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09/05/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Girl That I Marry

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

Coco Chanel
(19 Aug 1883 - 10 Jan 1971)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This Newsletter theme is being repeated from just over three years ago today:

BONUS - - The Girl That I Marry - Tom Wopat and Bernadette Peters, 1999


The NNHS Class of 1963
is planning its 45-Year Reunion on
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008.

Please provide your current email and mailing address to Barbara Fritsche Barnes at 
to receive YOUR reunion registration info. The reunion committee has prepared a reunion registration brochure,
which we hope to have available here for you soon.

We’re Going Back!!!! 

The NNHS Class of 1963 invites all former NNHS students and their guests to join them
at an upcoming class reunion event:

A 60’s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym!!! 

What:  Sock Hop with DJ in the Newport News High School Gymnasium 
When:  Friday night, October 17th, 2008 
Time:  7:00pm - 10:00pm 
Cost:  $15 per person

Event Details 


Capacity is Limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  No sales at door.

Names of all members in your party must be provided with payment. 

Send check or money order payable to: Barbara Barnes, 4891 Parthenon Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23462 


  • All participants must travel to/from NNHS via shuttle bus from Newport News Omni Hotel
    and sign a release of liability form enroute to the event.

  • Shuttle bus will depart every half hour from The Newport News Omni Hotel, 1000 Omni Boulevard
    (off  Diligence/J. Clyde Morris Boulevard) starting at 6:30 PM. 
    Last bus will depart the school enroute to The Omni at 10:30 PM.

  • Hand stamps issued on shuttle bus will be required for entry.

Socks only, (no shoes of any kind or bare feet) will be permitted in the gymnasium.  

Soft drinks & snacks will be sold at the event. 
No alcoholic beverages allowed on the premises, (some things never change).



All events of the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1968 are open to everyone.
It will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008.
For further information, call Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally at (757) 874-1666 or e-mail her at   


Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us
will be held Saturday, September 27, 2008, 2:00 P.M. at the Canepa Cottage, 760 North 1st Street, Buckroe Beach, VA.


1.   Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC - 09/02/08:


Thank you for answering me back, also would you please put me on your email list.  You do a wonderful job and my hat goes off to you.  I remember when I started the email news letter for the class of 57, but mine was small.....

 Thank you again, also send me the prayer list for Connie so I can take it to her.

Connie's sister,  Patsy Bloxom Meider

   Welcome aboard, Patsy! You've been on my mailing list for a couple of days now, and I just added you to the Alumni Page for your class:

   Your Christmas Day birthday was already listed on our Birthday Page:

   As anyone and everyone can tell you, I am notoriously bad about answering personal emails (I think that was the main reason I began this format in the first place!), but if you'll send me your home snail mail address, I'll mail you a copy of of the prayer roll to give to our dear   Connie (Bloxom Thompson - '66 - of MD).  Meanwhile, you may view it online here:


   Happy Birthday today to our Two-Fer:    Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA  AND        My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

7 -   The late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased 03/08/06);

8 - Carroll Elliot ('57) AND   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND    Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND    Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA;

9 -   Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA;

10 -   Mr. Pete Robinson - 1921 - (deceased - 12/23/03);

11 -   My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of OR!

   Many Happy Returns to One and All!

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 09/02/08 - "Why Women Should Vote":


  This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.


The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.  And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.

Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.


They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits described the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.

For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because- -why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder. 

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'

HBO released the movie on video and DVD. I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.

History is being made.

   Thank you so very much, Renee! How easy it is in our comfortable lives to forget the tremendous sacrifices made by so many so that we - all of us - could enjoy the freedoms we have today.

HOMEWORK: - contains valuable links

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 09/02/08 - "Visual aids":

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.
Four worms were placed into four separate jars.
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol - Dead.
The second worm in cigarette smoke - Dead.
Third worm in chocolate syrup - Dead.
Fourth worm in good clean soil - Alive.
So the Minister asked the congregation - What can you learn from this demonstration?
A little old woman in the back quickly raised her hand and said,
"As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!"

      Thanks, Norris!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 09/03/08 - "NNHS Basketball, etc.":

The recent info supplied by    Bob Parrish ('68 - of Northern VA) regarding an entry in Wikipedia regarding NNHS is in error as it relates to basketball state championships. Bob isn't in error, the entry is! We won at Least 12 State Championships in Basketball, 10 under the umbrella of the Virginia High School League (VHSL) and at least 2 prior to that. There is sufficient rumor by older grads that there are more than 2 additional ones.

Wikipedia is a good "start" but is an open source reference tool that is many times wrong or in the least, misleading. Example is that it had NNHS as runner-up by having the winning score over the champ!?
Also, in defense of football, in our day there was no play-off system and the State Champions were chosen by writers and coaches; on paper and not on the field. Whereas, the basketball titles were won on the court. The system was unfair to football, in my opinion.

   Thank you for that important clarification, Wayne Honey! I posted it here:

As to any athlete attending NNHS that didn't know that       "Lefty" (Driesell - Granby HS - '50 - of VA) had coached at NNHS, well, strange. To be fair, perhaps it was a basketball thing to know by your first day at your first practice that he had coached there and had just left at the end of the '59-'60 season. The guy that followed him was no "slouch";  Warren E. Mitchell knew as much about basketball and coaching as anyone I have ever known. How I wish he had stayed one more year.

   Ummm, Wayne Honey, I may have read waaay more into    Jim's (Dossett - '66 - of FL) comment than he intended, and if so, a big shame on me, but I had the feeling that reason Coach Driesell's name never came up in their conversations involved an entirely different issue.....  Of course, I could be way out of line here; I generally am......

Good luck on your blog, I hope it goes well for you. I will wait and look forward to the newsletters, if and when they may arrive.

Good Bye and Take Care!
R. Wayne Stokes

   Thank you so much, Wayne Honey!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 09/03/08 - "Guess who came for dinner?":

Here is a good one for you!!!
 Joyce Cahoon
Guess who came for dinner?

A fawn followed this beagle home -- right through the doggie door --
in the Bittinger, MD area. The owner came home to find the visitor
had made himself right at home.  This Hit the 6 o'clock news big time.
Sure beat out the ..... political news for a change

   AWWW!!! Thanks, Joyce!


From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 09/04/08 - "   Picture of A. Hundley":

Good morning, Carol,
My husband's aunt, Elvira Ashburn Irby, graduated in the June class of 1937 and she gave me her very worn class group picture.  I scanned Arthur Hundley's picture and thought you would like to see it.  I am going to call Aunt Elvira today as I see that her picture was next to his.
June Veneris Collie

  Oh, wow - what an invaluable addition!  Thank you so very much for your thoughtfulness, June - and please thank Elvira for us all as well.

Arthur Hundley

   This image is now posted not only on Mr. Hundley's Memorial Newsletter, but on the main page of our website, as well as on the Newport News High School page within Our Old Stomping Grounds:


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/03/08 - "A Dog Named Mace":

A Dog Named Mace

There was once a handyman who had a dog named Mace. Mace was a great dog except he had one weird habit: he liked to eat grass -- not just a little bit, but in quantities that would make a lawnmower blush. And nothing, it seemed, could cure him of it. One day, the handyman lost his wrench in the tall grass while he was working outside. He looked and looked, but it was nowhere to be found.

As it was getting dark, he gave up for the night and decided to look the next morning. When he awoke, he went outside and saw that his dog had eaten all the grass in the area, around where he had been working, and his wrench now lay in plain sight, glinting in the sun.

Going out to get his wrench, he called the dog over to him and said, "A grazing Mace, how sweet the hound, that saved a wrench for me."

Received from Sara Gladen.

     Thanks, Joan!

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/02/08

   Hopefully, this will help address the problem in a number of ways. Just don't forget to click on it each time!

NNHS BLOG: - updated 09/05/08


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968 - OPEN TO ALL TYPHOONS: - 03/31/08

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us


4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND ALL TYPHOONS ON FRIDAY NIGHT (if pre-registered):  - 08/29/08

   Y'all stay safe and take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

            Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
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The Girl That I Marry

Lyrics and Music by Irving Berlin, 1946

From the musical, "Annie Get Your Gun"

The girl that I marry will have to be
As soft and as pink as a nursery
The girl I call my own
Will wear satins and laces and smell of cologne
Her nails will be polished and, in her hair,
She’ll wear a gardenia and I’ll be there
`stead of flittin’, I’ll be sittin’
Next to her and she’ll purr like a kitten

  A doll I can carry, the girl that I marry must be

Her nails will be polished and, in her hair,
She’ll wear a gardenia and I’ll be there
`stead of flittin’, I’ll be sittin’
Next to her and she’ll purr like a kitten

A doll I can carry, the girl that I marry must be

"The Girl That I Marry" midi (Sequenced by Ed Scott) and lyrics courtesy of
brilliantly located for us by the Super Genius, Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/25/05

Image of Gardenia courtesy of - 09/05/08

Lacy Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/01/05

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

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

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

Image of "No Evil" Cherubs courtesy of - 10/04/04

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

Chantilly Lace Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/01/05

Relaxing Kitty Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/26/05

White Gardenia Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/24/05

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