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05/09/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Hold Me Tight

“Millions and millions of years would still not give me
half enough time to describe that tiny instant of all eternity
when you put your arms around me
and I put my arms around you.

- Jacques Prévert
(04 Feb 1900 - 11 Apr 1977)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This is a "Part II" Newsletter if ever there was one, a continuation of course of Tuesday's Newsletter.  This selection also appeared on the Beatles' second album, released in the UK as With the Beatles on 11/22/63, and in the USA as Meet the Beatles! on 01/20/64.  Today's song is even more obscure than Tuesday's, and indeed was one of the most unpopular of their compositions - even to them:


It was first recorded during the Please Please Me album session, but not selected for inclusion[1] and re-recorded for their second album. It was the first of only two occasions when a song title was held over from one Beatles album to appear on the next, "Wait" (left off Help! then included on Rubber Soul) being the other.[2]

"Hold Me Tight" was composed principally by McCartney in 1961, and was part of The Beatles stage act until 1963.[3][4] In their best-selling The Beatles: An Illustrated Record, Roy Carr and Tony Tyler call it the album's poorest track, saying it "fails because McCartney's vision of the complete tune obviously sagged somewhat, and his distressingly out-of-tune singing became quite embarrassing after only a few bars."[5]

Indeed, both Paul McCartney and John Lennon had, at one time or another, shared their distaste for the song, and in a 1980s interview with Mark Lewisohn in The Beatles Recording Sessions, McCartney says, "I can't remember much about that one. Certain songs were just 'work' songs, you haven't got much memory of them.
   So why did I choose this particular song, you may ask? Because isn't rescuing things from obscurity what we do here??


   Happy Birthday today to    Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Mrs. Helen Hardy Shelton of VA AND Barbara Johnson Hansford ('57)!

   How about another card shower for Mrs. Shelton?!? A belated card will be better than none.....

Mrs. Helen Shelton
866 Denbigh Boulevard, #25
Newport News, VA 23608-4476

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 -     Johnnie Bateman ('67/'70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/04/08 - "BEACON - 06 MAR 1964 (Part one of two)":

I could not help but notice the item asking TYPHOONs’ opinions of those new guys on the music scene, The Beatles. 


Friday, March 6, 1964 Friday, March 6, 1964 Friday, March 6, 1964 Friday, March 6, 1964 Friday, March 6, 1964
Page Four - TOP Page Four - BOTTOM Page Four - Ward Pontiac Sales Page Five - TOP Page Five - BOTTOM
what a super issue!
Friday, March 6, 1964 Friday, March 6, 1964 Friday, March 6, 1964
Page Six - TOP Page Six - Team Page Six - BOTTOM

   Thank you, Brown Eyes - how delightful!


1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA:

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/08/08:

Jerry did pretty well with the chemo today in spite of the risky business with the procedure without the pic line that was removed due to a clot. One of the first things he said when I picked him up was "I'm hungry. Let's go to Cheyenne's and take advantage of the 1/2 off appetizers."  We did.
Enjoy the following greeting card.


   Congratulations, Sweetie-Pies! That's fabulous news - and the card is really beautiful, thanks!

2. From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 05/09/08, 9:54 AM - "update":

Hi, All,
As you all know my right shoulder was replaced on April 22. The surgery started at noon and lasted 3 1/2 hours.....
Dr Wottowa came in Wednesday morning and asked how I felt and how much pain I was in. I told him I felt fine and my pain was about a 2. He said the only reason he would keep me would be to pump narcotics into me and since I wasn't using much morphine I might as well go home. So I did.
I went back to see him 13 days later and he was so pleased with how well I was doing he turned me loose for 4 weeks and set up therapy twice a week for those weeks.
My first session was 14 days after surgery and they asked what I wanted to accomplish. I told them I wanted my right arm to work as well as my left, so they did range of motion measurements on my left arm first. Lying on my back and raising my arm straight back, I have a reach of 160 degrees, and doing a "snow angel" movement I also had 160 degrees range. When they measured my right arm I had 130 degrees straight back and 82 degrees "'angel".
They tell me that's amazing for 14 days from surgery and having my arm lashed to my body as well as in a sling. I only have to wear a sling when I go out and not when I'm in the house.
Wednesday I vacuumed my rugs, washed dishes, cleaned the stove, made my bed, cleaned off my headboard, and took a shower and got dressed by my self! My shoulder didn't hurt but the muscles in my arm were very tired. Yesterday I TIED MY SHOES!
I need to get ready for therapy so will go for now.

   Congratulations, Jude! That's more fabulous news!

  From Buz Groshong ('63) of Northern VA - 05/05/08 - "Stranger on the Shore":

I stumbled on the Newport News High School newsletter today and saw the article about someone playing "Stranger on the Shore" on the band bus.  I was a good friend of      Wayne Gilman's ('63 - of IN), and although he was a very good musician, I doubt that it was him.  My guess would be Bernie Spivak ('63).  I heard him play Petite Fleur, which had only been out a few weeks at the  time.  He could hear a tune a few times and then just play it; he didn't need sheet music.
Eugene Groshong (NNHS class of '63)
Eugene A. (Buz) Groshong
Senior Architectural Specification Writer
Arcom MasterSpec

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Another mystery solved! Thanks so much, Buz!  


   There ya go,   Jim (Dossett - '66 - of FL)!

    Say, Buz, would you like to join us all here?

   If you do, I'll add your name to my regular mailing list, plus a few other spots on the site:

 - addies only published with permission - well, you'll need to tell me when that is; I'm not a psychic, just a psycho.....
   And oh, yes, you'll have the privilege of being hailed as a NEWBIE!  What could be more fun?!?

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 05/06/08 - "Wishing & Hoping":

Dear Carol,

Wishing you a carefree summer, just like those Buckroe summers long ago.

Hoping to hear your health is improving and that you will dance at the Class of '68 reunion in September.


   Thanks so much, Chris - for everything!

   Wait a minute - dance?? REUNION - MOI?!? I didn't realize I was invited - except to the NNHS / Huntington Hall tour, of course, but there's never been dancing there.....

  From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 05/07/08:

40th Anniversary picture taken by Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66 - of VA) when we celebrated on the Outer Banks April 26th.

Jerry and Judy with Cookie and Deloris.

   OH, HOW CUTE! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Sweetie-Pies!

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA, Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA, Jerry Allen ('65) of VA, and Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA


From Sheila Smith Moler ('64) of FL - 05/08/08 - "Parkview Presbyterian Church":


The church was located at the corner of Temple Lane and Ellen Road.  Lots of kids went there during the fifties and sixties.  Youth Group on Sunday nites, choir practice on Wednesday nites, Halloween parties after trick-or-treating for UNICEF, Christmas plays, etc., covered dish suppers, and Vacation Bible School was always great.  That building was sold sometime between '65 and '70 and the new one built on (I think) Chestnut Avenue.  I'm guessing it was the '80's when it went defunct from lack of congregation.  Rev. Smith was best-loved by all the kids, Rev. MacLeod was the last minister that I remember.  I'm sure you'll get more responses & memories--tons of kids from Briarfied Manor, Warwick Gardens, Betsy Lee Gardens & Sussex Hilton were all within walking distance. 

Sheila (Smith) Moler

   AHA!!! Thanks so much, Sheila!

   This begs the question, who can tell us more about those apartments you mentioned??

  From Mike Leonard ('68) of VA - 05/08/08 - "Parkview Presbyterian Church":

Good evening! I hope all is well in the Tar Heel state.
In regards to Parkview Presbyterian Church, I too went there as a child in the 1950s. It was located on Ellen Road just off Temple Lane. It moved, just outside the Newmarket area, in Birdella Estates on Roanoke Avenue in the early 1960s. I don't believe it exists any longer.
I also have an email address change: _________________
And third, this is hilarious:
Thanks for all you do for us former Typhoons and have a GREAT Mother's Day!
Mike Leonard (68)

   Thanks so much for that valuable information, Mikey!

   I switched your addy. 

   That video make the heinous "smush the wedding cake into the face of the person you just publicly swore you love but secretly prefer to humiliate" routine seem tame by comparison.....

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/08/08 - "Stuart Gardens":

You must have known that placing a 1960 image of Stuart Gardens in the Newsletter would cause me to go out and get the 2008 image.

..... I popped over to Stuart Gardens, found the location, and got the shot. The address of the apartment (not visible) at the right margin is 1354 Roanoke Avenue..... Like 1960, you can see just barely see the sidewalk leading to the entrance just where the sidewalk begins to curve, which does indeed face 16th Street.
December 1960 Thursday, May 8, 2008
1354 Roanoke Avenue
Maxine Frix Buckley (JMHS - '25) and Shari - age 1
1354 Roanoke Avenue

   David, you sweet, adorable man!  No, actually, I had no idea that you would risk your life and limb by venturing into Stuart Gardens - even in the broad daylight!  The last time I tried that, gunshots broke out - and that was nearly five years ago! Thank you so very much; it's a fascinating shot!  The irony is that the apartments are actually more attractive now than they were back then....

   I happily redesigned this page once more:

  From Buz Groshong ('63) of Northern VA - 05/08/08:

I noticed a link in one of the newsletters for a list of obituaries for the class of 1966.  The listing for my brother   Allen Groshong had one error:  he received a silver star rather than a bronze star.....
Eugene (Buz) Groshong
NNHS Class of 1963

   YIKESARONI-ROONI!!! And it's been listed incorrectly for at least four years and probably more than seven.....

   I am so sorry, Buz! Thank you so much; I've corrected it now.

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good.  The PET scan will be in the next few weeks.  We are expecting good results." update of 05/05/08 - "scheduled for two more chemo visits; will have the first chemo on Thursday, May 8th followed up by an injection on Friday to boost his immune system"; update of 05/08/08 - "did pretty well with the chemo today in spite of the risky business with the procedure without the pic line that was removed due to a clot"

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE ABOVE

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

3. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

4.      Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08

5. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"

6. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08;  update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"

7. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"

8.        John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

9. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated. "

10. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"

11. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"

12. All of Us


1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958: - 03/18/08

2. Sunday, May 18, 2008 - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

The Athletic Hall of Fame of the Virginia Peninsula Is Inducting    Bucky Keller ('58), 6:30PM at the Hampton Coliseum:
Saturday, June 7, 2008 -

4. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1961:

Mini reunion at the home of    Buddy and    Libby Blechman David of VA

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

   You wouldn't want to say that I'm still running waaay behind, but we still have a wealth of goodies to post from   Sylvia Midgett Mullins Brown ('70) of VA (sent 05/05/08),   Phil Hammond ('64) of UT (sent 05/06/08), and     Norm Covert ('61) of MD (sent 05/09/08), and        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA (sent 05/09/08) - and there's still that fascinating illustrated essay from   Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC (sent 04/13/08 !?!) - soooo, there's much, much more to come - soon!

   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  
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Hold Me Tight

Written principally by Paul McCartney (credited to McCartney/Lennon)

(The Beatles, November 22, 1963)

It feels so right now, hold me tight,
Tell me I'm the only one,
And then I might,
Never be the lonely one.
So hold me tight, to-night, to-night,
It's you, you you you - oo-oo - oo-oo.

Hold me tight,
Let me go on loving you,
To-night to-night,
Making love to only you,
So hold me tight, to-night, to-night,
It's you, you you you - oo-oo - oo-oo.

Don't know what it means to hold you tight,
Being here alone tonight with you,
It feels so right now, feels so right now.

Hold me tight,
Tell me I'm the only one,
And then I might,
Never be the only one,
So hold me tight, to-night, to-night,
It's you, you you you - oo-oo - oo-oo.

Don't know what it means to hold you tight,
Being here alone tonight with you,
It feels so right now, feels so right now.

Hold me tight,
Let me go on loving you,
To-night, to-night,
Making love to only you,
So hold me tight, to-night, to-night,
It's you, you you you - oo-oo - oo-oo
You oo-oo

"Hold Me Tight" midi courtesy of - 05/07/08

"Not a Second Time" lyrics courtesy of - 05/08/08

"With the Beatles" Album Image courtesy of - 05/05/08

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

Animated Beatles Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/29/05

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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

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

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