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02/16/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Something

“All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.”

- Oscar Wilde
(16 Oct 1854 - 30 Nov 1900)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   As it is still February - the Month of Love and Romance - I asked my family members if they had a favorite love song I might not have used recently.  My daughter,         Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL), suggested The Beatles' "Something" (written by George Harrison), to which my #5 son,        Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) added that no less an authority than Frank Sinatra had said that "Something" was the greatest love song ever written. 

REALLY?!?  Knowing Nathaniel to be much more knowledgeable than I on the subject of the Beatles (how can this be?!?), I dutifully checked nonetheless, and "SHO' NUFF!"


Frank Sinatra was particularly impressed with "Something;" calling it "the greatest love song ever written," he sang it hundreds of times at various concerts. However, he once made the comment that "Something" was his all-time favourite Lennon–McCartney song,[25] and frequently introduced it as a Lennon/McCartney composition. Harrison did not appear to mind this, and instead borrowed an alteration to the lyric that Sinatra had made. Where the original song was "You stick around now it may show," Sinatra sang "You stick around, Jack, she might show." This change was adopted by Harrison, who used the same lyrics whenever he performed "Something" as part of his touring repertoire.[26]

   Thanks, Adrienne - and Nathaniel!

BONUS - - Something - The Beatles, 1969


     Happy Birthday this week to:

18 -     Bill Sawyer ('57) - 1939 (deceased 05/16/06) AND    Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC;

19 -     Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND    Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA;

20 -    Bobby Callis ('64) of WV;

22 - Ronald Bass ('57) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID;

23 - Richard Prince ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/11/09 - "TIME TO LAUNCH THE NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE":

Your  NNHS 64/45 Reunion Committee is pleased to announce that Newport News High School, Class of 1964, 45-year reunion is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th, 2009, at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. 

All members of the Class of 1964 for whom we have a mailing address will receive an invitation to attend and reservation form in the mail once details are finalized. We hope to have that invitation out to you by June, but we wanted to let you know of the dates now, so that you could reserve that weekend on your calendar. Reservation forms will also appear on this web site.

Based on the response to the Survey which you received in the mail in January, 63 alumni (total 104 guests) have indicated their intention to attend. A list of those classmates planning to attend is posted on this site and will be updated often. A copy of the initial announcement and the Survey are available on this site. If you did not receive or did not reply to the mail Survey, here is a second chance. Remember, the more of you who attend, the lower the cost for everybody, so let us know soon, if you can join us.

We look forward to seeing you in October.

Contact Dave Spriggs at 627-1441 or e-mail
or visit for the latest news and details.

   Thanks, David! I think I have this ready at last!

 - added 02/12/09

 - added 02/15/09 - READ ALL ABOUT IT!

 - added 02/12/09

   Y'all have fun, Captain!

   From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 02/11/09 - "2008 Latest Edition - Did You Know 3.0 - From Meeting in Rome this Year":

   Thank you, Mark! If y'all were not already aware of these facts, prepare to be astounded!

   Speaking of learning.....

      From Me ('65) of IL - 02/15/09 - "The Adventure of Learning":

   For those of you wishing to add to your knowledge in many different fields - or if (like me!) you're trying to fill in some of the blanks from those days gone by when you weren't really paying attention in class - I "chanced" upon an exciting site the other day where you may learn from some of the best of the best in the comfort of your own home or automobile:

"If you always wanted to attend Harvard, Yale or Princeton... The Teaching Company... offers Ivy League entry without the tedious application process, the astronomical fees, the undesired required courses or the pressure of final exams."

       —The International Herald Tribune

"The professors can be outrageous, funny, controversial and challenging. They make you think, and sometimes make you argue with them, but they are rarely dull. They might even convince you to learn more, study deeper and buy more books. All that with no tests and no grades."

Austin American-Statesman

   It's still a bit pricey, but sale prices are available, and the opportunity is incredible.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/15/09:

As always … FAMILY FIRST. 

Best wishes to       Randolph (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '92 -  of IL) for a speedy and uneventful recovery.

   Thank you, David! After first thinking that he would not be coming home until today, he came home last night about 7:45 - looking far better than we had expected.

   Those of you who have endured appendectomies and experienced the accompanying excruciating pain might appreciate this story as much as Randolph did - who was flabbergasted.

   When       my daddy, the late Robert Buckley, M.D. (John Marshall HS - '25) realized he had appendicitis, there happened to be company in the home at the time.  He emerged from his bedroom in his pajamas and a robe, and - ever the Southern gentleman - passed by and nodded courteously to them, saying, "Pardon me, please, while I have my appendix removed."

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/15/09 - "Wash Your Hands" A Must-Watch Video (UNCLASSIFIED)":

When I received and watched this video, I was amazed and stunned. Please take 3 minutes to watch this remarkable & informative video about "germs."

It could happen to anyone of us. WASH YOUR HANDS!! OR

   EWWWW!!! Thanks so much, Shari! Perhaps as a result of being the daughter of a physician, I've had a "Lady Macbeth" complex for as long as I can remember. Now I'm quite glad that I do!

   (UGH! I think I'm getting nauseated on twelve levels.....)

From - 02/15/09 - "Positive Attitude Tips":

Positive Thinking - Positive Attitude Tips for Changing the Way You Think
By Beverly O'Malley, Feb. 6, 2009

Of all the positive attitude tips offered on the many self help resources available the best is to change the way you think. And if it was really that simple then this article would end here.

However, knowing what to do is different from figuring out how to do it. You cannot change the way you are thinking if you are not aware of how you are thinking, so any list of positive attitude tips must include suggestions for self analysis and emotional reflection.

Starting at the beginning it becomes self evident that positive attitude tips can only be offered if we first understand what the word attitude really means.

In everyday common language the word attitude has many meanings, but it is mostly used to refer to a cognitive construct or in simpler terms a "pattern of thinking". Since we cannot see the way a person is thinking, attitude is usually inferred from behaviour. When a person's cognitive construct or way of thinking is positive their behaviour will reflect what will be interpreted as a positive attitude.

A positive attitude allows a person to create the life they want because they are not afraid to see things as they really are and work to create their own reality. A positive attitude really reflects a lack of fear in moving forward and creating change.

There are many benefits of a positive attitude including:

Developing a positive attitude requires that you become aware of any cognitive distortions that are keeping you in a pattern of thinking which forms a barrier to creating the life you really want.

What is a cognitive distortion? It is simply an error in interpretation of our own lived experiences.

It is a partially true statement that we get our attitude from our parents! It is partially true because what happens to us in life is only part of the equation for developing a positive attitude (or cognitive distortions). How we interpret what happens to us is equally if not more important in creating our attitudes. That is the part that we can change and take control of. Cognitive distortions are nothing more that errors in interpretation and those errors can be changed if identified, examined, and re-interpreted in a positive way.

Think of it this way:
Developing a positive attitude means interpreting life's events in a way that is truthful, honest, and self affirming.

Keeping a positive attitude means continuing with these positive and self affirming interpretations of life's events, even negative events.

The cognitive construct behind a positive attitude would go something like this:

"Even though this bad thing happened, I am still a good person."

"I am going to take this opportunity to learn as much about why this happened as I can because I do not want it to happen to me again."

"I think that perhaps I need some help with this because I do not seem to be able to help myself in a way that is helping to resolve this problem."

The cognitive distortions which would be behind a negative attitude would go something like this:

"I screwed up again."

"I am not smart enough to try that."

"It is not really what I want but it is good enough for me."

"If I ask for help people will think I am stupid and know that I cannot even run my own life"

It is possible to change your attitude! But it does require identification and critical analysis of your own beliefs about yourself and the life you think you deserve.

The following positive attitude tips can help:

These are the positive attitude tips that will contribute to a change in the way you think. Once you change the way you think you have the freedom to think more clearly and the wisdom to make choices that will move you forward to the life you want.

Author's Bio

Beverly Hansen OMalley is a nurse who passionate about health promotion. She likes to write about topics that help people in their every day life and she loves to organize anything. You are invited to visit where she has information on how organization works so you can make it work in your own life. You might also be interested in visiting where Bev explores the uniqueness of the nursing profession in Canada.


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/15/09 - "Watch the Dummy":


  YOWZERONI GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce!


1. The Class of 1969 is planning its 40-Year Reunion - which will be open to ALL NNHS Alumni!  If you're a member of the Class of '69 and have not received an email from Jean Baker Howell, she needs your email address.  Please contact her at


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

2. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, Virginia 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/14/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

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- George Harrison, 1969
(25 Feb 1943 - 29 Nov 2001)

(The Beatles)

Something in the way she moves,
Attracts me like no other lover.
Something in the way she woos me.
I don't want to leave her now,
You know I believe in how.

Something in her smile she knows,
That I don't need no other lover.
Something in her style that shows me.
I don't want to leave her now,
You know I believe in how.

You're asking me will my love grow,
I don't know, I don't know.
You stick around now
(or Jack) it may show,
But I don't know, I don't know.

You know I love that women of mine.
And I need her all of the time.
Know am I telling to you.
That women.. that women that make me blue.

Something in the way she knows,
And all I have to do is think of her.
Something in the things she shows me.
I don't want to leave her now.
You know I believe and how.

"Something" midi courtesy of - 02/15/09

"Something" lyrics courtesy of - 02/15/09

Attraction Image courtesy of - 02/15/08

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Gold Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - re-saved 10/06/08

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

Animated USMC flag courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Red Star clip art courtesy of - 07/02/08

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (still missing...)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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