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03/20/09  - NNHS Newsletter - 
What a Day for a Daydream

“I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.”

Steven Wright
(b. 06 Dec 1955)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

          My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL, suggested this song to be used for this, the first day of spring, back on 02/18/09.  Thanks, Nathaniel!

BONUS - - What a Day for a Daydream - The Lovin' Spoonful, 1966

   Last year on the first day of spring we examined the druid observances of the day, so check there for today's HOMEWORK assignments:

Last year:


     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 03/19/09, 11:59 AM - "Fred's progress Thursday 3/19":

Just to let you know that Fred is much better this morning.  He is still on the respirator..but it is doing the job that he couldn't do...
They don't have him doped up as much as yesterday....and they took off his arm restraints...he knows what's going on and why....and he is writing down questions and thoughts on his notepad. I had 3 pages to read when I got there.
He was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited and couldn't wait for me to read one of the things he wanted everyone to know.....while he was in that dire critical state during the night when they had to put him on the respirator.....he said he crossed over and saw the biggest most beautiful light ........ and he wants everyone that comes in his room from the cleaning lady to the doctor to know what he saw.
He understands what happened to him medically....he wrote a note to the nurse before the procedure and asked if he was going to die.....then he wrote on the pad to have the nurse call me back and tell me that he loved me with all his heart and soul.
God Bless everyone who has been faithful in their prayers and thoughts....we now have proof that there is a better place waiting for all who believe.
Love to all.....Janice

   WOWZERONI! Thank you, Janice! I think all those of us who have had near-death experiences (and even those who haven't) can delight in Fred's joy at this experience!

   A nagging voice in my head, born of my own experience, no doubt, would caution you that when his elation has somewhat subsided (not that it ever should or will, having learned such an eternal truth, but I hope you catch what I'm saying) to gently remind him of the advice given in Matthew 7: 6, lest he find his sacred experience being denigrated by those who do not, cannot, or will not understand.  Perhaps he will not mind such remarks when they come; I'm afraid I myself am not that mature, and would rather not give such people the opportunity.

   We're still praying!

    From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 03/19/09 - "Thank you":

Dear Carol,
Thank you for plugging our website, "World Celtic Connection" on St. Patrick's Day.  I really appreciate it.

Hope that everyone is finished with the nasty stomach thingy.  And all this time I thought that my branch of the family was the only one that celebrated every holiday with a illness of some kind!!!!  And little    Buckley (Harty - of MA) is darling!!!  I just can't figure out how they came up with that name!!!!!!!
While I don't really know about all of the places remembered in your newsletter, I remember Buckroe fondly.        Your father (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) first took me on the roller coaster when I was just barely big enough to ride it.  Uncle Robert had his arm around me the entire ride, and after it was finished and I got off all white and shaking, he turned me around and took me on it again; telling me that I would love it forever if I rode it a second time.  And I still love roller coasters to this day - Loch Ness at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is my favorite.
And I do pray for everyone, especially     Janice and Fred; and   Judy,   Jerry, and  Monty.  And while it is hard enough to have one loved one so very seriously ill, Judy has had two.  I think that Mother Teresa said it best when she commented that God never gives us more than we can bear, but she wished that He didn't trust her so much.
Anyway, get well soon, and thanks again.
Love to all,

   Thank you, Jean! I had no idea your side of the family celebrated all holidays in this "interesting" fashion as well! 

   I'm so happy you shared that Buckroe story with us! I'm not at all certain I've ever heard it!

    This has been one wretchedly nasty illness to which each of the nine of us here this fell victim in one way or another, I do believe, but perhaps we're beginning to heal now.....

    Buckley is quite possibly one of the most adorable babies ever, but I will allow for a slight bit of prejudice in that opinion (though not much!)

   Certainly your prayers on most appreciated by one and all!

   Oh, here's something else you might recall. You might even - oh, I don't know - find our picture on there.....

   Thanks again, Jean!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 03/19/09 - "The Prayer List":

My reading of the reports on my old friend  Monty Phillips ('62) of VA, and those for     Janice McCain Rose's ('65) VA Fred brought memories of sterile hospital rooms, internal and external tubes, alarms and other noises, attentive wife, nurses, fears, hopes, and reluctance about medicines and medical diagnoses. I also believe strongly in the power of prayer and how I believe My God interceded in my personal ordeal. This is the first Ides of March since 2003  that I could celebrate two of my children's birthdays by having a cardio workout, devoid of intravenous tubes and nitro-glycerin pills.

   And we are all likewise delighted by that happy turn of events, Norm!

I appreciate   Judy's (Phillips Allen) ('66) of VA attention to Monty and her reports. I've attached a picture of Monty in halcyon days of 1959-60 when he was -- at least in this photo, one of two base drummers in the Typhoon Marching Band. I pray that Monty will get back his swagger and joy of life during this ordeal. If you have an address you can give me offline or otherwise, I'd love to send him (and Fred) a note and card that may help a little.
And extra helpings of concern and affection for Janice as she continues to see to Fred. May God touch both Monty and Fred.
Norm Covert ('61) MD
1960 Anchor, p. 93

   Thank you so so very much, Normie!


   Happy Birthday today to our Four-Fer - My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Rappahannock HS - '63) of VA AND  Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND   Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND     My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND        My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

22 - Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA;

23 -   Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;

24 -   Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA;

25 -   the late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007) AND      Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND   Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA;

26 -   Gene Collins Glave ('60) of SC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

   From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/18/09:

Aderon Gibbs celebrated his 61st today!  He is in the Class of 1966.

   Oh, thanks, Dee! We've added his name to the list so we can give him the full week of wishes next year! 

   Happy Belated Birthday, Aderon!

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 03/17/09 - "Stuart Gardens":

Here’re a few more for the Stuart Gardens list.  I lived at the corner of 16th and Orcutt.  Rochelle Spooner ('63) lived directly behind us.  Pam (Smith Arnold - '65) was on Jeb’s Place, and Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) was also in Stuart Gardens but I can’t recall exactly where.  Polly ('65) and Bobby ('62) Norris and Craig Miller ('63) were also in the area.

   AYYEEEE!!! Dave, you're messing with my OCD "mind"! All those different overlapping neighborhoods, and only me to keep them all straight!

   Rochelle already mentioned herself here, where Pam and Patsy should be:

   I listed Polly and Bobby and Craig, but they belong on the non-apartment page:

   OH, my head - the voices - make them STOPPPP!!!!

   Just kidding (sorta!)..... Thanks, Dave!

  From Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA - 03/18/09 - "Stuart Gardens":

Hi Carol,
Hope you are all settled in Illinois. We are all sorry you are so far away.
I wanted to add Carol ('59) and Pam ('61) Brown on 16th Street. Pam and I were very good friends in high school. Also the Walkers - Dennis ('58), Sandra ('60) and  Lynn ('65).  I always wanted to live there 'cause every body else did.

   It was a great place, that's for sure and certain!

Also, where in Franklin do your "kids" live? I lived in a Victorian at 77 Crescent Street for 15 years and loved the town. I could walk to anything when  the snows came. I talked to a friend of mine and she said the current residents had painted the house a horrible color. Had to put that in in case they rode by and wanted to know what kind of taste I had!! It was beautiful when I finished with it.
Take care and stay warm
Linda Alfrey Walker (61)

   They live in a brand new neighborhood on the edge in a home only finished in the summer of 2007, but           Dale (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of MA) - said he was familiar with Crescent Street (having helped someone move from there recently), and mentioned something about several unfortunate formerly beautiful old homes which had been rudely painted purple, among other things.....

   Thanks so much, Linda - for everything!

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 03/18/09 - "RE - 03/18/09 - Forty Shades of Green":

Hi Carol - I LOVE this one. 

lv, Irish Ev

   I'm so glad you liked it, Pretty Irish Lassie!

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 03/18/09:

  Kevin and Pier on Pier's Twelfth Birthday

   Thanks, Eleanor - you do nice work!

Sunday, January 17, 2009
Kevin and Pier Dick

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/18/09 - "Green on St. Patrick's Day...":

I have heard of going Green on St. Patrick's Day but you take the cake!!!

   We all must celebrate in our own ways.....  GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Jean!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/18/09 "Let's All Say Prayers for Her Family":

   I think that would definitely be in order - what a tragedy!Thanks, Shari!

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 03/19/09 - "Year 2029 (It would be funnier if it weren't for the fact it might be true)":

Carol ...

This is both funny AND scary .... only twenty years away ...


Year 2029 (It would be funnier if it weren't for the fact it might be true)

Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California. 
White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia's third language. 

Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock. 

Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped. 

Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.
Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels. 

France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica. No other country comes forward to help the beleaguered nation! 

Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking. 

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036. 
Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only. 
85-year $75.8 billion study: Diet and exercise is the key to weight loss. 
Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs. 

Global cooling blamed for citrus crop failure for third consecutive year in Mexifornia and Floruba. 
Abortion clinics now available in every High School in United States . 
Senate still blocking drilling in ANWR even though gas is selling for 4532 Pesos per liter and gas stations are only open on Tuesdays and Fridays. 
Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative. 
Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights. 
Average height of NBA players is now nine feet, seven inches. 
New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2030. 
IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent. 
Floruba voters still having trouble with voting machines. 

Now, send this to whomever you want and as many as you want, then, guess  what....NOTHING will happen. No miracles, no money, absolutely nothing, except you might make someone smile or very very scared. 

I Love This Country!  It's The Government That Scares Me!

   Thanks, Tommee!

  From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ - 03/18/09 - "Irish blessing":

I know this is a bit too late for St. Patrick's Day, but what a wonderful blessing & the photo's are beautiful.  Enjoy.
Mary Massey Lyle   Class of '61  NNHS

    OH, WOW! Thank you, Mary!

  From Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA - 03/18/09:

Can I ask you to do me a HUGE favor - would you please change my email address to _________________? Your emails are getting stopped by my spamware at work.  And by the way - thanks for doing such a wonderful job!!

   Certainly, Roberta - but that was no "huge" favor; it took me about five seconds! Those filters, as valuable as they are, cause a lot of grief sometimes. Mails frequently get lost or misdirected due to their vigilance. That's why I always plead for y'all to bookmark either the main site or the Newsletter link to eliminate the middle man. I'm fairly faithful at keeping the dates of the updates current:

   Thank you for your kind remarks, Lady!

From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 03/19/09:

Please start using my home (email) address: ________________

I retire 31 Mar from the Corps of Engineers at Craney Island after 24.5 years!  YEA!  

   You're all switched now, Karrin - and CONGRATULATIONS!

Thanks for all your work.  I try to keep up emails for Warwick High - JUST EMAILS! Don't know how you do it.  Thanks again.

Karrin Williams Frankie
'61 WHS & Woodrow Wilson schools from 1949-1956 & only the 8th grade at NNHS!
My fiancé was a NNHS grad in '66, Joe Dickson.

   It's just as I've often said, Lady; first, you must be certifiably crazy, and second, you mustn't try to have any other kind of thing going on in your life, and OCD is a definite plus.....

   Thanks for your nice remarks, Karrin!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/19/09 - "A secret worth sharing":

You're going to love this one, so pretty, soooo true!!!   Turn up the volume!!! 
 Joyce Cahoon

Believe me, this is one secret you will want to see, you will want to keep and you will want to share.....please do.......

   Thanks, Joyce, this is a goodie!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/19/09 - "Wow! This goes along with the self defense info. from earlier in the week.":

Lucky for her and God doesn't like ugly! Normally I strongly dislike the fighting ones, but this guy had it coming.

   Thanks, Shari! I may just be in an ornery mood, but I really enjoyed this! Nah - I think I'd enjoy this practically anytime. Of course, I am weird.....

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/19/09 - "What an idea.....":

Economic Solution

This was an article from the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper on Sunday.
 The Business Section had asked readers for ideas on 

 "How Would You Fix the Economy?"  

 Dear Mr. President,
 Patriotic retirement:

There're about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them $1 million apiece severance with stipulations.

They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.

They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars ordered - Auto Industry fixed. 

 They either buy a house/pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis fixed.

   I love this! Thanks, Bill!


   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 03/12/09 - "Have a Giggle (#6 in a series of 13)":

Hi Carol!
Glad you are settling in to your new home!
After hearing me complain about my doctor getting on me about losing another 10 pounds my wife sent me the attached email for future excuses I can give him!
Have to admit I never thought of these and may use them next visit, when I know I will have probably gained another 10 pounds.
In case you need some newsletter filler sometime, I included the "Herman" comic attachments also!

Hope you enjoy them, and thanks again for keeping us in touch with our glory days.

Best to all!
Butch Ragland, NNHS '63
Colorado Springs, CO

   GIGGLES!!! These are great, Butch - thanks!


     From Me ('65) of IL - 03/20/09:

   We still have a number of exciting items to come from quite a few of y'all, but as they are rather time-consuming for me to process, I'm holding them in reserve for next week when I won't be playing with "my babies" with quite such an intensity!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

5. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/18/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

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What a Day for a Daydream

Words and music by John Sebastian
(b. 17 Mar 1944)

(The Lovin' Spoonful, 1966)

What a day for a daydream
What a day for a daydreamin' boy
And I’m lost in a daydream
Dreamin ‘bout my bundle of joy

And even if time ain’t really on my side
It’s one of those days for takin' a walk outside
I’m blowin’ the day to take a walk in the sun
And fall on my face on somebody's new mowed lawn

I've been havin’ a sweet dream
I been dreamin’ since I woke up today
It’s starrin’ me and my sweet dream
Cause she's the one that makes me feel this way

And even if time has passed me by a lot
I couldn't care less about the dues you say I got
Tomorrow I'll pay the dues for droppin’ my load
A pie in the face for bein’ asleep before dawn

And you can be sure that if you're feelin’ right
A daydream will last along into the night
Tomorrow at breakfast you may pick up your ears
Or you may be daydreamin' for a thousand years

What a day for a daydream
Custom made for a daydreamin’ boy
And now I’m lost in a daydream
Dreamin ‘bout my bundle of joy

"What a Day for a Daydream" midi courtesy of - 03/19/09,
at the suggestion of my #5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro High School, IL - '97) of IL, - 02/18/09
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"What a Day for a Daydream" lyrics courtesy of - 03/19/09

"Daydream" Image courtesy of - 03/19/09

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

Peach Zigzag Divider Line courtesy of - 11/28/05

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!!

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

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 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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks again, Al!

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