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06/17/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Igor Stravinsky's 126th Birthday

"My music is best understood by children and animals."

Igor Stravinsky
(17 June 1882 - 6 Apr 1971)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

  We've never observed this birthday here before, and I believe I may have just discovered why that is.  I think it entirely possible that I am not numbered among the great Stravinsky's biggest fans.  Therefore, I called upon my good friend,       Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC (I am one of her biggest fans!) for advice.  As a composer of note herself (okay, perhaps that pun was slightly intended) as well as a lover of Stravinsky's music, she recommended this Finale from the Firebird Suite. 

   I am delighted with her choice and bow to her superior wisdom and expertise.  Thank you so much, Charis!

BONUS #1 - - A Documentary on Igor Stravinsky, 1965

BONUS #2 - - Igor Stravinsky's Lullaby and Final Hymn from the "Firebird Ballet Suite" (1945 version) , New Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Igor Stravinsky himself, 1965, from the Royal Festival Hall, London


Happy Birthday today to Dino Vretos ('57) AND   Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Tim Whitt ('66) of VA AND Mike Leonard ('68) of VA AND Kathy McDaniel Adams ('71)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

19 - Jill Douglas Schumacher ('57) AND  Doris Landon Lewis ('57);

20 -   Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA;

21 - Ralph Goldstein ('57)
AND    Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA AND    Terry Haney ('66) of VA;

22 -   Jim Cobb ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA -6/15/08 - "Buckley Daniel Harty":

I've posted a few videos and pictures on my new blog (that I have hitherto neglected) from yesterday.


Buckley’s Birth

June 15, 2008 by daleharty

Buckley Daniel Harty - Saturday, June 14, 2008
5:49 AM - 25 minutes old 5:50 AM - 26 minutes old 5:50 AM - 26 minutes old 5:51 AM - 27 minutes old

On Sat., 14 June 2008, at 5:24 AM, Buckley Daniel Harty was born. Buckley is his first name for at least three reasons:
  • It is his paternal grammie’s maiden name
  • We have a handful of friends named Buck or Buckley, and they are all cool people in their own right
  • We just really like the name, since it’s unusual but not totally made-up and random

Daniel, likewise was given for three reasons:

  • He is named after Diana’s brother Daniel (who alternatively goes by Dan or Danny depending on who you ask)
  • Daniel the Biblical prophet and exemplar of faith and courage
  • The name means “God is my Judge”

Buck weighed 8 lbs and 7 ounces and was 20″ long (thereabouts). Though the pictures don’t show it, I caught him making a face that shows that he has two dimples. He doesn’t have any birthmarks that we’ve noticed as yet. Also keep in mind that most of these pictures were taken in the first few minutes after he was pushed cold, scared, and screaming into this world. He’s usually very calm and only cries when he feels a grave injustice is being done to him (such as when someone attempts to steal the diaper he has just managed to make his own, or un-swaddles him leaving him exposed to the biting cold). He is an adorable, very calm little guy most of the time. Now on the second day he is much more alert and will sit contentedly making little cooing noises with his big gray eyes opened tentatively when the lights are low.

   In my plain, unbiased opinion of such a perfectly sweet, beautiful, adorable, cuddly, precious little baby boy, I can only say, "AWWWWW!!!"

   Thank you, Dale!  Kiss him twice for me! (The maple leaf is a nice touch - GIGGLES!)


1.   From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 06/15/08 - "Update on NNHS 1958 Classmate, Jimmy Wilson":

I am enclosing an email from Jimmy Wilson's wife Angela with great news concerning Jim's successful surgery for prostate cancer.
Their contact information (is available from Joe at if you would like to send a card.
         Just wanted to give you an update on Jim . . . we went back to the doctor this morning for follow-up.  The pathologist's report showed that the cancer was confined to the prostate which was successfully removed, and there is no need for further treatment!!  Of course he will be followed closely for the next year or more, but at this time he is CANCER FREE! 
         Many thanks to everyone for their prayers and words of encouragement.  We are truly blessed!

   WOWZERONI!!! What fabulous news! Thanks, Joe - and Angela!

2.      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/15/08:


Emily is finally really on an upswing. Her body reacted very negatively to protein drinks as well as the powder, and now that it has been eliminated, she is healing, nicely, albeit slowly. Her pain is still there, but she is being my angel again, and laughing most often, verses crying. She has about 8 lbs. to gain when she was already too scrawny, but at this rate she should pick back up quickly. I'm giving her 2 percent milk and other higher fat foods, that are not so surgery. In two days she has made a good turn around. She needs the bottom part of her spine corrected and that was not done. I may be surgeon searching, but hoping to stick with same surgical group, anyway. I take her to her regular doctor's on the 24th to test for a blood infection, since she had to have two blood units. This has been quite hard on her and I so hope the benefits will come to fruition. The physical therapy room will allow her in home therapy and I'm really excited for her and hopeful for her muscle growth and physical progress. I hope to make that room the prettiest room in our home.
I am awaiting jaw bone biopsy results. It can be one of 3 things -- cancer, infection of more of the bone, or just a very slow healing large abscess that has about claimed my life and showed me what real pain is. I opt for choice 3, but by Thursday or Friday I hope to know. The pain may linger a bit, as 3 pieces of bone were removed. I am very weak but not dead, so that is the good news, to my children and friends, anyway.
Thank you for including us both on your prayer list. I have witnessed great things through prayer and believe strongly. I'm glad your granddaughter,     Rachel, is getting better. Until I had my own babies, I thought (her father)          Lewis (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '89 - of IL) was the cutest baby ever. I remember faking sick, so I could go home from school to help care for him. The gig was discovered, because you guys were not going to let a sick child be around a baby. Thus was my lack of excitement in the Norfolk school system. --LOL.
                                                          Shari & Emily

   Thank you, Shari!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 06/15/08:

Hiya Lady --

I've been traveling a lot lately -- just got back in town yesterday. Therefore, the following is a little late for your Father's Day issue, but it seems to be very appropriate:

   There you are, Sweetie! I was wondering where you'd been lately!

   Yes, this would have been great for Father's Day, but the message is timeless! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Ronnie!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - to        Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC 06/15/08 - "Marshall Courts and Seven Oaks, Newport News, VA.":

Hi, Dimples:
The other week I dropped a name on your that we had not heard in a long, long time, Guffy Rauch.
You were going to check around to see if anyone knew what happened to this family from Marshall Courts.
Today, I remembered his younger brother's name, Gale Rauch.
I believe the oldest sibling was Helen Rauch, but that may not be correct, for their father and mother had given each of their children names that related to storms or weather events.
Boy, those names will stretch your memory!!!
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Well, Major Madagan, those names ring no bell with me, but surely they will with many of our readers. How about it, Sweetie-Pies?

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

   Thanks, Joe!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 06/15/08:

Just got back from VA and a family reunion.  I enjoyed this edition very much.   I am proud to be Southern.  My husband, Harry, being a Florida born and raised boy, believes the Mason - Dixon line is the Florida-Georgia state line.  When we were first married,  I insisted I was Southern, he just laughed.  I then proceeded to tell him Virginia was a southern state and I was a Southern Bell - to which he said "Yeah, a real ding - a - ling."  How we have lasted 38 1/2 years, I don't know.

Thanks for all you do,

     Thanks, Ruthie - you're a hoot! By the way, our mutual friend,    Alma Dail Holloman of NC, said to give you and your family her regards!

  From Mike White ('67) of VA - 06/16/08 - "your age by eating out....what?":


Don't tell me your age; you probably would tell a falsehood anyway - but your waiter may know!

This is pretty neat.


It takes less than a minute. Work this out as you read.  Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out!

This is not one of those wastes of time things, its fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to go out to eat. (More than once but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold).

3. Add 5

4. Multiply it by 50

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1758.  If you haven't, add 1757.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number.

The first digit of this was your original number. (i. e., how many times you want to go out to restaurants in a week.)  

The next two numbers are..........

YOUR AGE!  ------ (Oh YES, it is!)


   Oh, GOODY, another humiliating math problem! I must believe the final sentence is the key to the solution of how this latest piece of wonderment is performed, but I shall leave its resolution to those of you whose brains actually contain functioning mathematic cells.

   Thanks, Mike; it IS fun!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 06/16/98 - "You got a friend in me!":

I haven't seen this little guy in years.  It was great to see him again.  I will have to share him with you.  Even if you have seen him before, you will love it.

   He is a day-brightener, isn't he?!? Thanks, Judy!

  From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 06/16/08 - "Buckroe Week 1":

Buckroe is not like it use to be, but we still enjoy friends and good music on Sunday nights!
Picture taken on the by a happy passerby.
Standing ---   Jerry, Debby Braswell Miller, Larry Miller,   Richard Marshall
Sitting ---  Judy, Howard Hodnett (Jerry's dad), and Darlene Marshall
We ran into    Karen Richardson ('66)and fiancé, Randy!  Can't wait to see who will show up next week.
Here we are....
Standing: Jerry Allen ('65), Debby Braswell Miller ('67), Larry Miller, Richard Marshall ('66);
Sitting: Judy Phillips Allen ('66), Howard Hodnett ('45) (Jerry's dad), and Darlene Marshall

   Ohhh, you're making me homesick, Sweetie-Pies! It's great to see y'all having fun together; you deserve it!

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"; update of 05/28/08: has chemo again on 05/29/08

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.       My Niece Shari of VA - 05/26/08 - dangerous abscess in mouth; update of 06/06/08 - back right upper tooth has to be cut out on 06/09/08, as it dangerously impacted; update of 06/11/08 and update of 06/12/08 - SEE: 06/12/08; update of 06/13/08 - SEE: 06/14/08; update of 06/15/08 - SEE ABOVE

5.      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

6. 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; update of 06/15/08 - SEE ABOVE

7. 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; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that"; update of 06/14/08 - Her leg is healing much faster than the doctor had expected. She is in a waterproof walking cast now for 3 weeks, then this cast will come off and she will have physical therapy.:

8. 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"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends. "

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

9.   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)."

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

11. 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. "

12. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends. "

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

13. 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"

14. Jim Wilson ('58) of VA recovering from prostate surgery on 06/02/08

15. All of Us


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

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

   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  
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Stravinsky's L'Oiseau de feu ("The Firebird"), Seventh Movement (Finale), 1910

Midi of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite No. 7, Seventh Movement (Finale) (sequenced by Scott P. Anderson)
courtesy of - 06/15/08,
at the brilliant suggestion of Charis Bean Duke
(Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC - 06/15/08
Thanks, Charis!

First (1911) Image of Igor Stravinsky - a RPPC - courtesy of - 06/15/08

Second Image of Igor Stravinsky courtesy of - 06/15/08 

Stravinsky Quotation suggested by Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC - 06/16/08
Thanks again, Charis!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

Brown Leaf Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 06/21/07

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
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 Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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

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