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03/14/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Calendar Girl

"Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards."

- Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
(5 May 1813 11 Nov 1855)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme is brought to you by one of our favorite subscribers:

  From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 03/13/07 - "Calendar Girl":

Hi Carol:
When I opened your website to today's page, the first thing I heard was Neil Sedaka, and the first thing I saw was the birthday calendar, so I immediately thought that an appropriate name and tune for you today would be 'Calendar Girl'. If you are able to click on this link, you will see what I mean.

   Thanks so much, Sweetie! What a great old clip!  I really enjoyed watching that!

   Say, was it just me, or did anyone else think that "Miss April" (a.k.a. "Miss July" and "Miss October") looked enough like    Carolyn Webb Goss ('65) and    Nancy Webb El-Mahdi ('69) to be their sister?!?

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/12/07 - "Better Late Than Never":

Way back on 12-09-2006,    Glenn Dye ('60) of TX wrote an email regarding the uses of "WD-40" and listed a number of them. Indeed the product can be used for those things and some others!
However, it is NOT harmless - "there's nothing in it that will hurt you" - (paraphrased) was stated by Glenn referencing one of the original discoverers of the product and also stating that it's main ingredient is "fish oil".
Now, in NO WAY am I after Glenn, but the "harmless" statement just didn't set well with me and I promised myself to check it out - finally today, I did! On every can, displayed for all to see, is the statement: DANGER...harmful or FATAL if swallowed along with a statement about the dangers of breathing the fumes of the stuff outside of a "well ventilated area"! Also listed on the can on the back side under another "Danger" warning is the statement that it contains "Petroleum distillates"!! They even advise washing it off your skin immediately.
I also know that Glenn would NOT state that it was "harmless" if he were not given some bad information. I'm just trying to drive home the fact that this email is not about Glenn or an attempt to "get him" just an amendment to the story with facts written upon the can.
This stuff can kill ya! Buyer beware!!

   YOWZERONI!!!  Well, of course we all know Glenn certainly meant no harm, and in fact, was trying to be helpful.  I'm sure he's as grateful as the rest of us to know the truth of the matter.  Thanks for investigating this for us, Wayne Honey.  I had really meant to do that myself, but I was too involved trying to locate the Secret Hiding Place of my can of WD-40, which always seems to be intent on hiding from me......

  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 03/12/07:

Hi Carol, Hope you are doing better. Well, Hey Hidy, I know you are, too many people out here pull'n for you! Bet you were sitting/lying there thinking with your ears covered," I wish those prayers would quiet down, I want some rest." That's how many people are out here. ME, I could be dead for weeks and no one would notice unless they needed something. YOU GO, GIRL!


Is it me or do our friends seem to leave us in rashes? So many souls, gone.

 Linda May

   It's not just you, Lady; they are definitely departing in increased numbers.....

   But I myself am at last well and free of that dreadful flu-virus-all-around-bad-stuff.  YAY!!!  I finally moved back into my bedroom Saturday night (03/10/07), having camped out for the better part of the month in the living room on the sofa bed.  I had a saline humidifier running day and night right by my head at one corner, and one of the beautiful little folding tables which that darling   Herbie (Hice of MI) made me a couple of years ago at the other.  It was equipped with a glass of water, a box of tissues, a thermometer, cough drops (both Cepacol and generic), moisturizer, lipstick, hand lotion, and the remote control.  When they themselves weren't ill, my husband and daughter waited on me hand and foot.  Spoiled brat that I am, I found that part at least most delightful.

   I even returned to church Sunday morning (03/11/07).  As I may have mentioned before, I lead the music for the worship service.  As the meeting opened, I realized I hadn't tested my voice to see if I could even sing - not even in the shower - so I was a bit panic stricken for a moment.  But it was mostly returned, so I didn't collapse from embarrassment.

   Life is generally fun and full of surprises. Thanks, Linda May!

  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/12/07 - "NNHS February 24, 2007 Get Together":

Hello everyone! 
We had a really great turnout for the dinner on February 24th.  We had several alumni from other classes joining us and it was a pleasure to have them.  They are:   
Evelyn Vretos - Class of 1955
Dino Vretos - Class of 1957 (Evelyn's brother)
Kathy Vretos - Class of 1960 - (their sister)
  Mike Jeffers - Class of 1961
  Dave Spriggs - Class of 1964
Gayle Latta Pearce - Class of 1964
  Dave Arnold - Class of 1965
John Mercer (wife Susan) - Class of 1967
Bob Cook - Class of 1967
Sharon Hilsdon Bryant (Richard) - Class of 1968
Kathy Cooper - Class of 1970
We had several other people from other classes who were planning to come but the Noro Virus decided to pay them a visit.  Hopefully, they can join us next time.
Richard Bryant, Sharon Hilsdon Bryant's husband borrowed a guitar from    Richie Allen ('66), who just happened to have one in his car, and we all had fun singing along to various songs.  Goodness, I just realized that I didn't give a thought to the other patrons there at Angelo's.  Oh well, we didn't get any requests to stop singing so I guess we sounded alright.  Next time, we want Richard Bryant, Richie Allen and    Lee Cook ('66) to bring their guitars for a really big song fest! 
I hope everyone is thawing out and will enjoy our nice temperatures for the next few days.  My husband, son and I leave on Sunday for two weeks in Oahu, Hawaii with our daughter and grandsons.  We haven't seen them in a year so we are terribly excited.
Oh, forgot!  I am attaching some pictures.  We had some late comers, Richie Allen and Sharon (Chaffin - '66) and Bobby ('65) Tanner so they weren't in the shots as my personal photographer, husband Larry, had retired the camera for the night to enjoy his dinner and some great conversation.  I will send a few at a time so as not to bog down your PC.
Take care!
Dee Hodges Bartram

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!!  Such fun!  I wish I had been able to attend, but as it turned out, I wasn't even able to attend the important functions I had stayed home that weekend to attend, because I was so bloomin' SICK!!!

   Of course, had I known the glorious    Michael Jeffers ('61 - of VA) was going to be there, I may have been able to effect a miraculous recovery....  Sigh.

   I shall work on these images - and the ones sent earlier by    Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) - and try to have them available in the very near future for everyone to enjoy.  Thanks, Dee - and David!

  From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 03/13/07 - "TENNESSEE 10":

----- Any Questions...Jerry 

  Maybe this is the way to teach the 10 Commandments today!  Maybe then
people would "get it" and it wouldn't be construed as 'religious ed'.

Tennessee Ten Commandments

Some people in Tennessee have trouble with all those "shalls" and "shall nots" in the Ten commandments. Folks just aren't used to talking in those terms.  So, some folks in middle Tennessee got together and translated the "King James" into "Jackson County" language.... no joke, read on...

The Hillbilly's Ten Commandments (posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Gainesboro, TN.)

(1) Just one God
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa
(3) No tellin' tales or gossipin'
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin'
(5) Put nothin' before God
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal
(7) No killin'
(8) Watch yer mouth
(9) Don't take what ain't yers
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff

Now that's kinda plain an' simple, don't ya think?  Y'all have a nice day

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  It certainly brings it into the vernacular, doesn't it?!?  Thanks, Sweetie!

   By the way, I tried to check this through just for the fun of it, but my repeated searches were fruitless.

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/13/07 - "I seldom pass along inspirational stuff, but this one got to me.":

My resolution has all but faded, but this one I had to "pass on" for your "spirit"! All these years we thought that it was money at the end of the...

I believe, in these difficult and mean-spirited times in which we live, there needs to be a message of Hope.

We can all use a single image that speaks to us of love, harmony, peace,  and Joy. 
An image that suggests "all is right" with the world. 

... Take a moment to reflect on the picture below.  


   WILDER GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Wayne Honey!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/13/07 - "Value":

I'm sending this to you who are special to me and on my email list.  Just wish I could hug you, too.
To realize
The value of a sister,
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years,
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years,
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year,
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.


To realize
The value of nine months,
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.


To realize
The value of one month,
Ask a mother
who has given birth to
A premature baby.


To realize
The value of one week,
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute,
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second,
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.


Time waits for no one
Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when
you can share it with someone special


To realize the value of a friend or family member:


hold on tightly to the ones you Love

    Thanks so much, Judy!   In view of all the sadness which has befallen us all lately, I thought it best to include this in the Newsletter even though it's a bit long.  We might all have seen it before, but it's one of those things that just bears repeating.

 From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 03/13/07 - "Recent Memorial Editions":

Dear Carol,

As I read all of this and the recent losses, I cannot begin to tell you HOW MUCH you are appreciated. What a wonderful gift you have and a special way of keeping everyone together. You are one special lady - and have been such an inspiration to all of us. Thank You.

Love, Evelyn

  Oh, my, Evelyn - you caught me completely off guard!  Now why are these tears suddenly streaming down my face?!?  Thank you so much, Sweet Lady! Allow me to reiterate - in case someone somewhere might have missed it - how privileged I feel to be able to do whatever it is that I do, and for my association with some of the very finest people in the world.  I'm deeply honored to know you all, and to be able to call you My Friends.

  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/13/07 - "RE: Yesterday When I Was Young":


OK, Sarah to the rescue! Re: the (third grade) classroom pic in Stonewall Jackson here are all the names I know and I only missed 2.

Front row: Bonnie Jennings, Brenda Vanness, Janie Keatts, Betty Takis, Martha Hand, Joy Wheeler

2nd: Mary Helen Simms, Shirley Elder, Betsy Smith, Pauline Collins, ?, Sarah Puckett, Bobbie Wilkins, Jerry Allen

3rd: David Amos, David Trevathan, ?, Bobby Harris, Phil Drummond, Harvey Estes, Joe Laws

How's that for memory - considering what year it is?????


   That's simply superb!  Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

  From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 03/13/07 - "contact":

Please have    Wayne Agee ('58 - of FL) and    Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) contact me.  I'll be in Tampa next week and would love to see them.  Thanks. 

Gary Fitzgerald  

Keep up the good work; will send another check soon. Do you accept PayPal?

   Hi, Gary!   I sent your message off to Wayne and Joe.

   Thanks - I'm trying to get back into the groove with the site and the Newsletters, and yes, I do love PayPay.  The addy is still working well for that. 
Thanks again!

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/13/07 - "Re: Upcoming Mini-Reunion in Florida!":

Hi, Carol:
Thanks for passing along the message. I was not aware that    Wayne Agee lives in Tampa. I am also giving him my reply. I live about 1,500 meters north of the Tampa City Limits off Bruce B. Downs.
Maybe we can meet for dinner.
Eva (Ellis Madagan - '61 - of FL) would like to see    Gary also, so let's pick a nice place!!!
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan


  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 03/14/07 - "Re: Upcoming Mini-Reunion in Florida!":

Thanks, Carol,
Look forward to seeing them both.

   SUPER!!!  I love hearing about reunions, large or small, formal or impromptu.  Y'all have fun - and send us pictures, please!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 03/13/07:

Hi Carol -- in your bio quote about the poet, Sir John Suckling: "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."
I used to hear the same comment from the old-timers on my mother's side of the family -- they would refer to some bratty kid (me, most likely! ;-)) as a "dragon", meaning a real monster. So maybe that's what the comment means???
Who knows? Just stuck in a bio like that, the comment seems really weird.
Hope you're getting over your monster cold!  We miss hearing from ya!   -- Ron

   That is so weird!  I've never heard that expression used, and I certainly wouldn't have expected to see it included in a formal biography!  Thanks so much for that insight, Ronnie!

   And yes, I'm all well, now - thanks again, Sweetie!

  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 03/13/07:

Hi Carol: 

Thank you for publishing the info. about Mrs. Zeno

Hey, I was thinking, if there are any yearbooks that you are missing, like apparently the class of 1956, I have extras of so many.  Let me know specifically which ones and I will see what I can do to help you.

Of course, I do not have all I need.
Take care, Fred Mays

   WOW!  It's curious you should mention this at this very moment, Fred.  I had my own five Anchors (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1965).  When I moved to Fayetteville five years ago, I "requisitioned" my sister    Eleanor's (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) five Anchors (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, and 1959) for "the good of the cause" - much to her chagrin (and my own naughty big grin).  You yourself generously gave me a 1960 and a 1966 Anchor to round out my collection.  Last September the ever glorious freakin' hot    David Whitley ('67 - of VA) graciously let me borrow his 1967 Anchor, which I still have.

   And in a "coincidental" move (NOT!), a sweetheart who has asked to retain anonymity is even now in the process of sending me a 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1957 Anchor.  This will not only expand my access back one more year, but allow me to return to Eleanor her 1955 - 1957 yearbooks.

   Now if you had an extra 1958 and/or 1959 Anchor, Eleanor would just be thrilled beyond words to have her whole collection returned to her - and I, of course, would be delighted to have my very own.  And if you had an extra 1967, I could return David's to him, and I'm sure he would be pleased as punch as well.

   And if you had anything pre -1954 or post -1968, well, we would all be as happy as June bugs!

   I'm not sure why you thought I had no access to a 1956 Anchor, unless it was my extreme slothfulness in scanning    Sandra Canepa's ('56 - of VA) senior portrait.

   I shall have to confess.  Scanning often takes me about 20 to 30 minutes for each portrait, because I take them into PhotoShop and dress them up a bit.  I think perhaps I have the controls misadjusted on my scanner, because this wasn't necessary with my first scanner.  So I generally procrastinate doing anything at all as long as my conscience allows.  Nevertheless, as you can tell from this Alumni Page, I have scanned quite a number of portraits over the past six years.

   I'm just notoriously slow.  In fact, I no doubt have scanned more portraits than are currently showing on that page.  I'm just slow about seeking and posting them until I hear from somebody, too.  Sigh.  What can I say?  I'm a slacker.

   But yes, if you have any more Anchors to spare, that would be most lovely.  Thanks, Fred!

  From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 03/13/07 - "really out of whack!":

Dear Email buddies.....last week my computer was totally out of whack!!!...a complete if I didn't respond to an email that you may have sent that is the reason...also....I was "whacked" with a kidney stone and was really out of it for a few days.  Both the computer and I are running again.....the computer perhaps a little better than I.....

   YOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI, Lady!!! Ya don' posta do dat!  I certainly hope you're feeling much better by now!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/13/07 - "I hope you are feeling better...":

Funny thing happened to me know how we are always hearing a thread of a song and wish we knew the name and who sang it, etc.  Well I remember Roger Clark playing a song I really liked but I could not remember the words or the tune or anything...well tonight I was watching PBS and they had songs of the 50's and Frankie Lane was on (he is 92) and sang the song.  It was called "That's my Desire"...and it went "To spend one night with our old rendezvous...etc. That's my desire"...brought back memories of lovesick Jean (not sure who I was in love with at the time...but one of 'em!!!)   Julius Larosa was also on and he sang E Compari...y'all remember him?
Prayers for Anne Davidson Matthis's ('64) husband Steve, who is having severe health problems.  Anne lives in North Carolina.  Her daughter and family are living with them to help out.  We talked on the phone about a week ago.
Hey, we are having a heat wave here in Yankeeland...up into the 40's!!!

   "That's My Desire" is one of my very favorite songs, too, Jean - for similar reasons.....

   And I hate to be the bearer of more bad news, but the PBS show you were watching was not new this year.  Frankie Laine passed away on 6 Feb 2007, just short of his 94th birthday.

   I used to watch Julius Larosa on the old Arthur Godfrey show.  You might enjoy these sites:'sstory.html

   Thanks, Lady!

  From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 03/13/07 - "Oil change":

Carol, thought you would get a kick out of this. 

Oil Change instructions for Women:

1) Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the mileage reaches 3000 miles since the last oil change.
2) Drink a cup of coffee.
3) 15 minutes later, write a check and leave with a properly maintained vehicle.

Money spent:
Oil Change: $20.00
Coffee: $1.00
Total: $21.00

Oil Change instructions for Men:

1) Wait until Saturday, drive to auto parts store and buy a case of oil, filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and a scented tree, write a check for $50.00.
2) Stop by 7/11 and buy a case of beer, write a check for $20, drive home.
3) Open a beer and drink it.
4) Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5) Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
6) In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7) Place drain pan under engine.
8) Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
9) Give up and use crescent wrench.
10) Unscrew drain plug.
11) Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil: splash hot oil on you in process. Cuss.
12) Crawl out from under car to wipe hot oil off of face and arms. Throw kitty litter on spilled oil.
13) Have another beer while watching oil drain.
14) Spend 30 minutes looking for oil filter wrench.
15) Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off.
16) Crawl out from under car with dripping oil filter splashing oil everywhere from holes. Cleverly hide old oil filter among trash in trash can to avoid environmental penalties. Drink a beer.
17) Install new oil filter making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to gasket surface.
18) Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
19) Remember drain plug from step 11.
20) Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
21) Drink beer.
22) Discover that first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor. Throw kitty litter on oil spill.
23) Get drain plug back in with only a minor spill. Drink beer.
24) Crawl under car getting kitty litter into eyes. Wipe eyes with oily rag used to clean drain plug. Slip with stupid crescent wrench tightening drain plug and bang knuckles on frame removing any excess skin between knuckles and frame.
25) Begin cussing fit.
26) Throw stupid crescent wrench.
27) Cuss for additional 5 minutes because wrench hit bowling trophy.
28) Beer.
29) Clean up hands and bandage as required to stop blood flow.
30) Beer.
31) Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.
32) Beer.
33) Lower car from jack stands.
34) Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during any missed steps.
35) Beer.
36) Test drive car.
37) Get pulled over: arrested for driving under the influence.
38) Car gets impounded.
39) Call loving wife, make bail.
40) 12 hours later, get car from impound yard.

Money spent:
Parts $50.00
DUI $2500.00
Impound fee $75.00
Bail $1500.00
Beer $20.00
Total $4,145.00
(But you know the job was done right!)


   YOWZERONI and WILDEST GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Linda!


   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!

   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

Calendar Girl

- Lyrics and Music by Neil Sedaca

I love, I love, I love my calendar girl
Yeah, sweet calendar girl
I love, I love, I love my calendar girl
Each and every day of the year

(January) You start the year off fine
(February) You're my little valentine
(March) I'm gonna march you down the aisle
(April) You're the Easter Bunny when you smile

Yeah, yeah, my heart's in a whirl
I love, I love, I love my little calendar girl
Every day (every day), every day (every day) of the year
(Every day of the year)

(May) Maybe if I ask your dad and mom
(June) They'll let me take you to the Junior Prom
(July) Like a firecracker all aglow
(August) When you're on the beach you steal the show

Yeah, yeah, my heart's in a whirl
I love, I love, I love my little calendar girl
Every day (every day), every day (every day) of the year
(Every day of the year)

(September) Light the candles at your Sweet Sixteen
(October) Romeo and Juliet on Halloween
(November) I'll give thanks that you belong to me
(December) You're the present 'neath my Christmas tree

Yeah, yeah, my heart's in a whirl
I love, I love, I love my little calendar girl
Every day (every day), every day (every day) of the year

"Calendar Girl" midi courtesy of - 03/14/07

"Calendar Girl" lyrics courtesy of - 03/14/07

"Calendar Girls" Image courtesy of - 03/14/07

Pink String of Hearts Divider Line clip art - 11/17/05

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

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

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, Herbie!

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