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05/04/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Stand By Me

Too late we learn, a man must hold his friend
Unjudged, accepted, trusted to the end.

-  John Boyle O'Reilly
(28 June 1844 - 10 Aug 1890)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I thought I'd give Our Wizard of Wonderment,     Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA a little break and not annoy him at the last minute for another music file.  So I took his earlier advice for recycling those he'd already given me, and this is what I found from exactly two years ago today:

   Either way, David is a Super Genius!  Thanks again, Brown Eyes!  


   I actually picked this theme for today, and had all the basic parts to the Newsletter in place, sometime early last week.  It seems strangely ironic now....


   Happy Birthday wishes tomorrow to    Susie Overton Jones' ('63) husband, Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of AL!

   Next week we have    Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA on the ninth, and one of our beloved teachers,    Mrs. Helen Shelton of VA, on the 10th.

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

  From Fuzzy Turner ('63) of NC - 05/03/07, 2:32 PM - "The other side":

Sweet Carol,

You do not have to see us on the other side.  How can I help with your situation?  I know several alumni with great successes in life who would be willing to help if I contacted them.  Your power, water, auto insurance can be taken care of in a hurry along with your internet service.  If we do not know, we cannot help.   Your mortgage or rental problems may take a few extra days, but I am sure some of us may be able to help.  I do not want you to be embarrassed with this e-mail. Hopefully we can post some type of help needed on the NNHS Class of 65 Web address. Please let me know what I can do to relieve some of your worries. Absolutely no strings attached, of course. 

Thanks for letting me share these feelings with you.  


   Dearest Fuzzy, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your thoughts and words! Had this situation not dragged on and on for these past ten months, I suppose it would be easier to bear. I've just grown weary with the fight.....

   That "other side" line sounds so dramatic, even suicidal.  All I really meant was, if I lost the internet, and the electricity, and even a residence, it would be sometime before I saw or talked with you all again.  And if I couldn't afford all that, I surely couldn't waste money on medications for hypertension and asthma.  And as I really didn't think my health would bear such primitive conditions, well - oh, I dunno, it made perfect sense to me at the time!

   Thank you, Sweetie - so very much!

From Carrie Forrest Fox ('52) of VA - 05/03/07, 2:48 PM - "Some help is on the way":

Watch your outside mailbox.
We're with you all the way.
Keep your chin up. We're family.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.

   Oh, my!  Thank you so much, Carrie!

  From Bruce Sims ('56) of FL - 05/03/07, 6:19 PM - "Re: Moments to Remember":


As I said in my call, you have been an inspiration to all of the site members & myself. I am so sorry that things have been so challenging for you & your family. By your hard work & dedication to this site you have made the NNHS Family much closer, & family helps out in time of need. My check is on the way.

I challenge all the other members to open their hearts & wallets with whatever they can to help you'all in this time of transition.  GOD will not close one door without opening a better one. Have faith in Him. We are all praying for you & your family.
           Bruce Sims 1956 & Charlotte (Wheeler) Sims 1955

   Thank you so much, Bruce - and Charlotte!

  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/03/07, 9:38 PM - "Better times to Come":


I am SO VERY sorry to hear that you are  in need.  ....You have SO many FRIENDS that I know somehow YOU will .. OVER COME ..THIS Very Bad Time..  ..I know that all are Praying for You and your Family. 

...You are the BEST..  ...Typhoons Forever.....AL   

   Thank you, Al!  Your happy Pict-o-Grams always cheer my soul!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 05/03/07, 10:30 PM - "SOS":

Help is on the way, hold on, stand still.........
                                                    We love you,

   Thank you, Sweetie!  I love all of y'all, too!

From Ronnie Glasofer Margolis ('63) of CA - 05/03/07, 11:51 PM:

... Thank you for so many hours of enjoyment and memories!  

Ronnie Glasofer Margolis '63

   Thank you so much, Ronnie!  It' good to hear from you

  From Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA - 05/04/07, 5:55 AM:

...Please, please, please keep your chin up.  Things have to get better.  God only burdens us with what we can bear - with His help.  You and yours are in my prayers.

Shirley Eanes Matthews

   Thank you so much, Shirley! I just have to keep reminding myself from time to time that His opinion of me is far better than my own, and that He doesn't really have me confused with some stronger person who can handle such things more gracefully than I!

From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII -
5/04/07 - 9:19 AM - "Carol Needs Our Help":

Dear Carol,

Help is on the way, I am mailing a check this morning, May 4th, Watch for it !!!!!

Your Friend, Herbie

   Herbie Darlin', you are such a Sweetie-Pie!!!  Thanks so very much!

  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 05/04/07, 9:52 AM - "Jobs and Homelessness":


I am distressed to hear that you continue to have financial problems. I presume that this is because of your husband's loss of position some time ago. I will have to say, "been there, done that", although I did not face financial ruin because my wife was working at a high paying job and with kids grown and gone her income alone was enough to keep us going for the year that it took me to be re-employed. I did face all of the same depression and feelings of low esteem that I imagine that your husband has faced. I even wound up under a Doctor's care for awhile because of it. A freind came to my rescue with a new job as Operations Engineer of
E-Tron Systems - Quality Electrical/Electronic Sub-Contract Assembly - HOME and I am still there and plan to be well past age 65. If I learned nothing else from the experience, I learned that age discrimination is alive and well.

First of all, as much as we all like the website it takes a distant back seat to the welfare of you and your family. That welfare should be the focus of all of us until your well being is assured.

For the immediate problem, I have this morning sent a check to you that I hope, along with others that you have or will be receiving from other people, will help to keep "the wolf" and creditors at bay a little longer. But just like the last time this is not a permanent fix and one needs to be found. If I am right that the problem is that you and your husband are not working or at least are not making enough money then something needs to be done about that. At your ages you have life and work experiences that will be valuable to some employer somewhere, and we just have to find that employer. I have a couple of suggestions. You have built a great website and a large following of senior adults and it is now time to use that to see if some reader can do something to alleviate your long term financial problem.

First of all, the next newsletter should contain a resume for your husband at a minimum and perhaps one for you too.

Second, I would like to see that same resume(s) posted prominently on your website - perhaps even on the main lead in page.

The resume should focus on job skills and jobs rather than education which was so long ago that it hardly matters anymore. Somewhere among your website readers is bound to be someone who has some job openings for experienced and stable senior adults. Remember that most of your readers are not kids but are also senior adults and some are going to be in high places and perhaps even owners of businesses and will have the authority to hire who they want.

I am not a principal in my business and work as an engineer, but being the senior staff member there and a past VP and manufacturing manager in other companies, my opinion is valued and sought. We have factory worker job openings from time to time but those are low pay and probably not something that would help. Due to her impending retirement our production manager's job is going to be available in about 3 months and we are already looking for a replacement. The factory and job is at Lorton, VA which is just a few miles outside the Washington, DC beltway. One problem is that it is of course a long way from Fayetteville and would obviously entail a move to an area that is extremely expensive to live in. You would probably be astounded at the price of real estate. If this is something that you or your husband are qualified to do and would be interested in please let me know and I will give you more details and also put you in touch with our General Manager, Mike Vrabel, who is also a close friend from many years ago when he worked for me............... It pays to be nice to your employees because one day one of them may be your boss..............

I look forward to hearing something positive soon. One thing that you are NOT qualified for is to be homeless!

Al Simms
NNHS Class of 1960

   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks, Al!

   It took me a while to figure out how to do this, but maybe this will work:

   That's not exactly how I had envisioned that, but perhaps before next time, I'll have an alternate solution.....

  From Tom Oxner ('65) of AR - 05/04/07, 10:42 AM - "NNHS Newsletters":

I had not received a newsletter in quite some time. I feared that something terrible health wise had happened to you. I was very relieved to visit the NNHS65 website and find that you were still putting out newsletters. My joy was short lived as I read your last newsletter. Thank you for the wonderful things you have done for ALL graduates of NNHS, not just the class of 65.

   Tom, I'm so sorry your Newsletters have not been reaching you!    Ever since early February I've been receiving a greater number of messages telling me that "Barracuda Firewalls" have blocked my emails to a great many of y'all, because they take me for an Evil Spammer.  I was hoping they were bluffer.....

   Thank you so much, Tom!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 05/04/07, 4:25 PM - "The Other Side":

Hey Girl!

Hope to see you on This Side for just a little bit longer. I am so grateful for the joy, laughter, and memories you have brought to me and so many others.

Love, Chris

   Thanks so much, Chris!

I thought chances were excellent that these Sweet Angels would like their anonymity preserved - so I did!

From _____ _____ of the Class of 1966 - 05/03/07, 6:04 PM - "RE: News Flash":


What are your plans now? I am so very sorry to hear of the hardship you are going through...You are in our thoughts and prayers...God will provide a way...sometimes it is in the 13th hour! You are a sweet treasure.. and we love you.

   Plans?!?  Oh, if I had a plan!!!   I don't have a plan.  I'm all out of plans.  My plan is to find a new plan.  If I still had a plan, I wouldn't have this problem, I'd simply have a delay......


From _____ _____ of the Class of 1962 - 05/04/07, 12:25 AM - "Can I help ?":


I am so heavy hearted to hear your news. It all does sound so final. Are you ill? Has this NNHS drained you dry? Your skills are so creative and a genius with a computer. What spirit you have given all of us graduates of NNHS. A way to reconnect. Words fail me, how can I thank you enough for you time and talent and selflessness? Please know I am thinking and praying for you and your circumstances.


   No, Sweetie, I'm not ill, but I was rather far down in the dumps that day.....

   But my work here is what keeps me moving and motivated in life; I cannot imagine it's ever doing anything but energizing me!

   Thank you so much for caring!

From _____ _____ of the Class of 1962 - 05/04/07, 1:11 PM - "what?":


I have just learned of your dire straights. What on earth is going on? Are you seriously in danger of being without a place to live? My question is, why aren't your children and the church assisting you in some way?

In any event, I'm putting in the mail today a check..... In the meanwhile, try to keep the faith. I'm sure assistance is on the way.

Lots of love,

   Every now and then I fall victim to depression - fortunately not often.  (It would be nice if I were to keep my mouth shut and my fingers still at such moments, n'est pas??) When I become overwhelmed, I jump to conclusions which have not yet occurred, and think of them as reality.  All I could see was there was no money, no prospect of money, services would therefore terminate, and sooner or later, eviction would happen.  The cable/internet/phone and electricity are each a month behind..... The rent was due on May 1.

   What's going on is just more of the same - and more - and more - and more - and more........  And it just goes on and on and on and on and never seems to end.

   Only one child is in any position to help, and he has, repeatedly.

   The church has also helped considerably, but it too has limits and guidelines it must follow.  Such assistance is provided on a temporary basis, and widows and orphans have first dibs.  They've been supplying basic food for us for ten months, and will continue to do so as needed.

   Thank you, Sweetie!

From _____ _____ of the Class of 1962 - 05/03/07, 7:59 PM and 8:18 PM - "a little help":


Wish I could have sent more.
Check your Pay Pal account. So sorry to hear you are having problems.
God Bless you.

From _____ _____ of the Class of 1966 - 05/03/07, 9:43 PM and 05/04/07, 6:23 PM:

..... With warm arms and sincere interest in all you do for all Typhoons and native Virginians.....

From _____ _____ of the Class of 1961 - 05/04/07, 9:35 AM - "Caring Typhoons":

Hope this helps. You are in my prayers.

From _____ _____ of the Class of 1962 - 05/03/07, 2:37 PM and  05/04/07, 9:53 AM - "With LOVE":

Carol, dear
I am devastated to hear your news of 'homelessness'.  Please know you are in my prayers and I have a special place for you in my heart.  Thank you for being YOU and always remember how special you are and how much joy you have brought to everyone.
Love, _____

From _____ _____ of the Class of 1964 - 05/04/07, 10:27 AM - "Hope this helps some":

Hard times are not fun - but hope all your friends can help ease the burden a little.....

   Thank you - all of you - so very much, Sweet Angels!


1. Saturday, May 5, 2007 - Newport News Special Day - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

2. Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 60th Birthday Party for the Class of 1965 - OPEN TO ALL NNHS CLASSES

3. Saturday, August 4, 2007 - Typhoon Informal Reunion - NNHS CLASS OF 1960

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7 - 9, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 31 - September 2, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1967

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21 - 23, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

7. Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's Buckroe Beach (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for Everyone - OPEN TO ALL

8. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

  (Detailed information will return next time.)

   From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 04/27/07 - "to make you smile... (#5 in a series of 23)":


I thought folks might enjoy some of these photos as we have so many animal lovers.


Sights you may not see in a lifetime

   I think that's aptly titled!  Thanks, Dave!


   Next Issue: The Class of 1963 AND Back to Normal (well, mostly...)!

   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

Stand By Me

Jeffrey Leiber and Michael Stoller

(Ben E. King)

Peak: #4; Year: 1961; Week peaked: 6/18/1961

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we'll see
No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me.....

And darlin, darlin, stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin, darlin, stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

----- guitar -----

Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin, darlin, stand by me-e, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me....

"Stand By Me" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Stand By Me" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Full Moon clip art courtesy of - 09/20/04

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

 Animated Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/23/05

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!

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, Herbie!

Tiny Angel clip art courtesy of - 08/14/05

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

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