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02/25/09 - NNHS Newsletter - A Kiss from a Rose

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing,
that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes
of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said."

- Victor Hugo
(26 Feb 1802 - 22 May 1885)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

Today's theme was first used three-and-a-half years ago, just following the 40-Year Reunion for the Class of 1965:

BONUS #1 - - A Kiss from a Rose - Seal

BONUS #2 - - A Kiss from a Rose - Seal - 11/11/04

Happy Birthday today to Peggy Wellington Craft ('57) AND the President of the Class of 1965,     Joe Wingo of NC!  Have a good 'un, Joe Sweetie!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

27 -     Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA  AND   Phil Hammond ('64) of UT;

28 -   Wayne Agee ('58) of FL;
29 -
Bob Schweida ('54) of NH;

01 - Alan Cohen ('57) AND    Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA !

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 02/25/09 - "Cards for    Donald Spencer NNHS '56":

Hi Carol,
I just received this e-mail from    Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56 - of VA) about    Donnie Spencer, a classmate of mine and am passing it along at her request.  Donnie is in the Riverside Hospital battling cancer.  I don't know the particulars but I thought it might be a good idea to add his name to the Prayer Roll.
Sydney Dearing

Hi All,

My brother    Harry (Simpson - '54) has visited Donnie several times at Riverside Hospital.  Donnie continues to have treatments for his cancer.  If you would like, let’s “shower” Donnie with get well or thoughts of you cards to let him know he is in our thoughts and prayers.    His address is Riverside Hospital, Room 415,  500 J. Clyde  Morris Blvd, N.News 23601. 

There’re lots of classmates I don’t have email addresses for, but please pass the word.  Thanks!!

Typhoons forever!!

Carolyn Simpson Knight

   I'm so sorry to hear this news, Sydney - and Carolyn - but thank so much for letting us know! I added Donnie's name to the Prayer Roll this morning:

      From Me ('65) of IL - 02/25/09:
   The obvious is often - usually - lost on me.
  I never realized that 
  Harry Simpson ('54) of VA and    Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA were siblings - DUH!

   Anyway, I expanded the Contact People on the Reunion page:

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 02/23/09 - "The 710 Knob":

Too good not to pass on!!                                                                                                                            
Does your vehicle have a 710 knob? I'll bet it does!                     
What is a 710 knob?                                                       
A few days ago I was having some work done at my local garage. A blonde came in and asked for a seven-hundred-ten knob.

We all looked at each other and another customer asked, 'What is a seven-hundred-ten knob?'

She replied, 'You know, the little piece in the middle of the engine, I have lost it and need a new one.. '

She replied that she did not know exactly what it was, but this piece had always been there.

The mechanic gave her a piece of paper and a pen and asked her to draw what the piece looked like.

She drew a circle and in the middle of it wrote 710.

He then took her over to another car which had its hood up and asked, 'is there a 710 on this car?'

She pointed and said, 'Of course, its right there.'

If you're not sure what a 710 is, click here to enlarge this image:    

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Gorgeous!

        From My Niece,  Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA - 02/24/09:

Carol, how are you and        Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) doing?  Settling in yet? 
Love ya,

   Hi, Renee! Other than various aches and pains, we are doing well!  Settling in?!? Well, that depends on whether you mean "stuff" or routines. Every time I think we almost have our things arranged, someone discovers either another box which must be unpacked and put away or a missing item which must be found (same results), and the mess begins anew.

   And I'm beginning to think our daily routines are may be permanently trashed, but that's okay, too. At the moment we have ZERO responsibilities, so if we choose to stay awake half the night and sleep half the day, WHO CARES?!? Thanks, Nee - love you, too! We'll get back on a regular schedule soon!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/09 - "Planning to Attend NNHS 64/45 Reunion":

Please add to "Planning To Attend"  :

Cissy Wilkinson of VA


   GOTCHA! Thanks, David!

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX - 02/24/09:

Just wanted to let you know that it was 84 degrees (here in El Paso) today.  Not that I'm bragging or anything.......  ROFLMBO!!!

   GIGGLES! Are you implying that it might be COLD here in Illinois?!? Why, we made it to 50 degrees here yesterday - and it seems to be 64 degrees today! Thanks, Bethany - miss you!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 02/24/09 - "Every teachers nightmare":


Little Johnny's at it again......

A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses. She started her class by saying, 'Everyone who thinks they're stupid, stand up!' After a few seconds, Little Johnny stood up.

The teacher said, 'Do you think you're stupid, Little Johnny?'

'No, ma'am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!' 

    *   *     *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   * 

Little Johnny watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face.

'Why do you do that, Mommy?' he asked.

'To make myself beautiful,' said his mother, who then began removing the cream with a tissue.

'What's the matter?' asked Little Johnny. 'Giving up?' 

    *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   * 

The math teacher saw that little Johnny wasn't paying attention in class. She called on him and said, 'Johnny! What are 2 and 4 and 28 and 44?

' Little Johnny quickly replied, 'NBC, FOX,  ESPN and the Cartoon Network!' 

      *    *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   * 

Little Johnny's kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures tacked to a bulletin board of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person.  

'Yes,' said the policeman. 'The detectives want very badly to capture him.

'Little Johnny asked, 'Why didn't you keep him when you took his picture?' 

   MORE GIGGLES! Thanks, Glenn!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/24/09 - "Gynecologist turned Mechanic":

Gynecologist turned mechanic 

A gynecologist had become so fed up with malpractice insurance and HMO paperwork that he was burned out.  Hoping to try another career where skillful hands would be beneficial, he decided to become a mechanic.  He went to the local technical college, signed up for classes, attended diligently, and learned all he could.    When the time for the practical exam approached, the gynecologist prepared carefully for weeks and completed the exam with tremendous skill.
When the results came back, he was surprised to find that he had obtained a score of 150%.  Fearing an error, he called the instructor, saying, "I don't want to appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result, but I wonder if there is an error in the grade.
The instructor said, "During the exam, you took the engine apart perfectly, which was worth 50% of the total mark.  "You put the engine back together again perfectly, which is also worth 50% of the mark."  This equaled an A.   

After a pause, the instructor added, "I gave you an extra 50% because you did it all through the muffler, which I've never seen done in my entire career.  

   WILDER GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 02/24/09:

Dear Carol,

While at my local Food Lion buying some good old Good and Plenty in its festive pink and white box, the cashier asked if I knew the song that went with it involving a train.  (nope, not me.)

Boy, I said to myself, I bet that Carol knows......

Do  you remember a TV commercial for Good and Plenty -- with train ?

Linda May

   Good and Plenty??  I LOVE Good and Plenty!  But no, I can't recall their commercial off hand.....

   Wait a minute, did you say TRAIN?!?  Oh, my goodness!  I betcha     Jean (Poole Burton - '64 - of RI) would remember!  Or maybe     Joe (Madagan - '57 - of FL)!!

           David (Spriggs - '64 - of VA), surely you know where to find this commercial!  I would have looked myself, but I totally collapsed with laughter when I heard the train connection! - Yes, yes, I know I'm demented.  This is hardly a news flash.....

   Thanks so much, Linda May - you really made my day!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/24/09 - "York Drive-In":


..... Now, to  Sarah Sugah's (Puckett Kressaty - '65 - of VA) question regarding where the York Drive-In was located, it was where the Wal-Mart Super Center now stands at the intersection of route #17 and Victory Boulevard. That's the only one that I know of that was ever in York County. When the Drive-In was there Victory Boulevard didn't exist!
Take Care!

   AHA! Thanks, Wayne Honey!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 02/24/09 - "York Drive-In":


Hope you are feeling better.  I am sure it is in part not being use to such extreme cold weather in Illinois.

Yup, there was a York Drive-In and knew it was there.  Still trying to zero in on it as it wasn't in Newport News nor Hampton but in Tabb, Va.

Ahh... here we go.  It was built in 1947 but closed in 1972 - 270 Cars.  Was owned at that time by Moe Cohen.  Torn down and reopened in 1974 as Cinema City Drive-In and had 2 screens and an indoor theater on the same site but shut down in 1990.  Has since been torn down and a Wal-Mart Super Center stands there today at the corner of Rt17 and Victory Blvd.  Will check for the "theater" address but the Wal-Mart one is 2601 George Washington Memorial Highway, Tabb, VA 23693 - about 1 mile outside of the Newport News limits.


   COOL BEANS! Thank you so much, Eric! I had included the York Drive-In originally (2003) because the listings were carried in the 1963 Daily Press clipping we posted.

   Okay here we go - this much I can do now:

      - brand new page! 

   We'll return to the movies soon.....

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 02/24/09:
To        Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA).......THANK YOU soooo much for the pictures of the two banks.  Bank of Hampton was indeed Merchant's National Bank in the 60's.  Of course, it didn't look like the picture.....changes over the years, I suppose.  
To     Eric Huffstutler's (Bethel HS - '75 - of VA) list of theaters.......Riverside on Cunningham Drive was actually Riverdale theater.  Not on his list is the Centre Theatre (could be wrong on the spelling) on Kecoughtan Road in the Sussex Shopping Center.  Carol, you probably have all these already on the site page.  
Do you want me to resend my baby picture?  Since I don't like COLD, it probably got lost in the move. 

   GIGGLES!!! That no doubt explains it, Gloria! Thanks, that would be lovely!

   We'll return to the movies tomorrow.....

  From Ronnie Timberlake ('67) of TN - 02/24/09:

What a fabulous job you have done!!! Thank you!  To fill in some blanks….

Captain 1967 Cross Country Team:  Ronnie Timberlake

Co-Captains of 1967 Track Team: David Cutler - Ronnie Timberlake

Thanks for your tremendous work!!!

Ron T.

   Thanks, Ronnie! BLANKS?!? Honey, those aren't blanks, those are big chunks of missing pieces!

   No matter, if someone didn't nudge me on a regular basis, none of this site would exist at all!  Okay, I'll fire up the scanner and see what I can do about creating a page for the 1967 Track Team - soon.

      From Me ('65) of IL - 02/25/09 - "Movies, Banks, and Track and Field":

   There will be more definitive sorted-out information on these three subjects in the next edition or so - by which time hopefully my head will have stopped swimming.....


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/24/09 - "This one made me laugh out loud :-)":

"Are all her friends crazy?" you ask.
YES!!!!!!   And I'm willing to share them with you!

Never Choke in a Restaurant in the South!

Two hillbillies walk into a restaurant. While having a bite to eat, they talk about their moonshine operation. 
Suddenly, a woman at a nearby table, who is eating a sandwich,  begins to cough. After a minute or so, it becomes apparent that she is in real distress. One of the hillbillies looks at her and says,
'Kin ya swallar?' 
The woman shakes her head no. 

Then he asks, 'Kin ya breathe?' 

The woman begins to turn blue and shakes her head no. 

The hillbilly walks over to the woman, lifts up her dress, yanks down her drawers and quickly gives her right butt cheek a lick with his tongue. 

The woman is so shocked that she has a violent spasm and the obstruction flies out of her mouth.

As she begins to breathe again, the Hillbilly walks slowly back to his table. 

His partner says, 'Ya know, I'd heerd of that there 'Hind Lick Maneuver' but I ain't niver seed nobody do it!

   Thanks again, Joyce!


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, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

3. Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

4. 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, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/25/09

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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Kiss from a Rose

(b. 19. Feb 1963)

Pa ra ra pa ra ra pa ra
Ra ra
Pa ra ra...

There used to be a graying
Tower all alone on the sea
You became the light of the dark side of me
Love remained a drawbridge
Not high enough to feel

But did you know that when it snowed
My eyes become large
And the light that you shine can't be seen

Baby, I can play a tune
A kiss from a rose on the grave
Oh, the more I get of you
A stranger who fills the air
And now that your rose is in bloom
A light hits the gloom of the grave

There's so much a man can tell you
So much you can say
You remained my power, my pleasure, my pain
(Baby) To me you're like a wrong addiction that I can't deny
Won't you tell me, is it healthy babe?

I've been kissed by a rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave
I've been kissed by the rose on the grave

"Kiss from a Rose" midi courtesy of - 10/24/05 

"Kiss from a Rose" lyrics courtesy of - 10/24/05

Smacking Lips clip art courtesy of - 04/10/03

Kiss and Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/25/05 (re-saved 02/24/09)

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 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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!!

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

Animated Head-Bonking Smiley courtesy of - 02/20/09

Booker T. Washington logo courtesy of - 09/25/07

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

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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

Amtrak Train Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (restored 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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

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