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05/22/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Wagner's 195th Birthday

I write music with an exclamation point!

- Wilhelm Richard Wagner
(22 May 1813 - 13 Feb 1883)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We've only observed this birthday once before:

   Perhaps it's time we did so again.   

BONUS #1 - - Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Orchestra, "The Ride of the Valkyries", 1948

BONUS #2 - - Leopold Stokowski - slide show with superb audio!

BONUS #3 - - James Levine and the Berliner Philharmoniker, "The Ride of the Valkyries"

BONUS # 4 - - Edo De Waart and the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, "The RIde of the Valkyries"

BONUS #5 - - A concert performance from the BBC Proms in 2005, from the Royal Albert Hall: Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, with Lisa Gasteen as Brunnhilde and Waltraud Meier as Sieglinde, with English subtitles, 2005 - AWESOME (but with an abrupt ending)!



   Happy Birthday today to Judy Blechman Morenoff ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 -  Zoe Pappas Marcopoulds ('57) AND  Betsy Wilson Ellis ('57);

25 - Edna Martin Clemence ('57);

26 -
    Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA;

27 - Mary Johnson Weaver ('57);

29 -   Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of OH - 05/19/08 - "Brent's first civil war event of the year":

Hey all!

I just posted pics of some of the action of our first Civil War event of 2008.  Check it out at:

Later on I'll post family pics of the same event on our website.  Enjoy! 

love bh

Brent Harty

   COOL BEANS!!! Thanks, Brent!

       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) - 05/20/08 - "Re: Teddy Roosevelt on Immigration":

Bully, just bully.

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Nathaniel!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of OH - 05/20/08 - "Re: Teddy Roosevelt on Immigration":

No doubt!  Some consider him the greatest president behind Washington and (begrudgingly) Lincoln.  

Thanks for sending it on again.  


Brent Harty

   Good point! Thanks again, Brent!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 05/21/08 - "NNHS58 'Noble Gathering' Photos":

      Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard (Reuben) is the 1st to share pictures.  Enjoy.  I have requested others who took photos to put them on a photo website and send me the link to share with classmates.

   Thanks, Joe - and Dimples! I don't know whether I'm always this stupid or not, but I cannot seem to access them. I've done this many times before, and I can see the first shot and the promise that 53 more images await me, but I can't reach them. If my mind doesn't return soon, I'll call for tech support.


From Bill Gross ('48) of VA - 05/21/08 - "NNHS Class reunion":


Would you be kind enough to put this announcement on your website at several appropriate times.

Thank you,
Bill Gross, Reunion Chairman

The Newport News High School February and June classes of 1948 will celebrate their 60-Year Reunion June 14th and 15th.  A barbecue will be held at the Spirit Events at 12672 Patrick Henry Drive on Saturday morning, June14th at 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, compliments of classmate Jack Ainslie.  

A Reception and Banquet will be at the Point Plaza and Conference Center 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in the Tidewater Room from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. on Saturday night.  A brunch will be held on Sunday morning at the same place at 11:00 AM.

For additional information, contact Bill Gross at 757-595-3203.

   Certainly, Bill! Your announcement will appear in full on the main page from now until then, and a reminder carried at the close of each Newsletter as well. Y'all have fun!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 05/21/08:


I would love to send Birthday Greetings to my old friend and Sorority Sister, Edna Martin Clemence.  I have been trying to find out her whereabouts for a while and hope she sees this and sends me an e-mail !  A phone call even....Edna, are you there ?  Feel free to give her any information she needs to contact me !  Contact me or I will reveal your middle name to the world !  Oh, and Edna, do I have some questions about that middle name !  I know your mother loved it !

Dimples aka Sepi

   Well, I would love to be able to help you with that, Dimples, but I don't know myself. Edna isn't really on my mailing list - which does not necessarily mean that she isn't reading the Newsletters.

   Everyone who is on my "official" mailing list appears on one of these pages:

   The Birthday Page contains many names which are not listed elsewhere:  

In addition to random birthdays which I knew myself, friends send me others from time to time as well.  Also, the Class of 1957, which does a splendid job of keeping in touch with one another through the heroic efforts of      Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA and    Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) before her, maintains a Birthday List of their own. Thelma and Pat graciously supplied me with those many names and birthdays.

   I forwarded your note to Pat so that she might send it on to Edna.

   Thanks so much, Dimples - it's great to stay in touch!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08:

    Norm Covert ('61 - of MD) wrote in the 21 May newsletter:

To use your words, "WOWZERS!" since my 3 a.m. memory failed me: LEM WHEELER STADIUM it is, though the satellite photo doesn't seem to show my old baseball field in Huntington Park.

On Google Earth I can see clearly what I remember  as the softball diamond (1953-1955, 1961-1965) and the baseball diamond (1961-1965).  I am not sure if Norm and I are thinking of the same locations, so the annotated Google image is attached.

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! I just LOVE these annotated images! Thanks so very much, Brown Eyes!

I'll post this around the site later.....


From Unknown Reader - 05/21/08 - "Squirrels":

Thought you just might enjoy a good laugh !!!!!!!!!! .

There were Five country churches in a small TEXAS Town: The Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, the Catholic Church, and the Jewish Synagogue.
Each church and Synagogue was overrun with pesky squirrels.

One day,
the Presbyterian Church
called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they Determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn't interfere with God's divine will.
In The BAPTIST CHURCH the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many there the next week.

The Methodist Church got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God's creation. So, they humanely trapped the Squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.
But -- The Catholic CHURCH came up with the best and most effective solution.

They baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter.
Not much was heard about the Jewish Synagogue, but they took one squirrel and had a short service with him called circumcision and they haven't seen a squirrel on the property since.
For all who appreciate the outdoors . . the rarely photographed South Florida Squirrel. 

Life is too short for drama and petty things, so kiss slowly, laugh insanely, Love truly and forgive quickly.



   Thank you so much, Sweetie!

  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 05/21/08 - "Fifty Dollars":

Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, "Esther, I'd like to ride in that helicopter."

Esther always replied, "I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars."

One year Esther and Morris went to the fair, and Morris said, "Esther, I'm 85 years old. If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance."

To this, Esther replied, "Morris that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars."

The pilot overheard the couple and said, "Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word, I won't charge you! But if you say one word, it's fifty dollars."

Morris and Esther agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word.

When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, "By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed!"

Morris replied, "Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Esther fell out, but you know, fifty dollars is fifty dollars!"

   Thanks, Cookie!

  From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 05/22/08 - "More about Ray Dossett - Class of '55 - NNHS":

Looked at your info about deceased members of classes at NNHS. Here's a little more info about Ray:
Ray (Full Name was Raymond Samuel Dossett, Jr.) also was a graduate of the NNS Apprentice School.
He completed his time on 9 September 1960 as a Hull Designer. In early 1962, while already at VPI on educational leave from NNS, Ray received a Shipyard Scholarship.
Shipyard scholarships were generally awarded to Apprentice graduates who, on their own volition, had commenced college studies. Each winner of this award received full expenses for the remainder of their undergraduate studies.  
Ray and I became friends while working on publications' staffs at the Apprentice School. He also was the first President of the school's chapter of Delta Sigma - organized in 1959, and a frequent supporter of the school's annual charitable works. I don't have all his credits at the A School handy, because I finished the year before he did and thus do not have a 1960 annual that would reveal that sort of information.
But I do know he was good guy, a talented designer, and an asset to the community in the 1950s. 
Here's a picture of him that appeared in the 1959 Binnacle (A School annual), which is how I remember him.

May I suggest you add these credits to his record?

Bill Lee

   Thank you so much, Bill!

Ray Dossett

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"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08.

6. My second granddaughter,      Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential

7. 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"

8. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston)."

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

10. 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. "

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

12. 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"

13. All of Us

1. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 AND OTHER NNHS ALUMNI  

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

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

3. Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, 2008 - NNHS CLASSES OF FEBRUARY AND JUNE 1948:

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

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

   Remember, there's so much more to come - soon - REALLY! 

   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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The Ride of the Valkyries

(English Lyrics)

Oh Warfather on high,
I am calling you from the battlefield
And as I take my last breath
I call for the mightiest of miracles

For none but the brave, be he king or a slave
With a pounding heart in his chest
Will be worthy to rise and with the Valkyries fly
And ride to the ancient Valhalla

Oh Warfather on high
Listen to my prayer
I lived my life by your rules
Oh let death cover me now

For none but the brave, be he king or a slave
With a pounding heart in his chest
Will be worthy to rise and with the Valkyries fly
And ride to Valhalla of old


with the Valkyries, ride over the battlefield
Ride your horses and come to me
I'm waiting for you to take my soul, high in the sky to
Valhalla of old

Valkyries, ride over the battlefield
I'm dying and glad to bleed
Because I know today I will take my place with the heroes
in Valhalla of old

For none but the brave, be he king or a slave
With a pounding heart in his chest
Will be worthy to rise and with the Valkyries fly
And ride to Valhalla of old


with the Valkyries, ride over the battlefield
Ride your horses and come to me
I'm waiting for you to take my soul, high in the sky to
Valhalla of old

Valkyries, ride over the battlefield
I'm dying and glad to bleed
Because I know today I will take my place with the heroes
in Valhalla of old

In The Halls of Valhalla I finally take my place
With my sword and my shield I enter Odin's realm
I'm an immortal spirit now with a heart made of steel
With the gods on high forever I will live and laugh at the
fears of man

 Perhaps Dickie's most recognizable theme for his birthday:

Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 05/22/06
WOWZERONI!!!  What a spectacular MIDI  Thanks, Dave!

English lyrics for Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries" courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 05/22/06
Thanks again, Dave!

First Image of Wagner courtesy of - 05/22/06

Second Image of Wagner courtesy of - 05/22/06

Animated Keyboard Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/23/05

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

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

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tommy!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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

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