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06/04/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Together

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

- Abraham Lincoln

 (12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I heard this song on the tellybision the other day and it made me smile.  I remembered how I used to sing this to my babies while I cuddled them - except instead of most of the lyrics, I just kept repeating "Imagine me and you, and you and me, and me and you, and you and me, and me and you, and you and me, and me and you, and you and me, so happy together" because it made them laugh and laugh.  I had fun with my babies.  I still do.

BONUS #1 - - Happy Together - The Turtles, 1967 recording (no video)

BONUS #2 - - Happy Together - The Turtles, 1967 - live concert version


  From Curt Overman ('59) of VA - 06/02/09 - "Typhoon Class of 59":

Dear Carol,

Several members of the Typhoon class of 59 are trying to see if there is any interest in a 50-year reunion.
They would ask that members contact one of the people listed below to express their interest and ideas.
Mary Catherine Todd    Telephone 757-596-4347
Margaret Powell Bryant   Telephone 757-826-6397   Email
Mary Jones Lenhart              Email
Curtis Overman             Email

They would ask that they contact one of the above before July 1 so that plans may be made.  It is anticipated that the reunion itself would be in either September or October.  The form and venue would depend on the response they get.

Thank you for all your hard work!

Curtis Overman

   That's truly fabulous news, Curt! I'll harp on this everyway I can imagine in the next four weeks to try to encourage one and all so that this comes to fruition!


   Happy Birthday today to our Two-Fer:        Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND    Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of NV (now in school in UT)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

06 - Robert Helmintoller ('57) AND Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57);
07 -
   Fred Field ('45) of CA AND   Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA;

10 -         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN AND Eileen Casey Sparkman (Ferguson HS - '68) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - via snail mail, 06/03/09, Part I of 2:

May 31, 2009

Dear Carol,

Thought you might add to your collections two items I found during a spring cleanout.  No need to send them back.

Hope you and Paul are doing O.K.  We're always with you in our thoughts!

Take care and God bless!

George Helliesen



    George, could you hear me squealing all the way from Illinois to Michigan?!? What a double treasure!!! Thank you so very much!


   I've posted this first gem here:

  From Bruce Sims ('56) of VA - 06/03/09 - "BOOGIE WOOGIE":


Watching this brings back memories of the Sock Hops at NNHS and brings joy to my heart  and aches to my old bones.
Bruce Sims  1956

Great exercise.


Did you ever?  Did ya ever want to?  This could become the rage for losing weight!!!!

This is a pianist from Switzerland who plays some of the best Boogie Woogie anywhere.  He is so BIG over there, they hold a week-long Boogie Woogie contest every year and all the best players in the world are invited.  In this video he is joined by two amazing dancers.
Turn up the volume, watch and give it a listen!  If you experience any trouble tapping your foot to the beat, you had better hurry and schedule an appointment with your physician.

   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks, Bruce!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 06/03/09 - "Advice":

Worthy of another look.

HERE is some of the best email advice you will ever get.  I have sent out Snopes' take on petitions many times, but this is the first time I've seen this explained in an "Advice-To-All" form, with attached consequences.

Advice From Snopes

By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with and/or for determining whether information received via email is just that:  true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites. Below is their advice for us. 

Advice from  

1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this on to '10' of your friends, sign this petition, or you'll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward to
 The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' E-Mails addresses to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.

2) Almost all E-Mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards.  
All it was, and all any of this type of E-Mail is, a way to get names and ' cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - - to validate active E-Mail accounts for their own profitable purposes.

You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future!

If you have been sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail, now you know why you get so much SPAM!

Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings regardless how inviting they might sound!

You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT in the long run. Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's don't make it easy for them!

Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization
. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition.

   AMEN! Thanks, Wayne Honey!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/03/09, 12:02 PM - "You have to watch this!":


   GIGGLES! Thanks, Glenn!

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 06/03/09, 11:06 PM - "Seeing is ------------":

You have got to see this


   MORE GIGGLES! Thanks, Dicky!

From - 06/03/09 - "Get Control Over Your Weight":

Dieting and Weight Loss - The Will Power Myth
By Michael Lovitch, June 2, 2009

If you have been fighting the battle of the bulge for any length of time, you have undoubtedly been told to just suck it up and use a little bit of will power. If it were that easy, we wouldn't have an obesity epidemic in this country. In this article, we'll explore why using "will power" is usually so ineffective.

According to a fascinating experiment published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, "Just one act of self-control depletes your ability to have self-control in another unrelated area."1For example, when subjects were told not to eat chocolates sitting right in front of them, their persistence in puzzle solving deteriorated.

This is not just related to food, When subjects were told to suppress an emotional reaction to a movie, they had problems solving an easy anagram. It turns out that you only have the conscious resources to exhibit willpower on one (or at the most two) fronts at one time. The research is overwhelming in this area.

This is why it is SO HARD to stay disciplined with eating and exercise. This is true for any form of will power, which is why we often don't do the things we tell ourselves we are going to do.

In short, any self-regulatory strategy has costs with respect to depleting a person's general resources for self regulation.

To make it worse, according to research on information processing, your conscious mind is only able to process approximately 50 bits of information per second, while your unconscious mind processes approximately 11 million bits per second. This means your unconscious mind processes information about 220 THOUSAND TIMES FASTER than your conscious mind.

Going back to the willpower research, it makes more sense now. The part of your experience that you are aware of has very limited resources, while the part of you that you are NOT aware of, is extremely powerful.

Further evidence of this comes from the famous study done by Dr. George A. Miller of Princeton University. He proved that the conscious mind can only handle 7 (plus or minus 2) chunks of information at a time.

So you can see what a drain it is trying to use willpower to follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, etc. on a daily basis. This is also why when people try to quit smoking AND lose weight at the same, they are bound to fail!

Now you understand that the trick is to somehow get the part of you that you are not aware of (the unconscious mind) to make the changes for you.

So how do you get your unconscious mind to naturally desire healthy green foods, water, healthy portions, exercise, etc. without having to think about it consciously?

The trick is a combination of positive association, priming and ritual.

With positive association, think Pavlov and the dog (you remember how Dr. Pavlov was able to get dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell). You need to set up an environment where every time you take an action that leads to your goal, you will reward yourself. Your brain will quickly learn to create this behavior without you having to think about it.

With priming, you need to put in place cues that lead to your desired behaviors. The research is solid that environmental cues determine a great percentage of your behaviors. Every time you see a fast food advertisement, you are receiving a prime (in this case for a behavior you don't want)!

So level the playing field by putting pictures of healthy foods in your home and office. Eat off of smaller plates so you are primed to eat smaller portions. Remove "bad" snacks from your sight as they call for you to eat them! The point is to set up your environment for success.

Finally, use the power of ritual. It takes 21 days to change a habit. Pick one ritual that you can easily do every day that will lead to your weight loss goals. One powerful, easy thing you can do is to change your morning ritual.

Prepare a healthy meal every night before you go to bed, and pick any 20-minute form of exercise you can do in the mornings. When you wake up, do 20 minutes of exercise (even if it is just walking), then eat your healthy meal. This is easy to do and because it is the first thing you do every day, the stresses of the day will not prevent it.

If you truly want to get control over your weight, then we recommend trying hypnosis. It will bypass the conscious attempt at willpower, making these habits almost automatic.

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1. Source: RE Baumeister et al. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 74, 1998.
2. Moraven, M., et al. (1998). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74. 774-789.
3. Zimmerman, M. (1989). In R. F. Schmidt & G. Thews (eds.), Human Physiology, pp. 166-173. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag.
4. Miller, G. A. (1956). Psychological Review, 63, 81-97.

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    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/03/09 - "Seniors Only":

This is dedicated to all of us who are seniors, to all of us who know seniors, and to all of us who will become seniors.

"WHERE is my SUNDAY paper?!" The irate customer calling the newspaper office, loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was.

"Madam", said the newspaper employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until 
tomorrow, on SUNDAY

There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition as she was heard to mutter, "Well, crap, so that's why no one was at church today."


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 06/03/09

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
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  
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Happy Together

Words and Music by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon

The Turtles, 1967

Imagine me and you, I do
I think about you day and night, it's only right
To think about the girl you love and hold her tight
So happy together

If I should call you up, invest a dime
And you say you belong to me and ease my mind
Imagine how the world could be, so very fine
So happy together

I can't see me lovin' nobody but you
For all my life
When you're with me, baby the skies'll be blue
For all my life

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice, it has to be
The only one for me is you, and you for me
So happy together

I can't see me lovin' nobody but you
For all my life
When you're with me, baby the skies'll be blue
For all my life

"Happy Together" midi courtesy of - 06/04/09

"Happy Together" lyrics courtesy of - 06/04/09

Smiley Face Card clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 10/12/05

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Animated Smiley Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/03/09

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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

Cheyenne High School's Desert Shields Logo courtesy of - 02/05/08

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!

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!

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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