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01/21/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Stonewall Jackson’s 184th Birthday

"Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible....."

- Thomas Jonathan Jackson
(21 Jan 1824 - 10 May 1863)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We wouldn't dream of not celebrating this date every year:


   Happy Birthday today to    Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA;

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND     Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY;

   Happy Birthday this week to:
23 -
  Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD AND  My Newest Daughter-in-Law,   Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of VA (soon to be MA);
25 -
    Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA.

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 01/21/08 - "Stonewall":

   When we {and         Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of OH) and   Bethany (Winona Harty - Siuslaw HS, OR - '94 - of OH) and their family} went to see          Dale (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of VA - soon to be MA) and   Diana (Lyons Harty - Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05 - of VA - soon to be MA) in Lexington last fall, we were delighted to find that they lived only half a block and across the street from the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, so we went to pay our respects.

Saturday, October 20, 2007,
3:05 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007,
3:12 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007,
3:17 PM
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery
West Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450

   For more stories, details and older images, see here:


                                                         This portrait of General Jackson has hung in our home for many years.

Monday, January 21, 2008,
8:54 AM
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9305

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 1/17/08 - "I'm sorry about not writing":

Without boring you to death with details, I've been extremely sick. I only remember being sick one other time in my life, like this. I'll attempt to find some stuff this weekend, to send out next week. I know I owe some personal e-mails, a phone call or 2 and I'm just feeling too bad. I thought I was getting better, only to get worse.
                       Take Care, stay sweet and be careful in all this beautiful snow.,

   OHHH, I'm so sorry you've been so ill, Shari! I hope you're feeling better soon!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/19/08 - "It's beautiful!":

This is so beautiful that I am sending this along with my love to you and a THANK YOU for the love and concern shown during the last 2 months and especially the last 2 weeks when Jerry's mother passed away.  Discovering lymphoma and going through those awful treatments made things even more difficult for    Jerry. Chemo #3 the day before the funeral was terrible as was the rest of that week.  This past week, however, has been very good for both of us.  Jerry has felt so much better.  He is back at work, doing all the normal things, etc. We have actually enjoyed the last few days and look forward to the weekend--snow and all. It is official!  He will have only one more chemo, then 4 weeks of radiation.  That should do it!  Thank you for the prayers and God for the results.
We both thank you all of you so much for the emails, cards, calls, visits, flowers, and attending the visitation and funeral for Mable.  It was so good to see so many people that we love and care about.  Jerry was able to see some, but had to take precautions due to his immune system's weakened state.
Again, we love you, thank you and wish you L-O-V-E.

   Thank you, Judy! Our love and prayers continue for all of y'all.

   This is also posted here on this newly updated Memorial Newsletter:

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 1/19/08 - "Things to Remember":

1. The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.

2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.

4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.

6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

7. Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.

8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?

9. Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job.

10. No one has more driving ambition than the boy who wants to buy a car.

11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 AM. It could be a right number.

13. Think about this ... No one ever says "It's only a game" when his team is winning.

14. I've reached the age where the happy hour is a nap.

15. Be careful reading the fine print. There's no way you're going to like it.

16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

17. Do you realize that in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of OLD LADIES running around with tattoos? (And RAP music will be the Golden Oldies!)

18. Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Corvette than in a Yugo.

19. After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead.

   Each of these is rather thought provoking in its own way, n'est pas? Thanks, Shari!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 01/19/08:

Hi Carol,

Just a thought that occurred to me as I was checking out the obit page.  I would love to see a Virginia State Flag flying at half-staff for those beloved Virginians that pass on to receive their reward.  Of course, anyone that has lived or now lives in Virginia has already received part of their reward in the form of being blessed by living on the Sacred Soil of the Beautiful State of Virginia !  From a member of FFV.

Dimples aka Sepi

   Ummm, do you mean on the Obituary Page of the Daily Press and every other good American Newspaper??  Then I would agree - wholeheartedly!

   Or did you mean on each of our Memorial Editions of the Newsletter???  That would of course mean you are trying to kill me - and at this particular moment, it wouldn't take a very hard shove, I'm afraid.....

"To be a Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even on one's mother's side,
is an introduction to any state in the Union, a passport to any foreign country,
and a benediction from the Almighty God."

~ Anonymous

   Thanks, Sepi!

    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 01/19/08 - "Urban Legends Reference Pages: Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do":

Truths and half truths and totally off the mark info.  


   Thanks so much, Frances! Forming a habit of checking all email forwards through might be an excellent News Year's resolution for us all - even at this late date!

From Dale Parsons ('49) of VA - 01/19/08 - "WAVY TV   Tim Parsons ('73 - of VA) story":

Thought you might like this.

Click below; it's a link to the WAVY story on Tim (1/17/08):

   WOWZERONI!!! Excitedly I clicked the link on that page - only to find this discouraging message:

Alert: You are currently using an incompatible browser or an outdated version of Windows Media Player to access the video player on this site. Please read the troubleshooting tips below for more information.

   ARGHHH!!! And after all our recent conversation on that very subject!

   Thanks, Dale - and congratulations, Tim! (Life was more fun - and much more comfortable - when I had all that tech support living under my own roof! Sniff, sniff, boo-hoo.....)

  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 01/19/08 - "Our Childhood in Black & 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 wr app ed 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 $49 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 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?

..... Remember - life's most simple pleasures are very often the best.

   Thanks, Jamey! These are fun thoughts - "fer shure"!

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  01/19/08 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Interesting Church signs":

Dear Carol / Dimples
Some interesting Church signs; Shows that they have a sense of humor also.
Church signs.

1. There was a church that had problems with outsiders parking in its parking lots, so they put up a sign:
That took care of the problem!

2. "No God - No Peace?   Know God - Know Peace."

3. "Free Trip to heaven.   Details Inside!"

4. "Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins."

5. "Searching for a new look?   Have your faith lifted here!"

6. An ad for one Church has a picture of two hands holding stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments are inscribed and a headline that reads: "For fast, fast, fast relief, take two tablets."

7. When the restaurant next to another Church put out a sign with big red letters that said, "Open Sundays," the church reciprocated with its own message: "We are open on Sundays, too."

8. "People are like tea bags - you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are."                

9. "Fight truth decay - study the Bible daily."

10. "How will you spend eternity - Smoking or Non-smoking?"

11. "Dusty Bibles lead to Dirty Lives."

12. "Come work for the Lord.   The work is hard, the hours are long and the pay is low.  But the retirement benefits are out of this world."

13. "It is unlikely there'll be a reduction in the wages of sin."

14. "Do not wait for the hearse to take you to church."

15. "If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns."

16. "If you don't like the way you were born, try being born again."

17. "Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain eternal fire insurance soon."

18. "This is a ch_ _ ch.   What is missing?" ----- (U R)

19. "In the dark?   Follow the Son."

20. "Running low on faith?  Step in for a fill-up."

21. "If you can't sleep, don't count sheep. Talk to the Shepherd."

   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'! These are cute!

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OH - 01/19/08 - "Fun New Scrapbook Pages":

In case you didn't visit my blog today, go see it :)  There are fun new pictures up on it.  I leaned how to digital scrapbook with Photoshop and fun elements, and I have a few movies.  One is a cute one of    Jimmy talking.  He's such a cutie.

Hope all is well there.  We're doing grand here :) 

Miss ya, lady!


   WOWZERONI!!! You are so cool, Lady! I loved your scrapbook pages - and your videos - but I must admit I believe I'm just as glad my days (as fun and exciting as they were) with precious adorable toddlers and their, umm, creative approaches to living (involving cake mixes, crayons, petroleum jelly, eggs, lipstick, green peas, nail polish, milk, scissors, flour, stamp pad ink, syrup, fabric softener, yarn, magic markers, sugar, flying indoor footballs, etc.) are safely in my past.....

   Bless your heart! I miss you - and your husband and ALL your sweet babies - too! Thanks so much, Bethany, you certainly brighten my life!

       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) - 01/20/08 - "I just made another video - Band of Brothers at Empty Tables":

Hey Mom,

I made this video yesterday, and thought you might enjoy it.

   "I just re-watched the 7th episode of Band of Brothers, and figured it would go fairly well with the song "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Miserables. All but one of the video clips are from the 7th episode, and the audio is from Michael Ball's performance in the 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Miz."

Love ya, and talk to ya later.


   "Fairly well"?!? Nathaniel, I suppose it is possible that I'm somewhat biased, but I think this is a masterful matching and blending of related themes!

   As I watched it, I was forcefully reminded of the words of a dear friend of mine, a veteran of some of the deepest horrors of Viet Nam:

       "You either got tough or you went crazy - but the funny part was, we all went crazy.  Some just took longer....."

   Therefore, if you are subject to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, you might want to let this one pass.  For the rest of us, I heartily recommend this video, not only for the obvious skill in its composition, but for a deeper understanding of those - of all times and all wars  - who have given so much for so many.

   Thanks  - so very much, Nathaniel! I love you, too!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 01/20/08 - "Red and Black":

   Oh, speaking of the 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Miz.....

   In this clip, Enjolras, played by Michael Maguire, is singing the Red, while Marius, played by Michael Ball, is singing the Black:

   I was once told that Michael Maguire was a student at NNHS.

From: :

     b. 20 February 1955, Newport News, Virginia, USA;

     Originated the role of Enjolras in "Les Misérables" on Broadway for which he won the 1987 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical);

     Born and raised in Newport News, Virginia.

     In 1987, he was chosen to perform for Queen Elizabeth II in the Royal Variety Show in London.

   I think that would make him just too young to have actually graduated from NNHS, but he certainly could have attended there. Could some of you younger sweetie-pies who might have been there at the same time provide me the rest of the details, please??? Thanks!


1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/12/08 - "Gas Stations Of Yesteryear-------------------------this IS REAL Americana" (#2 in a Series of 37):

Carol, do not know if you would like to show these or not. Just brings back a lot memories from yesteryear. Hope you like them. 

Jerry Blanchard (62) of Va.

Gas Stations Of  Yesteryear

Back when life was much simpler and gas was 18-25 cents a gallon!!

(or there about) and as low as 17 cents during gas wars.


Old American Gas Stations from all around the country  
Some are abandoned, some are restored and many are still in use.  

Notice the kid jumping on the bell hose. YOU ever done that?

Yeah . . .  I remember!

 And with a fill-up you got the gas pumped for you, your windshield cleaned, oil and fluids checked, tires checked,
a free map, if you wanted it, and greeted in ENGLISH !!!

Yeah! I remember!!!

Enjoy Your Days & Love Your Life.... Because...."Life is a journey to be savored."

  Thanks, Jerry, I remember them quite fondly, too!

   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


[From the Richmond Dispatch, March 19, 1893.]
 Dan Emmett its Author and New York the Place of Its Production.

I wish I was in the land of cotton,
old times there are not forgotten,
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie land.
In Dixie land where I was born in, early on a frosty mornin',
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie land.

Then I wish I was in Dixie, hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie land I'll take my stand, to live and die in Dixie,
Away, away, away down south in Dixie,
Away, away, away down south in Dixie.

Old Missus marry Will de Weaber, Will-yum was a gay deceaber,
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie land.
But when he put his arm around her,
smiled as fierce as a forty pounder.
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie land. (Chorus)

Dars buckwheat cakes an' ingen batter, makes you fat or a little fatter,
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie land.
Den hoe it down and scratch your grabble to Dixie's land
I'm bound to travel,
Look away, look away, look away Dixie land. (Chorus)

"Dixie" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/10/03
Thanks, Dave!

"Dixie" lyrics courtesy of and - 01/19/08

Images of General Jackson courtesy of - 01/19/05

Large Confederate Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 01/18/05

Small Confederate Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/31/06

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

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

Siuslaw High School Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

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

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

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