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03/23/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
A Thousand Stars

ďSearch for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all
the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop.
So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.Ē

Og Mandino
(12 Dec 1923 - 03 Sept 1996)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's Newsletter theme is being repeated from exactly four years ago today, albeit with new images, as the older ones seem to have permanently vanished:

BONUS - - A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young


     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 03/22/09, 9:21 PM - "Fred...Sunday....18th day in ICU":

Today was a very good day.....the doctor is very pleased over his progress from yesterday. His body chemistries are almost back to normal.  His heart rate, oxygen, and respiratory were all good today and he seemed more determined to get them to stay that way. 
He is so took 2 nurses and me to just get him up out of bed and move two feet to a chair....his strength will come back'll just be hard.  The chest x-ray this morning looked better than yesterday and his blood work is getting where it should be.
They will start getting him up more least  four times a day. He was in a much better mood today....and he even took a couple of naps while I was there.
For the first time he had interest in the tv....and watched part of the Nascar Race and some of the Golf Tournament.
He even smiled a lot today.
My update will be late again tomorrow....I plan to get the pets out of the pet hotel early in the am...and spend some time with them at home before I go for my blood test tomorrow afternoon....and then I'll head to the least that's my plans for now.
Love to all......Janice
Still has to rest those vocal chords.....
I know I feel much better today than I have felt since Tuesday.

   Thank you, Janice! You're a brave woman - and we're still praying!


1.   Brenda Shephard McCoy ('67) of VA - 03/21/09 (but only discovered this morning):

Please add me to the newsletter list.  Our class 67 got together last night for dinner and   Marty (Whitmore) McCoy ('67 - of VA) gave me your e-mail.  I was really excited about it.   

Brenda McCoy

   Certainly, Brenda! Sorry for the delay. First, your note was misidentified as spam. Then it disappeared altogether and I had to stand on my head and wiggle my ears to retrieve it.

   Welcome aboard - and thanks, Marty!

 - I won't publish your email addy here unless you give me your permission to do so. 


   Happy Birthday today to   Richard Marshall ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA!  Have a Beary Happy Birthday, Olivia!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

28 - Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 and '68) of VA;

29 -   David Hatchett ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

      From Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL - 03/22/09 - "North End Mini-Reunion":

February 25, 2009 may not go down in our U. S. history books, but it will certainly go down in the memory banks of four guys from Newport News' north-end, who went through Stonewall Jackson grammar school together.  Having not seen each other since 1957,  Ed Harris (President of the 1960 Student Body),   Al Simms, David Hubbard, and       Don Jett met at Wright's Dairy-Rite in Staunton, VA for a mini-reunion of the old north-end clan of the 50's.  Growing up through our grammar school years, Ed lived on 52nd Street, Al lived on 64th Street, David lived on 47th Street, and Don lived on 62nd Street.

After 50+ years, the four began making contact with each other through       Carol Buckley Harty's ('65 - of IL) NNHS web-site, followed by direct e-mail.  Don was visiting his brother who lives near Buena Vista, VA and suggested that the four get together and since Ed lives in Roanoke, Al lives in Fredericksburg, and David lives in Lynchburg, it was agreed that a 50's themed restaurant in Staunton named Wright's was fairly central to the four and would be the perfect setting. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Wright's Dairy-Rite, Staunton, VA
Fortunately, we had emailed recent photos of ourselves.....otherwise, we would probably still be looking for each other.  Ed, David, and Don together couldn't put together as much hair as Al still has, even though he is rather creative with his comb.  Surprisingly, all four still looked fairly trim and in pretty good shape, relatively speaking of course.  The afternoon was filled with childhood recollections, many of which really tested our memory's.  We successfully named all seven of our Stonewall Jackson teachers, grade 1 thru 7, as well as the principal.  Of note was Ed and Don, on sax and drum respectively, entertaining Mrs. Dunn's 3rd grade class.  Don had no problem remembering Mrs. Dunn as she forced him to eat liver during lunch and to this day he can't stand liver.  Al remembered 1954 and Hurricane Hazel when he, David and Don nearly drowned while rescuing boats that had broken loose from their moorings near 58th Street, north of the shipyard.  That was a big hangout of ours where we seemed to always find a way to get in trouble.  David recalled the time we used a slingshot to shoot a cherry bomb firecracker into the drainage pipe that exited at 58th Street on the beach and served as the storm drain overflow for Huntington and Warwick Avenues.  That cherry bomb caused an explosion due to gases in the storm drain that actually blew off some of the manhole covers in the streets.  Don and David remembered hopping on the steps of slow moving train coal cars and riding several blocks, jumping off on the other side where the pony league baseball diamond was located.  None of the four had any trouble remembering the football games which were played on the grass field at 60th St between the tall metal water tower and the large concrete water tank.  Everyone gathered there to play football, tackle football, with no equipment.  The only accident remembered was when either Ed or Don (Don was pretty sure it was Ed) fell on Barbara Morris' arm and broke it.  Al was the only one who remembers climbing up to the catwalk and walking around the tall water tower next to the forestation; or at least he was the only one who would admit it.  Many other north-end friends were mentioned during the day such as Lorena ('60) and Shirley ('65) Elder, Donald Patton, Tommy Koger ('60), Richard Eastman ('60), Betty Jean Spencer ('60), Gene Duncan ('60),  Christine Anas ('60), Wally Craver ('60), Bobby Bowden ('60), Elizabeth Mellor ('60),     John Murden ('60), Marilyn Suskind ('60), Kathy Vretos ('60), Jimmy Tolbert ('60), and Franklin Ward ('60).  Lots of other NNHS friends were mentioned, like Frances ('60) and       Phillip ('64) Hammond,   Gene Temple Collins ('60), and   Neta Mae Collins ('60). 
By today's standards, this meeting should have never happened, since we all would have died several times over.  Just imagine, riding bicycles with no helmet, playing tackle football with no pads, swimming and boating with no lifeguard, roller skating in the streets, staying out after dark, and even riding in cars while standing up in the front seat (no seat belts then).  All agreed that the time spent together at Wright's was not long enough and certainly did not do our childhood years justice.  Plans are beginning to be made for a weekend gathering where the wives of the four can also enjoy the madness of more stories of the good old north-end days.
A giant thank you goes out to Carol, who without her NNHS web-site, this meeting and renewed childhood friendships would have most likely never occurred.  A picture is attached, taken of the four while at Wright's.
Don Jett, WHS '60
It is by growing old that one
learns to remain young......

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thank you so very much, Don! Your note arrived just as I was running out the door to go to church Sunday morning, and thus I began my day on a decided high! It always does my heart good to hear of people reconnecting, even by email. To hear of such a warm meeting of friends - well, that would explain my tears of joy, n'est pas?

   I've added this great selection to the Stonewall Jackson page:

    From Deborah Massengill Gilliam '67) of VA - 03/22/09 - "Question":

Does anyone use Linkedin? And do you like it?  My new Firm has recommended it.

   Thanks, Deborah! For unknown reasons, I myself am linked in on Linkedin - which does not make a great deal of sense for me, as I am but a Curious Onlooker at Life. For you, however, Deborah, I should think it would be extremely valuable from a professional viewpoint, so I personally would highly recommend it to you. Let's hear from the class.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/22/09 - "quick thinking":

Wish I could think so quickly...

A man boarded a plane with 6 kids.

After they got settled in their seats a woman sitting across the aisle from him leaned over to him and asked, 'Are all of those kids yours?'

He replied, 'No. I work for a condom company. These are customer complaints I'm taking back to the factory.'

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Ruthie, you made my day! Thanks so much!


   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 03/12/09 - "Have a Giggle (#8 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!


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 03/23/09

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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A Thousand Stars

Written By: Eugene Pearson

(Kathy Young and The Innocents)
(b. 21 Oct 1945)

A thousand stars in the sky like the stars in your eyes
They say to me that thereíll never be
No other love like you-oo for me-e-e
A thousand stars in the sky make me realize
You are the one love that Iíll adore
Tell me you love me
Tell me youíre mine once more (once more, once mo-o-ore)
Each night I count the stars in the sky
Hoping that you arenít telling me lies
Youíre with me tonight, Iím captured by your charms
Oh, pretty baby, wonít you hold me in your arms?
A thousand stars in the sky make me realize
You are the one love that Iíll adore
Tell me you love me
Tell me youíre mine once more (once more, once mo-o-ore)
Each night I count the stars in the sky
Hoping that you arenít telling me lies
Youíre with me tonight, Iím captured by your charms
Oh, pretty baby, wonít you hold me in your arms?
A thousand stars in the sky make me realize
You are the one love that Iíll adore
Tell me you love me
Tell me youíre mine once mo-o-re (I-I-Iím yours)

"A Thousand Stars" midi and lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

 Runaway Stars Images (spotted by the Advanced Camera for Surveys between October 2005 and July 2006; Image credit: NASA/ESA/JPL)
courtesy of - 03/23/09

Animated Stars divider clip art courtesy of  - 03/23/05

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Teddy Bear clip art courtesy of - 03/23/05 (replaced 03/23/09)

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

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!

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

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!!

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

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