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04/03/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Beautiful Texas

“If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower
in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.”

- Audra Foveo

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We interrupt our observance of Holy Week to return to our celebration of Texas - which was interrupted by our observance of Holy Week - which will soon be interrupted by our observance of Passover - which will be interrupted by a return to our observance of Holy Week - because what is Life anyway, but a constant series of interruptions?

BONUS #1 - - Beautiful Texas - The Light Crust Doughboys, 1933

BONUS #2 - - Beautiful Texas - Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies, 1935

BONUS #3 - - Beautiful Texas - Willie Nelson, 1967


    From Dale Parsons (June '48) of VA - 04/03/12, 10:34 AM - " Marguerite Blake Mason":

Marguerite was a member of the Class of June 1948.

   Thank you so much, Dale; I would have had no way of knowing this.  My sincerest condolences on the passing of your classmate.


1. Thursday, April 5, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2.      From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 10/04/11 - "Breakfast Bunch Brunch":

Our next Brunch... is the first Saturday in April 7, 2012, at 11am at the same place, Warwick Restaurant.

After the April BRUNCH, we plan to meet quarterly the first Saturday of July and October as long as the interest holds up.

   Thanks, Bill! We've just realized to our great sadness that there is no way we can be there - and we had soooo been looking forward to it!

   But, HEY, y'all! Ya gotta eat that day anyway, right?? It's an OPEN reunion, and just see how much fun:

"Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose."

   Make your reservations now:

Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716


1.   Judy Warner Camden ('68) of __:

    From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 04/01/12:

Hi Carol,

I'm glad you're feeling a "little" better. Would you please put my 1st Cousin Judy Warner Camden on your list or does she have to sign up herself?

She's at  _________@_______ - the class of 1965 I think! I just got back from visiting her and I was going to use her computer yesterday to sign her up but fell asleep instead :-)

Thanks, Jen

   Certainly, Jennie!  Your cute little cousin seems to have been a member of the Class of 1968 - which explains why I didn't know her as well as I should, but we'll soon fix that!

   Welcome aboard, Judy! I've added your junior image to the Alumni Page for your class:

   Let me know your state of residence, and whether or not you want your email addy posted, and send us your birthday for our collection, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Robert Workman ('57) AND   Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) of FL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

06  Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69);

07 -  Marc Snyder ('65) of NC;

09 -   Denise Roane (Hampton HS - '71) of VA;

10 -      Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) of VA AND    Skip Wood ('65) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


April 02, 1945 - Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil were established.

April 03, 1942 -World War II: Japanese forces began an assault on the United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula.

April 03, 1946 - Japanese Lt. General Masaharu Homma was executed in the Philippines for leading the Bataan Death March.

Monday, April 02, 1962 - The first official Panda crossing was opened outside Waterloo station, London.

Monday, April 02, 1962 - Documentarist Pierre Carles was born in France.

Monday, April 02, 1962 - Singer-songwriter Billy Dean was born William Harold Dean, Jr. in Quincy, Florida.

Monday, April 02, 1962 - Actor Clark Gregg was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Monday, April 02, 1962 - Author Mark Shulman was born in Rochester, New York.


Tuesday, April 03, 1962 -
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist (Social Distortion) Mike Ness was born Michael James Ness in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, April 03, 1962 - Actress Jennifer Rubin was born Jennifer Collene Rubin in Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, April 03, 1962 - Convicted murderer Brenda Ann Spencer was born in San Diego, California.

Tuesday, April 03, 1962 -  Composer Manolis Kalomiris (Μανώλης Καλομοίρης) (b. 1883 in Smyrna, Greece) died in Greece.

  From Kenny Branch ('62) of AR - 04/02/12, 4:10 PM:

Hope the back is better today.

   Thank you so much, Kenny - I really appreciate that! I think at long last it is. After nearly two weeks, I was beginning to fear that it had become a permanent condition - as if I'm not a big enough wienie!

   Give my love to   Becky (Braswell Branch - '65)!

   From Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of South Australia - 04/02/12, 10:12 PM:

Gosh, Carol, glad the nerve's settling down. It would've been so painful.

You take care of yourself, too.


Carla (Cripps)

   Thanks so much, Carla! It probably wouldn't have been so bad were I not such a colossal wuss! I've always marveled at people who are able to function when they are sick or in pain, because I seem to be totally useless - mind and body - at such times.

   Back while he was in high school,          my #4 son, Joshua (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '95 - of IL) would regularly astonish me when he was ill with a raging fever by stumbling in (invariably with a king-size sheet draped around his 6' 7" frame like a long robe) and sit down at the piano and compose a new melody.  WHAT?!?  Such a thing is all but inconceivable to me!

   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 03/29/12 - " 'Health Trends' NNHS Class of '54":
Heart disease has become a major health issue in today's world. We hope the attached information will help you select the proper foods which contribute to a heart healthy diet and avoid those things which may be detrimental.

“NNHS Class of ’54 – Health Trends”

April, 2012


  • Farmington Heart Study:  Cholesterol is not the villain it was once thought to be.
  • Triglycerides may be more important as they bind cholesterol plaque to the arterial walls.
  • LDL Cholesterol:  Occurs when it becomes oxidized, that is, bombarded by unstable negative charged molecules called free radicals which are found in unsaturated fatty acids such as margarine, or heated cooking oils such as corn or safflower.  An over abundance of free radicals can lead to cell DNA damage as well as inflammation.
  • People exposed to free radicals:  Smokers, people with chronic illness, or those who consume unhealthy diets.
  • Antioxidants that neutralize free radicals:  Fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains. Seeds and legumes.
  • Statin Drugs:  Zocor, Lipitor.  Side effects include liver damage and myopathy (a condition characterized by muscle weakness, soreness or aching).  Also induce a deficiency in Q10, a necessary nutrient for cardiovascular function.
  • Solution:  Eat a diet rich in essential fatty acids found it flaxseed, walnuts, and consume cold water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and halibut, twice daily. (Has a blood thinning effect).  7-9 cups of fruits and vegetables.  Liberal amounts of tumeric, ginger, onions and garlic.  Avoid foods that are high in saturated fat such as whole-fat dairy products, and fatty red meats.  Avoid polyunsaturated and trans-fats found in fried and commercial baked products, such as, cookies, cakes, chips, and crackers.  Stay away from high glycemic foods, such as, white bread, muffins and pastries, and other simple sugars.  Reduce the amount of animal protein in your diet and focus on vegetable protein sources such as legumes.  Increase your intake of leafy green vegetables and vitamin B-rich whole grains that are necessary for homocysteine metabolism.
  • Homocysteine: Marker of heart disease.  More important than high cholesterol.  Found primarily in meat, fish and dairy products and is not metabolized properly. Can increase the risk of stroke by 42%.  Also associated with rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimers.  Can be related to B-vitamin deficiencies or low thyroid function.  Reduce the amount of animal protein and focus on vegetable protein. 
  • Include the following in your diet:

1.      Red Yeast Rice

2.      Cinnamon

3.      Vitamin E

4.      Vitamin K

5.      Garlic

6.      Pomegranate Juice


Alvin & Jean Mizelle

“Health Educators”

   Thanks so much, Jack - and Alvin and Jean!

    From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of CA - 04/02/12 - "MARRIAGE (Written by kids)":

(Written by kids)


You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.  
--  Alan, age 10
-  No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.  
--  Kristen, age  10  

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. 
--   Camille, age 10  

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
--  Derrick, age  8 

Both don't want any more kids.   
--  Lori, age 8  

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.  
--  Lynnette, age 8  (Isn't she a treasure?)
On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. 
--  Martin, age 10  

When they're rich.  
--  Pam, age 7 (Love her)
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
-- Curt, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.   
-- Howard,  age 8  

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. 
--  Anita, age 9 (Bless you, child )

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there? 
--  Kelvin, age 8  

And the #1 Favorite is .......

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
--  Ricky, age  10 

     These are hysterical! Thanks, Stacy!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/31/12 - "1 joke, 1 inspiration and bizarre news":
The future
Another commercial

The Environmentalist

One day an executive from a large corporation paid a visit to a fanatical environmentalist who lived in a nearby forest. The executive wanted the approval of the environmentalist for a new product his company was creating, and he took it upon himself to make the visit in person. He even made a bet with his fellow executives that he would come back with the deal.

The executive drove to the forest and stopped his car just outside a grove of trees. He knew that the environmentalist lived in a tent, and soon found him: a young man with tangled hair, a scraggly beard, wearing an old robe that hung down to his knees. He was barefoot, and stared at the executive with disgust after finding out the reason for the visit. He looks at the executive's expensive tailored pinstriped Armani business suit, his polished Gucci shoes, his briefcase, his silk tie and carefully combed hair, and shook his head.

Environmentalist: "I guess you don't understand me very well. It is my policy NEVER to harm a living this! NEVER! And you come here dressed like that!"

Executive: (smiling nervously) "I... I don't understand..."

Environmentalist: (points at the executive's polished loafers) "Just look at those fancy shoes with the little tassels on 'em! Don't you understand that a COW gave its life so you could wear those shoes? Is it more important for you to wear nice shoes than for a cow to LIVE?!"

Executive: "I... I think I know what you mean, but what can I do? I have a very important job. I have to dress well. It's part of my image, my dignity; I can't just..."

Environmentalist: "Take them off! Take them off and throw them away or I won't talk to you!"

Executive: "But these are Gucci loafers!"

The executive realizes that the environmentalist will not budge, so with a sigh, he steps out of his Gucci shoes, which he had just had polished for that meeting. He picks them up and the environmentalist grabs them.

Environmentalist: "Look at these shoes! To think a cow used to walk around wearing these! You'll be a lot closer to the average person without these shoes, anyway. And what about your briefcase? And your belt? And your wallet?! Hand 'em over! They're all leather!"

The executive is stunned, but hands over his briefcase, wallet and belt.

Environmentalist: "Do you know how many silkworms are forced into slavery to produce silk? DO YOU? Those fancy socks look like silk to me. Are they?"

Executive: "Yes, but... I can't take off my..."

Environmentalist: "It looks like you'll be doing this interview barefoot! It will be good for a big shot like you!"

Executive: "Look, can't we..."

But the executive realizes it's hopeless, and takes off his socks. He stands stunned, barefoot in his Armani suit and tie. He realizes the environmentalist is winning the argument, but doesn't know how to stop the transformation.

Environmentalist: "And that necktie is silk... and the pocket handkerchief."

In a moment, the tie, the handkerchief and the socks are in a heap.

Executive: "Now, let's get to business..."

Environmentalist: "It is a terrible thing to force sheep to give up their warm coats just so YOU can strut around in a nice, navy blue, expensive suit!"

Executive: "But this is a two thousand dollar Armani suit! I had it made for me!"

Environmentalist: "Hand it over."


Environmentalist: "There's no need to get upset. I have a fine pair of polyester pants for you. Now lose the suit, and everything else
you're wearing is cotton. You cannot expect me to make a deal with a man who wears the product of a COTTON plant!"

The environmentalist hands the executive a pair of polyester pants and a polyester shirt and in a few minutes he is holding the Armani suit and everything else in his hands. There is now nothing left of the impeccably dressed executive, who now looks like he belongs on the street asking for change, not sitting in an office.

He is so stunned by his own transformation that he doesn't realize that the environmentalist has piled the expensive business clothes together and disappears with them. For an hour, the executive searches, but cannot find the environmentalist.

The executive finally has had enough and leaves in anger. But as he walks away... he suddenly thinks: "He's right! I shouldn't abuse living things just so I can dress well! From now on, my life will be different!"

So the executive returns to the office and tells his stunned colleagues that he is quitting his job and will join the environmentalist in the forest where he will have his own tent.

He returns to the forest, but the tent is folded up. He finds a sign that says: "I've been wrong about everything. I have left to start a new life as an executive. Enjoy the tent. P.S. Thanks for the clothes."

Bizarre News..............

*-- Bear rescues man from mountain lion --*

PARADISE, Calif. - A California man said he was attacked by a mountain lion while out hiking and he was rescued by a mother bear. Robert Biggs, 69, of Paradise said he went out hiking and gold panning Monday morning near Whiskey Flats, and stopped to watch a mother bear with a yearling and a cub sitting on a stream bank, ABC News reported Friday. Biggs said he was turning to leave when a mountain lion jumped onto his back. He said he hit the lion on the head with a rock pick and he turned to see the mother bear grab the mountain lion by the neck and throw it to the ground. The hiker, who suffered a wound to his arm, said the lion fled after a brief struggle. "I think the lion was stalking the bear's cub and I got in the way," Biggs said. "The bear walked calmly back to her cub after, and I wrapped my arm up with a T-shirt and went gold panning before I went home."

*-- $26 hot dog on Rangers Ballpark menu --*

ARLINGTON, Texas - The company that handles concessions for the Texas Rangers said fans at Rangers Ballpark will be able to buy a 1-pound hot dog for $26. Concessions firm Sportsservice said the "Boomstick" hot dog, named in honor of right fielder Nelson Cruz, is topped with shredded cheese, chili, sautéed onions and fries, reported Monday. "I don't know how many calories are in this thing, but it's got to be 2,000 or 3,000," said Casey Rapp, operations manager for Sportsservice. "We did a half-pound hot dog during the World Series and wanted to top it," Rapp said. "Our company had to have the hot dog made special and we had to find a local bakery to make the bun. The bun is like a loaf of bread just to hold this thing."

*-- Wedding postponed to buy chemo for lizard --*

LONDON - A British woman said she had to postpone her wedding after spending more than $4,700 on chemotherapy for her pet lizard. Lizzie Griffiths, 25, of London said she adopted George, her bearded dragon, last year and decided to postpone her wedding to Chris Fisher so she could spend their saved cash to treat the reptile's cancer, The Sun reported Thursday. "Chris knows George will always come first," Griffiths said. "I fell in love with George the minute I saw him and knew I'd do anything to look after him properly. So right now we can't afford a wedding." Griffiths said George, who became the first bearded dragon in Britain to undergo chemotherapy, is now in remission. Fisher said he understands that George will always be "Lizzie's No. 1."

Fountain Of Youth

I do believe that I have discovered the Fountain of Youth. Now it isn’t in some Florida swamp as Ponce de Leon thought. Nor is it in a handful of pills like the pharmaceutical companies would have you believe. My days pop without pills. It certainly doesn’t come from skin lotions and wrinkle creams in spite of what the television commercials say. My laugh lines rev me up rather than slow me down. Neither does it rest in a bottle of hair dye. I find my silver suits me. It shines in the sunlight.

My Fountain of Youth doesn’t come from liposuction. My fat cells are safe. It doesn’t come from facelifts or tummy tucks. A little loose skin never hurt anybody. It doesn’t come from botox. I welcome my wrinkles. They are the parenthesis around my smiles. And it doesn’t come from hormone replacement therapy. My hormones don’t want to be replaced.

My Fountain of Youth comes from the inside not the outside. It can’t be sold or purchased. It can only be chosen. My Fountain of Youth is a loving heart. It is a loving heart I have found that keeps me feeling young inside. It is a loving heart that makes me smile, laugh and sing. It is a loving heart that fills me with joy and fills me with life. It is a loving heart brings me closer to the God who loves us all. It is a loving heart that keeps my own soul’s light burning bright. It is a loving heart that fills my spirit with energy, vitality, peace, and happiness. Yes, my body is getting older day by day but the real "ME" remains both eternal and forever young.

Our souls are meant for eternity, our bodies aren’t. If you want to be young then don’t look in the mirror. Look inside of yourself. Welcome love into your heart and let your love flow like a fountain out of it. Make love your reason for living. Make love your mission in life. Then it won’t matter if you are nine, nineteen, or ninety, you will still be young.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

Thank you, Shari!

BONUS RECIPES: - Slow Cooker Pork Chop Stew - "Thick and hearty, this easy slow cooker soup recipe is a meal by itself. This easy recipe for a slow cooker is a great use for pork chops." - Lemon Dream Cake - "This fantastic Lemon Dream Cake reminds us how awesome easy cake recipes can be. Just some cake mix, yogurt and Cool Whip and you've got an amazing dessert."

    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#11 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey! 


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/27/12 - "HANDY IDEAS (#1 in a Series of 13)":

  COOL BEANS! Thanks, Ruthie! 


From - 04/01/12:

Don't steal, the Government hates competition!


1. Thursday, April 5, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

3. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 4, 5, and 6, 2012 - Class of 1961 Reunion (Postponed from last August due to Hurricane Irene); Saturday, May 5, 2012: Mike O'Neal's Restaurant (, 11006 Warwick Boulevard, Unit 458, Located in the Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, Newport News, VA 23601 (across from the Cedar Lane entrance to Mariners' Museum), (757) 599-5500, about 12:30 for lunch (Dutch treat) - "Any and all ex-Typhoons or old friends are invited."

5. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Beautiful Texas

Words and Music by
W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel
(11 Mar 1890 – 11 May 1969)

 You've all read the beautiful stories
Of the countries far over the sea,
From whence came our ancestors
To establish this land of the free.
There are some folks who still like to travel,
To see what they have over there,
But when they go look,
It's not like the book,
And they find there is none to compare—

CHORUS: To beautiful, beautiful Texas,
Where the beautiful bluebonnets grow.
We're proud of our forefathers
Who fought at the Alamo.
You can live on the plains or the mountains,
Or down where the sea breezes blow,
And you're still in beautiful Texas,
The most beautiful place that I know.

You can travel on beautiful highways,
By the city, the village and farm,
Or sail above on the skyways,
And the beauty below you will charm:
White cotton, green forests, blue rivers,
Golden wheat fields, and fruit trees that bear.
You can look till doomsday,
And then you will say,
That Texas has beauty to spare.

CHORUS: Oh, beautiful....

In this song about beautiful Texas,
There is one thing we have to say.
About 6 million are proud
That they are here to stay.
It's great to be healthy and happy,
And that seems to be our good fate.
So let us all smile,
For life is worthwhile,
When we live in this beautiful state—

CHORUS: Of beautiful....

"Beautiful Texas" midi courtesy of - 04/03/12

"Beautiful Texas" lyrics courtesy of - 04/03/12

Image of Texas Bluebonnets courtesy of - 04/03/12

Blue Gingham Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment.....

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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 courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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

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

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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