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11/16/07 - NNHS Newsletter
It's Not for Me to Say

“Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell
is necessary before you can meet again. And
meeting again, after moments or lifetime,
is certain for those who are friends.

- Richard Bach
(b. 23 June 1936)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   My Magic Shower was in a Johnny Mathis mood this morning, and who am I to argue?  Mmmm - this is dreamy - it makes me want to dance!  Or it would make me want to dance if my dumb foot didn't hurt so much.  Sigh.


   Happy Birthday today to George Morewitz ('57), and tomorrow to Ronald Creech ('57).

   Many Happy Returns, Gentlemen!


  From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 11/15/07 - "Fund Drive":

Are WE, you're, having another newsletter fund drive this fall to help offset some of the expenses for all your work?  I think, We, should and if so you need to publish something in your newsletter about it with a fee that seems appropriate for the service!  Great work!!!
George Helliesen, class of 61

   Bless your sweet heart, George! That would be lovely from my point of view, of course, but I think we may have a definite problem effecting any such thing.  I may be wrong (it happens rather frequently these days), but I think that last May when my Three Earthly Saviours  -     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD,    Joe Wingo ('65) of NC and       Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - initiated that massive fund drive which literally saved my life in countless ways, that they promised each and every one they contacted that they would never be asked to donate again.  So I don't think, as helpful as such a thing would be to me at this moment, that I can take it upon myself to renege on their word.

   "But then, it's not for me to say!"

   Thank you so much, Sweetie! I deeply appreciate your caring!

    And thank you again, Gentlemen!


  From Margaret Kailos Lee ('67) of NC - 11/15/07:

Hi Carol,
Just learned tonight that the program Don't Forget the Lyrics  that I was flown to LA  to appear in for my Goddaughter, Nicole Staggs, will be aired tomorrow night (Friday) at 9:00 PM, EST on Fox TV (Not news).  My younger daughter, Ellie, serves as her "lifeline" and you will actually see me on the stage.  Hope my fellow classmates ('67) will have the opportunity to watch.  Of course, they had to spoof it off "My Big Fat Greek Something."  
Best wishes,
Margaret Kailos Lee

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! That's tonight! We'll ALL be watching, Margaret! Thanks for letting us know!

     From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 11/12/07 - "Cars We Drove":


   Thank you, Jimmy Darlin'! That does bring back some great old memories, doesn't it??

    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/15/07 - "Dale Parsons' ('69 - of HI) Sound File":

Talk about a time capsule!!!!!   And the really cool thing is that surely one or more newsletter subscribers now has the opportunity to hear his or her voice in 1968.

It would be fun to write down all the names and locate those people .... and I AM NOT volunteering to do that. My plate is too full already.

   Isn't that just way beyond fabulous?!?

   Thanks anyway, Captain! I seem to remember warning you that once you retired, you'd never have any free time! GIGGLES!!!

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/15/07 - "A good video to send to all smokers":
Care enough to help somebody see what tar does.

   EEEEW - this is so disgusting!

   Although he said he was interrupted far too often to actually do more than light most of them up, my daddy - your grandfather - had a four pack a day habit.  He spent a great deal of time in the bathroom every morning coughing violently.  He had his second - and fatal - heart attack exactly eight months after his first.  He was 52-1/2 years old; I was not yet 13.

   I missed him enormously while I was growing up.  I wish he'd never started smoking.

   Thanks, Shari!

From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 11/15/07 - "SCHOOL - 1957 vs. 2007":

Funny while at the same time a bit true!  It is a wonder all of us folks turned out so good.  This came from Doug Gregory.

SCHOOL - 1957 vs. 2007

Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.

1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2007 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.

1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2007 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.

957 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2007 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 - Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.

2007 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.

1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.

1957 - Ants die.

2007 - BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

   YIKESARONI!!! I don't know whether to laugh or cry! Thanks, Karrin!

  From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 11/15/07 - "Embracing Womanhood":

A friend sent this.  It is a beautiful piece.

Embracing Womanhood

This is from today's "Daily OM":
November 15, 2007
Embracing Womanhood
There are many ways and myriad reasons for women to honor and embrace all that they are. And when any individual woman chooses to do so, all women collectively move closer to becoming what they are truly capable of being. By honoring her experience and being willing to share it with others—both male and female—she teaches as she learns. When she can trust herself and her inner voice, she teaches those around her to trust her as well. Clasping hands with family members and friends, coworkers and strangers in a shared walk through the journey of life, she allows all to see the self-respect she possesses and accepts their respect, too, that is offered through look, word, and deed.

When a woman can look back into her past, doing so without regret and instead seeing only lessons that brought her to her current strength and wisdom, she embraces the fullness of her experience. She helps those around her to build upon the past as she does. And when she chooses to create her desires, she places her power in the present and moves forward with life into the future.

Seeing her own divinity, a woman learns to recognize the divinity in all women. She then can see her body as a temple, appreciating its feminine form and function, regardless of what age or stage of life she finds herself. She can enjoy all that it brings to her experience and appreciate other women and their experiences as well. Rather than seeing other women as competition, she can look around her to see the cycle of life reflected in the beauty of her sisters, reminding her of her own radiance should she ever forget. She can then celebrate all the many aspects that make her a being worthy of praise, dancing to express the physical, speaking proudly to express her intellect, sharing her emotions, and leading the way with her spiritual guidance. Embracing her womanhood, she reveals the facets that allow her to shine with the beauty and strength of a diamond to illuminate her world.

"We are spiritual beings who can achieve all we set out to do." -- Jeremy Brett

   Thank you, Frances! That is beautiful - would that we could all remember it throughout our days!

  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - "There was a Girls Club":



Hope your foot is better. You probably injured it “kicking around ideas” to make this website better and betterer.


   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Normie! It may have happened that way, but it feels more like somebody was kicking ME around! It seems a blood vessel or two on the top of my foot popped. I'm sure the swelling will soon recede and it should stop hurting any day now....


After seeing   Glenn Dye's  ('60) of TX, note about the Boys Club, I clicked on the link and enjoyed the photos and memories. I was there one Saturday when the late action film star Aldo Ray dropped in.  He talked with everyone and gave out autographed pictures. I don’t remember the year (1955?), just the excitement of meeting a film star. He may have been promoting a film at the Palace and came by because Harry Shoff convinced Herbie Morewitz to bring him by.


It brought to mind the Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula. I didn’t see a link to it, probably due to lack of anything to show.  A search found this photo published in The Daily Press Dec. 22, 1964. The caption notes:


     “Staff members Mrs. Mildred Terrell, Mrs. Harry M. Covert, Mrs. W. H. Hood and Mrs. W. F. Durrette of the Girls Club on 50th St., earned a silver service through services to a commercial endeavor and presented it to club members for use in their home economics program. Nancy Webb and Nancy LaPrade accept the silver for the club.”

December 22, 1964
  The Girls Club relocated from the 100 block of 28th Street (directly behind the drug store) to the 300 block of 50th Street. It was located in the North End in 1960, when my baby sister, Fayetta Covert Stansbury (Ferguson HS ’72), started going there. It was a converted house, one lot away from Warwick Boulevard. The late Mrs. Terrell was executive director, capably aided by Mrs. Hood and Mrs. Durrette, my classmate Phillip Durrette’s (’61) mom.
100 block of 28th Street


My mother, Mary E. Goodson Covert (June ’37) of MD, was the office assistant for 25 years. That helped make me one of the usual volunteers when extra hands were needed. Mrs. Terrell was 5-foot-2 or less, but big enough to generate funds to keep the club fiscally sound and a relevant center for the young ladies.  The club was moved to a new facility on Jefferson Avenue and a couple years later combined with the Boys Club.

Here is a picture taken by 12-year-old Julie Sawyer in 1986 showing mother at her desk at the Jefferson Avenue site. Note the typewriter, and on the wall a photo of the 28th Street facility. I scanned the latter separately and trust the quality is good enough.


For the sake of full disclosure, when I went off to the U.S. Army in 1967 I had an honorary membership card in my wallet, good ‘til the year 2000; Mildred didn't think we'd actually get there. Club members regularly sent me notes and cards to remind me of home and good friends.


Norm Covert (’61)

1986 - Mary E. Goodson Covert (June ’37) of MD
Image by Julie Sawyer

   How charming! I added your comments to the Boys Club page, and created a page for the Girls Club:


      - brand new page!

   Thanks again, Norm, for this very valuable contribution!

  From Sandra Ray ('61) of VA - 11/16/07 - "Just to let you know.....":

Carol, thought I would send this to you, being that Mrs. Barron is the mother of a dear friend of mine, Duchess, whom I have known since my high school days when I went to Warwick.  I noticed that Mrs. Barron was a graduate of Newport News High School and thought you might like to know.  Thanking you in advance and hope all will keep Duchess and her family in there prayers during this sad time. 
Also, thank you for posting the information and picture of      Liz (Breeden - '61 - of VA).  She was very pleased when she saw that you had entered it on the site.
Love and warm thoughts,

   Thank you, Sandra! I had just finished posting her Memorial Newsletter when your note arrived.

You are just too good.  Thank you again!  You are greatly appreciated by me for all you do.
Love, Sandra

   You're welcome - and I certainly appreciate knowing that!


The NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Gathering will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 6:00 PM
(Dinner at 7:00 PM) at Mike's Place, An Irish Pub, (757-599-5500) 458 Warwick Village Shopping Center, (
Hilton Village,
across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the
Mariners' Museum
), Newport News, VA 23601-3240.

The NNHS Class of 1957 Holiday Party will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 6:00 PM
Angelo's (Route 17), Newport News, VA.


1. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2007 - Watch the Daily Press for an article about many of the old Typhoons, Crabbers and Farmers who for years have been meeting every Tuesday morning for breakfast at the Warwick Motel Restaurant in Newport News.

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. Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1958 Holiday Party - Mike O'Neal's (Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the Mariners' Museum) - NNHS CLASS OF 1958 

4. Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1957 Holiday Party - Angelo's (Route 17) - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 

5. 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 -  11/03/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Look at these Unusual Old Pictures!" - #6 in a Series of 8:

Dear Carol / Dimples,
Unusual old pictures!  
Look closely at the pictures, they are soldiers and sailors.  
During the WW I years, Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas made some incredible human pictures by using thousands of sailors or soldiers in uniform to create the following images.

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!

"Anchored to Democracy" in Great Lakes: Sailors lying and sitting on the ground form many of the individual letters

   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

It's Not for Me to Say

Lyrics by Al Stillman; Music by Robert Allen

(Johnny Mathis)

It's not for me to say you love me
It's not for me to say you'll always care
Oh, but here for the moment I can hold you fast
And press your lips to mine
And dream that love will last

As far as I can see this is heaven
And speaking just for me, it's ours to share
Perhaps the glow of love will grow with every passing day
Or we may never meet again
But then, it's not for me to say

And speaking just for me, it's ours to share
Perhaps the glow of love will grow with every passing day
Or we may never meet again
But then, it's not for me to say

"It's Not for Me to Say" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 02/26/07

Image of Lana Turner and Ricardo Montalban from Latin Lovers (1953) courtesy of - 02/26/07

Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/08/06

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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!!

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

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

Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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

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