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/04/06 - NNHS Newsletter - GTO

"It is good to have an end to journey towards,
but it is the journey that matters, in the end."

- Ursula K. Le Guin


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Sometimes I am astounded by the juxtaposition of emails as they arrive, as though the conversation we were having were live, rather than edited.  Rarely has that happened more markedly than in the notes in today's Newsletter, so I'll attach time stamps.  There were but three topics of discussion.  


   Happy Birthday today to    Norma Howell Morgan ('57)!

   Also, Happy 22nd birthday to my #6 son,    Elder Dale Harty, currently serving as a Spanish -speaking missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California Carlsbad Mission - and returning home on 01/18/06! 

   (Normally I do not make note of the birthdays of my family members.  This one takes on special significance in view of today's news.)


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 01/03/06, 12:20 PM:

* I'm sure you've heard either through the news or the "LDS Grapevine" about the horrible shooting of our two missionaries in Chesapeake over the weekend. I'm still reeling. I just cannot comprehend the evil of someone that would do that to anyone, much less these good hearted boys on missions. Both of my sons-in-law, returned missionaries, were very distraught, and I can only begin to imagine how a mother of a missionary (you!!), or a father, must feel. My normally cold heart just broke when I heard the news. Such a tragedy.

   No, I'd not heard a thing about such a horror! I ran to look it up, and found that Elder Heidbrink was in intensive care in serious condition, and that Elder Young had died of his injuries, and I became highly nauseated.  You're right, of course.  As the mother of a young man currently serving in the field, the empathy I felt for those two elders and their families was even more intense than it might have been otherwise.

   Some things in life are just more difficult to understand than others.

   Thank you so much for telling me this heartrending news.

   And Sweet David, as Jacques Demy said (as translated by Norman Gimbel) in 1964, "Cold?  No, I won't believe your heart is cold." 



  From my #6 son, Elder Dale Harty, currently serving as a Spanish-speaking missionary
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California Carlsbad Mission - and
returning home on 01/18/06
- 01/03/06, 1:20 PM: - "Jan 3, 2006 - Mira Mesa":

Well, hello everybody!
This week has been interesting.  It's been an extreme week - from longtime active members being caught in a drunken stupor to finding golden investigators, from a myriad of missed appointments and vacant homes, to some of the most sublime spiritual guidance.  It has been the best of times and the worst of times. 
As I'm running out of time left here in California, the other missionaries delight in asking me questions such as: "so... what's it like being so old?"  or "does it feel weird to think that in a few weeks you'll be home?"  ... the answer:  I don't feel any different at all.  I feel the same as when I had about 5 or 6 months in the field and had finally approached understanding my purpose and potential - my calling.  Not much has really changed since then.  I speak a little bit better Spanish, I've had some new experiences, but my outlook is about the same as it was really since before I ever left Fayetteville.  I have a difficult time conceiving that so much time has really passed and that soon so many things will change.  I am used to the routine, though I am tired and I do look forward to seeing y'all again.
To be honest, I really haven't had much time to think about what I will do when I get back.  I had always thought of returning to Carolina for a time, getting resettled and then finding a job in the industry of digital art and graphics, and then pursuing an education wherever that career takes me.  But who knows what is to come?  Surely the Lord will let me know as the time approaches.  For the meantime, I don't have time to dwell on it. 
People ask me if I'm getting trunky.  I don't think so.  The further I get along, the less I can tolerate (any thought) of wasting time.  The more precious every second becomes as it grows closer to my last. 
I love this work.  I will miss serving in this full-time capacity.  I will miss the people and the mantle of the calling.  I will miss the revelations and direction to which I've grown accustomed and expectant.  I have heard of the famous missionary withdrawals, and I fear I may pass through some of my own.  But again, what good does pondering such things do?  God has been at my side every step of the way so far, why would he abandon me now?  There is yet work to be done.  I love y'all.  I wish the choicest blessings of heaven for you.  May we continue to do those things that please our Father, together.  Take care.

   Dale, from the moment I first saw your sweet face twenty-two years ago today, you have always been a special blessing in my life, and rarely more so than now  Thank you for being who you are. 


 From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 01/03/06, 8:04 PM - "missionaries":


You may have heard through the church that two LDS missionaries were shot at and one was killed in Chesapeake, VA, last night.  There was an interview with the grandfather of the one killed, Mr. Young, on the news tonight.  This is such a sad (thing) in the community.  Everyone is saddened by the news. 


   Thank you, Kathy.  I appreciate your kind words during this tragic time.


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 01/03/06,  11:11 PM - "Two Mormons shot,
one killed":


I saw this on the news tonight and thought I would send you the link

I was very close to a couple of young elders during the mid 60ís and found them to be such GREAT young men, only meant for good in this life.

I know what this world has come to, but donít think this forum is the place to discuss it.

God Bless
Richard Dawes

   Thank you so much for that article, Dicky.  As you might imagine, I have grown close to hundreds of sets of these young elders over the course of the last 39 years, from those the age to have been the brothers I never had, to those of the same age as my own sons, until now, when - like Dale - they are young enough to be my grandsons.  At least once a month we have them in our home.  I feed them (yes, I really do cook a large meal once a month), we laugh and talk, and they leave us with a short spiritual thought and a prayer, and we're all left better people for the experience.

   And as you might also imagine, it takes a special type of young man to devote two years of his life to such an unpaid ministry.  They are great, and wonderful, and beautiful.

   Shortly after Dale arrived in California, he told us that as they were walking down the street, a tiny Hispanic girl spotted them and pulled on her mother's dress and pointed to the two young men and said, "Mama, look!  Aren't they beautiful?!?"

   She was right.

   And you're right, we'll not dwell on the pain and sadness of the evil which exists in this world today, but rather rejoice in the lives and loves with which we have been blessed.

   Thank you again.


 From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/03/06, 5:46 PM - "Re: 01/03/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Mike Costner":

If anyone can tell us where    Mike Costner ('66) lived (even the 'hood would be enough), I can find his parents in the NN Hill's Directory. They may still be alive.

Did he have any siblings who went to NN?  Did anyone ever have any contact with him after graduation?

It is not unusual for former Virginia folks to end up in NC. That being said, here are the Mike Costners listed in NC:

Costner, Michael V
707 Mayo St
Shelby, NC 28152-7013
(704) 482-5697

Costner, Mike
Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 810-0102

Costner, Mike
139 Cook Trl
Mocksville, NC 27028-6773
(336) 284-4656

I am on the job .....


   Thank you, David!  Yes, you are - and within mere moments of your arrival home from work!    I shall make some phone calls and report back tomorrow!

P.S.  He is not in the SSDI.

   Well, that's a great relief!  Thanks again, David!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/03/06, 6:11 PM - "Searching for Walter Michael Costner,
Class of 1966":

Hi, Carol:
In the
Newsletter today, I read the Class of 1966 is trying to locate    Walter Michael Costner.
Here is a lead:
Costner, Walter & Nancy  more info
148 Harry Robinson St
Dallas, NC 28034-8516
(704) 922-2984
Typhoon Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   AHA!!!  Another good lead!  I shall call this one, too!  Thanks, Adonis!  I appreciate your help! 


  From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands - 01/03/06, 6:54 PM - "Paris":

Happy New Year, Carol!

After trying to visit Paris for years we finally made it for New Year's Eve and brought in 2006 in bitter cold weather with snow!! The trip was fantastic! We had 5 lovely days visiting everything we wanted to see and due to the cold weather we did not have to wait in a single line. I was amazed that so many French people want Americans to like them! Everyone we came in contact with bent over backwards to help us and show us a good time. Speaking French with a Southern drawl was a hit in Paris! We want to go back but the next time it will be in the Spring!!
Typhoons Forever! Brownie
     Why, Brownie, how wonderful for you and John!  What an incredible experience!

   You are one elegant lady - and have ever been so!  Thanks so much for sharing this with us! 

   I'll need to create a new News link for 2006, and I'll post this on there as soon as it's finished.

New Year's Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Brownie and John in Paris!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/03/06, 10:36 PM - "Paris by Night":

I know I need to be careful what pictures I send but I thought we would always have Paris............
                                                                                Bill Hobbs
 *Once you have the picture, you can scroll the side bar down and then move the bottom scroll bar slowly for a wrap around view of **Paris**.  *

 * Click on the link below & scroll horizontally:*

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!!  Here's yet another mesmerizing activity!  Thanks so much, Bill! 

   And Sweetie, the last spectacular picture you sent was a tremendous hit with one and all!  I think you've no need whatsoever for concern!

   Thanks again!

  Buckroe Beach and Amusement Park  


 Y'all take extra good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol




"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."



Written by John Wilkin

(Ronny and the Daytonas, 1964)

Little GTO, you're really lookin' fine
Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389
Listen to her tachin' up now, listen to her why-ee-eye-ine
C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO

Wa-wa, (mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO") wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa
(mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO")
Wa-wa, (mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO") wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa
(mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO")
Wa-wa (mixed with "Ahhh, little GTO") wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa

You oughta see her on a road course or a quarter mile
This little modified Pon-Pon has got plenty of style
She beats the gassers and the rail jobs, really drives 'em why-ee-eye-ild
C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO

Wa-wa, (mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO") wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa
(mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO")
Wa-wa, (mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO") wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa
(mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO")
Wa-wa (mixed with "Ahhh, little GTO") wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa

Gonna save all my money (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and buy a GTO (turnin' it on,
blowin' it out)
Get a helmet and a roll bar (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and I'll be ready to go
(turnin' it on, blowin' it out)
Take it out to Pomona (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and let 'em know (turnin' it on,
blowin' it out), yeah, yeah
That I'm the coolest thing around
Little buddy, gonna shut you down
When I turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO

Wa-wa, (mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO") wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa
(mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO")
Wa-wa, (mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO") wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa
(mixed with "Yeah, yeah, little GTO")
Wa-wa (mixed with "Ahhh, little GTO") wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa


"GTO" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks, Dave!

"GTO" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks again, Dave!

First 1964 Pontiac GTO Image courtesy of - 01/04/06

Second 1964 Pontiac GTO Image courtesy of - 01/04/06

Icon's Decorative Bar #83 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/04/05

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