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04/07/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Pieces of April

“And even if you were in some prison, the walls of which let none of the sounds
of the world come to your senses - would you not then still have your childhood,
that precious, kingly possession, that treasure-house of memories?”

Rainer Maria Rilke

(4 Dec 1875 - 29 Dec 1926)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We're getting close to the bottom of the barrel, but we're still continuing with our April themes.

BONUS #1 - - Three Dog Night

BONUS #2 - - Pieces of April - final scenes

BONUS #3 - - Dave Loggins 



   Happy Birthday this week to:
10 -
  Skip Wood ('65) of NC;
11 - 
    Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA AND    Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA AND    Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA:
12 -
 Richard Rawls ('71) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


1.       Herb Hice of MI:

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 04/07/08 - "Herbie'":

Carol and Typhoon Family....

This morning I called   Heidi (Hice MacKay - of MI), and the answering machine picked up.  Unusual, I thought to myself.  An hour later I called again, same heart sank, but my spirit said, wait, they could be transferring him to the Rehab Center.  I waited until about two p.m., and with a prayer on my lips dialed her number again.  One, two, three rings...on the third ring she picked up and sounded pleasant and calm.  She and the day care kids had been outside in the warm weather playing and she wore them out; they were sleeping when I called, and she was enjoying the peace and quiet ! 

"How's your Dad ?" I nearly shouted out of relief !  "He is still about the same, but some days better, some worse; stays off the vent for as along as eleven hours."   She went on to tell me that she had given him a manicure, and he made faces at her because he was being disturbed; he does it when they brush his teeth too, to let the nurses know that they are annoying him.  He is still strong and all tests and vital signs are good. 

I wish I could tell you he is at Rehab, but I can't.  But he is aware of what is going on. Perhaps what he needs is a Marine Drill Sergeant in his room shouting orders, maybe that would wake him up !  Semper Fi, Herbie.....!  

When you are at the grocery, by a card, send it to Herbie, his address is on last Monday's Newsletter.  Do you want him to think we Typhoons are a bunch of Slackers ?  Buy three or four and send one every week.  It could be one of us !  But it is Herbie !  He needs us !

Dimples aka Sepi

   Thank you so very much, Dimples! I've been quite nervous all day, waiting for your report. I'm so relieved; we all love and miss Herbie so much! That address again is:

Herb Hice
47593 Stephanie Drive
Macomb, MI 48044

2. My Niece Shari's Friend, Gayle - and Aries, Emily's Kitten:

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/07/08 - "AN URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!":

When I had my back problems, a couple years ago, my former Relief Society president helped greatly with Emily. I thought she was on the road to recovery after a few back surgeries herself, in a couple week's time (sounds familiar), only to find out I was mistaken. She has been in UVA, for over 6 weeks. Fluid accumulated in her, as it did with Emily, but invaded her lungs. The bottom lobes on both of her lungs collapsed. I just called her for a second, and she sounds so very weak. I feel so badly for her, and I know she shares my feelings of claustrophobia, and this is giving her that feeling, a lot. Please take a moment and pray for her! Gayle is a nice person and is in very, very bad shape. The fluid, though drained, continues to collect, I'm told. She's only in her fifties.
On a lesser note I just adopted a little Japanese Bobtail 6 lb. kitten this morning for Emily. After being altered he came down with a respiratory infection due to the trauma. I was told he was well, and now he sounds sickly. A nice and highly intelligent eighty year old man hand fed him since birth, (I say that because the man knows a lot, about many topics). Anyway... I thought Aries (the kitten) would be great for Emily and for me. He's so, so, cute; but I hope will get well. I have my hands full with Emily, as the pain medicine is not working like it was, and I didn't realize the kitten was going to need doting on, as well.
                              Thank you so much!,

   Thank you, Shari! We'll pray for Gayle and for you and for Emily - and for Aries, too!


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/04/08 - "BEACON - 20 DEC 63: Christmas Issue (Part 2 of 2)":

This is an interesting issue from an historical standpoint.

I don’t think that current public school newspapers are quite so “overt” in their acknowledgement of Christmas.

Friday, December 20, 1963 Friday, December 20, 1963 Friday, December 20, 1963 Friday, December 20, 1963 Friday, December 20, 1963 Friday, December 20, 1963
Page Four - TOP Page Four - BOTTOM Page Five - TOP Page Five - BOTTOM Page SIX - TOP Page Six - BOTTOM

   OH, WOW! I remember this issue! How times have changed! 


   Thank you, Brown Eyes!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/05/08 - "Jury Duty Scam (IMPORTANT) This has been verified as TRUE":

This is is not junk...Identity Theft Scam...I just verified on Snopes and on the FBI site...It's an old trick beginning in 2005, but still very active. 

Please be aware of the following jury duty scam out there:


This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). Please pass this on to everyone in your email address book. It is spreading fast so be prepared should you get this call. Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced.

The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify t he information and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and bingo; your identity was just stolen.

The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois , and Colorado . This (swindle) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system. The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.

Check it out here: 

And here:

 Joyce Cahoon

   YOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Joyce!

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 04/06/08:

Hello again Carol,

Please let Raoul know that my Aunt and Uncle in Lakeland are, indeed, for real. If I could get the date, time, and location of the sock hop, I will let them both know.

And, I will be sure to tell them to look up        Raoul (Weinstein  - '57 - of FL) for a free drink and a free dance. My Aunt would surely love that dance as she has always been a kid at heart.

(And I think the drink would be just what my Uncle needed!!)

My sincere thanks to Raoul for extending his generosity to a very “extended” Typhoon family.

Again, best of luck with the fundraiser.

God Bless the U.S.A.


   How cool would that be?!?

   According to the flyer here, the dance is Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the Lake Mirror Center in Lakeland from 7:00 PM until Midnight.  As it is a fundraiser, tickets are $50.00 a couple in advance, and $60.00 per couple at the door.

   Thanks, Joe Sweetie!


  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 04/06/08:

Wish I could attend the sock hop.  I would love to see my birth place.  I was born in Lakeland but left when I was six years old due to a hurricane that destroyed my dad's citrus farm.  Having returned from WWII and started the farm,   Dad (Clifford Phillips) did not have the funds to rebuild it. 

I have never been back but hope to visit it one day.

    AWWW - wouldn't that be wonderful?!?  Thanks, Cookie!

  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 04/06/08 - "John Lovell USMC Robbery":

Carol and all,
The following that was in today's newsletter is indeed a true story.  I remember reading the article about it in the newspaper.  You can still find that article on-line by doing a Google search on - John Lovell, Marine, Robbery  -  Surprisingly, I did not find it on Snopes either and perhaps that is because it was in national news and so was not questioned.
Robbers are often just plain dumb and these two were double dumb.  The older we get the less that we have to lose and often that means that we just might be more likely to react than someone younger.  Not only did they pick on an older guy but also on a former Marine who was still in good condition.  Just another example of dumb crooks.
Al Simms,
Class of 1960

   Thank you, Al! Here are those stories you no doubt found, an original news report from a south Florida TV channel, and a follow-up in the Marine Corps Times: - POSTED: 6:52 am EDT June 28, 2007; UPDATED: 4:41 pm EDT June 28, 2007: "shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday" - By Michael Hoffman - Staff writer; Posted : Thursday Jul 5, 2007 6:32:23 EDT - "around 11:15 p.m. last Wednesday"

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 04/06/08 - "Marine story":


I just read your newsletter for Sunday, April 4th. The story of the 71 year old marine was great. Since you couldn't find anything under, I decided to do an internet search for the name. Here is what I came up with:

This story was posted on June 29, 2007. (Someone was responding to the story of the shooting, a shooting that was going to happen 7 days later.) The story that is in your newsletter, stated that the shooting took place on July 6th on a Wednesday night. July 6, 2007 was on a Friday, not a Wednesday Either the date in the newsletter is wrong or this did not happen.

Edna Whitcomb Harrison

   Thanks, Edna! As a personal (and I hope, temporary) disclaimer: If anything requires any deductive reasoning ability right now, y'all with have to supply it among yourselves. That part of my brain is definitely non-functioning at the moment.  I won't promise you the answers, just the homework plus the opportunity to think, ponder, and search for the truth.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 04/06/08 - "Ford versus Toyota":

A Modern Parable. But Very Very True.........

A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford Motors) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River.   Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.

The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat.  A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.

Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 7 people steering and 2 people rowing.

Feeling a deeper study was in order; American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion.

They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

Not sure of how to utilize that information,  but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors,  2 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager.

They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 2 people rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder.  It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rowers.  There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses.  The pension program was trimmed to "equal the competition" and some of the resultant savings were channeled into morale boosting programs and teamwork posters.

The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

Humiliated, the American management laid-off one rower, halted development of a new canoe, sold all the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment.  The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses. 

The next year, try as he might, the lone designated rower was unable to even finish the race (having no paddles,) so he was laid off for unacceptable performance, all canoe equipment was sold and the next year's racing team was out-sourced to India .

Sadly, the End.

Here's something else to think about: Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US, claiming they can't make money paying American  wages.

TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US. The last quarter's results:

TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.

Ford folks are still scratching their heads, and collecting bonuses……. 


   Thanks, Norris! didn't seem to have anything on this either, but Googling produced these:

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal

3. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups.....

6.   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - gallbladder surgery on 03/12/08

7. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again

8. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08; update of 03/22/08: recovering nicely

9. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08

10. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"

11.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008; update of 03/17/08: still needing our prayers

12.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08; update of 03/10/08: still being sedated while not on the ventilator, but made it for nine hours on 03/09/08; "holding his own"; update of 03/17/08: not much progress, but no regression, either; update of 03/24/08: "some good days and some bad days; the doctors caring for Herbie are just taking a wait and see approach and playing it by ear day by day"; update of 03/31/08: stays awake longer, off the ventilator longer, now enjoying his beloved opera, card shower requested;  update of 04/07/08: "He is still about the same, but some days better, some worse; stays off the vent for as along as eleven hours."

13. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA - recovering from surgery on her ankle; update of 04/05/08: "has had a cast reapplied and then replaced in the past 2 weeks, and will have to have the pin in her ankle replaced on April 22nd.  She is in good spirits and gets around on a little scooter.  She can't use crutches because of back surgery fairly recently.  She has a lot of pain and discomfort with that, too."

14. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain; update of 03/13/08: "better, but still a bit away from 'good'"

15. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08; update of 03/13/08: "is doing very well.  She is taking some kind of cardio rehab therapy and she is feeling well enough that she has gone back to work.  She's only working 1/2 days..."

16.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

17. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!

18.   Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA - update of 03/30/08: emergency appendectomy caused by ruptured appendix; will be in the hospital 3 - 4 days

19.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08

20. All of Us

1. Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 22nd Annual "Almost World Famous" Sertoma Sock Hop, Lakeland, FL  

2. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958: - 03/18/08

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

  From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC - 03/26/08 - "Good thoughts for 2008" (#11 in a Series of 12):


I just felt you'd like this today.

Thank you for being such a friend to so many of us.


Give this heart to everyone you don't want to lose in '08 including me. 


"Be kinder than necessary because everyone
you meet is fighting some kind of battle.


The 10 commandments are not a multiple choice.

Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you might not get them back. Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives and problems that we may not even notice that we've let them fly away. Sometimes we are so caught up in who's right and who's wrong that we forget what's right and wrong. Sometimes we just don't realize what real friendship means until it is too late. I don't want to let that happen so I'm gonna tie you to my heart so I never lose you.  Send it to some balloons that you think have flown away forever. You may be surprised to see it return. Send this heart to everybody you like.

   Thank you so much, Charlie! You were right - I did need this!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/31/08 - "Don't do this" (#1 in a Series of 23)

I hope you get all the pictures!!!  Also notice that most all the pictures have men in them!!  And they say women are dumb!!!  These guys don't even have the "blonde" excuse.
 Joyce Cahoon

These are very good examples of things that we should NOT do at home, work, or any where else for that matter.

   YOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Joyce!

Standing on a bucket on TOP of a ladder, brilliant.

   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  
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Pieces of April

- Dave Loggins

Three Dog Night, 1972)

April gave us springtime and the promise of the flowers
And the feeling that we both shared and the love that we called ours
We knew no time for sadness, that's a road we each had crossed
We were living a time meant for us, and even when it would rain
we would laugh it off.

I've got pieces of April, I keep them in a memory bouquet
I've got pieces of April, it's a morning in May

We stood on the crest of summer, beneath an oak that blossomed green
Feeling as I did in April, not really knowing what it means
But it must be then that you stand beside me now to make me feel this way
Just as I did in April, but it's a morning in May.

I've got pieces of April, I keep them in a memory bouquet
I've got pieces of April, but it's a morning in May

I've got pieces of April, I keep them in a memory bouquet
I've got pieces of April, but it's a morning in May

"Pieces of April" midi courtesy of - 04/06/08

"Pieces of April" lyrics courtesy
of - 04/06/08

"Rejuvenation" Image courtesy of - 04/06/08

Twig Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/12/07

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

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 again, Herbie!!

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

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

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

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

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

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