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10/22/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Herb Hice's 84th Birthday

"Take time to SMELL the ROSES."

Herbert Homer Hice
(22 Oct 1924 - 18 Apr 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 I thought it only meet and right that we celebrate today what would have been       our beloved Herbie's 84th birthday, as he was our very own celebrity.  And though I never really met him in person, like so many of you I grew to love him.  Not a day goes by that I don't miss him still. The bulk of today's content is things I think he would enjoy.  Semper Fi, Herbie Darlin'!


   Also, Happy Birthday today to     Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) - (deceased 09/22/07) AND   Annette Funicello of CA  AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 - Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;
25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57)
AND Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND
    Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA;

26 -
  Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE;

27 -   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA
AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND
       Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC;

28 -    Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA;

29 -   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/21/08:

The link does not work. Check it out.

I CAN get to the newsletter thru the home page link.

   Well, THAT'S interesting.....  I've no idea how it happened, but apparently the final "l" in .html chose not to participate in the link.

   And of course, having already used my allotment of 500+ names to receive a notification, there's no way until tomorrow I can let 'em know, so I hope they were all as resourceful as you.  Thanks for letting me know, Captain!

  From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 10/21/08 - "pop uP":

The daily web site listed on your email of 10\21\08 takes me into a pop-up that lists Newport News High School as NNHS 65.00 free and it is advertising drugs.  I believe it may be something on your end.  It replaces your newsletter.
George Helliesen

   Well, THAT'S even MORE interesting! Thanks for bringing that to my attention, George! With a faulty link, it SHOULD have just said, "File Not Found!"

   Oh, wait, I see. The rest of that page says all kinds of silly things, doesn't it?  Okay, let's recap the history of the site.


   Back in the summer of 2000 when we first began, there were only about ten different sections to the entire site, and they were mostly lame.  As we began to grow and expand, I started sending email notices to our 20 or so subscribers, alerting them to new content on the site  Soon those emails grew too long, and evolved into bi-monthly updates.      Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD actually suggested the Newsletter format as a timesaving device.  During the early months of 2003, thanks largely to the input of       Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA,       Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA, and    Joe Madagan ('57) of FL, the site and number of subscribers began to boom at a furious pace.  On 09/10/03 we found we needed a larger site with more space and greater bandwidth, so that's when we obtained the paid site space through  Finally, those Newsletters grew so long and so frequent that we were starting to get complaints, so on 06/13/04 at the suggestion of     Ron Miller ('59) of NC, we began posting them permanently on the site:

   They were still rather basic, but the type was bigger than a plain email.  On 07/26/04, we found that even the paid space was insufficient for our needs, so we upgraded our membership from Silver to Gold.

   Sometime after that, I got carried away as I generally do, and began adding images and music and material unrelated to the school, and they just acquired a life of their own.  I'm sure there are legions who yet believe that the Newsletters are all that is available  - when in fact, they represent but a fraction of the site itself.

   All this time I kept setting arbitrary limits everywhere (only to break them almost immediately) - first to just to members of the classes of 1955 to 1965, because those were the yearbooks to which I had access.  Then I acquired more yearbooks, and we added people from earlier and later classes - and then other schools, and on and on it went.  In early 2005, we began the concept of Memorial Newsletters.  In December of 2005, I thought it would would be fun to have a Newsletter a day.  I meant for that only to be for the month of December, but it pretty much turned into the norm.

   But the time of the updates is always recorded on the site itself, on the front page, the site map, and the Newsletter link:

   The email reminders are basically superfluous.  They're simply a way of saying, "TA-DAH!  Another Newsletter is ready NOW!"

   We have scores of people who read along with us every day who are not on my mailing list of about 550, and who never receive a notification at all.  I think they just bookmark the site and go and take a peek.

   If my email notice breaks, I cannot fix it or even let you know until the next day.  One shot at email is all I'm allowed per day.  Soooo, if there's a problem, just go check one of those other links.  If they're broken, I can generally repair them.  Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!


    A plethora of new images from        Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - '72) of VA!

   I'm still working on identifying the Cast of Characters.  Perhaps y'all can help! 

   Thanks so much, Jeanie!
Sorry I'm soooo slow! 


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

   Thank you, Sandi!

2. 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;

3. A lesser number of photographs of those two events from       my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC;

4. More Birthday Party pictures from        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC;

5. A HUGE number of images from various sources from the 45-Year Reunion of the Class of 1963!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/17/08 - "Our Childhood in Black and White":

I'm sure you've seen parts, if not all, of this e-mail before.  I guess I'm just in a sentimental mood 'cause it just makes me remember east end Newport News.  Some of my best memories come from that place.  Hot summer nights playing till late (maybe 10) under the street light and walking to Sammy's on Chestnut Avenue to get a carton of Coke, .25 hot, .30 cold, a pack of cigarettes for my dad, and being allowed to spend the change from that $1.00 on whatever I wanted.  You could get a bunch of 8-11year old kids sick on the penny candy that change would buy!  LOL  A dollar sure went a long way back then.  Those were "the good old days"!!   I wish we had known how lucky and blessed we were.
 Joyce Cahoon

Our Childhood in Black and White

Black and White (Under age 40? You won't understand.)

You  could hardly see for all the snow,
Spread the rabbit ears as far as they  go.
Pull a chair up to the TV set,
'Good Night, David. Good Night,  Chet.'

My mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to  get food poisoning.

My mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice-pack coolers, but I can't  remember getting e.coli.


Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a  jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE .. and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion  soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must  have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option - even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches.  



What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish  something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't  recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or  270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah ... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent  bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $99 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.


We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off.  Little did his mom know that she could  have owned our house.  Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof..  It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!  How did we ever survive?


Pass this to someone and  remember that life's most simple pleasures are very often the best.


Friendship  is the golden thread
that ties all hearts together.





   Thank you so much, Joyce!

       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 10/19/08 - "You'll Fall in Love with this TINY BABY DEER !!!":

In the midst of what happened in the world this past week, this little miracle brings hope. 
Smallest baby deer I've ever seen!

This tiny deer was delivered by Caesarean section at a wildlife hospital after his mother was killed by a car.

Little Rupert, who is so small he can fit in an adult's hand, was born after vets failed in their battle to save his mother.

Caesarean rescue: the deer is being fed by a tube
at the wildlife hospital
Orphan: Vets were unable
to save his mother
Tucked up: Rupert in an incubator Dear deer: Rupert pulls a striking pose for the camera. Asleep: Rupert takes 40 winks

At just six inches tall and weighing just over a pound, he is now in an incubator in the intensive care unit at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire.

He has only recently opened his eyes.

Les Stocker, founder of Tiggywinkles, said: 'Rupert's mother had very severe injuries. We brought him out and got him breathing, and then he went into an incubator on oxygen. He is now being fed by a tube.'

Staff are optimistic that Rupert, now five days old, will make a full recovery.

'Deer are very, very tricky, but this one has spirit. He's an extremely feisty little guy and quite pushy,' Mr. Stocker said.

   Thanks, um, Dear! Herbie would have loved this!

   Here's the story as it appeared in the 09/30/08 issue of the UK Evening Standard:

From Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 / '68) of VA - 10/20/08 - "The Pastor's Cat":

Thought this was cute!

A friend recently told a story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down.

The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. That's what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went 'boing!' and the kitten instantly sailed through the air - out of sight. The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they'd seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten.

So he prayed, 'Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping,' and went on about his business.

A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, 'Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?'

She replied, 'You won't believe this,' and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the mom finally told her little girl, 'Well, if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it.'

She told the pastor, 'I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her.

'Lesson learned: Never underestimate the Power of God and His unique sense of humor.

   This is delightful! Thanks, Elizabeth!

From - 10/19/08 - "Personal Consciousness":

Imagination -  *** Because We Are Powerful!
By Melissa Zollo, the Official Guide to Imagination, Oct. 14, 2008

Many people are still skeptical about the Power of Imagination and the application of Universal Laws. If you are one of them, the following ideas may not be for you. But if you have experienced things that aren’t easily explained or have a sense that it is your spiritual birthright to be happy, healthy, well balanced, confident, wealthy and capable of expressing the fullness of life -- read on.

Over thirty years ago I was searching for a way out of my pain over the loss of my father and I found myself in LA. I was introduced to a remarkable woman who shared ideas with me that lifted me out of grief and sorrow. She explained to me that my consciousness and feelings are the keys to a creative and wonderful life. She went on to say that I didn't have to be enslaved to fear, anger or my environment because I was a spiritual being. Within me, were powers that if awakened would free me from "appearances and negative conditions." I sat in her home captivated for hours by the ideas she expressed.

"What you are conscious of exists now as your reality!”

It wasn’t until I took an acting class that I put two and two together. I realized that there is a relationship between my dominant thoughts, feelings, part I play with others and my personal experience. My personal world was simply a mirror. It was reflecting the contents of my deeper mind back to me.


Later on it dawned on me. My success and happiness depended upon my imagination, vibration (emotional moods) and proper use of all of the Universal Laws of Life. The idea that I had untapped powers, (a treasure house within me) inspired my heart and soul. I had found the key that would allow me to rise up out of my past and help me transcend my environment. My desire to grow and expand my awareness and Know Myself rooted in my subjective mind. I wanted to plant new ideas because I knew that in time they would emerge as a new result.

Do you ever wonder why the media feeds us crisis after crisis? I took a moment and looked up the word crisis.

Cri•sis – Pronunciation: 'krî-s&s
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, from Greek krisis, literally, decision, from krinein to decide -- 1 : the turning point for better or worse 2 : the decisive moment
3 a : a crucial time in which a decisive change is impending

• Did you ever notice how many sensational stories dominate the news and as soon as one story runs its course another pops up?
• Did you ever consider how these stories leave you stressing and obsessing?

The Decisive Moment!

With all the negative financial talk about bail-outs, rescues, and higher taxes many people are sensing a meltdown. “Investors are suffering from a downward spiraling into fear”. But if you will take time to think right, you will realize a meltdown is nothing more than an old thought pattern being dissolved. They are always followed by breakthroughs and new results IF you will hold to the fulfillment of your dream. It is up to you to decide to put thoughts of poverty fueled from fear behind you as you advance through the storm.

The Turning Point

Now is the time to begin working with energy in the form of ideas
. A study of economic health is vastly more important than a study of shot-gun bank mergers, credit crisis and rising unemployment. If you want to experience financial security in your life it is wise to surround yourself with those things that support feeling prosperous. Most of us do just the opposite.

Your feelings are worth a fortune!

Until we understand the language of our feelings we will continue to ascribe our emotional moods to events taking place in the world, rather than face up to the truth that world events reflect the dominant mass mind consciousness.

Is there a solution? Yes!

The greatest secret in the whole wide world is that Infinite Intelligence is within you. The answer to every challenge is locked within your mind. Regardless of today’s headlines and media buzz regarding banks, credit card debt, financial problems, and crisis, you can seize the moment, turn within to the treasure house of infinity, and begin to perceive your financial world anew.

How do you lift yourself up by the bootstraps to change your current mindset? You turn within to the workshop of your imagination and activate your thinking! Why - because nothing is attracted to you from without. People, situations and things come to you from within, even money.

Ask Yourself:

If all things come from within the depths of consciousness and they are projected from our beliefs and images (mental blueprints) and fueled from our feelings, where is the "crisis" coming from?

What is keeping it alive? What can solve it?

All problems, challenges and obstacles simply reflect the absence of the answer. If every physical effect has an imaginal cause then the first step to recovery is for you to stop accepting the crisis as real.

Are you tired of chasing after money?
• Do you want money to come to you from doing work that you love?
• Do you have a desire to seize control of your finances and your future?

If you answered yes, I cannot emphasize the importance of studying how to “dream your finances into being” and get rich. It takes time and effort to bridge the spiritual view with financial needs. When you are worried and fearful about money you are distracted from your dream and incapable of living your life to the fullest.

How do you get started?

• By seeking happiness in all situations and changing your thinking about yourself.

• Reach for the security within. Invest in your peace of mind, uplift your awareness, and you will vibrationally attune yourself to the treasure house of abundance.

• Build a new money blueprint. Focus on your own personal, financial solution and in time you will move into a harmonious, balanced state of mind.

• Breathe deeply until you understand that your dreams and desires matter. Relax and you will discover what physical actions are right for you. The Universe always responds to your dominant thoughts. Know this and relief is on the way, and hopefully bliss.

To the degree that you can rise up in awareness and identify yourself with a new financial blueprint and align with the "controlling forces of the universe", you will prove the Imaginal Dynamic in the situations and financial results that make up your experiences.

Remember: Your thoughts, mental blueprints and feelings about money, wealth and riches control your destiny!

The “ways and the means” money shows up in your life is not the cause of money – it is simply the avenue. The Infinite Within never fails to express our beliefs. It has limitless “ways and means” to open doors to financial security, and bring money, peace, well being -- or whatever you need -- to you.

You are always creating, morning, noon and night! Because you are powerful, you must take imaging seriously

Consciousness in action is imagination in action!

Remember that your feelings can link you to a world where all things are possible once you know How to Unleash the Power Within and Attract Money and Discover the Power of Imagination.

Consciousness in action is imagination in action!

Never close a door on a dream – your dreams are calling you!

Melissa ZolloSelf-Growths Imagination Guide.

Author's Bio

Melissa Zollo, law of attraction and self motivation and imagination specialist, is the author of "Discover the Power of Imagination" and "How to Unleash the Power With and Attract Money" CD audio programs. FREE daily tips and newsletter available at

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From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/21/08 - "Dolphins":

This video is of dolphins playing with silver colored rings which they have the ability to make under water to play with. It isn't known how they learn this, or if it's an inbred ability.

As if by magic the dolphin does a quick flip of its head and a silver ring appears in front of its pointed beak. the ring is a solid, donut shaped bubble about 2-ft across, yet it doesn't rise to the surface of the water! It stands upright in the water like a magic doorway to an unseen dimension.

The dolphin then pulls a small silver donut from the larger one. Looking at the twisting ring for one last time a bite is taken from it, causing the small ring to collapse into a thousands of tiny bubbles which head upward towards the water's surface. After a few moments the dolphin creates another ring to play with. There also seems to be a separate mechanism for producing small rings, which a dolphin can accomplish by a quick flip of its head.

An explanation of how dolphins make these silver rings is that they are "air-core vortex rings". Invisible, spinning vortices in the water are generated from the tip of a dolphin's dorsal fin when it is moving rapidly and turning. When dolphins break the line, the ends are drawn together into a closed ring. The higher velocity fluid around the core of the vortex is at a lower pressure than the fluid circulating farther away. Air is injected into the rings via bubbles released from the dolphin's blowhole. The energy of the water vortex is enough to keep the bubbles from rising for a reasonably few seconds of play time.

   OH, WOW!!! Thank you for sharing this, Norris!

    From Nancy Mitchell Wynne ('64) of MD - 10/21/08:

Hi Carol,

So sorry we couldn’t be at the sock hop last week but we had a conflict we couldn’t resolve.

   We missed you, Nancy!    I asked   Barbara (Fritsche Barnes - '63 - of VA) where you were, and she told me that you and    Bill (Wynne - '63 - of MD)  had a prior commitment.  She explained that    Bill Shaw ('63 - of VA) and    Butch Ragland ('63 - of CO) had similar conflicts, but would all have loved to have been there.

Would you add me to the announcement of newsletters, for some reason I’ve dropped off the list I think.
, you're still on my mailing list, and the notifications still go out to you regularly, but your email is blocking them.

How many attended the events over the weekend? 

   OOOOH, numbers, hmmm, I'm not really good with numbers, but I understand that attendance was down about 10% from last year.  

Will there be pictures?

   Yes, ma'am, hundreds and thousands of them!  Welllll, maybe not THAT many - but quite a few, anyway!

Thanks for all you do for NNHS Alums!

Nancy M. Wynne

   It's my pleasure, Nancy!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/17/08 - "Breaking News":


In 2009 the government will start deporting all of the weird old people.

I started crying when I thought of you.
Run, my friend, RUN !!!



Well....what can I say....someone sent it
to me!  I'm not going alone.


      Thanks again, Joyce!

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/25/08 - "He's Back.. ENJOY! (#19 in a Series of 26):

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


   Thanks, Babe! These are amazing!


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/17/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 10/14/08

   Y'all take care of each other.  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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The United States Marine Corps Hymn

Words: L. Z. Phillips (?) (1919)
Music: Jacques Offenbach from Genevieve de Brabant (1868)

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom 
And to keep our honor clean; 
We are proud to claim the title 
of United States Marine. 

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev'ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes; 
You will find us always on the job--
The United States Marines. 

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve 
In many a strife we've fought for life 
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes; 
They will find the streets are guarded 
By United States Marines. 

"Marine Corps Hymn" midi courtesy of

"Marine Corps Hymn" lyrics courtesy of

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Sad Face clip art courtesy of - 08/03/08

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

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

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