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04/22/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Earth Day Plus 39 Years

“. . . on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was held, one of the most
remarkable happenings in the history of democracy. . ..”

- American Heritage Magazine, October 1993

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This observance is repeated from exactly one year ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Across The Universe - The Beatles (Anthology version) (rotating stills)

BONUS #2 - - Across The Universe - Fiona Apple

BONUS #3 - - Across The Universe - Rufus Wainwright, 2002



  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 04/22/09 - "   Monty (Phillips - '62 - of VA)":

My dear brother had a pretty good day yesterday.  He had my cousins, Cookie (Phillips Tyndall - '64 - of VA) and Lanny, and me in stitches most of the day.  Between that and sitting in a chair from mid afternoon until evening, he wore himself out.  I left to pick up grandson Josh up from school, get his homework done, meet Cookie for some dinner and get back to the hospital.  Jerry and I were entertained next.  First, I was upset with myself for leaving him at all because his fell asleep and pulled a needle out of his arm and bled all over the place.  He had to call across the the hall to other visitors to get help.  Fortunately, the needle was not connected to anything...just a few inches of tubing.  He never loses that sense of humor.  This is a good weapon for what is to come. 

As I reported, the surgery went well.  He eats ice chips (his "breakfast, lunch and dinner") and that is it for now.  He makes comments like "I'm having my dinner now".  You have to be there to appreciate the humor.  He looked like Willie Nelson yesterday. He had a band around his head to hold a tube in place. 

Gotta go!

   Thank you so much, Dearest Judy! 

  From My Friend,  Judy Cress Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '58) of IL - 04/22/09, 11:10 AM - "sick AGAIN":

I can't believe it either! I had an infection somewhere that makes all my joints and muscles feel like they are being twisted slowly and painfully all the time. It's not the flu but Doc says bed rest till Monday and that won't be hard, as lousy as I feel. At least I'm not in the hospital this time!

Please go easy on the email as I can't sit at the PC for very long at a time. Maybe that last worm got me instead of my PC!


   Judy-Judy-Judy!!! You take care of yourself, and we'll keep praying for you! 


   Happy Birthday today to Peggy Lovic Hooper-McLain ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA AND Peggy Hartsel Sack ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 - Donald Smith ('57) of VA;

25 - Lolly Wynne Burke ('57);
26 - Deanna Steele Capps ('57) AND
  Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of AR;

27 -     Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) AND Barbara Jones ('54);

29 -   Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS AND    Mike Sagman ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/20/09 - "Sunday Brunch at The Chamberlin":

Last Sunday I had a real treat. I was invited to attend a tour of the Chapel of the Centurion on Fort Monroe with local historian, John Quarstein, as the guide.

However, prior to the tour, the group met for Sunday Brunch in the Chesapeake Room of the restored Chamberlin.  This was the REAL treat.

Following brunch, Mr. Quarstein discussed the history and gave a brief tour of the renovated Chamberlin, where he now occupies an apartment just off the main lobby.

The renovation has not diminished the old charm of the hotel we knew in our youth. Standing in the lobby and main hall is like standing in a time machine.

Attached are the digital images I took in the Chamberlin. One of the panorama shots is dark because I was shooting into the light of the Palladian windows onto Hampton Roads.


   You really know how to make me drool, doncha?!?  Thanks so much for these beautiful images, Dave!

   I posted them here for all to enjoy:


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 04/21/09 - "Is there a 50th Planned for NNHS 1959?":

I have been contacted by a member of the NNHS Class of 1959 about whether there are plans for a 50th reunion.  Do you have a contact for that class that I could provide/
Joe Drewry
NNHS 1958

   Hi, Joe, I've been wondering that myself. Time is short, but I think things could still be arranged for the fall.  This note from    the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX (06/05/08) might be quite helpful to whoever is in charge so they don't have to reinvent the wheel:

I just wanted to pass on to you that our Fifty-Year Reunion (Class of NNHS 1958) was the Very Best Ever!!  Both our Friday and Saturday night functions were at the Marriott Kingsmill in beautiful Williamsburg.  So many people are responsible for the Magnificent outcome - it was certainly a team effort and paid off in the long run.  I want to pass on the following  names to you so that Classes planning future Reunions can perhaps benefit from our success:
DAN WEST - our DJ -
VICKI VAWTER - Photographer for Class Picture -
FRED MAYS ('60 - of VA) - Collector of Memorabilia - awesome -
BILL CLOUGHLY - Videographer - 

Thanks, Joe!  Let me know what you learn, please!

From Yahoo Health - 04/20/09 - "10 Health Habits That Will Help You Live to 100":

10 Health Habits That Will Help You Live to 100, By Deborah Kotz

You don't need to eat yogurt and live on a mountaintop, but you do need to floss.

The biggest factor that determines how well you age is not your genes but how well you live. Not convinced? A new study published in the British Medical Journal of 20,000 British folks shows that you can cut your risk of having a stroke in half by doing the following four things: being active for 30 minutes a day, eating five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol.

While those are some of the obvious steps you can take to age well, researchers have discovered that centenarians tend to share certain traits in how they eat, move about, and deal with stress—the sorts of things we can emulate to improve our own aging process. Of course, getting to age 100 is enormously more likely if your parents did. Still, Thomas Perls, who studies the century-plus set at Boston University School of Medicine, believes that assuming you've sidestepped genes for truly fatal diseases like Huntington's, "there's nothing stopping you from living independently well into your 90s." Heck, if your parents and grandparents were heavy smokers, they might have died prematurely without ever reaching their true potential lifespan, so go ahead and shoot for those triple digits by following these 10 habits.

1. Don't retire. "Evidence shows that in societies where people stop working abruptly, the incidence of obesity and chronic disease skyrockets after retirement," says Luigi Ferrucci, director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. The Chianti region of Italy, which has a high percentage of centenarians, has a different take on leisure time. "After people retire from their jobs, they spend most of the day working on their little farm, cultivating grapes or vegetables," he says. "They're never really inactive." Farming isn't for you? Volunteer as a docent at your local art museum or join the Experience Corps, a program offered in 19 cities that places senior volunteers in urban public elementary schools for about 15 hours a week.

2. Floss every day. That may help keep your arteries healthy. A 2008 New York University study showed that daily flossing reduced the amount of gum-disease-causing bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria is thought to enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation in the arteries, a major risk factor for heart disease. Other research has shown that those who have high amounts of bacteria in their mouth are more likely to have thickening in their arteries, another sign of heart disease. "I really do think people should floss twice a day to get the biggest life expectancy benefits," stresses Perls.

3. Move around. "Exercise is the only real fountain of youth that exists," says Jay Olshansky, a professor of medicine and aging researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "It's like the oil and lube job for your car. You don't have to do it, but your car will definitely run better." Study after study has documented the benefits of exercise to improve your mood, mental acuity, balance, muscle mass, and bones. "And the benefits kick in immediately after your first workout," Olshansky adds. Don't worry if you're not a gym rat. Those who see the biggest payoffs are the ones who go from doing nothing to simply walking around the neighborhood or local mall for about 30 minutes a day. Building muscle with resistance training is also ideal, but yoga classes can give you similar strength-training effects if you're not into weight lifting.

4. Eat a fiber-rich cereal for breakfast. Getting a serving of whole-grains, especially in the morning, appears to help older folks maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day, according to a recent study conducted by Ferrucci and his colleagues. "Those who do this have a lower incidence of diabetes, a known accelerator of aging," he says.

5. Get at least six hours of shut-eye. Instead of skimping on sleep to add more hours to your day, get more to add years to your life. "Sleep is one of the most important functions that our body uses to regulate and heal cells," says Ferrucci. "We've calculated that the minimum amount of sleep that older people need to get those healing REM phases is about six hours." Those who reach the century mark make sleep a top priority.

6. Consume whole foods, not supplements. Strong evidence suggests that people who have high blood levels of certain nutrients—selenium, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E—age much better and have a slower rate of cognitive decline. Unfortunately, there's no evidence that taking pills with these nutrients provides those antiaging benefits. "There are more than 200 different carotenoids and 200 different flavonoids in a single tomato," points out Ferrucci, "and these chemicals can all have complex interactions that foster health beyond the single nutrients we know about like lycopene or vitamin C." Avoid nutrient-lacking white foods (breads, flour, sugar) and go for all those colorful fruits and vegetables and dark whole-grain breads and cereals with their host of hidden nutrients.

7. Be less neurotic. It may work for Woody Allen, who infuses his worries with a healthy dose of humor, but the rest of us neurotics may want to find a new way to deal with stress. "We have a new study coming out that shows that centenarians tend not to internalize things or dwell on their troubles," says Perls. "They are great at rolling with the punches." If this inborn trait is hard to overcome, find better ways to manage when you're stressed: Yoga, exercise, meditation, tai chi, or just deep breathing for a few moments are all good. Ruminating, eating chips in front of the TV, binge drinking? Bad, very bad.

8. Live like a Seventh Day Adventist. Americans who define themselves as Seventh Day Adventists have an average life expectancy of 89, about a decade longer than the average American. One of the basic tenets of the religion is that it's important to cherish the body that's on loan from God, which means no smoking, alcohol abuse, or overindulging in sweets. Followers typically stick to a vegetarian diet based on fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts, and get plenty of exercise. They're also very focused on family and community.

9. Be a creature of habit. Centenarians tend to live by strict routines, says Olshansky, eating the same kind of diet and doing the same kinds of activities their whole lives. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day is another good habit to keep your body in the steady equilibrium that can be easily disrupted as you get on in years. "Your physiology becomes frailer when you get older," explains Ferrucci, "and it's harder for your body to bounce back if you, say, miss a few hours of sleep one night or drink too much alcohol." This can weaken immune defenses, leaving you more susceptible to circulating flu viruses or bacterial infections.

10. Stay connected. Having regular social contacts with friends and loved ones is key to avoiding depression, which can lead to premature death, something that's particularly prevalent in elderly widows and widowers. Some psychologists even think that one of the biggest benefits elderly folks get from exercise the strong social interactions that come from walking with a buddy or taking a group exercise class. Having a daily connection with a close friend or family member gives older folks the added benefit of having someone watch their back. "They'll tell you if they think your memory is going or if you seem more withdrawn," says Perls, "and they might push you to see a doctor before you recognize that you need to see one yourself."

      From Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL - 04/21/09 - "Just 54 years ago":

Hi Carol,
I don't know if you have seen this yet, but some may find it interesting.
Don Jett, WHS '60

Comments made in the year 1955! That's only 54 years ago!

'I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $20.00.'

'Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $2, 000.00 will only buy a used one.'

'If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.'

'Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?'

'If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.'

'When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.'
'I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.'

'I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in  Texas .'

'Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President.'

I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.'

'It's too bad things are so tough nowadays.. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.'

'It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.'

I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.
'Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to congress.'

'The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.'

'There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend; it costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel.'

'No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $35.00 a day in the hospital it's too rich for my blood.'

If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it.'

   GIGGLES! These are great! Thanks, Donnie!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/21/09 - "How Clever Is This? This is neat!!":

   AHH! Jacquie Lawson cards are always a delight! Thanks, Joyce!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 04/10/09 - "Mother Goose Tells the Truth" (#8 in a Series of 8):

    Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly.
Kiss slowly. Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably,
and never regret anything.



    Well, CRAP!
Now I forgot what I was gonna tell ya!

      Thanks so much, Glenn! These have been painfully delightful!


1. Thursday, April 23, 2009 - See Cal Ripken, Jr. at the Hampton Convention Center.  For details, see - ALL FORMER BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB MEMBERS

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 24, 25, and 26, 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

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

                          Love to all, Carol





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Across the Universe

Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1969

The Beatles

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
That call me on and on across the universe,
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box they
Tumble blindly as they make their way
Across the universe
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Sounds of laughter shades of earth are ringing
Through my open views inviting and inciting me
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a
million suns, it calls me on and on
Across the universe
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

"Across the Universe" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/22/08,
at the suggestion of my daughter, Adrienne Harty of NC - 04/21/08
Thanks again, Adrienne!

Earth Day Logo courtesy of - 04/22/08

Trees Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/22/08

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!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

Animated Drooling Smiley courtesy of - 02/16/09

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

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

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