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03/03/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Alexander Graham Bell's 161st Birthday

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand.
The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

 - Alexander Graham Bell
(03 Mar 1847 - 2 Aug 1922)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Today's birthday observance (which shamefully, we have never recognized previously) kinda snuck up on me. 

   As it didn't ring any bells with me (GROAN - SORRY!!! - I STILL can't help myself!), I enlisted the help of Our Wizard of Wonderment,         Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, who of course had The Perfect Song. Thanks, David!

   Here's the live version:

BONUS - - Jim Croce, June 15, 1973 l






   Happy Birthday this week to:
04 -
    Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) - 1922 - (deceased - 04/19/05)  AND Daniel Wallace (Northwest HS, Clarksville, TN - '77) of Northern VA; 
05 - Hazel Pegram Southall ('57) 
AND Helen Pegram Ignace ('57)  AND    Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA;
07 -
  Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;
08 -
   Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs ('38) of VA - 1921 - deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA)  AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN.

   Many Happy Returns to you all!



1. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA:

    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 03/02/08:

Hi Carol:
Hope you are feeling better since I last read your Newsletter.  I pulled a couple of news worthy items from our March Newsletter and if you would like to use any of it in your Newsletter, please feel free.       
I spent yesterday in North Carolina visiting with Patsy Bloxom Meider and Chuck. Yesterday was their 50th wedding anniversary.  They had a lovely ceremony planned to renew their vows and then we all went to a wonderful luncheon at "Chero's" a very old and unique restaurant in Edenton, N.C.  The weather was so warm and sunny it definitely contributed to making the whole event memorable.  Congratulations Patsy & Chuck on reaching your "Golden" Wedding Anniversary.  I was so pleased to be a part of the celebration and I hope you have many more happy years.
As you all know, Patsy Lewis Hancock recently suffered her 2nd heart attack.   I spoke with Patsy (Feb.27th) and she is, in her own words, "hanging in there."  Patsy is planning on returning to her job on March 3rd for a 1/2 day.  She asked me again to reiterate to the Class how wonderful your support has been.  She feels that all of your prayers, calls and cards have definitely helped her get through this trying time. 
 From Patsy Lewis Hancock - Feb. 9th ~
    Patsy sent a thank you card with the following written inside:
            Dear Class of '57:
            I want to thank all of you for your cards, phone calls, prayers and concerns. 
            I'm sorry I can't be with you, but I'm not out of the woods yet.  The damage
            to my heart was extensive.  I am functioning at 40% activity.  If the rest and repair
            does not help I will have to have further surgery.  Survival approximately 25%.  So
            hang in there with me.  I really don't plan on checking out.  Keep me in your prayers
            and I will love all of you forever.  You're the greatest group.
By the way, case you weren't aware of it....Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57 - of NC) is   Connie Bloxom Thompson's ('66 - of MD) sister.
Take care of yourself, Carol.
Pat Letzinger

   Thanks, Pat! As the obvious is nearly always lost on me, I'd never picked up on that relationship.....

   Congratulations to Patsy and Chuck of NC, and our continued prayers for Patsy of VA!

2.       Herb Hice of MI:

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 03/03/08 - "Weekly update on Herbie":

Carol and Typhoon Family,

Just finished my weekly call to 
  Heidi (Hice MacKay) about her dad, Herbie's, condition.  He was staying awake about thirty minutes a day, but the weaning from the ventilator caused some anxiety, so his doctors sedated him so the process would be smoother and Herbie would be more comfortable.  He is still progressing, but it is a very slow thing for Herbie...he wants to make sure he does it right the first time ! 

Heidi sounded more relaxed and said the weather up that way was better, in the 40's, and that she had opened the window for some fresh air !  I told her that is when we Southerners close the windows, that's cold !  She sighed when I said we were expecting around 72 in these parts of North Carolina. 

Herbie's doctors seem pleased with his slow but continual progress.  She will tell him tonight that I called on behalf of the Typhoon Family.  Keep the prayers coming !

Dimples aka Sepi

   Thank you so much, Dimples!


 From Paula Sturtevant Comstock ('62) of TX - 03/01/08 - "Hey from Paula":

Hi Sweetie,
I hope you're feeling better - take care of you!
I found the attached in a pile of Newport News photos.  Mother volunteered at the VA Hospital in the late 1950's and I still have a crèche set that she made with the men she helped.  I thought maybe the man in the tie might be your Dad  ???  or maybe you knew some of the nurses?
Love, Paula

   Hi, Pretty Paula! My heart jumped when I read your message, but when I saw the photos, alas, I did not recognize any of them, and no, that's not       my daddy (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25)Other than    Sandi (Bateman Chestnut - '65 - of VA) and      Johnnie's (Bateman - '67 / '70 - of VA) mother, the only nurse who worked with Daddy whose name I can recall after 48 years is the late Peggy Crotty.  There was also someone named Audrey something or other; I assume she also was a nurse.

   In the hope that someone else will be able to identify the people in your images, I have posted them on the page for the Kecoughtan Veteran's Hospital:


   Thanks so much!



The Mystery of Taras Bulba - Solved!

   .....And speaking of love stories, I have a question.  The other day Taras Bulba (1962) **** came on television, and I suddenly had a returned memory - well, almost.  I wondered if one of y'all might be able to help.

   Those of y'all with total recall (as I myself used to enjoy before my brain decided it would be more interesting to shuffle, scramble, fracture, and rearrange everything in my head), might not be able to comprehend my feelings of joy at this return of memory - even a partial memory.

   This Oscar nominated movie about the 16th century Cossack fight for independence (but with a Romeo and Juliet sub-plot), starring   Tony Curtis and Yul Brynner, has always been a favorite of mine. 

Taras Bulba

   I think it must have played at the Palace rather than the Paramount, as it was an MGM production, released in the USA on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1962.  I remember waiting in line with my date in the cold to enter the theater.  I couldn't tell you the exact date - or even when it hit Newport News  - other than it wasn't on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but I really think that we saw it on Friday, December 21, 1962.

   So what I'd like to know is - does anyone else remember seeing this movie when it opened?  Was it indeed the Palace Theater, or could it have been some other?  Could this in fact be the correct date, or were movies delayed in reaching Newport News?

   And why is this so important, you may wonder??  Because it's for my Creative Memories scrapbooked albums.  Therefore it's uber-critical for the date and the place to be pinpointed!

   Thanks!!! (I really am serious, ya know...)

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 02/28/08

From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 02/29/08 - "Feb 28 Newsletter":

Dear Carol,
When I read your request about the movie "Taras Bulba", I really had no recollection of it.  But I am kind of a "record keeper" nut, and for a few years I kept a dairy of sorts with dates of things I did.  In my dairy I wrote that I saw this movie on Feb. 1, 1963.  Sorry to say, I did not write down what movie theater it was in, and I cannot be sure if this was when the movie first came out.  But I am sure it was on the Peninsula that I saw it.  Hope that someone else can give you more information.
God Bless you for all the enjoyment we get from these newsletters!

   June, you are my hero!!! Thank you so very much for that information! It means a great deal to me!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/01/08 - "TARAS BULBA":

The film had an advance preview showing at 2330, 31 December 1962 (New Year's Eve) at the Palace.

It did not appear again in the DP until Sunday, 27 Jan 63. It was scheduled to open at the Palace on Wednesday, 30 Jan 63.

And, sure enough, it DID open at the Palace on Wednesday, 30 Jan 63.

As for when you saw it ... well it could have been the New Year's Eve sneak preview.

Hope this jogged your memory.

Sunday, December 30, 1962 issue
of the Daily Press
Sunday, January 27, 1963 issue
of the Daily Press
Wednesday, January 30, 1963 issue
of the Daily Press

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! Thanks so very much, Dave!

At 15, I definitely would not have been allowed to go to that New Year's Eve midnight showing, but February 1, 1963 was a Friday night. I do believe that June and I were standing in that very same line on that cold February night. Our small world strikes again, and a memory I have been trying in earnest to recall for over eight years has been returned to me! I love you guys!

   This account is now permanently recorded here (as it soon will be in my Creative Memories sophomore year album!):

   For another Love Story bit of trivia, Tony Curtis met Austrian actress Christine Kaufmann on the set of this film and later married her.  The marriage lasted from 02/08/63 to 1967, and produced two children. (His 06/04/51 marriage to    Janet Leigh which ended in June 1962 also produced two children - Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis.)


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 03/01/08 - "NNHS 1958 Reunion - only 3 rooms left at the Marriott":

Do not delay.  make your reservations now!  The block of rooms we have reserved at an exceptional rate for this first class hotel are almost gone.
We have a very good rate of $119/night for the block of rooms reserved at the Williamsburg Marriott for the NNHS Class of 1958 "Noble Gathering".
There are only 3 rooms left blocked at this special rate.
When you call, tell the reservation clerk you are with the NNHS Class of 1958 Reunion and reserve a room for Friday, May 16 and/or Saturday May 17, 2008.
Williamsburg Marriott
Phone:  1-757-220-2500
Do not procrastinate.  Time is of the essence.  The response from our class has been exceptional.


   Thanks, Joe!


      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 03/02/08 - "A POLISH DIGITAL CLOCK":

What a neat clock ! 


Polish Digital Clock

Every now and again there comes along a graphic so good that it just blows you away.

The University of Poland science students have finally finished their digital clock they have been working on for 4 years.  Go to this site to see the results:

Wait for it to load. This is a real clock, and it's accurate. And check the time out too.

   WOWZERONI! This is so cool! Thanks, Dimples!


    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 03/02/08 - "Septic Truck Sign":


I had a friend send this to me. How true! 

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

  Septic Truck Sign

This is too good not to share!!!!!!!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Jerry!

   By the way, y'all may have noticed a dearth of political comments in the Newsletters, especially recently. You may also be wondering why I'm not printing those that you know good and well you've sent me. While I enjoy reading them, I just don't feel up to dealing with any confrontation they may initiate, so yes, I am avoiding any of a specific nature. Thanks for your understanding!


  From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 03/02/08 - "Wishing You Happy  Easter...":

For someone special to share with other special people this month as we celebrate Easter.

   How wonderful! I'd seen a variation of this before, but this new one is even nicer! Thanks so much, Jerry and Judy!


  From Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA - 03/02/08 - "The One Flaw in Women":

The One Flaw In Women

By the time the Lord made woman,
He was into his sixth day of working overtime.
An angel appeared and said,
'Why are you spending so much time on this one?'
And the Lord answered, 'Have you seen my spec sheet on her?
She has to be completely washable, but not plastic,
have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable
and able to run on diet coke and leftovers,
have a lap that can hold four children at one time,
have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart
-and she will do everything
with only two hands.'

The angel was astounded at the requirements.
'Only two hands!? No way!
And that's just on the standard model?
That's too much work for one day.
Wait until tomorrow to finish.'

'But I won't, ' the Lord protested.
'I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart.
She already heals herself when she is sick
AND can work 18 hour days.'

The angel moved closer and touched the woman.
'But you have made her so soft, Lord.'

'She is soft,' the Lord agreed,
'but I have also made her tough.
You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish.'

'Will she be able to think?', asked the angel.

The Lord replied,
'Not only will she be able to think,
she will be able to reason and negotiate.'

The angel then noticed something,
and reaching out, touched the woman's cheek.
'Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model.
I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one.'

'That's not a leak,'
the Lord corrected,
'that's a tear!'
'What's the tear for?' the angel asked.

The Lord said, 'The tear is her way of expressing her joy,
her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love,
her loneliness, her grief and her pride.'
The angel was impressed.
'You are a genius, Lord.
You thought of everything!
Woman is truly amazing.'

And she is!
Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness,
love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don't take 'no' for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideals.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
Women have vital things to say and everything to give



PLEASE pass this along to your women friends and relatives
to remind them just how amazing they are.

   Thanks, Betty! I think we all need to be reminded of our true worth from time to time!


   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/02/08 - " Article: Scientists simulate out-of-body experiences":

As it has been said: Run towards the light, not away from it!

Scientists simulate out-of-body experiences

Virtual-reality experiments show the brain can be tricked into believing it's outside the body, lending credence to the strange claims of some patients and shedding light on how the brain might generate its "self-image."

   So cool!!! Thanks, Bill!


PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP

3. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent escalation of shortness of breath, heart and blood pressure problems plus the usual .....

6. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - continuing problems with advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08

7. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to be released from hospital on 02/27/08

8.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008

9.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08

10. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08

11.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

12. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm

13.   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - recent surgery on right knee

14.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08

15. All of Us



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" (#28 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.  


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!


   Remember, there's much more to come - next time - REALLY! 

   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  
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Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)

Written by Jim Croce, 1972
(10 Jan 1943 - 20 Sept 1973)

Operator, oh, could you help me place this call
You see the number on the matchbook is old and faded
She's living in L.A.
With my best old ex-friend Ray
A guy she said she knew well and sometimes hated

Isn't that the way they say it goes
But lets forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell her I'm fine and to show
I've overcome the blow
I've learned to take it well
I only wish my words could just convince myself
That it just wasn't real
But that's not the way it feels

Operator, oh, could you help me place this call
'Cause I can't read the number that you just gave me
There's something in my eyes
You know it happens every time
I think about the love that I thought would save me

Chorus, no, no, no, that's not the way it feels

Operator, let's forget about this call
There's no one there I really wanted to talk to
Thank you for your time
'Cause you've been so much more than kind
And you can keep the dime



"Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks so much, Dave!

"Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)" lyrics courtesy
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/03/08
Thanks again, Dave!

1876 Image of Alexander Graham Bell courtesy of - 03/03/08

Image of Alexander Graham Bell courtesy of - 03/03/08

Image of Alexander Graham Bell's 1876 Telephone used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 03/03/08

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

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

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 again, Herbie!!

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

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

Image of Taras Bulba Movie Poster courtesy of - 03/02/08

Tony Curtis' and Janet Leigh's Movie Star Collector's Cards from Webmistress' Collection

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

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
again, Al!

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

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