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05/23/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Spiderwebs

“Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility,
a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber
of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.”

- Henry James
(15 Apr 1843 - 28 Feb 1916)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter is being rerun from exactly three years ago today:

BONUS - - Spiderwebs - No Doubt, 2003 (This is the second Official Video; I was unable to find a copy of the 1995 version.)


1.     From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 08/22/09 - "Class of '61 Mini Reunion": 



Edward Dwight (Buddy) David, Esq., president, Class of ’61, gave me the mission of asking your indulgence to include our class Mini-Reunion June 13-14, 2009 on your great web site. The Mini-Reunion will include:


Ø  Social get together Saturday night June 13, 6 p.m. – until at the home of Buddy and    Libby (Blechman David - '61) on Parkway Drive.


Ø  Breakfast Sunday June 14 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Saunders home in Isle of Wight.


  Buddy (re-scanned his pictured for you) sent out the updated lists of classmates and has asked each ensure their information is correct and report back. Also encourage classmates to attend, help find the missing ones and be ready for a grand reunion.

Please respond to Buddy post-haste at:

E.D. "Buddy" David
David, Kamp & Frank, L.L.C.
739 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Suite 105
Newport News, Virginia 23606
Phone (757) 595-4500 Fax (757) 595-6723


Continued good wishes to you dear Webdoll and the family.

Norm Covert (’61) MD

   Certainly, Gentlemen! I've posted this announcement on the Reunion Page, as well as our main page and on each Newsletter from now until then:

   And thanks, Normie - especially for rescanning Buddy's senior portrait! Depending on when I did them and which scanner I used, many of my scans are outrageously, unacceptably bad - and Buddy's was definitely one of those. I have gratefully replaced it:

2.      From Me ('65) of IL - 05/23/09, 9:20 AM:

   I was just downstairs waiting for my load of laundry to finish washing so I could toss it into the dryer.    Tumbles and I were sitting on the sofa, when I became aware of some unusual activity outside.  In the space of 25 minutes, 431 people ranging in age from (I would estimate) six to 83, including 14 who were pushing strollers, had passed by our living room window heading north, mostly jogging but with a few walking, right down the middle of Illinois Highway 157 (formerly Route 66).  There were four puppy dogs on leashes, one old lady who was even fatter than I am (and really, REALLY not dressed appropriately for the occasion  ), one elderly person of indeterminate gender, and a bicyclist.

   I did not join them.  I don't know where they were headed, but I was already where I wanted to be - safely inside my own home, away from the prying eyes of old women with OCD who might not be able to refrain from counting them - each and every one - as they passed.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Zoe Pappas Marcopoulds ('57) AND Betsy Wilson Ellis ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

25 - Edna Martin Clemence ('57);

26 -     Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA;

27 - Mary Johnson Weaver ('57);

29 -   Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND   Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA;

30 -   Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 05/22/09 - "Christopher Shores":

Miss Typhoon,

Sorry to hear about all the trouble        Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) is having, but glad to hear that you are standing upright again and feeling better.  I was in a horizontal position for several days last week with a "piglet" type flu, not the full "big hog" flu.  I know Paul will be O.K. with all the prayers that are going skyward on his behalf!  Keep us informed.

   Thanks, Sweetie!

Long ago, back in the Adam and Eve era, I promised to share with your viewers some of the people I knew who once lived in Christopher Shores.  I lived on 13th Street.  Earlier we lived on 29th Street in the 700 block when I attended the second through the 6th grade, Thomas Jefferson and Walter Reed, and then moved to the Shores.  I think this was around 1956 and then after graduation from NNHS in 1961 my parents moved to Mathews County and I ventured into the world of the unknown.
Those that I remember seeing in CS and those I knew who graduated in 1960 are Larry Crum, his brother, Blaine ('57), and sister,  Alma ('64) (20 July 1946 - 25 Dec 1995), all lived in CS.    Joe Frank, '60, and Bobby Frank, '61, lived directly behind me, and    Billy Roady, '60, lived down the street from the Franks.  Joe Shapiro may have also lived in the Shores.
'61 presented a new group of Typhoons who lived in CS such as, Harold Klesmer, '61, and brother Mike ('59); Judy Mathews, '61 and   Steve Seltzer, '61 Bobby Allen ('64) and    David Biggs, '62, also lived in the neighbor.
These are just the classmates I knew and I realize I've left out many who lived in CS.  I apologize for my cognitive slippage, but we are getting older, I think.       

  Marlene McSweeney, class of '61, is deceased.  Can anyone shed any light on when she passed away and under what circumstances?  All I know is that it was at a very young age.

Anyway, if you don't print this it's O.K.  I realize you must screen out junk mail.

George Helliesen, '61 

    Honey, I screen out a lot of things - some junk mail and some other things (generally, political forwards and other obscenities, and more and more frequently now, images that are unrelated to our varied schools, or Virginia, or our lives and loves as we now know them) - but THIS in no way could be considered any of the aforementioned!

    THIS is why we're all gathered here together - to remember, to share, and to record!

   Thank you so much, George! I've added it to the Christopher Shores page:

   I certainly hope someone is able to answer your questions about Marlene. I myself was shocked when I first learned of her death, because I always regarded her with such awe.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 05/22/09 - "Gall Stones":


I have read your description of        Paul's (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) recent health and pray that all of you resolve these issues soon. 

I have a little experience with the Gall Stones.  In 2001 while driving in New York state going on vacation I experienced a sharp pain in the abdominal area, thought it was stomach gas, etc but it was enough for me to pull over and have my wife drive, something I never do.  I actually took a nap.  Once I had relaxed the pain disappeared and didn't come back. 

In November, the opening of deer season, I experience severe abdominal pain around 2 am left the bed room and laid down stairs on a couch trying to spare waking up my wife.  We finally went to the emergency room thinking it was a heart attack.  I could not be still, writhing around with the pain.  Finally the emergency room people administered an IV and knocked me out for a while.  Did a sonogram and discovered multiple stones in the gall bladder.  The surgeon recommended elective surgery rather than an emergency which would run the risks of infection.  I did and have had no further problems with that issue.  The surgery was in one day and home the next.  The stomach does swell up where you can't zipper your britches for a few days but subsides in a week.  This was the micro-surgery.

   YOWZERONI! Thank you, Norris!

   I had my own gallbladder removed almost exactly ten years ago. Prior to that Glorious Day of Delivery, as my pain manifested ONLY on my right lower back - never in my abdomen, I had become rather convinced I had arthritis of the rump.....

   From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 05/22/09 - "Highway Safety":

Dearest Carol,

      Dave Arnold ('65 - of VA) kinda misled you somewhat.  The way that I was keeping the roadway safer, was by keeping him off of the roadway for an hour and a half.


I had a great time and he is correct, you do an outstanding job.

You and the whole Typhoon Nation have a great and safe holiday.  Remember, we'll be out there "creating hate and dissension amongst the motoring public from our mobile observation platforms", or something like that.

Jay Styles, '68

   Thanks so much, Jay Sweetie! As always, I will be doing my part. One of my greatest civic contributions to this country was never obtaining a drivers license, thus keeping America's highways safer for all of us.

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 05/21/09 - " Billy Feather ('64)":

Billy Feather lived in North End on 56th Street, I think. I first met him at Jackson Elementary School in the 7th grade. He and George Rowe ('64 - of VA) both played the clarinet, but I'm not sure if they were in the Senior Band when we graduated in 1964.

Billy's mother was one of the first volunteers when Riverside Hospital moved from 50th Street to J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in 1963. Mrs. Feather went on to be in charge of the volunteer department at Riverside until her retirement. 

As far as cars, I don't have a clue.

Linda Lane

   Oh yeah, I remember that Billy was a North End kid - now that you tell me!

   If I recall correctly, Billy stayed in band through graduation, but even though he had been Vice-President of the band the year before, George was forced to drop band for his senior year due to scheduling difficulties.

   I thought this second yearbook image would shed some light, but I do remember now that it was taken at some strange time of day, and a good third of the band is not shown here (Moi, included).

   (George is now practicing Business and Real Estate Law in Richmond,)

   Thanks, Linda-Linda!

1963 Anchor, p. 36 1964 Anchor, p. 41
 1963 Senior Band Officers:
L. to R.: George Rowe ('64), vice-president; Carolyn Webb ('65), secretary; Chuck Lilly ('63), president; Billy Roberts ('63), treasurer.

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 05/22/09 - "Catholic Health Insurance":

From my Catholic cousin:

Catholic Health Insurance

A man suffered a serious heart attack and had open heart bypass surgery. He awakened from the surgery to find himself in the care of nuns at the Cabrini Catholic Hospital.

As he was recovering, a nun asked him questions regarding how he was going to pay for his treatment.

She asked if he had health insurance.

He replied, in a raspy voice, 'No health insurance.'

The nun asked if he had any money in the bank.

He replied. 'No money in the bank.'

The nun asked, 'Do you have a relative who could help you?'

He said, 'I only have a spinster sister, who is a nun..'

The nun became agitated and announced loudly, 'Nuns are not spinsters! Nuns are married to God.'

The patient replied, 'Send the bill to my Brother-in-Law.'

   Thanks, Tina!

From - 05/22/09 - "Imagine a Genie Within":

Mind Power - The Genie
By Eldon Taylor, May 18, 2009


Imagine that within you was a genie, a veritable creation machine capable of bringing you anything you desired-good and bad.

Let’s imagine that you were unaware of this genie within or had heard about it but disbelieved. Perhaps you’d tried to believe and discovered that it was bogus-the whole thing about the genie within was just so much superstitious mumbo jumbo.

We’re all familiar with such phrases as “the power of the mind,” “mind over matter,” and “the mind-body connection.” We’ve heard of spontaneous healings and achieving or creating the life of our dreams. Most of us have even experienced some of this, even if it appears to be in very limited ways.
Almost everyone today has at least heard of the book and movie The Secret. They were marketed in an absolutely magnificent manner, and although they contain no real secrets, they nevertheless retold in new ways the inner mystical teachings of all ages. The Secret informed readers and viewers that one’s mind was a genie of sorts, for whatever it held in sufficient detail it would attract or create, and these two words were actually interchangeable in this context.

Maybe you watched The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, or some other program and heard of the magnificent wealth and abundance that people had attracted using The Secret. Perhaps you grabbed a book, CD, or DVD all about the Law of Attraction and pored through it to glean the exact hows, whys, and wherefores.

Now armed with the secret knowledge and the testimony of so many, you created a vision board and printed out affirmations that you pasted everywhere so you’d constantly see them. You began visualizing all the things you wanted to attract and even started down the road of daily meditation.

You got on the Internet and looked up such terms as New Age and metaphysical. You subscribed to numerous mailing lists, tuned in to New Age Internet radio shows, and began to buy self-help books. Alas, nothing wonderful happened.

Unfortunately, that’s the experience of most people who tuned in to the idea of the genie within. Some, however, found a different result. They manifested their home, a special relationship, or the like. Not many achieved this, mind you, but some. Why?

The mind is that genie, and it’s the doorway to the manifestation process, although its role is often misunderstood. It’s an entry point, a doorway, not the manifestation tool per se. The mind provides the pictures, not the feeling. It organizes our activity to build a vision board, post the affirmations, and so forth. It invests some learned belief (expectation) in the process. Actually, the mind’s highest role is inhibition.

Let me say that again: The mind’s highest role is inhibition!

The Human Mind

Like it or not, we’re all the product of millions of years of survival evolution. Wired in every one of us, no matter what our calling-including the highest evolved of spiritual beings now walking the earth-are primitive mechanisms that respond to primitive and sometimes rather gross stimuli.

Often, stimuli that we consciously claim as reprehensible are nevertheless processed subconsciously in ways that drive us toward seeking more of the same. Those mechanisms respond to fight and flight, taboo images, socially fearful rejections, and similar stimuli in a mechanical way-thus, the term mechanism.

The human brain is a marvel of evolution, and one of its most splendid developments as far as human consciousness is concerned is the cerebral cortex. One of my early teachers, Professor Carl LaPrecht, used to say, “Whenever you find something in nature in great abundance, pay attention. It is critical to the system.”

The cortex or gray matter is by far the largest part of the brain. And it’s within the cortex that inhibitory power resides. The cortex is the brake.

Cortical power inhibits impulses that aren’t in our best interest or the result of our best intentions. The cortex shuts off the television when the content is violent, suggestive of disease and illness, or otherwise contains matter that’s purely garbage.

Our minds are like large trash containers: we can put anything into them. And like Dumpsters, they’re difficult to clean out. Dumpsters don’t tip over easily, and to clean one requires climbing inside, perhaps with a garden hose, a bucket of hot water, cleaning products, brushes, and so forth. What a tedious and nasty job.

All of us have minds, of course, and evidence suggests that when we come into the world our minds aren’t blank slates, despite the tabula-rasa argument by the philosopher John Locke.

No, it appears that certain predispositions and even some types of knowledge (cell memory and more) are already written in our minds when we make our first inhalation. Still, the content of our mind that’s acquired following birth is the beginning of what we shall eventually hold as both our identity and our knowledge/beliefs.

The Law of Attraction

You may have heard of the three components of the Law of Attraction - ask, believe, and receive. This sounds really easy until you question the degree of your belief, and that’s where most people fail. I actually divide belief into three components that must be activated in the proper sequence to manifest using the inner genie. These components are:
1. The emotional input that’s passionate and convinced
2. The confidence/mental element that can simply and truly visualize something and then let it go, knowing it will happen
3. The spiritual sincerity that realizes at the deepest level of our beings that we’re a gift from the Creator. Knowing that, we release our vision, for we believe this or something better, according to the highest good of all concerned.

Anything that would distract from thinking, feeling, and knowing these three components will, in direct proportion, sabotage our efforts at manifesting our desires.

Given this understanding, it becomes easier to see why some people first manifest their desires, only to lose their treasures and find themselves worse off than they were before, some fail to manifest at all, and others seem to manifest the opposite of what they’re seeking.

With this under your belt, you might ask, as I did: Why do most people seem handicapped by the inability to use the genie within and create the reality they deserve?

The Dumpster analogy is the first clue to answering this question. The garbage some hold in their minds would be frightening if it were visible to the public eye. As Strongheart, the German shepherd hero of the movies, put it in his letters to Boone, “What a dreadful sight to see people’s faces as incomplete as their minds.”

I would paraphrase: “What a horrible sight to see people’s faces as grotesque as the worst in their minds.”

I’d like to imagine a world full of joy, peace, balance, and harmony. That’s truly difficult to do when nature seems so callous and carnivorous. As I think about this, I realize that I’m anthropomorphizing nature, so I turn my thoughts to humans, where I find such horrible acts that a lion killing a lamb is innocent in comparison.

How do we truly find peace, balance, and harmony?

How do we gain spiritual sincerity and merge this with the right balance of mental and emotional stuff to manifest a world full of peace, balance, and harmony?

For some, manifestation is about things such as cars, swimming pools, houses, riches, sexy this and that, and the gratification of other sensual desires. For the spiritually sincere, manifestation is first about peace, balance, and harmony and then about health and individual happiness.

These are complex issues that labels alone don’t cover, so we can let the subject rest with this: each individual has a purpose for being here; and when individuals seek to manifest according to their purpose, they’re enlightening themselves and the world around them.

Back to the main point: the mind is both ignition and brake. First thing in the morning, I open my eyes and begin talking to myself. My thoughts may recognize a dream or immediately turn to the new day’s itinerary.

The mind goes immediately to delivering the inner world of thoughts, beliefs, ambitions, goals, and so forth. That constant stream of consciousness-self-talk-informs us of our mood, attitudes, likes, dislikes, and so much more. It’s this stream of consciousness that reflects the contents of our “Dumpster.”

We started this dialectic journey by imagining a genie within. I believe that this inner genie actually exists, but if you don’t, that’s okay. What I intend to show you is that the genie has been creating all along, even if you think that it’s only some concocted get-rich scheme.

In fact, the worse your life might seem, the higher the probability that the genie is working hard at fulfilling your every fear (emotion), thought (expectation), and spiritual insight (”Life sucks, and then you die”). It’s in precisely this way that your hopes and ambitions are slain. Thus, your mind has been turned into the slayer.

Author's Bio

The Genie was excerpted from Eldon Taylor’s latest release Mind Programming. Eldon Taylor has made a lifelong study of the human mind and has earned doctoral degrees in clinical psychology and pastoral psychology. He is the CEO of Progressive Awareness Research, an organization dedicated to researching techniques for accessing the immense powers of the mind, and is the author of the New York Times best seller, Choices and Illusions.....

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 05/18/09:

In surgery for a heart attack, a middle- aged woman has a vision of God by her bedside. "Will I die?" she asks.

God says, "No. You have 30 more years to live."

With 30 years to look forward to, she decides to make the best of it. So since she’s in the hospital, she gets breast implants, liposuction, a tummy tuck, hair transplants, and collagen injections in her lips. She looks great!

The day she’s discharged, she exits the hospital with a swagger, crosses the street, and is immediately hit by an ambulance and killed.

Up in heaven, she sees God. "You said I had 30 more years to live," she complains. "That’s true," says God.

"So what happened?"

God shrugs. "I didn’t recognize you." 

   Thanks, Eleanor!


        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/18/09 - "Aged Cartoons - loved the last one!" (#5 in a Series of 10):

  Thank you, Gorgeous!


1. Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, 2009 - The Class of 1961 will hold a Mini-Reunion: Social get together Saturday night, June 13, 6:00 PM until ? at the David home on Parkway Drive; Breakfast Sunday, June 14, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Saunders home in Isle of Wight. For details, contact Buddy David: Phone (757) 595-4500 or Fax (757) 595-6723 - CLASS OF 1961

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at - CLASS OF 1970

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/20/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

   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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(No Doubt, 1995)

You think that we connect
That the chemistry's correct
Your words walk right through my ears
Presuming I like what I hear
And now I'm stuck in the
The web you're spinning
You've got me for your prey

(Yeah) Sorry I'm not home right now
I'm walking into spiderwebs
So leave a message
And I'll call you back
A likely story, but (Yeah) leave a message
And I'll call you back

You're intruding on what's mine
And you're taking up my time
Don't have the courage inside me
To tell you please let me be

Communication, a telephonic invasion
I'm planning my escape...

(Yeah) Sorry I'm not home right now
I'm walking into spiderwebs
So leave a message
And I'll call you back
A likely story, but (Yeah) leave a message
And I'll call you back

And it's all your fault
I screen my phone calls
No matter who calls
I gotta screen my phone calls

Now it's gone to deep (Now, it's gone too deep)
You wake me in my sleep (Wake me in my sleep)
My dreams become nightmares (Dreams become nightmares)
'Cause you're ringing in my ears

(Yeah) Sorry I'm not home right now
I'm walking into spiderwebs
So leave a message
And I'll call you back
A likely story, but (Yeah) leave a message
And I'll call you back

And it's all your fault
I screen my phone calls
No matter-matter-matter-matter who calls
I gotta screen my phone calls

Oooh, the spiderwebs
Leave a message and I'll call you back
I'm walking into spiderwebs
So, leave a message and I'll call you back
I'm walking into spiderwebs
It's all your fault, no matter who calls
I gotta screen my phone calls
It's all your fault, it's all your fault
No matter who calls, no matter who calls

I'm walking into spiderwebs so,
Leave a message and I'll call you back
I'm walking into spiderwebs so,
Leave a message and I'll call you back

"Spiderwebs" midi courtesy of - 05/20/06

"Spiderwebs" lyrics courtesy of - 05/20/06

Spider Web Image courtesy of - 05/20/06

Animated Black Spider clip art courtesy of - 05/20/06

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 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 the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

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

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

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

 Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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