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03/05/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Uninvited

I hope, as no unwelcome guest,
At your warm fireside, when the lamps are lighted,
To have my place reserved among the rest,
Nor stand as one unsought and uninvited!

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(27 Feb 1807 - 24 Mar 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's 1999 Newsletter theme is being revisited from exactly three years ago today:

BONUS - - Alanis Morissette

   If you were looking for a sixties connection, how's this?  One of my very favorite movies is a ghost story entitled, The Uninvited (1944) ***.  It starred Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, and the lovely Gail Russell.  Gail Russell, born September 21, 1924, died of a heart attack (induced by alcohol abuse) on August 27, 1961. There ya go.


"Uninvited" is a song written and recorded by Alanis Morissette, and co-produced by Morissette and Rob Cavallo for the soundtrack of the 1998 film City of Angels (see City of Angels: Music from the Motion Picture). Morissette's first new recording since her international debut album Jagged Little Pill (1995), it was released as a single from the album in March 1998 (see 1998 in music). The song, which was prominently featured in the film's trailer, is driven by four piano notes and builds to an instrumental climax.

Although never officially released as a single to retail outlets, it became a hit for Morissette. "Uninvited" was Morissette's fourth number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream chart and it reached the top five on the Adult Top 40 and the top 40 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Its success was largely because of fans who anxiously anticipated Morissette's new album[citation needed], which was finally released in November 1998. "Uninvited" was not included on that album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, but a demo version was included on the Australian release and the UK CD single for "Thank U". Morissette's compilation album Alanis Morissette: The Collection (2005) was her first album to include the song in its original studio format; she had performed an acoustic version of the song during her 1999 MTV Unplugged appearance, which was released on the album Alanis Unplugged.

"Uninvited" was nominated for three 1999 Grammy Awards: "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance", "Best Rock Song" and "Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television". It won in the former two categories, and it also won an ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for "Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures". It received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Original Song - Motion Picture". No music video accompanied the single's release, but two videos of performances of "Uninvited" were released: one on the Morissette CD/DVD release Feast on Scraps (2002), and another on the 2005 extended cut of VH1 Storytellers: Alanis Morissette. This performance of "Uninvited" was not included in the original Storytellers broadcast in 1999.


   Happy Birthday today to Hazel Pegram Southall ('57) AND Helen Pegram Ignace ('57) AND   Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

09 - Patrick Burke ('57) AND   Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND   Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA;
10 -
  Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA
AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Bill Douthat ('66) of VA;

11 - Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND   Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND  Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


  From Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA - 03/03/11 - "Roy Rogers": 

Hi Carol,
Enjoyed reading about the Roy Rogers museum, although sad that it closed. I remember in the 90s while I was working for the Army I was in California on business and happened to stop by the museum. I had the whole thing to myself for about 1 1/2 hours and enjoyed spending time with old friends: Trigger, Buttermilk, Bullet, Nellybelle and all the memorabilia of my (and all your) childhoods. As I was leaving, who should show up but ROY HIMSELF!! As you can tell by the picture, I was so excited and reverted to a six year old! He was so gracious and kind, kissed me on the cheek and has an associate take our picture, which I treasure even now. Happy trails to all my NNHS friends. Thanks for the memories!!
Alice Fowler Edwards

   Thanks so much, Alice! I remembered your super wonderful story and your image with Roy as I was posting that item, and had I not been such an emotional wreck as I was compiling that Newsletter, I might actually have been able to have linked it at that time, but - alas, I was hanging on by a slender thread:

   I don't think I caught the part about The Kiss on the Cheek during your first telling!


      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 03/04/11 - "Is this for real?":

Is this supposed to say "fiends" and be a jolly joke, or do some people enjoy visiting fiends?
1. Thursday, March 3, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have fiends in that year, go visit with them.
Either way, I enjoyed it. You know how easily amused I am.

   ARGHHH!!!  Another of my legendary typos! And just how many weeks and months do you suppose that announcement has been running that way?!? I'm not even going to go back and look. It's just too horrible.

   Thanks, Eleanor! I'm glad you were amused. Hey, I have a great idea! Why don't you get up bright and early on Thursday, April 7 and run up to Newport News and have a look-see?!? You could report back whether or not there are actual fiends mingling with all those Typhoons!

    From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL - 03/04/11 - "        Andrew (Harty - Collinsville HS, IL - '10 - of IL - currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Frankfurt, Germany)":

  Here's a photograph Andrew sent us from Speyer, Germany where he's currently serving.

   OH, WOW! Thanks, Miss Mary!

Elder Harty and Elder Goodrich

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 03/04/11 - "The Covert Letter":

Failing to Read Tea Leaves, Maryland Touts Gay Marriage, Marijuana, Gun Control

Posted: 03 Mar 2011 03:59 PM PST

"Half Scalp" Raleigh Boaze morphs into native American character to tell tales.

Raleigh Boaze Changing law took more than long rifle and tomahawk.

    By Norm Covert ('61) of MD

Folks are bitter and I’m one of the restless citizens. We keep clinging to our guns and our religion plus “antipathy to people who aren’t like (us)…” to paraphrase former candidate Barack Hussein Obama. That’s just the way we are and with good reason, Maryland’s leadership forgot to read the November tea leaves.

The state is deeply in debt and the legislature trots out bills for new taxes, marijuana, free love and more gun control. New Jersey and Wisconsin governors have shown us how to begin to solve our crises and cross the Red Sea in the manner of the Children of Israel, but we are stuck here with our collective heads in the sand.

So much for the reputation of this former colony, whose founders rejected the Church of England in favor of religious freedom for Roman Catholics and ultimately other orthodoxies. This time we are behind the leadership opportunity with Gov. Martin O’Malley’s pursuit of an opposite social agenda.

Liberal voters here are aquiver, anxious for passage of the high priority bills that would approve same-sex marriage and medical marijuana. This Western Maryland neighborhood is traditionally a bastion of conservatism in a state dominated by liberal politicians from Baltimore and Prince Georges counties.

The same-sex marriage bill passed the Democrat-dominated Maryland Senate a week ago. It ran into a minor snag with the House Judiciary Committee, but it appears the bill will reach the floor for vote soon.

Del. Michael Hough (R-Frederick/Carroll Counties), also a member of the judiciary committee, commented he believes the bill is a tossup in the House.

With Senate President Thomas V. (Mike) Miller ruling the gavel, his majority is fast-tracking the bills, which when taken to referendum will probably be rejected, according to Hough and most of his minority party colleagues.

Marriage is a religious institution and same-sex relationships have nothing to do with marriage, claim traditionalists. Thus, here we are proving the prediction of now President Obama by clinging to our religion as a voice of reason.

Usually conservative state Sen. David Brinkley (R-Frederick/Carroll) agreed to co-sponsor the medical marijuana bill, saying he is convinced that smoking marijuana can ease the pain associated with cancer.

It is worth noting anecdotally the case of friends and acquaintances who tried — and succeeded — to use liquor as an analgesic. You don’t need a prescription to buy either Bourbon or Marijuana, the latter being less expensive on the street than at the local pharmacy.

Part two of this Annapolis drama involves Rosemont, Md., resident Raleigh Boaze. The big brother gun lobby once again is looking out for our welfare with a bill expanding the law forbidding guns on school grounds. It is a throwback to the Virginia Tech shooting.

Here is the description of Senate Bill 311:

“… prohibiting the carrying or possession of certain firearms, knives and deadly weapons at public institutions of higher education; providing for certain exceptions to this prohibition; and generally relating to the carrying or possession of firearms, knives, and deadly weapons….”

On its face the bill sounds all right. Like the law it would repeal, it contains the hidden power to forbid exceptions. The institution head must issue an invitation to anyone whose purpose is to educate students in the history and use of firearms. Aye, there’s the rub, the Bard noted.

Mr. Boaze was targeted by the original law. Now retired as a laboratory technician at the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, he is a French and Indian War living history interpreter. He has provided unique and popular classes for young people and adults for more than 20 years at Fort Frederick in Big Pool, Md., and area schools.

He appears in an outfit typical of a French and Indian War colonial scout/hunter: moccasins, leggings, breeches, linen shirt and hat. He also carries a flintlock long gun with necessary paraphernalia, tomahawk and bone-handled knife. Often he morphs into his Indian character, “Half Scalp,” to tell period historical tales. His impact on a student’s understanding of the frontier precursor to the American Revolution is well documented.

Maryland led the nation with its original law prohibiting firearms on school grounds. The federal law went through several iterations before the courts would agree to in 1995.

A legal interpretation by the William Donald Schaefer administration caught up with Mr. Boaze. He was banned from a Frederick County middle school in 1993.

In response he waged a one-man, three-year battle with the Maryland legislature. He lobbied and testified, wrote letters to the editors of every newspaper in the state and was able to keep himself in the news.

He earned at least a partial victory in 1996 when the legislature agreed to insert language in the law granting exception to historical presentations:

“4—102 (4) a person who, with a written invitation from the school principal, displays or engages in a historical demonstration using a weapon or a replica of a weapon for educational purposes.”

Following that law’s enactment, superintendents in several counties instructed school principals not to “invite Mr. Boaze….” His school lectures were rare after that law was amended and victory bittersweet.

Mr. Boaze is upset now that his own senator, Ronald N. Young (D-Frederick) would co-sponsor the bill, especially since the original was modified on behalf of this future constituent.

Mr. Boaze emailed Senator Young that the bill “is a wolf in sheep’s clothing…A perfectly good law with perfectly good intention has been manipulated and as a result learning has (and will suffer)… SB 311 is another law we don’t need.”

With such assaults on our sense and sensibilities it seems time to embrace — as did our forefathers — our trust in God and our collective power to make changes through the ballot box. Our guns are for protection, hunting and plinking, but remain a symbol of resistance to those who would steal our liberty.

(This article was published in its original form on  March 1, 2011 and is reprinted with permission of The Octopus™ LLC and the author.) •

Contact Norman Covert at

   Thank you, Harry - and Norm!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 03/03/11 - "Cats....With Thumbs":

This should make you smile or even laugh out loud.

Cats....With Thumbs

     OH, how delicious! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/04/11 - "Lessons of History":

Lessons of History

Lessons of History could be contained in four short paragraphs which were written below, and permission granted for anyone to utilize as desired. They are:

1. Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad with Power.

2. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.

3. The Mills of the Gods grind slowly; Yet they grind exceedingly fine. And last, but not least;

4. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

   Thank you so very much, Bill! And in a similar vein.....

       From My Daughter, Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL) - 03/04/11 - "today":

... I just read a nice little thing:  "If you want a rainbow, you must first put up with the rain". 

   Thank you so much, Baby Girl!    

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/04/11 - "Inner Peace":

Inner Peace: This is so true. 

If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment ,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without a glass of wine,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

...Then, You Are Probably . . . .

...The Family Dog!

And you thought I was going to get all spiritual.  

     Wal, yeah, I DID rather think we were headed that way! Thanks, Joyce!


From - 03/04/11:

A student comes to a young professor's office hours. She glances down the hall, closes his door, and kneels pleadingly.

"I would do anything to pass this exam," she says. She leans closer to him, flips back her hair, and gazes meaningfully into his eyes. "I mean," she whispers, "I would do anything..."

He returns her gaze, "Anything?"


His voice softens, "Anything?"

"Anything," she repeats again.

His voice turns to a whisper. "Would you ... study?"

1. Thursday, April 7, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 02/26/11

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

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

                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Written by Alanis Morissette (b. 01 June 1974), 1999

Like anyone would be
I am flattered by your fascination with me
Like any hot-blooded woman
I have simply wanted an object to crave
But you, you're not allowed
You're uninvited
An unfortunate slight

Must be strangely exciting
To watch the stoic squirm
Must be somewhat heartening
To watch shepherd need shepherd
But you you're not allowed
You're uninvited
An unfortunate slight

Like any uncharted territory
I must seem greatly intriguing
You speak of my love like
You have experienced love like mine before
But this is not allowed
You're uninvited
An unfortunate slight

I don't think you unworthy
I need a moment to deliberate

"Uninvited" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Adrienne Harty of NC - 03/04/08
Thanks, Adrienne!

"Uninvited" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Adrienne Harty of NC - 03/04/08
Thanks again, Adrienne!

Herb Leonhard's "Uninvited" Painting courtesy of - 03/05/08

Gold and Roses Divider Lines probably courtesy of
(It's been in my files since11/17/05, but never uploaded until 03/05/08.)

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

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

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!!

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!

Animated OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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

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