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10/07/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Vaughn Monroe's 97th Birthday

“If I had my choice, I'd pick a song that tells a story every time. There is a great deal
of pleasure in doing the vocal on a number that you can put feeling into.”

- Vaughn Monroe
(07 Oct 1846 -  21 May 1973)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's celebrity birthday celebration honors another crooner from the 40's.  Now, how do you suppose that happened?!?

  And yes, I know that Vaughn Monroe's better known for "Ballerina" and "Ghost Riders in the Sky", and yes, I also know that "Lili Marlene" is more closely identified with Marlene Dietrich, but when I was a little girl, I had a 78 recording of Vaughn Monroe singing this song, and it was one of my favorite records, and it's all about me, right?!?

BONUS - - Listen to actual full-length recordings of 16 different versions - German, English, and instrumental - some in the original march tempo, others sung as ballads!  This site also includes the fascinating history of this old son.

- "must have drank"?!? ARGHHH!


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

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!!! 

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

What:  A 60’s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School!!!
Where: Huntington Hall (former Newport News High School)
3100 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA
(Entry through right front door only)
When: Friday night, October 17, 2008   Time:  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost:  $15 per person

TICKETS.  Capacity is Limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  Send check or money order payable to: Barbara Barnes, 4891 Parthenon Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23462
Contact: or 495-2022. Include signed/dated release of liability form.
Event parking in lot at 29th & 30th Street (Between Huntington Avenue/Warwick Boulevard)

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).




   Happy Birthday today to Dale Parsons ('69) of HA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to          Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 -   Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA;

11 -   Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND        Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA;

12 - Charlotte Spade Wilkins (Warwick HS - '65) of NC;
13 - The United States Navy - 1775 AND Larry Cutler ('64) of VA AND    Pattie Hilsdon Reisinger ('66) of CO AND          My #1 Son, Lewis Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '89) of IL;

14 -      Liz Breeden ('61) of VA AND       My Youngest Granddaughter, Emeline Harty of OR!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1. Unbelievable treasures from      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

2. A plethora of new images from        Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - '72) of VA - still not done, but I am making progress!

   Thank you, Ladies!

3. About 30 images from the NNHS Tour with the Class of 1968 PLUS another 30 or so from Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us from
  Me ('65) of NC!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 10/04/08 - "Bianca Ryan - 11-Year-old Singing Sensation":

Those of you who sing and those who do not – this will blow your mind!  Seriously!  The word is  - -- GIFT!!!

     WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Sarah Sugah, what talent!!!

     From the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold of VA - 10/04/08 - "Largest Re-enlistment Ceremony---Ever":

WOW!  I am so proud to live in this country!  And I have students who will not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.  I think I will show this to them.

Largest Re-enlistment Ceremony - Ever


I'm sure you already know about this. It was shown over and over on TV, right? 

OK, so maybe it wasn't shown over and over, but surely it was shown on TV at least one time, wasn't it ?

This was the largest re-enlistment ceremony ever held in military history
. The ceremony was held on the 4th of July, 2008 at Al Faw Palace, Baghdad, Iraq. General David Petraeus officiated. This amazing story was ignored by the 'mainstream' media.


For those who have been in the Al Faw Palace, you'll have a better appreciation of the number of people crammed around the rotunda supporting the re-enlisting soldiers.
American men and women volunteering to stay longer in Iraq, so that when we leave, the new democracy will have a chance of surviving, is the exact opposite of what the media wants you to think about Iraq.  If only a bomb had killed 5 civilians in a marketplace - now that's the kind of news the media is eager to tell you about. 
A pizzeria in Chicago donated 2000 pizzas that were made and shipped to Baghdad, and were delivered on the 4th. 
The media did report that 2000 pizzas were sent to Iraq on July 4th...  The only part they left out of the report was the event for which the pizzas were sent.
I can't help but wonder...
What would the opinion of Americans be if they weren't getting such obviously biased 'news?'

Pass this on and we will do the work for the Media.

Also here's a video of ceremony:

   WOWZERS!!! Thank you, Pam, that is really awesome!!!

From - 10/05/08 - "The Secret to Mastering The Secret ":

Anger Management - *** The Secret to Mastering The Secret
By Hale Dwoskin, the Official Guide to Anger Management
Mar 6, 2008

So, by now you know that the law of attraction is a Great Secret of Life.

What is the law of attraction? Simply put, the law of attraction states that “Like attracts like.” What this universal law tells you about your own life is that the thoughts you think, feelings you feel, words you say, and actions you take all consist of energy that attracts to it more of its own kind. That is, negative energies attract negative energies, and positive energies attract positive energies.

Yet most of us cannot control how we think, feel and behave no matter how hard we try.

A less known yet equally important law is the "law of surrender" or the "law of letting go." When you let go of the old patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, you make room and free up the energy required to attract all that your heart desires.

There is a simple and effective way to take charge of the law of attraction and easily let go of the old and hold in mind what you want and attract it to you. This technique is used by over one-third of the teachers in The Secret and many of them believe The Sedona Method is the secret to mastering The Secret.

Letting go of the old

Because of the momentum of your habitual ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, you may often feel like you are trying to move forward with a rubber band around your waist. So the closer you get to attracting what you want into your life, the pull of your old thinking is so strong, you seem to snap back into your old patterns.

These patterns are stealing your energy. Every negative pattern you are holding onto from the past is robbing you of the energy that you could be using to create all that you choose. When you let go of these negative patterns, you can then channel this energy into your worthy goals and intentions.

If you truly have over 50,000 thoughts a day, that’s a lot of thoughts to try to control and make positive. Yet if you “wake up on the wrong side of the bed,” you can have the same feeling the whole day coloring every thought. So it is much more effective to master your emotions than simply trying to control your thoughts.

You are creating the sum total of your thinking and feeling about any particular topic all the time, but most of thinking and feeling is below your conscious awareness in your subconscious. In fact, 94-96% of your actions are motivated by the thoughts and feelings that are outside of your conscious awareness and control. When you let go of your conscious feelings using The Sedona Method, you empty your subconscious and you take back your control.

So, how do you use the law of attraction in your life to produce the results you want?

Letting go of your thoughts and feelings actually dissolves the negative emotional charge and allows you to easily feel the natural feelings of joy, peace, happiness, wealth, and love that are your true nature. You can let go of anything negative and uncover the positive that is natural in each and every one of us at our core. This will quickly and dramatically shift your sum total thinking and feeling about your goals and dreams and allow you to put the law of attraction into full effect in your life.

No doubt about it, letting go is the secret to mastering The Secret.

Remember, to create what you want, it is important to feel that you already have what you want and not just think it. There is no more effective way to let go of your negative emotions and feel the positive outcome of your goals than with The Sedona Method.

The Sedona Method is a simple, powerful, easy-to-learn technique that shows you how to access your natural ability to let go of any unwanted feeling or thought right in the moment. It has been practiced by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide since 1974, including over one-third of the teachers in The Secret. It is the key to unlocking your unlimited potential to have, be or do whatever you desire to attract into your life.

Three Other Powerful Ways to Create All You Desire when Combined with The Law of Attraction and The Sedona Method

Get into Action: If you simply fantasize about how great it is going to be to have what you want but you don’t take action, you are engaging in "magical thinking." When you let go of fantasy and take action to achieve your goals, you deal with what is actually here now and take the appropriate actions to bring what you want to you. You also make yourself available to unexpected ways of attracting success.

Give Without Wanting Anything Back in Return: One of the most powerful actions you can take to create what you want in life is to give to others without wanting anything back in return. This opens your heart to your intuitive knowing and gratitude. When you give without strings attached, you are allowing your energy to flow—and it comes back to you many times over. By the law of attraction, giving to others attracts the energy of giving to you.

Follow Your Heart: There is a universal intelligence or knowingness in each and every one of us. When you are open to this intelligence of the heart, it guides you in the right direction to do what is best for you and those around you. Following this intuitive knowing attracts to you whatever you need as you need it. You find yourself having, being and doing whatever is right for you in the moment for your highest good.

Now you know the secret to mastering The Secret. Practice this along with The Secret and you’ll uncover that which mankind has sought since the dawn of time—and the Great Secret of the Ages will truly be yours.

Author's Bio

Hale Dwoskin, New York Times Best-Selling author of The Sedona Method, and co-author of the best-selling Happiness Is Free (five-book series) is the CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates, an organization that teaches courses based on the emotional releasing techniques originated by his mentor, Lester Levenson. Dwoskin is an international speaker, featured faculty member at Esalen and the Omega Institute, and anger management expert. He is also one of the 24 featured teachers of the book and movie phenomenon, “The Secret.” For thirty years, he has regularly been teaching The Sedona Method techniques to individuals and corporations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Additional Resources covering Happiness can be found at:

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From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 10/05/08 - "Cute. Best chain letter ever!! It's a goody.":

To all my friends who have sent me best 'wishes', chain letters, 'angel' letters or other promises of good luck if I forwarded something,


Could you please just send

cash, alcohol, chocolate or airline tickets instead?

Thank you!


   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Jude!

         From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/06/08 - "Here is one American Eagle":

This is pretty awesome....enjoy!

Read the narrative before viewing.

If this does not give you goose bumps (and maybe bring a few tears) ....

This is an awesome music video...featuring a special free-flying Bald Eagle named 'Challenger' (in honor of the lost space shuttle crew) cared for by the non-profit  American Eagle Foundation (AEF).

He's a 'human socialized' bird accidentally raised by the people who rescued him - after being blown from a wild Louisiana nest in a storm as a baby in the late 1980s.

Declared 'non-releasable' by federal and state wildlife authorities, he was trained by the AEF to perform educational free-flight demonstrations at high profile public events.

He's the first Bald Eagle in U.S. history that learned to free-fly into stadiums, arenas and ballrooms during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. The celebrity eagle has appeared at numerous major sporting the World Series, Pro-Bowl, All-Star game, BCS National Championship, Fiesta Bowl and Men's Final Four, etc. Challenger has  also flown before 4 U.S. Presidents! His life story is told in a children's storybook titled 'Challenger, America 's Favorite Eagle.'

Turn on your speakers and click on link below.

   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Wayne Honey!

From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) - 10/06/08:

Might want to add to your web, just heard on The Wave, 92.9, with    Dick Lamb that NNHS '63 Reunion is having a 60's Sock hop at NNHS on 17 Oct.  The Shipyard or the Navy has given them permission to use old Gym, I guess.

  Barbara L. (Fritsche) Barnes at 757-495-2020 or

   Thanks, Karrin! I've been hawking this as hard as I can, but I'm glad to hear that it's being promoted on the radio as well!

    From Bill Black ('66) of GA to     From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL and       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA 10/05/08 - "This Morning's Daily Press....":

Congrats on getting your quotes in the Julie Conn Story. 
Of course, nobody asked ME anything...  but then I guess you have to be an a-t-h-l-e-t-e, don't ya?
And how 'bout 'dem HOOS!!! 
What I liked absolutely best about the Virginia / Maryland game last night was seeing the fans in the stands jumping up and hollering and high-fiving each other for the whole game, wearing "Fire Groh" shirts.  Now, will I have to do this myself, or is some brilliant entrepreneur in C'ville going to make a fortune revising those same shirts to read "Fire 'em UP, Groh" for the rest of the season?
Although, the other thing I liked was that sign saying: "I'm ThJefferson, and I approve this message..."
And can somebody please tell those otherwise brilliant and insightful professional pro-nouncers at ESPNU to not say "campus"...  I was hoping that perky little brunette steeple chase runner, Stephanie,  would straighten them out....
Bill Black

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Bill! I had missed this completely, would never have seen it, and only located it with a bit of trouble!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to     Bill Black ('66) of GA - 10/06/08 - "Re: This Morning's Daily Press....":

Hi, Bill:
It is always a challenge to determine if you are kidding around or conveying a serious message. Sorta the "mystic of the LaGrange storyteller" I suppose.
I do not subscribe to The Daily Press, but will try to see if you are serious by checking the newspaper's online edition.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

   This time, he was serious, Joe! Keep reading.....

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 10/06/08 - " Coach Julie Conn, Daily Press 10/5/08":

There was a long article on Coach Julie Conn in Sunday's Daily Press.
Adrian Whitcomb, NNHS '67

A lasting legacy

Newport News High coach Julie Conn, who died about 25 years ago, became legendary for his tough love, charity, success — and temper.

By MARTY O'BRIEN | 247-4963
October 5, 2008
Julie Conn was angry, as was often the case. He took the basketball and faked a pass directly at Jimmy Seward's face. He might have been trying to frighten away the smile that was Seward's typical reaction to the volcanic tirades of the legendary Newport News High School basketball coach.

But as Conn faked, the ball slipped from his hands, hitting Seward in the face and bloodying his nose.

Conn became angrier.

"He got mad at Jimmy for not ducking," said Billy Leggette, who played with Seward on Conn's state championship teams at Newport News in 1951 and '52. "Coach Conn just had that kind of temper, where he had to get all over you and chew you out, and I remember he'd tear T-shirts off of Jimmy.

"But he was just trying to make him a better basketball player. Coach Conn loved Jimmy. He loved all of us. Ten minutes after an outburst, he'd say something that would make you want to do anything for him."

Said Doug Dickinson: "The man knew how to love."

"He would cuss you one minute and kiss you the next," said Dickinson, who won six team and 20 individual track and field titles under Conn. "All you'd remember was the kiss."

Conn's boys had not forgotten as they reflected recently on their coach, who died 25 years ago in September. To them, Conn epitomized tough love long before the phrase came into vogue.

It is unthinkable today that parents would allow a man to roam the halls of a high school, cigar in mouth, spit flying, as he screamed profanely at their sons one moment and put his arm around their shoulders the next. But Conn, a man never given to half-measures, was tough even for an era when coaches were given more latitude in their treatment of players.

"He was different than most of the coaches even then," Leggette said. "Our football coaches never got in our faces the way Coach Conn did."

But he taught them, too, about competition and sportsmanship and life. He served as a surrogate parent for many athletes whose families could not provide them with some of life's basic necessities.

So parents trusted their boys to Julie Conn for 45 years, from 1926 to 1970, when mandatory age retirement forced his signature whistle and stopwatch into a drawer.

During his career, he turned the sons in this shipyard town into champions.

Conn's basketball teams went 321-77 against high school competition from 1926-53, winning six state titles in 12 appearances in the finals. His track teams amassed an amazing 330-4-1 dual-meet record, while winning a combined 26 indoor and outdoor state team titles.

Conn the athletic director hired basketball coaches who carried on the winning tradition he started, and he brought in a co-coach in track who helped build his track dynasty to new heights.

"Newport News High School was about winning," said Woodside athletic director Al Dorner, a captain on Conn's cross country and track teams during the mid-1960s. "That atmosphere was pretty special. He built that culture.

"He was that culture."

Conn's love of Newport News High began when he was a standout athlete for the Typhoon. He played football, basketball and baseball before graduating in 1922.

He returned to Newport News in 1926 after graduating from the University of Virginia and became the Typhoon basketball coach at age 21. Conn guided the Typhoon to state finals in his third and fourth seasons, losing by one point each time to Jefferson Senior of Roanoke.

His teams won the first of their six state titles in 1931, beating George Washington of Danville 29-19. Intense defense (usually zone) and ball movement were the linchpins of his system.

Bill Castelow, a guard on Conn's 1951 and '52 state championship teams, says Conn was a basketball innovator.

"He's the best high school basketball coach that's ever been around here," said Castelow, who served as the Apprentice School head coach for seven seasons. "The things that people think are fairly new, we had in the early 1950s, even though they went by different names.

"They say the matchup zone is 20 years old, but we had one in the '50s. He had the four corners long before (former North Carolina coach) Dean Smith did. We called it the freeze. We had box-and-one defenses and the pick-and-roll.

"He was ahead of his time."

Castelow experienced Conn's brand of tough love in a practice during the 1952 championship season, when he twice threw the ball over the head of Buddy Ballard, the team's short but scrappy guard.

Conn shrieked that if Castelow did that one more time, he'd kick him out of the gym. The next time the ball came to Castelow, he threw it to the ceiling.

"Coach Conn yelled, 'Get out! Get out!,'" Castelow said. "So I hopped over the rail and was headed to the dressing room. Then I heard these feet running behind me.

"He put his arm around me and: 'Aw, Bill, come on back. You know how I am.' "

Though Conn often motivated inches from his players' faces, he made his most inspirational speech into a bathroom vent. The Typhoon trailed Portsmouth's Woodrow Wilson by five points at halftime of the 1951 Group One (AAA) state basketball championship game, when he asked an assistant coach to get him a chair.

Conn used the chair to speak into a vent that adjoined the Typhoon locker room with Wilson's. Wilson had won their previous meeting that season by 19 points, and Conn wanted the Presidents to think the Typhoon was giving up.

Legendary basketball coach Lefty Driesell heard the story when Conn hired him as the Typhoon coach in 1957.

"Coach Conn said, 'Fellows, Wilson is the greatest team in the history of Virginia high school basketball,' " Driesell said. "Then he said: 'All I'm asking is that you not lose by more than 20 points.

"He closed the vent, jumped off of the chair and said: 'This is the sorriest team in the state. If you don't get out and beat them in the second half, I'm going to kick all of your butts.

"That might be one of the greatest moves ever made by a coach in state championship history. I learned a lot about motivation from Julie Conn."

The Typhoon rallied from eight points behind late in the third quarter to win 44-42.

The next morning's Daily Press labeled it Conn's "Greatest triumph." Leggette said the city celebrated wildly.

"We played for the city," said Julie's son Harry Conn, who went on to play point guard for Driesell's 1958 state titlists. "That was the entertainment for the blue-collar workers on Friday night."

Conn retired as a basketball coach following the 1953 season. His greatest coaching glory came off the hardwood, in the sport he loved most: track and field.

Conn became the track coach in 1932 and guided the Typhoon to the first of 26 state titles in 1934.

Newport News had won 12 state titles when Conn hired Charlie Nuttycombe in 1957 and named him co-coach a year later. Together, they won 14 indoor and outdoor state titles during the 1960s, with Conn motivating as always and Nuttycombe providing an influx of technical expertise.

Nuttycombe believes that Conn's emphasis on the most technique-oriented events was the key to the school's big-meet success.

"Mr. Conn always said that no one is going to walk onto the track from a gym class and beat you in the events that require a lot of coaching," he said in a 2004 Daily Press interview. "We scored a lot of our points in the events like the pole vault, discus and hurdles."

Newport News athletes won at least one gold medal in every state meet event during Conn's tenure. But the Typhoon dominated the most difficult technical event — the pole vault — winning 21 state-meet gold medals.

"We won some of our state championships before the running events started," Nuttycombe said.

The Typhoon developed the depth it took to produce its amazing dual-meet record because Conn nurtured all of his athletes.

"Mr. Conn had a list of (about 20) sayings that he coached by," Nuttycombe said. "One was: 'Know where your bread is buttered, but once practice starts, your last man is as important as your first.' "

That meant that Conn knew who his best athletes were, but he understood the importance of coaching up his lesser athletes.

"He treated the scrubs the same as the state champions," Al Dorner said. "I was an average runner, but he gave me just as much attention as Doug Dickinson and the other stars."

Nuttycombe says that Conn instinctively understood the strengths of athletes such as Dorner. Dorner was a leader, so Conn named him the captain of his cross country and track teams.

"That meant a lot to me," Dorner said. "I've taken a lot of what I learned from Coach Conn into my own coaching."

That included working athletes harder than they thought they could be worked.

Dickinson says that Conn's and Nuttycombe's workouts were brutal.

"The practices were unbelievably competitive, and we looked forward to them more than the meets," Dickinson said in a 2004 Daily Press interview. "The coaches kept practice records for everything, like bound drills, and we competed for those records against the ghosts and legends of the Newport News tradition."

Conn turned 65 shortly after Dickinson and the Typhoon won the school's final state track title in 1969, and he was required by the school system to retire in 1970.

His rich legacy went beyond victories and state titles, and it included an impressive coaching tree.

Conn, the athletic director at Newport News from 1930 to 1970, hired a succession of basketball coaches who won big and made names for themselves: Elmo Stephenson, Bill Chambers, Driesell, Warren Mitchell and Charlie Woollum.

From 1953 to 1971, the Typhoon won four state titles, once won 57 consecutive games and produced a 100-game home winning streak. Stephenson went on to become a judge, while the other four became Division I basketball coaches.

Some of his track athletes became coaches in the city. Multiple state champion Fred Anspach coached at Ferguson. Dorner guided Denbigh's cross country teams to 13 Peninsula District and six regional titles.

Dickinson coached at Menchville and guided Christopher Newport University to its first conference titles. Dickinson, who has battled a series of illnesses since his sophomore season at Penn State in 1971, says Conn's life lessons helped him.

"He taught me what competition is all about," he said in a Daily Press interview after Conn's death. "It's not about competing against others as much as yourself."

Dickinson said Conn also taught him compassion. Harry Conn, a retired dentist, echoed that sentiment.

"He loved Newport News High School beyond family," Harry Conn said. "I had an extended family of people he was taking care of that I didn't really know about until years later."

Dickinson knew about them.

"He knew every banker, lawyer, dentist, doctor and store owner in the city," Dickinson said. "Heck, he'd coached most of them. If a kid had bad teeth or needed a job or a place to live, Coach Conn would help them.

"They'd all help out the kids because they loved Coach Conn so much."

Joe Madagan, manager of the 1957 state championship team, said Conn kept his charitable actions quiet because he would've been embarrassed had the public known of them.

"Time and again, I would observe a young person come to Coach Conn to tell him (he) did not wish to make the trip with the team because (he) could not meet the dress code of NNHS," Madagan wrote on an Internet site dedicated to the school's history. "A phone call to one of (Conn's) many friends would soon have the embarrassed young athlete looking like he stepped out of a fashion magazine."

Conn spent his final years as a ticket manager for the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association and fishing. He died in September 1983 at 78, after battling diabetes for several years.

Newport News survived as a high school only one year after Conn's retirement. It became an intermediate school in 1971 and later was converted to Navy housing.

But many of Conn's former athletes live on, graying, in their mid-50s or older, so the memories of their former coach live on. They remember the cigar, the stopwatch, the whistle, his shrieking voice and his hug.

They remember his tough love.

"You've got to be tough," Conn told the Daily Press in 1970. "You've got to work 'em hard, but in the end you've got to show 'em you love 'em."
Copyright © 2008, Newport News, Va., Daily Press,0,1264829.story

More on Julie Conn

October 5, 2008

About Julie Conn


Conn is mentioned in "Sophie's Choice," Newport News native William Styron's 1979 novel later made into a popular movie starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. Stingo, the story's narrator, refers to Conn, a Jew, while describing the "mysterious" Jewish worship services in Newport News during his pre-World War II youth.

"I could not understand how my adored Miriam Bookbinder, or Julie Conn, the volatile high school athletic coach whom everyone idolized, could survive such a Sabbath environment."


One of Conn's most illustrious distinctions came in 1951, when he was named the Peninsula Sports Club's first Man of the Year. Conn was selected in 1968 as the National High School Coaches Association Track and Field Coach of the Year.

Conn was inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame in 1991, a year after his greatest track athletes — Benton Dodd and Doug Dickinson — were inducted into the inaugural class. Conn was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame of the Virginia Lower Peninsula and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

The annual Conn-Madden Relays, held each spring at Todd Stadium in Newport News, are named for Conn and legendary Huntington High coach Thad Madden.


In 1930, Julie Conn married Garland January, who also taught at Newport News High and became a guidance counselor at the school. They were married for 53 years and had two children, the late Julius Conn Jr. and Harry Conn, both of whom played basketball at Newport News. Conn coached Julius Jr. but didn't play him much because he was afraid he would be accused of favoritism. Conn stopped coaching basketball in 1953 rather than be in a similar situation with Harry. Julius Jr. became a vascular surgeon and Harry became a dentist.

Julie Conn worked nights at his brother's drug store at 24th and Jefferson Avenue to finance his sons' education.

"My father wanted us both to become doctors," Harry Conn said. "My brother had expressed a desire to go into coaching, but my father and Lou Plummer (Newport News' football coach) talked him out of it, so I didn't even bother."

Lefty Driesell, who guided NNHS to the 1958 state basketball title, said this of the late Garland Conn: "She was a wonderful, sweet woman, the perfect coach's wife. She never got excited. I said at their 50th wedding anniversary that she should get an award for putting up with Julie for 50 years."


A superstitious man, Conn dispensed black rubber cats, the size of a thimble, to coaches and players who did something extraordinary. Conn called them mojos.

"You wouldn't trade a mojo for a million dollars," said Mickey Marcella of Conn's 1952 state title team. "You knew you had done something special if Coach Conn had given you one."

Driesell, who went on to coach four colleges to 786 victories, cherished his. He said he kept them until five years ago, when his wife asked him to discard them since they were "sacrilegious."

When he lived in Atlanta, Driesell threw them into the rough of a golf course. When his 5-year-old grandson found one months later while playing outdoors, Driesell pocketed the black cat and still has it.

"I remember Julie behind the wire bars in his office, looking down at the gym floor while we were at the free-throw line during games," Driesell said. "He'd say: 'Knock 'em in, baby. I got my mojo working. I'm rubbing my mojo.' "
Copyright © 2008, Newport News, Va., Daily Press,0,4954258.story

   WOWZERS!!! Thanks for plucking this four-page online article for us, Adrian! It saved me a great deal of work! I added it to his page:


    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 10/06/08 - "         Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of GA)":

Hope I have the name right---He looks SO amazing! He always did, in a strong, head of family way, but now he looks as if he could protect the PLANET!

I'm proud of him for "stepping up" and he's not even mine. You must be over the moon.

Really proud of them both. They are in my prayers each day.

Linda May

   Thank you so much, Linda May! I personally thought he looked like a recruiting poster in this shot, but I allowed that it was possible that I might be slightly biased.

   Those prayers are much appreciated as well! Brent called last night and said this might very well be his roughest week yet. In his group reporting to OCS in Fort Benning, there are 212 men vying for 177 spots as officers; the rest will remain as enlisted men. This is the week of the "weeding-out" process. After all his hard work and sacrifice, to lose now would be heart-breaking.....

 10:06 AM - Brent Harty
Friday, October 3, 2008 - Fort Knox, KY

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/05/08 - "The Pilot and the Priest":

The Pilot and the Priest

A priest dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket and jeans.

Saint Peter addresses this cool guy, "Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven ?"

The guy replies, "I'm Brian Wilson, retired Delta Air Lines Pilot from Poquoson."

Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the pilot, "Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom. The pilot goes into Heaven with his robe and staff.

Next it's the priest's turn. He stands erect and booms out, "I am Father Bob, pastor of Saint Mary's in Pasadena for the last 43 years."

Saint Peter consults his list. He says to the priest, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom."

"Just a minute," says the good father, "that man was a pilot and he gets a silken robe and golden staff, and I get only cotton and wood staff. How can this be?"

"Up here - - we go by results," says Saint Peter, "when you preached - -people slept; when he flew - people prayed."

   Thanks, Norris!

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/25/08 - "He's Back.. ENJOY! (#7 in a Series of 26):

  Carol ... more pics for the newsletter. Amazing artwork!


   Thanks, Babe! These are amazing!


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/03/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 10/06/08


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:

     1. Friday, October 17, 2008, 4:00 - 6:00 PM - Reunion Registration - Omni Hotel Lobby - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

     2. Friday, October 17, 2008, 7:00 - 10:00 PM - A 60s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym! - $15.00 per person - ALL PRE-REGISTERED TYPHOONS

     3. Saturday, October 18, 2008, 10:00 AM - Noon - A Tour of the Old NNHS (now Huntington Hall) - ALL TYPHOONS

     4. Saturday, October 18, 2008, 6:30 PM - Midnight - Omni - Dinner, Program, Dancing with a Live 60s Band, and a Few Surprises - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

     5. Sunday, October 18, 2008, 8:00AM - Noon - Farewell Continental Breakfast - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

"Reunion Hospitality Suite All Weekend!"

   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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Lili Marlene

A Favorite World War II Tune By All Soldiers On All Sides Of The Great Conflict
The Tune Was Inspired By An Old 1915 German Poem Composed By Hans Leip In World War I

Original words - "Das Mädchen unter der Laterne" (German for "the girl under the lantern") - were written
in Germany during World War I by Hans Leip (1893-1983), 1915

Music by
Norbert Schultze, 1938
(26 Jan 1911 - 14 Oct 2002)

Later English lyrics by Tommie Connor

For more information, see The Saga of Lili Marlene

Vor der Kaserne vor dem grossen Tor
Stand eine Laterne, und stebt noch davor,
So wolln wir uns da wiedersehn
Bei der Laterne wolln wir stehn,
Wie einst Lili Marleen, wie einst Lili Marleen.

Unsre beide Schatten sahn wie einer aus.
Dass wir so lieb uns hatten, das sah man gleich daraus
Un alle Leute solln es sehn,
Wenn wir bei der Laterne stehn,
Wie einst Lili Marleen, wie einst Lili Marleen.

Schon rief der Posten: Sie blasen Zapfenstreich
Es kann drei Tage kosten! Kam'rad, ich komm ja gleich.
Da sagten wir auf Wiedersehn.
Wie gerne wollt ich mit dir gehn,
Mit dir Lili Marleen, mit dir Lili Marleen.

Deine Schritte kennt sie, deinen zieren Gang
Alle Abend brennt sie, mich vergass sie lanp
Und sollte mir ein Leids geschehn,
Wer wird bei der Laterne stehn,
Mit dir Lili Marleen, mit dir Lili Marleen?

Aus dem stillen Raume, aus der Erde Grund
Hebt mich wie im Traume dein verliebter Mund.
Wenn sich die spaeten Nebel drehn,
Werd' ich bei der Laterne stehn
Wie einst Lili Marleen, wie einst Lili Marleen

Underneath the lantern by the barrack gate,
Darling I remember the way you used to wait;
'Twas there that you whispered tenderly,
That you lov'd me, you'd always be,
My Lillie of the lamplight,
My own Lili Marlene.

Time would come for roll call time for us to part
Darling I'd carress you and press you to my heart.
And there 'neath that far off lantern light
I'd hold you tight we'd kiss goodnight,
My Lillie of the lamplight,
My own Lili Marlene.

Orders came for sailing somewhere over there,
All confined to barracks was more than I could bear;
I knew you were waiting in the street,
I heard your feet, but could not meet,
My Lillie of the lamplight,
My own Lili Marlene.

Resting in a billet just behind the line
Even tho' we're parted your lips are close to mine,
You wait where that lantern softly gleams
Your sweet face seems to haunt my dreams,
My Lillie of the lamplight,
My own Lili Marlene.


"Lili Marlene" midi and history courtesy of - 10/06/0

"Lili Marlene" German and English lyrics ("Cheerfully pilfered from English Lyrics") courtesy of - 010/07/08

First Image of Vaughn Monroe courtesy of - 10/06/08

Second Image of Vaughn Monroe courtesy of - 10/06/08

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

Animated Green Musical Staff clip art courtesy of - 05/31/08

Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

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

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 Red Flames courtesy of - 05/19/08

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

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

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

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

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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

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