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06/05/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Didn't We Almost Have It All?

Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither
to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are,
chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859
(20 Apr 1826 - 12 Oct 1887)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Remember this one? 

BONUS - - Whitney Houston - Didn't We Almost Have It All?


"Didn't We Almost Have It All" is the second single from Whitney Houston's second album Whitney. The song was written by Michael Masser and Will Jennings and was released in August 1987. It received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.

Originally, another song was to be released as the second single, "For the Love of You", but Arista Records decided to release "Didn't We Almost Have It All" instead because all Houston's singles had to be original material at this point of her career.[1]

The single was number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 even though there was not a video for the song. A live performance of the song recorded during Houston's successful 1987–1988 Moment of Truth World Tour was played on MTV, VH1, and BET. The performance is from a Saratoga Springs, New York date. It was widely speculated that the song is about Houston's relationship with then NFL star Randall Cunningham.

It debuted at number forty one on the Hot 100 the week of August 22, 1987 and six weeks later reached number one. "Didn't We Almost Have It All" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, from September 26 to October 3, 1987, where the song became her fifth consecutive number one.[2] The song also topped both component charts, the Hot 100 Singles Sales and Hot 100 Airplay, Houston's fourth song (and fourth consecutive release) to do so. It has sold over one million copies World Wide.

The single stayed in the Top 40 for 13 weeks, and topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts for three weeks.[3]

Internationally, the song hit the top ten in several markets, and reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom (#14); Switzerland (#18); and Germany (#20).

"Didn't We Almost Have It All" was ranked 22nd on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts (1987), and remained in the Billboard Hot 100 for 17 weeks. It was her fifth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, her fourth on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales, her fourth on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, and her fifth on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts...


     From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 06/05/13, 8:25 PM - "Progress on the     Jamey (Douglas) Bacon - '66 - of VA) Mission Project":

Jamey and I went to the Hilton Architectural Review Board meeting tonight and the request that we presented to "brick-in" her driveway was approved. They will issue a certificate tomorrow and we can now begin to plan and coordinate doing the work. Please post this on your next news letter.

     That is fabulous news, Malcolm! All of us in the Typhoon Family are enormously grateful for all that you and your dear   Polly (Norris Davis - '65) have been able to do to help Jamey through this incredibly difficult time! Thank you both so much!

Also, I just read your latest letter and saw
   Butch Ragland's ('63 - of CO) picture and health update. We are glad that he is up and about.

   AMEN! Butch's progress has been extraordinary!

Finally, have you seen anymore peacocks lately?     Thanks again, Malcolm! Mrs. Peacock is delightful!
   As a matter of fact, I did find two more peacocks lately, though I'm not at the moment certain where I saw them. I saved them in my files (probably to await some pomegranates ), but I'll share them with you now:

   Lovely, mais oui?



  Happy Birthday today to      Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of UT!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Robert Helmintoller ('57) AND Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
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 the late    Eileen Casey Sparkman  (Ferguson HS - '68) (deceased 08/16/11);

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


June 05, 1941 - Four thousand Chongqing residents were asphyxiated in a bomb shelter during the Bombing of Chongqing.

June 05, 1942 - The United States declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.

June 05, 1944 - More than 1000 British bombers dropped 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.

June 04, 1945 - The Allied Control Council, the military occupation governing body of Germany, formally took power.


Wednesday, June 05, 1963 - The British Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, resigned in a sex scandal known as the Profumo Affair.

Wednesday, June 05, 1963 - Movement of 15 Khordad: Protests against the arrest of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini by the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In several cities, masses of angry demonstrators were confronted by tanks and paratroopers.

Wednesday, June 05, 1963 - Singer and bassist (Pokolgép and P. Mobil) Joe Rudán was born in Pécs, Baranya, Hungary.

      From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/04/13 - "Norfolk Naval Base":

Hi, Carol:

Thank you for the Newsletter, and the photo images of the ships moored at the piers located at the Norfolk Naval Base provided by
        Captain Brent Harty USA. Many memories of that location, and it was a place I consider one of the Old Stomping Grounds.

When I was serving on Sea Duty in the USMC, the ship in which I served, the USS Boxer (CVS-21/LPH-4) was home ported at this Naval Base. We always docked at Pier 12, which was the pier farther away from the Main Gate. But walking from Pier 12 was always better than taking a 50 Foot Launch from Hampton Roads Anchorage to the Fleet Landing. We lost several Sailors and Marines when one of the 50' launches overturned in rough weather, and the canvass cover used in the winter months trapped several of them from escaping.

The photo images jarred a lot of memories.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   WOWZERONI-YOWZERONI! It never before occurred to me to add the Naval Base to our Old Stomping Grounds (the obvious often eluding me)!

   Your story of the overturned launch, however, broke my heart! I do not recall ever hearing of such a thing, but then at times I have a gift for forgetting sad and bad memories. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Sweet Adonis! I rather think it must have been a painful effort for you to do so.

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 06/04/13 - "To      Carol,     Eleanor and        Cheryl":

Carol and Eleanor...and of course Cheryl,

You can call those large critters 'George' if you want to, but down in South Carolina and here in Raleigh they are called Palmetto bugs, and yes they do grow to be big enough for mice to ride on !

Stop spraying them and do this...STEP on them, but make sure you do it from the front end, otherwise you may get bug guts in your shoe or on your leg.

Or, if you are wearing shoes, take one off and do what the "Sopranos" would have done...give them a good 'whack !' It works better than any pest control or any brand of hair spray, although I have found that any hair spray will work on a spider, even the big hairy ones ! (shudder !!!)

The good thing about stepping on or "whacking" these bugs is the feeling of relief you get when you hear them pop as they know without a doubt that they are dead ! Messy but dead ! Worth the entire paper towel it takes to clean them up.

Sometimes you can just wound them and with the use of the paper towel throw them in the sink and turn your garbage disposal on...but be careful, as this will cause uncontrollable, maniacal laughter as you stand at the sink listing to the whirr of the appliance as it totally eliminates any chance of return of this mouse taxi.

They tend to come in the house seeking relief from extreme heat or cold...or sometimes the wind will blow them out of the trees and they, still dizzy from the ride, tend to wander into any open crack they can find ! That would be your house or Eleanor's ! And oftentimes mine ! (Way too often !)

Now... let's address the matter of people staring at You, Cheryl, and Eleanor when you go out. I have been with you on occasion and I truly believe that curious people staring at you or us, is because they are not used to seeing people laughing in public. People talking on cell phones yes, robberies, yes...people hitting little kids, yes....but people laughing ? Well, that's just plain weird ! Who does that ?

YOU do...WE did, and yes, it made people talk ! I suppose that while we were laughing and not paying attention, laughing out loud in public must have become Politically Incorrect ! But please, continue to laugh in public, laughter is like a yawn...contagious, and in my P.I. way of thinking people would be happier if they would just try it once they did in high school ! It will make you feel better !

Just don't laugh while you are eating or drinking ! That's gross, and besides, any liquid coming out of your nose is just plain painful ! And of course you have heard the term, "They just died laughing !" Those were the people that were eating something while laughing ! Just spit the food in your napkin if you have to, but never miss a chance to laugh...unless you are in your place of Worship ! Impossible to stop and you end up snorting...and yes, at one time or another it has happened to all of us ! Whether you want to admit it or not ! Are you laughing yet ?

Dimples aka Sepi

   Thank you so much, Dimples! Volumes could be added to both these sagas (the first one involves a dance, long revered in out family traditions), but for now I think we're quite safe in saying that the raucous laughter we enjoy - and we do all enormously enjoy and thrive on it - is not likely to be abated in the slightest! Even when we (make that, I) try to behave with more decorum, it just doesn't happen.

   Last week when Cheryl came down just for an overnight visit, we three and Paul went to our favorite cafeteria. It always seems to bring out the "best" in us. I know we sandwiched a very serious topic or two in the midst of our laughter, but I also know I personally laughed to the point of pain and tears. I don't know if Cheryl saw it or not, but Paul and Eleanor both noticed that the people at the next table finished their meal long before we did, but stayed for the entertainment, which they enjoyed immensely. I, of course, was oblivious to that. I was far too busy having fun!

   Cheryl will be here again tomorrow afternoon for another one night trip. We are planning on more of the same - with an unbelievable twist which I shall reveal at a later moment!

    From My Friend, Daniel Pratt (Foothills Composite HS, Alberta - '02) of Alberta, Canada - 06/04/13 - "God Save the Queen":

For over half a century, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary has served as monarch and head of state to thirty-two sovereign nations. She's been an example of courage, patience and tireless service to one's calling in life. She's brought an ancient monarchy into the twenty-first century and made it relevant in our modern age. So today, on the sixtieth anniversary of her coronation, I say, God Save The Queen!

   Thank you, Daniel! That's mighty impressive by any standards! I so clearly remember watching her coronation (or replays of the same, I suppose it must have been) on television. In my childhood album, I devoted much space to that day. Has it really been sixty years?!?

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/04/13 - "Mixed Text":

In a recent computer software engineering course, the participants were given an awkward question to answer:

If you had just boarded an airliner and discovered that your team of programmers had been responsible for the flight control software, how many of you would disembark immediately?

Among the many raised hands, only one man sat motionless. When asked what HE would do, he replied that he would be quite content to stay on board. With his team's software, he reasoned, the plane was unlikely to even taxi as far as the end of the runway, let alone leave the ground!


"A new study found that heavy drinkers outlive non-drinkers, but the ways they die are a lot more embarrassing."
-Jimmy Fallon


"There has been a lot of talk about conserving energy. Like keeping the thermostat down in the winter. Using low energy bulbs. Turning off lights. Using less gas. It made me realize, my dad was like the first environmentalist. He would walk around the house yelling, 'Turn off those lights! Turn the heat down!' He was green before his time."
-Jay Leno


"My girlfriend and I are talking about getting married. She keeps asking me if I can support her, but she knows I can...she's always on my back."
--Scott Wood


Real Letters to Pastors:

"Dear Pastor, My father should be a minister. Every day he gives us a sermon about something."
- Robert, age 11, Anderson

"Dear Pastor, I think a lot more people would come to your church if you moved it to Disneyland."
- Loreen, age 9, Tacoma

"Dear Pastor, I liked your sermon on Sunday. Especially when it was finished."
- Ralph, age 11, Akron


Household Tips

Tarnished Silver

In a pan with about a quart hot water dissolve 1 tablespoon of laundry water softener and 1 tablespoon of salt. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom of the container and immerse the tarnished silver. It should become clean in about 10 seconds.

Spray less cleaner

Spraying less glass cleaner on a window or mirror will make cleaning up faster. Too much spray causes you to work more and is the a big reason for streaks on glass and mirrors.

Spray directly on to your paper towel or cloth, much more efficient and faster.


Bizarre News

*-- Boy finds $10,000 in hotel room drawer --*

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Staying in a Kansas City, Mo., hotel, Tyler Schaefer, 10, opened a drawer in his hotel room and found $10,000, he said.

"He looks for stuff at random. He's very observant," his father, Cody Schaefer, said.

After the two checked into the room Saturday, Tyler methodically began opening drawers and found the neatly stacked cash.

"We need to call the cops," the father told the son.

They found two off-duty police officers, working at the hotel, who summoned Sgt. Randy Francis, a property and evidence supervisor, who stored the cash at a police facility, the Kansas City Star, reported Friday. Missouri law says lost money can revert to the finder after about seven months. Cody Schaefer lives in South Dakota and meets his ex-wife annually in Kansas City, a central meeting point between their homes, to provide their three children a summer vacation, the newspaper said. He said he told several friends and relatives about his son's find, and most agreed his son did the right thing.

"I didn't come there with $10,000 and I didn't leave with $10,000, so it was a wash," he said.



Once during pre-production for Jaws, director Steven Spielberg, along with his friends Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and John Milius, visited the effects shop where the shark was being constructed. Lucas stuck his head in the shark's mouth to see how it operated and pranksters Milius and Spielberg snuck to the controls and made the jaw clamp shut on Lucas's head.

Charlton Heston was considered for the role of Chief Brody while Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Jon Voight, and Jan-Michael Vincent were considered for the role of Hooper.

Steven Spielberg named the shark "Bruce" after his lawyer.

In addition to "Bruce," Steven Spielberg also called the shark "the great white turd" when he really got frustrated with the troublesome animatronic fish.

In a biography, Steven Spielberg revealed Robert Duvall's encouragement to make the film. In exchange, Spielberg offered the role of Brody to Duvall but he turned it down, fearing that it may make him too famous.

Jaws single-handedly caused a downturn in the package beach holiday trade.


Hog Faith

I have been reading MountainWings for years, and never submitted a "MountainWings Moment" before because, well I didn't think I have ever had one so profound as this one is to me.

It may sound like hopeful, crazy, grief consumed words from someone who misses the love of her life and that she's gone crazy. But, to me this is a real sign of my loved one who passed away and God's love for me.

On the way home from work, I drive though a beautiful rural farm area that's very lush and green and has a very nice sized stream that runs right along side of the road. I was as usual, missing my beloved fiancé Derrick, who passed away last August. I was listening to one of our many favorite gospel songs, singing about holding on and not giving up and to have faith. Derrick was a huge support to me as far as reminding me to keep faith in God, that he didn't leave us this far in life, he wouldn't abandon us now.

I was literally thinking about all this listening to the song, when as I was driving beside the stream, a huge, and I mean not normal size ground hog was sitting on the side of the road with his fat butt (lol) in the road, eating some long strands of vegetation. Groundhogs and other animals are very common but normally they run as soon as they hear a car approach. This one had other plans.

I was going the speed limit when I saw him about 100 feet away. I slowed to give him a chance to see what direction he was going to bolt in. This groundhog did NOT move, but continued to watch me as I drove towards him. In fact as I got closer and closer it felt as though HE WAS WATCHING ME.

I got as close as a few feet away in my car going like 3 miles per hour and he still didn't move but just kept chomping away.

Seriously, it was as if he KNEW I was not going to hit him with my car. I kept driving a little bit and actually had to go AROUND HIM!

Then it hit me, if that groundhog had faith in me enough to know I was not going to hit him with my car, a HUMAN, then why won't I have faith that God will not let me go through life with grief. I felt so at peace, and I felt just like I did when Derrick would "talk me down" from one of my panic episodes.

~A MountainWings Original by Cindy Zorger, Mount Carmel, PA~

   Thank you, Shari!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 06/04/13 - "Girl with a hairy chest!!! Check this out!!!!!!!":  

Just a little strange humor!!!!!

A funny for your day
Look at the faces of the men in this segment!

       Thank you, Joyce - this is priceless!

BONUS BEST OF CROCHET PATTERNS: - Crochet - "Sharing the Most Awesome Crochet Ideas!" - "Didn't we have the best of times?"

BONUS BEST OF TIMES RECIPES: - Midwest Living's 20 Best Recipes of All Time - "Selecting the 20 best recipes from the decades of Midwest Living was an undertaking fraught with calories, memories and fun. Get set to savor the fruits of our labors: delectable soups, tarts, cookies and more. We think they have a pretty good chance of becoming your all-time favorites as well." - "Didn't we have the best of times?"


From - 06/04/13:

They were watching a TV soap opera, and he became irritated by the way his wife was taking it to heart.

“How can you sit there and cry about the made-up troubles of people you’ve never even met?” he demanded.

“The same way you can jump up and scream when some guy you’ve never met scores a touchdown,” she replied.

1. Thursday, June 6, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Thursday, July 4, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

4. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/03/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Didn't We Almost Have It All

Written by Michael Masser (b. 24 Mar 1941) and Will Jennings (b. 27 June 1944)

Recorded by Whitney Houston, August, 1987
(09 Aug 1963 - 11 Feb 2012)

Remember when we held on in the rain
The night we almost lost it
Once again we can take the night into tomorrow
Living on feelings
Touching you I feel it all again

Didn't we almost have it all
When love was all we had worth giving?
The ride with you was worth the fall my friend
Loving you makes life worth living
Didn't we almost have it all
The night we held on till the morning
You know you'll never love that way again
Didn't we almost have it all

The way you used to touch me felt so fine
We kept our hearts together down the line
A moment in the soul can last forever
Comfort and keep us
Help me bring the feeling back again


Didn't we have the best of times
When love was young and new?
Couldn't we reach inside and find
The world of me and you?
We'll never lose it again
Cause once you know what love is
You never let it end


 "Didn't We Almost Have It All" midi courtesy of - 06/05/08

"Didn't We Almost Have It All" lyrics courtesy
of't%20We%20Almost%20Have%20It%20All%20Lyrics.html - 06/05/08

Pink Roses Bouquet clip art courtesy of - 04/04/05

Pinky Rose Squiggle Hearts divider clip art courtesy of - 03/24/05

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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 Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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!

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!

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Tiny Angel courtesy of - 08/14/05

Foothills Composite High School Provincials' logo courtesy of - 05/34/13

Animated Dancing Elephant courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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