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03/12/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Red Is the Rose

“Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm,
but willing to draw blood in its defense.”

 - Mark Overby

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   All this week leading up to St. Patrick's Day, we'll be celebrating with Irish songs.

BONUS #1 - - Nanci Griffith & The Chieftains

BONUS #2 - - Anjana and the Celtic band Espíritu Celta form Bogotá, Colombia (the lighting is abysmal, but the clarity of her tone makes it all worthwhile)


  Happy Birthday this week to: 13 -   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA;
15 - Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA:
16 - 
   Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND    Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns, Ladies!


  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 03/11/08:

Hi Carol,

Isn’t it about time for an update on    Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66 - of MD)? I, for one, would love to know where things stand for her. Who knows??

In fact, may I suggest regular updates on all on the Prayer Roll if you, in fact, can.

And I sincerely hope you are doing better. Maybe some R&R in Ohio with your daughter-in-law and playing in the green snow would be refreshing? Sure sounds like fun to me.

My sense is you don’t allow enough play time in your schedule and you know what that does!

Anyway, all my best. 


   Well, Sweetie, "all I know is what they tell me down at the pool room", but I'll try to find out what I can for you!

   And thanks, Joe - a visit to see my babies - in Ohio, Illinois AND Massachusetts - sounds like a beautiful dream to me! I must confess I have a powerful longing to see them all at the moment.

  From Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - 03/11/08:




   Thanks for the speedy update, Connie! We're keeping you in our prayers that your needs will all be met!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/11/08 - "  Jerry Update":

Hi, Carol. 

I hope you are doing better.  We think about you a lot.  I thought I would report that Jerry has recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well.  He is back at work and  comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape.

Again, many thanks to all who lifted him up in prayer which makes all the difference.  Also, we have received many emails, cards and calls which we appreciate.
Please add Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) to the prayer list.  She is recovering from surgery on her ankle.  She has had a time with it.  They have done a lot to it and it would take a lot of space to describe it, so I won't.
One more thing.  I sure would love to see an update on the others on the prayer roll posted in the newsletter.   Some have such serious conditions. Thanks.
Typhoon Love!

   "Great minds think alike!" Thanks, Judy! From now on, we'll try to include the latest progress reports - and their dates - to the Prayer Roll!

   I also want to thank all of y'all who round these up for me - especially         Dimples (Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard -  '58 - of NC), who faithfully calls    Heidi (Hice MacKay - of MI) every Monday morning for updates on herself and her family, as well as for our dear      Herbie (Hice of MI).  I like to think I can do all that every week, but I really appreciate the help of all of you who actually DO it!


          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - 03/12/08 - "At long last the ultrasounds show its a boy!":

  Ok so they didn't give us the picture that made it quite obvious... but suffice it to say... it was quite obvious. It's a boy.  This is from last Wednesday, the 5th, in case there are any of you who haven't heard it already through the grapevine.      Diana (Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05 - of MA)  was 27 weeks along exactly, and the baby was perfectly sized for 27 weeks, and according to the various measurements of bones and general baby mass during the ultrasound, the machine guessed that he weighed 2 pounds 2 ounces at the time.  Due date is still June 12.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

So far, we're thinking that we really like the name Buckley as his first.  He can go by Buck if he so desires... I will strongly suggest it once he's an uncle!  and when we hold him we can pass the Buck, and all that fun stuff.  As for middle names... we're as yet undecided. We've talked about Graham, and as several of you know, Adventure, so he can say "Adventure is my middle name!"... but I think I'm gonna veto that one on the grounds that I won't be able to keep a straight face while naming him during his blessing.

We've also talked about naming all our children virtues as their middle names... I don't like them as first names - bad experiences with girls named Chastity or Hope and being the exact opposite of their names... but it could work as a middle name.  The problem there is that most virtues are associated as being girl names, so we're thinking of less common manly virtues for our guys.  Names like Honor, Valor, Fortitude, Courage, etc.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures.


   AWWW - How Sweet!!! (Pure, unprejudiced, unbiased opinion of a grandmother...)

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 03/12/08 - "RE: At long last the ultrasounds show its a boy!":

Oh, wow! He is darling.

   (Pure, unprejudiced, unbiased opinion of a great-aunt...)  Thanks, Eleanor!


  From Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA - 03/10/08 - "Updated email address":

Hi, Carol!

Just saw the note from Dorothy Bell Boulter ('66 - of VA) and realized I had not updated my email address.  It is:

Please post this so anyone else who wants to contact me won't think I've vanished off the face of the earth!


Shirley Eanes Matthews (Class of 1966)

PS  I started to put ('66) behind my name, but it's TOO CLOSE to the 60 I just turned!!!!!!

   WILD GIGGLES!!! I feel your pain, Shirley, 'deed I do!

  From Rick Billings ('65) of NC - 03/11/08:


..... I noticed my email address was incorrect.  If you could, please change it to



   YIKES!!! Okay, I have it right this time! Thanks, Rick - for everything!

  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 03/11/08 - "new email address":

   I have changed my Address...It is Please make all

   Thanks, Al! 


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/10/08 - "BEACON - 23 SEP 63 (Part Two of Two)":


Friday, September 23, 1963 Friday, September 23, 1963 Friday, September 23, 1963 Friday, September 23, 1963
Page Three - TOP Page Three - BOTTOM Page Four - TOP Page Four - BOTTOM

   Thank you, Brown Eyes! I really look forward to these so much!

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 03/11/08 - "North American Union":


This was sent to me some time ago and at first because it was presented by established news show, I thought it must be true. But here again they didn’t check out the source as most of us have not. We just simply like to accept the worst.  We just pass this stuff on as the real thing. It only takes a few clicks to find out more information. From this you can make a more informed decision as to what is TRUE and what is NOT.

One of the reasons that ALL the News stations have not jumped on this is because they have checked out the source and have NOT been able to find supporting information.

Not that I think that Snopes is the last word. They at least do Not think that this is true.



   Ohhh, Dicky Darlin'! What are you saying?!? This was on CNN! I mean, sure, not everything you read in the newspaper is true, but this is television! This is CNN!!! Oh, the humanity!

   No, I didn't check this at all - obviously. And it's not because I like to believe the worst; I just like to believe the most exciting. Conspiracy theories? Wild "coincidences"??  I love this stuff! Bring them on! I gobble them down for breakfast!

   Hey - maybe that's why I have indigestion - d'y'think?!?

  WILDEST GIGGLES! Thanks, Dicky - for everything!

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 03/11/08:

Hi Carol,
I am not sure of this, but I am probably the only one on line who was actually born in Ireland.  (Lisburn, outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on May 1 - 1940.  We came to the US in 1946. 
Just a tidbit of information:  Did you know that the Protestants of Ireland (and I am one) do NOT celebrate St Patrick's Day - only the Catholics?  But, I celebrate it anyway because as many do - it's just plain fun.
Thanks for all that you do. 

lv, Evelyn

   Thanks, Evelyn! I'm not positive either, but I'm pretty sure that Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - Colleen Ann Domitilla  O'Brien - was also born in Ireland (though she began high school in Germany), and I rather thought it was in the southern portion. Certainly she speaks Irish Gaelic well enough to teach it.

   I did know your tidbit, Ev, but as you shared yours, I'll share mine - just between the two of us.

   I myself am a mixed breed - English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, German, Swiss, Dutch, French Huguenot, and Algonquian. Like you, my Irish forebears were all protestant. They lived near Londonderry back in the 1740's. We try to celebrate everything here as long as I remember to do so, but this week, my celebrating has been somewhat biased. You'll notice that those earlier two Newsletters of the week contained substantial portions of orange. This was a nod to my Northern Irish protestant ancestors - the orangemen:

   This is a little game I play from time to time, containing hidden messages to others or simply to amuse myself.

   SHHH - this will be our little secret, 'k??  WILD GIGGLES! Thanks again, Pretty Lady!

 From Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN - 03/11/08 - "Relax":

Hope you enjoy God’s creations. Hope you feel better.


   Thank you for the slide show, Charlie! It was a great mixture of beautiful and amusing images. I'm just sorry I don't know how to "share it with the rest of the class"!

   Thank you for your good wishes, too, Sweetie! Sometimes I do feel better - and then again, sometimes I, uh, don't....

 From Richard Rawls ('71) of VA - 03/11/08 - "Birthday":

I don't recall if I provided you with my birthday or not, so delete if this is repeat...

Richard Rawls ('71)  April 12


J. Richard Rawls
Yorktown, VA

   Thanks, Richard! You had not given me your birthday earlier, but I have it posted now - and just in time!

  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 03/11/08 - "Our Old Cars submission":


  Attached you will find a photo of my dad in his first car which was a 1937 Chevrolet 2 door sedan.  I think that he must have received this one year old car as a gift from his father when he graduated from Wake Forest College in June 1938 and I suspect that this was his first car.  I say this because I have the negatives from all of Dad's old photos and there are a number of them of this car immediately following photos of his college graduation.  It would seem that young men back then were not different from young men when we were growing up or even now.  They are proud of that symbol of independence and spend a lot of time shining and photographing it.  The only difference in today and way back then is that kids get the cars earlier now in these times of relative plenty.  He kept this car until late 1944 or perhaps early 1945 .
1937 Chevrolet

This car never made it to Newport News as far as I know because when we moved there in January of 1946, he had a different vehicle which will show up in pictures that I will send later on after I have identified the make and model of it.  It has a connection though since I was born in 1942 and it was the first car that I rode in.
Just a few tidbits about the car and times and one actual memory that I have of it.
1. The memory of it that I have was occurred in the winter of 1944/45 when I was 2.5 years old and is probably because of an accident and my fear of something that occurred after the accident.  What I remember and have a mental image of is the car sitting in a field beside the road and my dad getting out of the car and taking a big round black thing from under the hood. and bringing it back to the drivers side of the car.  I have no memory of the accident itself but for some reason that big black thing scared the little boy greatly.  My mother had no memory of the black thing but my dad told me many years later when I related the memory to him that it was the large oil bath air cleaner that had broken loose during the accident.  He had been driving down a country road near Littleton, NC that we lived near during the early 40s and had been shooting a movie while he drove.  He veered a bit to the left and the car jumped the shallow ditch and bounced into the field next to the road.  I don't know if this contributed to it's later demise but certainly it did not help it.  We were able to continue driving, but that was the last time that my dad tried to take movies while driving.
2. New in 1937 the car would have cost about  $700.  Restored today most go for between $30,000 and $40,000 but I did see one for $160,000 on a UK website.
3. 519,000 of them were built.  There are still a few thousand of them on the road today ranging from fully restored vehicles to heavily customized hot rods.  There is room under the hood for a Corvette V8 engine!
4. The car had an inline 6 cylinder engine and a 3 speed manual transmission with gearshift on the floor.
5. It was available in several models ranging from a 2 door, single seat business coupe to a 4 door Master Deluxe sedan.  There was also a pickup truck and a small delivery van that was built on the same chassis.
6. Back in those days there were no seat belts and as a child I often traveled standing up in the middle of the front seat.  My parents also had a car bed which was a wire frame that sat on the back seat with a cloth box attached to it that I slept in.  By today's standard this would be very unsafe and in fact if you did those things today, you would probably be arrested for child endangerment at the very least.  But speeds were much lower then and there were not so many cars or accidents as today and so it was not considered at all dangerous WAY back then.
If this interests you at all do some Google searches and check out eBay too.  You will be amazed at how many old cars of all makes and models that there are still on the road today.

   GASP!!! What a beautiful car! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Al! - posted at the bottom of the page - which has been somewhat reworked

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/12/08 - "Hi Lady!":

Just returned from Italy (again) where we met Chuck for his R&R, took our daughter Becky with us, and had a whirlwind week, visiting Verona, Venice, Florence, Turin, and Pisa.  In a week or so I will put my photos and to share with anyone who wants to see them.  It was wonderful to be with our son, who has three more months to serve in Iraq, and our daughter.  As you know, when the kids grow up those times when everyone can be together become very rare and precious.  We stayed again at the home of dear friends in Vicenza. 

I thank you for not posting political comments.  We get enough of it on TV and everywhere else...I think people have the right to read/not read anything they want and form their own opinions...your website is too precious to litter it with that stuff. 

Love you, Jeanb

   So that's where you've been - how fabulous! Thanks for telling us; it's always wonderful to hear of the happy moments!

   And I'm glad you support my decision on the political comments; they're exhausting enough for me to hear the first time around, let alone starting a big brouhaha amongst us!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/12/08 - "You Were on my Mind...":

Wow... I had totally forgotten that song... I thought it was the Willie Nelson song, You Were Always on My Mind... another great one! 

Having fun catching up on newsletters and trying to pray for all those who are ill.  Please add my friend Karen Hampton  (Hampton HS - '64 - 0f VA) who has knee surgery tomorrow at Riverside. 

Love, Jeanb

   Thanks again, Lady! We'll certainly add Karen to our prayers!

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; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape.

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"

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.         My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - slight brain concussion - 03/09/08 - update of 03/12/08: still taking it very easy, but progressing as well as can be expected

6.      Me ('65) of NC - recent escalation of shortness of breath, heart and blood pressure problems plus the usual .....; update of 03/12/08: not a great deal of change; still ups and downs

7. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever

8. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08

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

10. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain

11.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008; update of 03/10/08: still needing our prayers

12.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08; update of 03/10/08: still being sedated while not on the ventilator, but made it for nine hours on 03/09/08; "holding his own"

13. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA? - recovering from surgery on her ankle

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

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

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

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

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

19. 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" (#35 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!

   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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Red Is the Rose

Come over the hills, my bonnie Irish lass
Come over the hills to your darling
You choose the rose, love, and I'll make the vow
And I'll be your true love forever.

Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows
Fair is the lily of the valley
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne
But my love is fairer than any.

'Twas down by Killarney's green woods that we strayed
When the moon and the stars they were shining
The moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair
And she swore she'd be my love forever.


It's not for the parting that my sister pains
It's not for the grief of my mother
'Tis all for the loss of my bonny Irish lass
That my heart is breaking forever.


"Red Is the Rose" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/08

Image of Red "Olympiad" Rose courtesy of - 03/11/08

Red Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of well, I just don't know - but it's been in my files since 02/01/05

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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

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

Hampton High School's 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 again, Herbie!!

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

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