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05/25/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Ralph Waldo Emerson's 205th Birthday

“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(25 May 1803 - 27 Apr 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We celebrated this day once before:

   As the tune is so very familiar in so many lands, I thought I'd find an interesting instrumental version to accompany Emerson's Ode for your bonus videos.  These were even more unusual than I had imagined:

BONUS #1 - - Hammond Organ

BONUS #2 - -  Tuba Solo - Henry Carey, 2007

BONUS #3 - - Bowed Dulcimer - David Summerford

BONUS #4 - - Harmonica Duet with magnificent images - and Korean subtitles



   If you're not able to observe the Memorial Day holiday in any other fashion, tune in to Turner Classic Movies.  They're running special tribute films all weekend:


   Happy Birthday today to Edna Martin Clemence ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND    JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC;

01 - Dawn Yevak of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  

  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 05/23/08 - "B-day":

My birthday is Sept. 17, 1944. I believe I share that date with
  "Mr. Mac" himself. Pretty heady company don't you think? See ya!

Ed Nichols, NNHS Class of 1962

   Thanks, Eddie, I DO think so!
I added your name right next to Mr. Mac's: 

   Oh, GOODY! Now we can give you those flames     Normie (Covert - '61 - of MD) ordered up for you on your birthday!

    From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 05/23/08:

Hi Carol.

You continue to amaze me with the number of newsletters going out.

I wanted to share the following with you

My wife's (Jenine) business finally made the local TV station here in Colorado Springs last was is an excerpt from the KKTV News...I thought I would share since the product really works with comments from the El Paso County Commissioner...



Fueled to Go Further

Posted: 4:25 PM May 22, 2008; Last Updated: 4:29 PM May 22, 2008
Reporter: Mindy Stone
Email Address:

It can save you money and get your car better gas mileage. So, why aren't more drivers using fuel additives?

DurAlt Fuel Conditioner has been on the market for more than 20 years. But it's gaining in popularity as gas prices in Colorado Springs flirt with the $4 mark.

In fact, El Paso County's fleet is already using the additive.

"We've been complaining about high prices for years," said El Paso County Commissioner Dennis Hisey.

Three years ago, El Paso County stared using a fuel conditioner to help save money on fuel for its fleet.

"It let's us buy the regular grade of gasoline even though our vehicles mainly ask for mid-grade," said Hisey.

Adding a couple drops of additive to the fuel makes up the difference.

"It enables more of each gallon of gas or diesel to combust. You actually reduce your fuel consumption and increase fuel economy on average 8 to 12% in fleets," said Richard Lieber, CEO of Fuel Savers, Inc.

"It costs us a little over 3 cents a gallon to treat the fuel and we're getting a savings back of almost 10%," said Hisey.

That savings is huge, considering the county is responsible for fueling nearly 1,000 machines.

"From a money standpoint it makes sense," said Hisey.

The Pikes Peak Cog Railway is also using DurAlt Fuel Conditioner to help with its operating costs.

"It reduces octane requirements in the engine by 55 to 80%. So, folks using premium fuel can use regular and have same performance," said Lieber.

So far, El Paso County is pleased with the performance of its vehicles and money saved with the additive.

"We haven't heard much back from the operators, which is a good thing because they only talk to you when they have complaints," said Hisey.

The county buys DurAlt in bulk. But, there is a consumer-sized container available. A 2-ounce bottle costs $8 and can treat 100 gallons of gas or 50 gallons of diesel.

For more information, click on the link:

   PAUL - THERE you are! Thanks so much; this information looks very promising! Best of everything to you and Jenine!

       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) - 05/23/08 - "Wagner":

Hating Wagner simply because he was an anti-Semite is just not clear thinking.  It reminds me of a clip from Curb Your Enthusiasm in which Larry David (a Jew) is whistling Wagner and some other Jewish man verbally attacks him for doing so.  The music is good.  End of discussion.

It's like saying you can't appreciate the art of Da Vinci because he was supposedly gay, or the music of Queen because Freddie Mercury was gay, or saying the Declaration of Independence and the founding fathers themselves should all be ignored because they either owned, were involved in, or tolerated the slave trade.

Roman Polanski was a pedophile, yet I still find much of Polanski's work to be of value (The Pianist is easily one of the greatest films of the last 25 years). It's amazing. People, groups of people, can not and should not be defined so succinctly.

My favorite artist, Caravaggio, was a murderer. That doesn't mean I cannot enjoy the magnificence of his art because of his actions in life, nor does it mean I condone his inappropriate behavior. In fact, it often helps us appreciate or judge the art more completely if we learn about the artist, warts and all.

Appreciate the art for what it is. To attempt to minimize the achievements of someone simply because you disagree with their views on another matter entirely is folly, and can eventually become the same kind of blind hatred that leads to ideas like anti-Semitism in the first place.

   Thank you so much, Nathaniel! I obviously haven't been thinking very clearly for the past few months, but the thoughts you expressed so well are probably those that I was thinking two years ago when we ran with Wagner then.

   I think Joe's point was it's possible to appreciate the music without seemingly glorifying the composer himself - and by not running a disclaimer, that is in fact what I did.

By the way, are you aware of my blog?  You post
        Brent's (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of OH) blog addresses, but not mine when you make mention of us.  Not that it's a big thing, but sometimes I post stuff on my blog that you might be interested in, and I'm not sure if you are aware of it:

Love ya, and talk to ya later.

   I'm not sure why I've not been carrying your blog. Maybe it's because Brent has his embedded in his signature so I don't forget it. I can fix that now. I really enjoyed the Johnny Horton clip you have posted now - and yes, that is Ed Sullivan's voice at the end of the clip.

   Thanks again, Faniel - I love you, too!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/23/08:

Hi, Carol:
You were most gracious with your reply to message suggesting that May 22 might be remembered for the state of the Battle of Cold Harbor which began on May 22, 1864 (Not 1964).
I found my keying error in today's newsletter, and I am going to have to slow down a bit and try editing more of my work before hitting the Send button.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   I did not even see that, Joe - probably because for some reason I invariably will write those two years interchangeably.  I've no idea why; I think I do not routinely do that with any other sets of years, just those two.  At any rate, I've changed it now:

   As for Wagner, I will have to admit that while I abhor his values, I do like his music.  Nonetheless, The Battle of Cold Harbor will be more interesting to observe.  Thanks again!

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 05/23/08:

Oh Sweet Carol,
I wondered why I didn't see your newsletters even though we talk about them almost daily. My old email address is the one I have been checking and not this new one, but I'll fix it. (I must have lost my head again. I'll go check under the bed.)
Your Rosemary song is beautiful. 

   Thanks, Eleanor, I'm glad you liked the song!

   Say, while you're checking under the bed for your head, see if mine may have disappeared under there, too.  It's gotta be - - - somewhere.....

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 05/23/08 - "Ft. Monroe Public Hearings & Comments - Your Attendance Can Make a Difference":

Ft. Monroe Public Hearings & Comments - Your Attendance Can Make a Difference!
I am sending this message to many people to encourage their involvement in determining the future of Fort Monroe. There is a good sense among almost everyone with whom I have spoken that Fort Monroe should not be sacrificed to another Hampton development plan. At this time we need a large number of people to come to these public hearings to show the politicians and the news media that we have concerns about what might happen there. Comments are also vital in getting our message across.
I have lived most of my life in the Hampton Roads area, and I have seen the disappearance of so much open space, along with insufficient public access to the waterfront. Here is an opportunity for you to play a part in determining the future of Fort Monroe, such a great historic, scenic, and cultural asset. Please find a way to stand up and be counted in this process!
Adrian Whitcomb

Fort Monroe reuse meeting

May 16, 2008

The public will have a chance to comment
May 28 on guidelines for shaping Fort Monroe's future after the Army leaves in September 2011.

A copy of the Fort Monroe reuse plan is available at, or at the Hampton and Phoebus public libraries.  [ ]

The public hearing to discuss the plan is scheduled from
6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Bay Breeze Community Center, 409 Fenwick Road. [on Fort Monroe]

Fort Monroe has been an Army post since 1819 and has a history as a fort dating back to 1609. The Department of Defense decided to close the base during a Base Realignment and Closure process in 2005 as a way to save money, and to reorganize the military.

Copyright © 2008, Newport News, Va., Daily Press,0,3034614.story

From Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park website:
* FT MONROE AUTHORITY MEETING, WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1 to 4 P.M., Bay Breeze Center, Ft Monroe (agenda).
* Also on Wednesday, May 28: PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FT MONROE AUTHORITY'S "REUSE PLAN," 6:30 P.M., Bay Breeze Center, Ft Monroe. Links to the Reuse Plan's Introduction and other sections appear in the left column on the Fort Monroe Authority's home page. Public comments will be gathered through June 11.
[Comments can be sent by e-mail  ]
* THE ARMY WILL BE HOLDING PUBLIC FORUMS in connection with "Section 106" of federal historic preservation law on Saturday, June 7, 10 A.M. in Hampton and on the evenings of June 12 in Richmond and June 13 in Washington. (More information coming; the Section 106 process is legalistic and complicated, but it's important -- and the key truths are simple.)

   Thank you so much for your continued diligence in bringing these matters of great importance to our attention, Adrian!

  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 05/23/08 - "    Bobby Turpin ('58 - of VA)":

I have decided I cannot let this opportunity pass and I will try to keep it brief.

In the summer of 1964 I was already married with a son and literally lucky to have 50 cents left over from week to week. I found myself starting to work at Newport News Shipyard and fully expecting to be a helper in the pipe fitters or such I was surprised to find I was hired as a clerk in the QID (Quality Inspection Dept.) which meant much nicer working conditions but a lot less money. But an even bigger surprise was the fact that I was put to work for and with none other than Bobby Turpin. We knew each, albeit not well, since we both grew up in North End Newport News. In short order Bobby took me under his wing, trained me, showed me the ropes and learned of my plight. Within weeks I was working overtime of 10 to 15 hours per week which Bobby had personally arranged. He was a fantastic mentor and friend at a time when I needed it badly. The overtime money was HUGE to say the least then.

After a few months I was assigned to an in yard location for QID leaving Bobby's umbrella. Of course of the two locations I could have been assigned I received the plum job arranged for by, of course, Bobby Turpin. And he placed me with a supervisor much like himself. I was still able to see Bobby most days and he continued to be my mentor. I learned so much from Bobby, job-wise, but more importantly, how one conducts and carries himself in life. I left NNS after a year for the Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, and sadly my close association with Bobby. I have only seen him, maybe four times, over the years and every time when I try to thank him he just is so humble and almost refuses to take credit. I am hard pressed to think of another person in my life who influenced me more. He exemplifies in bold letters what an NNHS graduate is and should be.

If there should ever be a "MR. TYPHOON" Mr. Bobby G. Turpin would have to be near the top of the list. Those of you that know him know what I mean. And to top it off, at Calvary Baptist Church, Bobby was always more than kind to my parents.

Carol, Bobby's name had resurfaced lately so I figured it was time.

Sorry for the length. Have a nice Memorial Day weekend.

Ed Nichols, NNHS Class of 1962

   Honey, you could have told me that whole story and omitted the name, and I would have said, "That must surely have been Bobby Turpin."  It could have been no other; the man is possessed of a pervasive kindness that is absolutely disarming.

   And you needn't apologize over the length of anything this beautiful. Thank you so much, Eddie!

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good.  The PET scan will be in the next few weeks.  We are expecting good results." update of 05/05/08 - "scheduled for two more chemo visits; will have the first chemo on Thursday, May 8th followed up by an injection on Friday to boost his immune system"; update of 05/08/08 - "did pretty well with the chemo today in spite of the risky business with the procedure without the pic line that was removed due to a clot"

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE ABOVE

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

3. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

4.      Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08

5. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08.

6. My second granddaughter,      Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential

7. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"

8. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston)."

9.        John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

10. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated. "

11. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"

12. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"

13. All of Us

1. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - N

2. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1961:

Mini reunion at the home of    Buddy and     Libby Blechman David of VA

3. Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, 2008 - NNHS CLASSES OF FEBRUARY AND JUNE 1948:

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

   Remember, there's so much more to come - soon - REALLY! 

   Y'all have a great - and SAFE - holiday weekend - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Words by Ralph Waldo Emerson

to the tune of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee"

O tenderly the haughty day
Fills his blue urn with fire;
One morn is in the mighty heaven,
And one in our desire.

The cannon booms from town to town,
Our pulses beat not less,
The joy bells chime their tidings down,
Which children's voices bless.

For he that flung the broad blue fold
O'er-mantling land and sea,
One third part of the sky unrolled
For the banner of the free.

The men are ripe of Saxon kind
To build an equal state,—
To take the stature from the mind
And make of duty fate.

United States! the ages plead,—
Present and Past in under-song,—
Go put your creed into your deed,
Nor speak with double tongue.

For sea and land don't understand,
Nor skies without a frown
See rights for which the one hand fights
By the other cloven down.

Be just at home; then write your scroll
Of honor o'er the sea,
And bid the broad Atlantic roll,
A ferry of the free.

And henceforth there shall be no chain,
Save underneath the sea *
The wires shall murmur through the main
Sweet songs of liberty.

The conscious stars accord above,
The waters wild below,
And under, through the cable wove
Her fiery errands go.

For He that worketh high and wise,
Nor pauses in his plan,
Will take the sun out of the skies
Ere freedom out of man.

* These lines refer not only to the chains of slavery, but to the laying
of the transatlantic cable in 1857, the same year as this song was composed.

"My Country, 'Tis of Thee" midi (sequenced By MTA) courtesy
of - 05/24/06

"Ode" lyrics courtesy of - 05/24/06

First Image of Ralph Waldo Emerson courtesy of - 05/24/06

Second Image of Ralph Waldo Emerson courtesy of - - 05/24/06

Pastel Divider Lines clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

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!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

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

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