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04/19/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Along Came Jones

"One may smile, and smile, and be a villain."

- William Shakespeare

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's Newsletter's theme song was suggested by    Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI on 04/13/05:
You have a magic shower that sings you songs...I have pieces of songs running around in my brain every now and then...this drives me crazy until I can identify the title, the singer, the year, etc.  They are usually from the '60s of course and even though all the algebra and chemistry and most of the history have over the years pretty much left my brain...for some reason these songs remain!  So I was thinking of this piece of a song..."Sweet Sue was a havin' fits...if you don't give me the deed to your land I'll blow you all to bits"..."and then...he grabbed her...and then...he tied her up...and then...along came Jones" (I thought it was along came John)...well thanks be to Google...we found the song and we even were able to purchase a CD (it was sung by the Coasters who also sang "Charlie Brown" and a few other hits...and were able to purchase it on E-bay!  Now I can sleep at night...until the next piece of a song starts to haunt me!

   Thanks, Jean! I'm sure this is the line that kept this song playing around in your brain:

"...A train started comin'..."



   A very Happy Birthday yesterday to    Monty Phillips ('62) of VA and Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA!  We hope you enjoyed your day, Gentlemen! (I'm glad I extended those early wishes!)

  From One of "My" Famous Marines who served in the Pacific Theater during  WWII,
Herbert Hice of MI - 04/13/06 - "Dear Carol, Such beauty in Flowers":

Dear Carol,

My friends Fred & Donna sent me this beautiful Parrot Flower, I thought I would pass it along to you with my favorite phrase. Open this up to see a beautiful flower. There is so much Beauty in Mother Nature. When people are too busy to appreciate the Beauty that surrounds us, my favorite reminder is, Slow Down and Take Time to Smell the Roses, They don't bloom forever.


   Ohhh, Herbie!  These are simply breathtaking!  I've never seen any such thing before!  Thank you so much!

  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 04/14/06 - "The Eye of God":

  This photo is a very rare one, taken by NASA.  This kind of event occurs once in 3000 years.

This is a picture NASA took with the Hubbell telescope.
Called "The Eye of God," it is ...awesome, and worth sharing.
   WOWZERONI!!!  What an incredible image!  Thanks so much, Sarah Sugah!

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/15/06 - "Car Talk":

Hi, Carol:
Thought this might be a good link to add to "Our Old Cars" on the website.
Probably most of your Newsletter subscribers are aware of these two guys who give advise about automobiles. They air on most National Public Radio stations on Saturday mornings, and provide some humorous relief on some serious subjects. Their laughter makes it worthwhile to tune them in, and they are both graduates of MIT.
Here is the link to their website for those who like to use the internet.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   I love that show!  I had no idea that they held degrees from MIT, but it's an entertaining and informative program.  Thanks for the link!

   Joe, I know you must think I abuse you.  You send me things and then I take forever and a day to post them, seemingly without reason.  This one certainly appeared to be easy, but I was having a difficult time determining just where on that rather strangely constructed page I wanted to place the link. 

     Moreover, I had just decided that I wanted to place this glorious vintage image of    Chip Clark's ('65 - of Northern VA) in the title of the page, as what else on earth could better represent that theme?

   And the page needed more color, and a little better arrangement in some areas, and all that took some "mulling time", so I postponed the whole thing until Tuesday morning, when it all jelled in my mind.

Probably Thursday, June 3, 1965    
Image by Chippy Clark ('65) of Northern VA    

   And now it's done:

   Thanks, Joe - and Chip!


  From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 04/16/06 - "Friendship Puzzle":

Hi Carol - thought you might be interested in putting this Friendship Message on the website sometime in the future.  You continue to amaze me and make me smile.    Thank You. 


This is so neat ... be sure after you have finished the puzzle to look at the bottom where it says click here... be sure to click.....

   This is sooo US!  I could think of no better place to post it than here with the Newsletters themselves:

   Thanks so much, Evelyn!


  From One of "My" Famous Marines who served in the Pacific Theater during  WWII,
Herbert Hice of MI - 04/16/06 - "Flower Dog":

Dear Carol,

Happy Easter to you and your Family.

  Here is a FLOWER DOG to cheer you up. It's ( purtier ) if you open it up to full Monitor size.


   AWWWW - Herbie, this is just adorable!  Thank you so much!


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 04/17/06 - "Until We Meet Again":

   Jimmy, thank you so much for this very moving presentation.

   A few weeks ago, before she had ever joined us "officially",   Donna Price Devers ('66 - of NC) - who lives about an hour away from me - asked me (in a letter which subsequently disappeared before I ever answered her - ARGHHHH!!!) how I liked living in Fayetteville.  Except for the fact that Fayetteville is not Newport News, nor does it lie on "the sacred soil of Virginia" (for which my heart ever yearns), I love living here!  Not only am I delighted to be only seven minutes from my sister    (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC), having lived far apart from her for thirty years, I really enjoy the military presence here.  No, that's not strong enough.  I am thrilled by it.

   I still feel that thrill whenever I go out and see men and women in uniform - which happens whenever I leave home.  Fayetteville is home not only to the Army's Ft. Bragg, but to Pope Air Force Base.  Helicopters fly over our home several times a day.  In fact, there's one passing over right now.  As often as I'm able, I still run outside in the yard and stand on my tippy toes and wave to them.  Chances are excellent that with the seven giant Ponderosa pine trees in the front yard, they do not see me.  That's not the point.  I wave to them anyway, just as I always have, just as I always will.

   Many of our dearest friends have served In "lands dark and dusty", as one of them styled it - not once but repeatedly.  At any given time we know more than a small handful of people in harm's way.  We kiss them goodbye as they leave, and hug them home again when they return.  My heart is ever with them. 

   And that's why I so appreciate this presentation.  Thanks, Sweetie!


  From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 04/17/06 - "News Letter":

Dear Carol,
The Easter Newsletter was great.  Thanks for all your hard work.  Really fun to keep up. 

Eva Ellis Madagan (61) of FL

   Thanks, Eva!  It's good to hear from you.  I'm glad you enjoyed it!


  From Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58) of VA - 04/17/06 - "A new crabber!":


I was just talking to one of my husband's old high school buddies, Tom Hall, and I told him about this web page and how wonderful it is!  I told him to contact you and get on the list.  Tom is another friend of Melvin Woolard's (  Gloria Woolard Price's  - Hampton HS - '65 - brother) from the Hampton High School class of '56.  He and his wife Jerry have lived in Hampton all their lives and can tell you anything you want to know about things have changed around town in the last 50 years! 


   Oh, that'll be fun, Joan!  I'll look forward to hearing from them!  Thanks, Pretty Lady!


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 04/18/06 - "Here is the announcement!":


Hello to my favorite webmistress in the whole world. Your Easter message was so good. Thank you very much.

   You're quite welcome, Fred!

I am sending the Daily Press page to show you that our daughter Ansley is getting married and we made the announcement in Easter Sunday's paper.

   Oh, how wonderful!  What a beautiful woman she is!  And I already know how proud you and    Patti (Andrews Mays - '61) are of her!

Sunday, April 16, 2006    

Also, Allen West, who grew up down the street from me has a daughter getting married also. Allen was the youngest of three children. Oops, I recall that his mother has another child much later...I think I am correct. He and his brother Howard, class of 1961 and his sister Catherine, class of 1959 all were neighbors and friends of all who knew them.

   Thank you again, Fred!  I didn't seem to know any of them, but there was an Allen West in the Class of 1968.  I did know a  Kenny West in the Class of 1965, but could not find a yearbook picture of him beyond our sophomore year.

  Sunday, April 16, 2006  

Take care and keep up the superb job you are doing.
Fred Mays ('60)

   Thank you so much, Fred!  and thank you for all the help you've given me, too!


  From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 04/18/06 - "Filler stuff":

Hello Carol,        Tue. Apr. 18, 06        copy to Beth Maxwell
Beth Maxwell of NN sent me this today:
"I was never lost, but I was bewildered once for three days."  --Daniel Boone

Maybe Daniel Boone quoting Carol Harty??

   I believe you have something there, Fred!

I have often wondered when and why the NN Times-Herald vanished. 
The answer appeared in today's Daily Press:

The end of the Times-Herald

Published April 18 2006

Q: When and why did the Daily Press stop publishing the afternoon edition, the Times-Herald?

A: The Times-Herald published its last edition on Aug. 30, 1991, and a newly designed Daily Press debuted the next day. Declining circulation was the cause. A 1991 Daily Press story stated that from 1986 to 1990, the Daily Press added 14,000 subscribers while the Times-Herald lost 11,000. In that same story, Joseph D. Cantrell, president and publisher said, "The consolidation of our two newspapers will give us an opportunity to concentrate our resources on producing a high-quality morning paper, better suited to the needs and interests of our readers."

Something been puzzling you? Drop us a line at or call (757) 247-2830.

   Thank you for sharing that, Fred.  I would not have spotted it, and I too have puzzled over that.

Any visibility on publishing The Special from the CD?

Nostalgic best wishes,        Fred

 I hope to be able to include that very soon now, Fred.  I apologize for the delay.

From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 04/18/06 - "An image for you":

Hi Carol - we both seem to be inflicted with these kind of days occasionally, so I thought this might be a good addition to your image collection (and mine)!
Keep up the amazing job you are doing with the site and the newsletter!!
John London, WHS - 1957
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

~ Denis Waitley ~

   Ahhh, I see we have another mind reader among us!  Thank you, John!  Your timing is perfect!

   Monday was probably one of the most unpleasant, painful, stressful days I have yet endured - or certainly within the last five years.  It was further exacerbated by a violent thunderstorm which sounded as if the roof was going to collapse, and which relieved us of our electricity from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

   When I awoke Tuesday morning, my face and eyes were yet swollen from the "delights" of the day.  As if in compensation for it all (or in obedience to the Equal Time Principle of the Universe), the day turned into a very charming, pleasant one - a mini-vacation from everything, capped by unexpected company in the evening.

   TCM was showing a great old WWII movie (my favorite kind!) in the afternoon, which inexplicably none of us had ever seen - Air Force (1943).  While I watched, I crocheted a major yarn project I need to finish as a gift.

   Shortly after the movie's conclusion, the internet, TV, and phone all went down for probably 90 minutes.  By then I wanted to watch another WWII film (and keep crocheting), so I scrounged my DVD collection for one I hadn't seen lately.  The first one I found was Destination Tokyo (1944).  I flipped over the box and read, "What the WWII-era film Air Force is to the skies, Destination Tokyo is to the seas." - which I found deliciously ironic.

   My daddy    (Robert Buckley - JMHS - '25) a D-Day veteran himself (he was the regimental surgeon of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th division), raised me on WWII movies and above all, documentaries.  The two of us would watch these together whenever available.  Both of these classic movies contained actual wartime footage expertly spliced into them.

   And all that brought me back full circle to    Jimmy Hines' ('64 - of Northern VA) "Until We Meet Again" presentation:

   Thank you once more, Gentlemen!



   This is so old it's downright embarrassing     - but it's fun!

  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 11/15/06 - Reunion CD #10 - Saturday, October 22, 2005:

Bobby ('65) and Sharon Chaffin ('66) Tanner of VA  Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA; Larry Moran ('65) of VA; Glen Davenport ('63) of VA; Connie McGhee Soles ('63) of VA; Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA and _____ _____ of VA Charles and Pauline Collins ('65) Shofner  of VA Angie Ray Smith ('64) and Glen Davenport ('63) of VA  
Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) and Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC Larry Moran ('65) of VA; Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) and Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC; _____ _____ of VA and Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA Jackie Millikin Gray ('65) and her husband  

  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06  - "Why I love the south" (A Series of 27 Images):

If you can stop laughing, you might include one of these each upcoming newsletter .... unless you think it undignified. 


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/30/06  (#37 in a Series):


You may be running out of "Why I Love The South" images, so you can add these which I received from    Tom Flax ('64 - of VA).




   Hmmm...  Yesssss..... (or actually, noooo.....)

   Thanks, David - and Tommy! 


Redneck Guest Bedrooms

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





Along Came Jones

(The Coasters)

I plopped down in my easy chair and turned on Channel 2
A bad gunslinger called Salty Sam was chasin' poor Sweet Sue
He trapped her in the old sawmill and said with an evil laugh,
"If you don't give me the deed to your ranch
I'll saw you all in half!"
And then he grabbed her (and then)
He tied her up (and then)
He turned on the bandsaw (and then, and then...!)

And then along came Jones
Tall thin Jones
Slow-walkin' Jones
Slow-talkin' Jones
Along came long, lean, lanky Jones

Commercial came on, so I got up to get myself a snack
You should've seen what was goin' on by the time that I got back
Down in the old abandoned mine, Sweet Sue was havin' fits
That villain said, "Give me the deed to your ranch
Or I'll blow you all to bits!"
And then he grabbed her (and then)
He tied her up (and then)
He lit the fuse to the dynamite (and then, and then...!)


I got so bugged I turned it off and turned on another show
But there was the same old shoot-'em-up and the same old rodeo
Salty Sam was tryin' to stuff Sweet Sue in a burlap sack
He said, "If you don't give me the deed to your ranch
I'm gonna throw you on the railroad tracks!"
And then he grabbed her (and then)
He tied her up (and then)
He threw her on the railroad tracks (and then)
A train started comin' (and then, and then...!)

"Along Came Jones" midi courtesy of
 located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/15/06
at the suggestion of Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 04/13/06
Thanks, Dave - and Jean!

"Along Came Jones" lyrics courtesy of
 located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/15/06
also at the suggestion of Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 04/13/06
Thanks again, Dave - and Jean!

 Image of Villain courtesy of - 04/17/06

Animated Dynamite clip art courtesy of - 04/17/06

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

Animated Black Train and Tracks Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/17/06

Black Train clip art courtesy
of - 04/17/06

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Dancing Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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