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03/13/07 - NNHS Newsletter
Neil Sedaka's 68th Birthday

ďI prithee send me back my heart,
Since I cannot have thine;
For if from yours you will not part,
Why, then, shouldst thou have mine?"

- Sir John Suckling
(10 Feb 1609 - 1 June 1642)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   "Stop the train!" 

   Could someone please explain this to me, please?!?  As I was linking the Wikipedia article about Sir John Suckling to his quotation above, I couldn't help but notice the line marked in red:

John Suckling (poet)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sir John Suckling (February 10, 1609ĖJune 1, 1642) was an English Cavalier poet whose best known poem may be "Ballad Upon a Wedding".

He was born at Whitton, in the parish of Twickenham, Middlesex, and baptized there on February 10, 1609.
He was a dragon until the age of six.

   What is that all about?!?  I'm so confused....


   Belated Birthday Wishes to:

10 - Helen Avant Neal ('57)
11 - Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57)
11 -   Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL
11 -
 Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA

   And a Very Happy Birthday to:

13 -   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA

    Many Happy Returns, Ladies!

HOMEWORK: - Sign a Petition to Send Neil Sedaka to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

   It took me three tries to finalize this for some reason, but my entry is number 2558.


  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 03/13/07 - "Celebration of life for JoAnn Norman Ivey":

I received a call last night from Tracie Larkin,    JoAnn and    Frank Ivey's daughter.  She wanted to get the word out about the celebration of JoAnn's life the family has planned for Thursday at the Point Plaza hotel at 7 pm.  At JoAnn's request the family is having this celebration in lieu of a public funeral.  She's hoping all who knew JoAnn will come. 
The Point Plaza is located at I-64 and Route 17 in Newport News and has been the location of several reunion get-togethers. 
Tracie was contacting    Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of NC) last night to put this in the newsletter, but I haven't seen an issue yet this morning.
Renee Helterbran Benton

   Thank you so much, Renee.  I somehow missed the phone call last night, even though we were home.  I checked the messages on the answering machine this morning, but found no such message there either.  We certainly want to spread this word, though, so y'all may wish to continue phoning and emailing JoAnn's friends so they can attend this celebration.

   This is also posted on JoAnn's Memorial Newsletter:

From Tracie Ivey Larkin of VA - 03/13/07 - "Invitation to JoAnn Ivey's Celebration of Life Ceremony":

Hello Carol,

I am    JoAnn Iveyís daughter.  I can not thank you enough for the work you do on the NNHS website.  I did not know it existed until last night, and the comments that I read from friends of my mother came as a great comfort to me and my father,    Frank Ivey.  Since things were so chaotic with Uncle Tommy passing only a day before Mom, we were not able to disseminate all of the information about her memorial service through her obituary.  Dad and I were wondering if you might be able to add the attached invitation to your web page.    Renee Benton was kind enough to give me your contact information.

Thank you again,

Tracie Ivey Larkin

   Of course, Tracie!  I'd be honored to do that.  And again, you have my sincerest sympathies at this very stressful time.

Dear All,

I can not find the words to thank you all enough for the support and caring you have shown during this very difficult time.  Please know that your kindnesses have made all of the difference.  Because my uncleís death occurred so closely to my motherís, we decided to delay momís memorial service until this week so that we could give Uncle Tommy the respect and grieving that he so well deserved.  Mom made us promise that we would NOT have a sad funeral for her.  She said that she had lived a wonderful and happy life and wanted to be remembered with smiles instead of tears.  Mom has always had a strong Christian faith, and believed with all of her heart that she was going home to be with God and other loved ones who have already passed.  She fought hard and lived well.  I am proud to call her my mother and I thank God that he allowed me to have her for 44 years. 

I would like to invite you all to my motherís Celebration of Life Service, which will be held this Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Point Plaza Hotel in the Chesapeake Ballroom. This facility is located at 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA.  (It is the old Ramada Inn.)  While this may seem to be an odd place to hold a memorial service, please trust that I do believe Mom would be honored to have her life celebrated at this location.  As the Human Resources person for many, many years at her beloved Credit Union, she was responsible for putting on their huge Christmas party, as well as many other corporate functions, for many years.  For about 20 of those years, she dealt mainly with, what is now, the Point Plaza hotel.  Also, the minister that I grew up with is now retired, and does not have access to a church building.  Dad and I had many calls in to the Mariners' Museum, James River Country Club, the Fine Arts Center, etc. but after about a hundred phone calls from her friends who requested that we have it where they remember her laughing and dancing often, we consented.  At that point, the managerial staff contacted us to let us know that they would be honored to host Momís celebration ceremony and offered it as their present to Momís memory.  We now feel extremely honored to hold the ceremony in this place where Mom enjoyed her friends, and they enjoyed her.  We have also been blessed that the company from which she retired has offered to do much of the legwork and phone calling to get all of this together.  I truly do not know what I would have done without the love and support of her ďotherĒ family at the Newport News Shipbuilding Credit Union.  However, what would you expect from an organization headed by CEO George Dudley?  Itís Brenda Martinís brother, and he houses Brendaís same tender, caring heart-only he may be even MORE sentimental! (Right, Brenda!?!)

Since we were unsure of the date of her Celebration of Life when we had to submit Momís obituary to the Daily Press, it will be more difficult to spread the word about the details of the service.  If you know of anyone who knew my mother, please, please help me spread the word and tell anyone who may be interested in attending her service of the details.  Everyone is invited.  There should be plenty of room, and light refreshments with coffee and tea will be served.  Many people have asked to share a memory of Mom, and before our minister closes the memorial, anyone else who would like to speak will be invited to do so. 

Again, thank you all for your care and support,

Tracie Ivey Larkin

Directions: From Gloucester and York County: Take 17 South to Traverse Road (all the way until just before the exit ramp for Interstate 64.)  The hotel will be on your left.  There will be parking at the hotel, although overflow parking can be found at the neighboring shopping center to the north.  The entrance to the Chesapeake Ballroom is located on the northern side of the building, separate from the main lobby entrance.  The hotel is about 1 mile before the entrance to City Center at Oyster Point.  

   This also is posted on JoAnn's Memorial Newsletter:

  From Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA - 03/10/07:

Hi Carol,

I just visited some pages for the first time in a LONG time! You continue to provide a phenomenal service to us!

There is one picture in my group taken at our 60th Birthday party (which is mislabeled). It's the one after Gail Watkins Conway and her husband, and Sammy Tilghman. The next one is of Wayne Boger (64) and his wife Kay. They were sitting with us, and Wayne and Eddie Beasley were good buddies.

I've been fighting a cold, too.. and trying to keep up with almost 500 kids in our elementary school! It keeps me busy!

Hope you are well now, and aren't wearing yourself out. Take good care...
I hope to check back in more often.

Angie Ray Smith

   GASP!!!  From time to time I make some ridiculous mistakes, such as placing people in the wrong classes or "moving" them from one state to another.  But truly egregious errors of this nature are really embarrassing - and the fact that it has remained in place for so long is particularly disturbing!

   Because of the "Copy-Paste-Erase-Replace" methods I use in creating - and recreating - pages of this nature, these things happen more frequently than might be imagined.  This was not an error of identification, as I knew perfectly well who was who in these pictures.  I was in band myself with both Wayne and Eddie.  I'm so sorry for this mistake.  Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention, Angie!


From Mimi Weger Green ('40) of VA - 03/10/07:

Don't forget to "spring forward" on your clocks before you go to bed tonight.



   Thanks, Mimi.  I did it.  I didn't like it, because that meant that on Sunday morning I had to awake at 4:00 AM instead of 5:00 AM, but I did it.  ARGHHH!!!  GIGGLES!!!

  From Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA - 03/10/07 - "Addresses":

Hi Carol,
I've enjoyed reading your newsletter and look forward receiving it, but an odd thing's happened. Just by chance I was looking through my address book and came across all the names of your sons, your sister and another dozen or so that I don't recognize. They've all been deleted now and I don't have a clue as to how they ended up there but I thought you should know what happened in case there's a problem of some sort. I don't know enough about that sort of stuff to write it off as just one of those things.  :-)
Stay well and happy,
Dustin Baker
By the way, I'm so glad your reunion went well and your pictures came out great, if you'll allow me to say so.

   Well, hey there, Dusty!

   Lemme see.  I've thought about this for a while now, and I've tried to think it through as well as my so-called thought processes will allow me to think while I'm still only semi-functional ('cause I can't think at all while I'm ill).  I know how you received them all, but what inserted them into your address book is a bit beyond me.

   I vaguely recall sending something or other from my addy to my sister and children and possibly my three oldest grandchildren as well, clearly showing all their addresses, and blind carboning you in on the note.  It was probably a message containing images of the home in which I lived on Monterey Avenue in Norfolk (which the icomperable   Dave Spriggs - '64 - of VA and his Wonder Camera graciously captured for me) while you and I were attending Old Dominion, and I thought you might get a kick out of seeing them.

   "Sorry 'bout that!"  I've no clue why or how all those addies jumped into your address book, though.  I think sometimes computers have a mind of their own.  Mine is more intent on losing email addies than finding new ones.

  Thanks for checking in, Dusty!  It's good to hear from you - and you have my full permission to say anything you'd like!

  From Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - '72) of VA - 03/11/07 - "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey":

Hiya Carol! Just wanted to say "thanks" to all of the people who provided clues to the mysterious HEY HEY HEY HEY song, that was played on WGH in the mid-sixties. I'm sort of inclined to think it was Danny & the Del-Notes, but it looks like the mystery is going to remain for the time being.
I was driving home from Alexandria today listening to bluegrass on station WAMU. They played an old song from the 1940's that sounded very similar to the song in question. But before the announcer could identify the song, the station faded out! ARRGGHHH!!
Jean Lankes
HHS '72

   Oh, Crum!!!  Doncha hate it when that happens?!?

   Thanks, Jean!

  From Jim Cobb ('66) of VA - 03/12/07:


I have changed internet providers and my new email address is ______________.

Please change so that I continue to receive your great newsletters!


Jim Cobb

NNHS "66"

   That sounds like a serious upgrade in your system, Jim.  I'm happy to have made that change for you - and congratulations!


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1960
will hold a
Typhoon Informal Reunion

on Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at the lovely beach
home of Mary Ann Edwards Elliot on Willoughby
Spit. This will be an afternoon into evening beach
party with covered dish dinner.

Karen Weinstein Witte
14314 Wadsworth Dr. Odessa, FL  33556


The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast
on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!

  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/02/07 - "Amazing chalk drawings on the road"
(#14 in a Series of 28):


Hi Carol ... check out these pictures! They would be good to use one at a time for your newsletter.

Take care!


More chalk drawings from Julian Beever.  Incredible!!!!!  Julian is an English artist who's famous 
for his 3D art on the pavements of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium.

   That they would; they're incredible!  Thanks, Babe!

   In the interest of time and rapid dissemination of that News Flash, I'm reserving much material for the next edition.  Hopefully, it will not be so long between Newsletters as it has been lately!

   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

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Music and Lyrics by Neil Sedaka
(b. 13 Mar 1939)

::Intro: Fade in::
to do do
down dooby doo down down, comma comma
down dooby doo down down, comma comma
down dooby doo down down
breaking up is hard to do

Don't take your love away from me
Don't you leave my heart in misery
'If you go then I'll be blue
'Cause breaking up is hard to do

Remember when you held me tight
And you kissed me all through the night
Think of all that we've been through
And breaking up is hard to do

They say that breaking up is hard to do
Now I know I know that it's true
Don't say that this is the end
Instead of breaking up I wish that we were making up again

I beg of you
Don't say goodbye
Can't we give our love another try?
Come on baby, let's start anew
'Cause breaking up is hard to do

They say that breaking up is hard to do
Now I know I know that it's true
Don't say that this is the end
Instead of breaking up I wish that we were making up again

I beg of you
Don't say goodbye
Can't we give our love another try?
Come on baby, let's start anew
Since breaking up is hard to do

::Fade to silence::
down dooby doo down down, comma comma
down dooby doo down down, comma comma
down dooby doo down down
(breaking up is hard to do)

"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" midi courtesy of - 03/11/07

"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" lyrics courtesy of - 03/11/07

First Image of Neil Sedaka courtesy of,_Neil/Discography/album/P3147/R187822/ - 03/11/07

Second Image of Neil Sedaka courtesy of - 03/11/07

Green Train clip art courtesy of - 08/24/05

Musical Bar clip art courtesy of - 02/05/04

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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