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04/07/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Busted

“Being broke is a temporary situation.
Being poor is a state of mind.”

- Mike Todd
(22 June 1909 - 22 Mar 1958) 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  I saw (or rather, heard) this song yesterday on DirecTV's Channel 803 - 60's Revolution, and thought it would be fun to use today. Unfortunately, though, there was no free midi file available for it. There were a couple for sale for a minimal fee, but I passed them up, because, well, y'know, "I'm busted!"

BONUS # 1 - - Busted - Johnny Cash

BONUS # 2 - - Busted - Johnny Cash and Ray Charles

BONUS # 3 - - Busted - Ray Charles, 1982


     Happy Birthday today to   Marc Snyder ('65) of NC!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

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

10 -      Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) of VA AND    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 - Harvey Weinstein ('57) AND  Richard Rawls ('71) of VA;

13 -   Gil Hughes ('64);

14 -   Linda DeShazo Hatchett (’65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


April 7, 1943 - British and American armies linked up between Wadi Akarit and El Guettar in North Africa to form a solid line against the German army.

April 7, 1943 - Holocaust: In Terebovlia, Ukraine, Germans ordered 1,100 Jews to undress to their underwear and march through the city of Terebovlia to the nearby village of Plebanivka where they are shot dead and buried in ditches.

April 7, 1945 - The Japanese battleship Yamato, the largest battleship ever constructed, was sunk 200 miles north of Okinawa while enroute to a suicide mission in Operation Ten-Go.

April 7, 1945 - Visoko was liberated by the 7th, 9th and 17th Krajina brigades from the Tenth division of Yugoslav Partisan forces.


Wednesday, April 7, 1965 - Actor and comedian Bill Bellamy was born in Newark, New Jersey.

Wednesday, April 7, 1965 - Artist Alison Lapper was born (without arms) in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England.

Wednesday, April 7, 1965 - Marc Snyder was celebrating his 18th birthday in Newport News.

  From Tina Crowder Adderholdt ('65) of NC - 04/06/10 - "address change":


Thank you for all that you do, which I must say is an enormous venture!!! I don't remember letting you know, but I now live in Nags Head, NC and not Va. anymore.

Thank you again,

Tina Adderholdt

   Thanks so much, Tina! Yes, you told me about your move back in August of 2008 (no, I didn't really remember that date - I checked!).

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 04/06/10 - "Deer Valley after 6 ft of new over 6 days":

Carol Dear,

I know you get tired of these pictures but I can’t help but want to share them with skiers back home.  I am skied out!  Every day a new layer of powder and I just have to get out on those new powder skis.  They actually keep me safe in the trees and turn on a dime.  The foot of powder today was unbelievable and is expected to continue through tomorrow.  I promise these will be the last pictures.

Take care and enjoy your spring.  We will have one soon, I think.



Friday, April 2, 2010 Monday, April 5, 2010
WOWZERS!!! That much snow in April is just mind boggling! Thanks, Phil!

   Y'all have fun!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 04/05/10 - "I need a push!":

A man and his wife were awakened at 3:00 am by a loud pounding on the door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push.

"Not a chance" says the husband, "it’s 3:00 in the morning!"

He slams the door and returns to bed.

"Who was that?" asked his wife.

"Just some drunk guy asking for a push," he answers.

"Did you help him?" she asks.

"No, I did not, it’s 3:00 in the morning and it’s pouring rain out there!"

"Well, you have a short memory," says his wife. "Can't you remember about three months ago when we broke down and those two guys helped us? I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself!"

The man does as he is told, gets dressed and goes out into the pounding rain. He calls out into the dark, "Hello, are you still there?"

"Yes" comes back the answer.

"Do you still need a push?" calls out the husband.

"Yes, please!" comes the reply from the dark.

"Where are you?" asks the husband.

"Over here on the swing set," replied the drunk.

Go ahead and laugh, you know that was funny!

     Yes, it was, Gorgeous - thanks!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/06/10 - "Pyramid of Friends & More":

See ya Friday or the weekend. :)

Aww too cute
Wow..COoL cONvERsIOn.

Tech Support Needed

Tech Support: "I need you to right-click on the Open Desktop."

Customer: "Ok."

Tech Support: "Did you get a pop-up menu?"

Customer: "No."

Tech Support: "Ok. Right click again. Do you see a pop-up menu?"

Customer: "No."

Tech Support: "Ok, sir. Can you tell me what you have done up until
this point?"

Customer: "Sure, you told me to write 'click' and I wrote click'."




A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine.


Pyramid of Friends

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat
By Michael T. Smith

Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.
~Jim Davis

I sat on my deck. Smoke from the barbecue drifted into the air. As the steaks cooked, I put my feet on an adjacent chair, picked up my book, and quietly read. It was another peaceful spring evening in Nova Scotia.

In the corner of my vision, I sensed movement. It was a large white cat. His long white coat was a stark contrast to the green and brown of the awakening world of spring.

I watched the cat. He approached my flowerbed, sniffed at the newly turned soil, and began to dig.

"Hey!" I jumped from my chair, "Get out of there."

The cat ran so fast it was nothing but a white blur as it fled.

A couple of days later, I was on my deck again. The cat appeared. I chased it away again. This continued through spring and into summer. Every time I sat on my deck, the cat would appear, and I would chase it away.

One evening, as I sat, I heard a "Meow!" There was the white cat standing a few feet from me. It had come around the house from the other direction. Its blue eyes showed no fear as it looked at me. I looked back and admired its courage. I put my hand down, "Here, Kitty." The cat rushed to my hand and rubbed its head against it. A few minutes later, it was in my lap, purring softly. The cat had worn me down.

I couldn't chase him anymore.

I saw the direction it went when it left my lap. It was always in the direction of a new neighbor. One evening I saw my neighbor in his yard. I walked up the hill and introduced myself. His name was Ron. As we talked, the white cat appeared. "Ron, is that your cat?"

"That's Matey. I got him a few months ago. I noticed he goes down the hill to your property almost every evening. I hope he isn't bothering you."

"Not at all, Ron. In fact, he has become a friend." Ron and I became friends too.

For several years we lived as neighbors, sharing Matey's love between us.

A few years after meeting, I had to move for a new job. My family stayed behind to sell the house. While I was away for three months, my wife had a mouse problem. Ron sent Matey to help. Matey stayed in our home for a couple of nights. The mouse problem was solved. Ron also cut a Christmas tree, got it in our house, and on the stand for my wife that year.

Four years and two moves later, we crossed the border to the USA and into Ohio. My barbecue was on my patio. I sat, cooked a steak, and read a book. Across the field, I saw a black cat. It glanced in my direction and continued on.

One night, I went outside for a breath of fresh air. The black cat appeared.

It walked in my direction, came within thirty feet, stopped, rolled onto its back, and meowed. I approached it. It fled. A few nights later, it was there again. The routine was repeated -- it ran away. The cat became a challenge.

I would look for it every evening. It would hear me, wander in my direction, and run away when I got close.

One night I sat on the curb and talked to it. It grew brave and came within reach. I rubbed its head. A friendship was formed. I would step outside and make a noise. The cat would hear and come to me, rub against my legs, and allow me to pet it.

My wife thought I was nuts. I talked about the black cat all the time. I told her how wonderful it was, but she didn't believe me. She thought I was just going out to avoid chores.

I knew the cat's home was a house next to our housing complex. I saw the owner gardening one day and walked over to introduce myself. "Hi! I'm Mike. I live in the townhouse complex. Do you have a black cat?"

"I'm Don. It's nice to meet you, Mike. Yes, I have a black cat. His name is Bob."

We shook hands.

"Bob and I are friends," I said.


"Yes! He comes over to my townhouse whenever I am outside."

"Bob's a friendly fellow. He likes attention."

"I've noticed. He is always coming to me. He's a wonderful cat."

A week later, I was outside, and Bob came to visit. He rubbed against my legs. I took a chance, reached down and picked him up. I held him to my chest. He reached out, put a paw on each of my shoulders, and rubbed his face against mine, one cheek after the other.

A love was formed.

My wife came outside, "Mike, what are you doing?"

"Hon, meet Bob."

She fell in love with my friend. "I thought you were kidding." She rubbed Bob's head. Bob pushed his head into her palm.

"He's beautiful," she said.

Bob won another friend.

Don and I became great friends through Bob. Ron and I became great friends through Matey -- two friends became four. No matter where I work or live, I make new friends. Through those new friends, I met more. Two friends become four. Four friends became eight. The chain of friends grows. Have you heard of pyramid sales? I have. I don't like them. This is different. This is pyramid friendship. Two persistent cats taught me a new concept -- make friends, meet more through them, and meet even more. They taught me to allow my pyramid of friends to grow.

Thanks, Shari!


Holiday Gift Guide for the Super Broke

by Kobina Wright

Nine Gift Ideas

For many people facing serious financial challenges, the holidays can be a seriously stressful and sometimes melancholy time of the year. Even those with more disposable income may find themselves in an incredible amount of credit card debt by the turn of the new year. In fact, countless people have argued for decades, that the holidays have become increasingly capital based and less community, family, and spirit based due to commercial and media pressure.

Because the U.S. holiday spending behavior is not likely to change over night (if ever), here is a list of nine gift ideas for those of us whose funds are abnormally low. This group is the “super broke,” and in case you don’t know if you fit into this category, here is a simple test: If you have to use the change in the ash stray of your car to buy lunch, or if you have to scrape up your last five bucks for gas, this is for you. It is constructed to help you get through these rough, cold, peppermint flavored, jingling times.

Note: For your own comfort and sanity, you might consider picking up a second job. Seasonal work is pretty abundant this time of year, and may be just what you need to get through your monetary crunch.

The first thing to remember is that everyone does not need a gift. A box of 10 holiday greeting cards should cover most of the people in your circle. To save even more money, send electronic Christmas cards instead. There are loads of e-greeting card websites to choose from including,, and Yahoo Greetings.

1. Create music CDs. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Depending upon your ethical stance, you could download super cheap music by song or whole albums – some albums for less than two dollars – from the controversial Russian website, You can download music for pennies.

2. Give the gift of fine art. If you have a friend with a young child, ask your friend if their child would draw a picture for you. Supply the child with an 8 x 10 piece of paper or brown paper bag and ask your friend
to remind their child to sign their name at the bottom. Voila! You have a piece of fine art from an unknown artist. Purchase an inexpensive frame and matting and frame and mat the piece yourself. Be sure to thank the artist with a small token – even if it’s just a dollar or a movie pass.

3. Bake something. Never mind the cookbooks for this one. All you need is a box of cake mix or a tube of pre-made cookie dough. You don’t even have to know how to bake, only how to follow instructions located on the back of the box or side of the tube. This gift shows that you put some of your time and heart into their gift. Glad ™ has plenty of disposable plastic ware you can purchase for your packaging.

4. Create a private concert. Have you ever seen the movie Finding Neverland? A whole staged production in your living room isn’t required, but if you have any musician friends (especially those who might owe you a favor) or if you’re a musician yourself; you can invite one to 10 people over and host a private show at home. Just make sure you don’t allow it to last too long. Your neighbors may not be as appreciative as your guests.

5. Cook dinner. Use one of those Christmas cards you purchased and scribble a dinner invitation in it. Time, place and date. Hike over to your local bookstore, or go to your favorite online bookseller and pick up a cookbook from Rachael Ray, Gordon Ramsey, or Giada de Laurentiis. Then all that is left to do is flip through your new cookbook and find a dish that sounds interesting and cheap. Purchase the ingredients and follow directions. Easy. This could knock out two or three gifts at once.

6. Create a mixed tape (or DVD). Record three to five minute clips of five odd or interesting shows, films or documentaries. You don’t have to start at the beginning of the segment, nor at a place that explains what the viewer is seeing. For example, you may want to record three minutes of a documentary on open heart surgery and then switch to five minutes of a 1983 clip of Wild Kingdom following the behaviors of the Indian pachyderm. It will be a unique 18 to 25-minute experience that no one else will give them this Christmas.7. Publish a biographical transcript. Interview eight or nine friends and family members of a person, asking questions and soliciting comments about them and write it all down then type it up and bind it in a
presentation folder before giving it to that person. It is so nice to read wonderful (and even embarrassing) things people have to say about us… even if it is Uncle Bob who wants to reminisce about that wild night in Vegas…

8. Give a bunch of gag gifts. If your sister has a problem with spending, buy her a piggy bank. If your nephew has been getting into trouble for his foul mouth, buy him a bar of soap. If your best friend spends a little too much time on the phone or if your mother is always late, get them egg timers. You get the point. With each gift, be sure to include a note that tells them why they are getting this gift from you, otherwise they might not get the joke and may end up thinking that you’re just strange.

9. Hit the thrift stores. If you haven’t been in a while, you might be surprised at all the great finds you can stumble upon at second hand stores. From paintings to furniture; jewelry to stemware and everything in between. Many even carry brand new items that larger stores have discontinued. Beware, all thrift stores are not the same. If you’re not vibing with one, browse through a different one. As Smokey’s mother said, “shop around!” You might also want to try out your local pawnshops and consignment stores.

Don’t be ashamed of downsizing this year. If you’ve been super broke for a while, chances are, the people in your circle are already aware of it and won’t be expecting a Rolex from you. However, if your super broke status is new, take this as your call to be creative. An inexpensive, but tailored gift means so much more to so many. Besides, for the super broke, re-gifting is always an option!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 04/06/10:

Life's Plan

Two women met for the first time since graduating from high school.

One asked the other, "You were always so organized in school. Did you manage to live a well planned life?"

"Yes," said her friend, "My first marriage was to a millionaire;
my second marriage was to an actor;
my third marriage was to a preacher;
and now I'm married to an undertaker."

Her friend asked, "What do those marriages have to do with a well planned life?"

"One for the money,
two for the show,
three to get ready,
and four to go!"


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 16, 17, and 18, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1953 will hold its 57-Year Reunion. For details, contact Robert Walker at (757) 596-7722 or Betty Burns at (757) 223-9488 - CLASS OF 1953

2. Saturday, April 24, 2010,11:30 AM - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 56-Year Mini-Reunion Luncheon at The Chamberlin. For details, contact Mickey Marcella at (757) 249-3800 or Betty Hamby Neher at (757) 898-5099 or Dr. Harry Simpson at (804) 694-0346 - CLASS OF 1954

3. Saturday, June 12, 2010 - George Wythe Schools Closing Celebration. Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 / with any questions or to contribute old memories - OPEN TO PUBLIC

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

6. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

7. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. For details, contact Dave Arnold at OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/31/10
NNHS BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Written by
Harlan Howard (08 Sept 1927 - 03 Mar 2002), 1962

Recorded by Johnny Cash (26 Feb 1932 – 12 Sept 2003) with the Carter Family, 1962

Recorded by Ray Charles (23 Sept 1930 – 10 June 2004), 1963

My bills are all due and the baby needs shoes and I'm busted
Cotton is down to a quarter a pound, but I'm busted
I got a cow that went dry and a hen that won't lay
A big stack of bills that gets bigger each day
The county's gonna haul my belongings away cause I'm busted.
I went to my brother to ask for a loan cause I was busted
I hate to beg like a dog without his bone, but I'm busted
My brother said there ain't a thing I can do,
My wife and my kids are all down with the flu,
And I was just thinking about calling on you 'cause I'm busted.
Well, I am no thief, but a man can go wrong when he's busted
The food that we canned last summer is gone and I'm busted
The fields are all bare and the cotton won't grow,
Me and my family got to pack up and go,
But I'll make a living, just where I don't know cause I'm busted.
I'm broke, no bread, I mean like nothing,


"Busted" lyrics courtesy of - 04/06/10

Image of Broke Man courtesy of - 04/06/10

Image of Broke Woman courtesy of - 04/06/10

Dollar Bill Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy o
f - 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!!

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 Snowmen and Animated Frosty clip art courtesy of - 12/08/04

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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