

   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

Beyond the Sea

- Charles Trenet

(Bobby Darin, 1959)

Somewhere beyond the sea,
Somewhere, waiting for me,
My lover stands on golden sands
And watches the ships that go sailing;

Somewhere beyond the sea,
He's (She's) there watching for me.
If I could fly like birds on high,
Then straight to his (her) arms I'd go sailing.

It's far beyond a star,
It's near beyond the moon,
I know beyond a doubt
My heart will lead me there soon.

We'll meet beyond the shore,
We'll kiss just as before.
Happy we'll be beyond the sea,
And never again I'll go sailing!.

"Beyond the Sea" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of my Newest Daughter-in-Law, Diana Lyons Harty (
Portsmouth High, NH / Eastlake High, CA - '05) of VA - 10/19/07
Thanks, Diana!

"Beyond the Sea" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of my Newest Daughter-in-Law, Diana Lyons Harty (
Portsmouth High, NH / Eastlake High, CA - '05) of VA - 10/19/07
Thanks again, Diana!

Images of Vladimir Volegov's "Coastal Breeze" and "Beyond the Sea" courtesy of - 10/24/07

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

Tiny Angel clip art courtesy of - 08/14/05

Brown Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/21/07

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

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

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

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Army Seal clip art 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 Cheering Smiley clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks again, Al!

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