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06/17/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Barry Manilow's 66th Birthday

ďMisfits aren't misfits among other misfits.Ē

Barry Manilow
 (b. 17 June 1943)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Can you believe we've never celebrated Barry Manilow's birthday before?!?  I can scarcely absorb it myself.  Last year on this date we observed Igor's Stravinsky's birthday:

BONUS #1 - - Barry Manilow - I Write the Songs

BONUS #2 - - Barry Manilow - I Write the Songs - singalong version



"Contrary to popular belief, his signature tune "I Write the Songs" was not written by him, but by (Beach Boy) Bruce Johnston."


"The title has been misunderstood to mean that the singer (or songwriter) "writes the songs," but the actual songwriter, The Beach Boys' Bruce Johnston, has stated that the "I" in the song is "music". He went on to say that songs come from the spirit of creativity in all of us."


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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Mimi Weger Green ('40) of VA AND    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;

24 -     My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  

  From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ - 06/14/09 - "Theme for 6-13-2009":

Hey Cuzz,

How coincidental and from        cuzz Shari, too.  Admittedly, I had to click on the "Scorpions" link to see what that was in reference to.  Also admittedly, a band (heavy metal) that I had not heard of, but that's not too surprising considering my "genre" preferences.  I just found it ironic that your chosen theme for 6-13-2009 coincided with my first guided scorpion hunt out here in Sonoran Desert land. 

The coordinator related that all 15 reservations were booked within an hour of the announcement's publication and that there was a big reserve list. What a place this Ajo is.  The attendees were mostly gals, too (from age 8 or 10 up to sixtyish).   Western gals ROCK!!!
Ajo Copper News
June 10, 2009

Hope all is well with the Buckley-Harty clan and the extended "Baba (               the late Maxine Frix Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25)" line...

   Jim, even given my lack of belief in "coincidences", that is absolutely amazing - and waaaay cool!

   Upon reflection, I'm not so surprised that your attendees were women; they're probably primarily descended from cowboys and such, of a stock far more adventuresome and courageous than your cousin Shari and I!  

   What's that old line? "My idea of roughing it is no room service."

   Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Jim! I trust y'all spotted lots of interesting night critters!

      From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 06/14/09 - "Photo":


Can you use this to let folks have a better idea what I look like today? 

Thanks, Jerry B. (Class of 62) of Va.

   That's you, alright, Jerry! Thanks so much, Sweetie!


    I cropped, compressed, and posted you new shot on the Alumni Page for your class:

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA -  06/15/09 - "Carol, NNHS58 Classmate     Gail Gaskins Roberson's new address":

Gail is pleased to share the information with those visiting the NNHS65 website and welcomes all NNHS alums who visit her shop to make themselves known to her.

Gail Gaskins Roberson has a new home address:

Note that her shop is in Calabash, NC and her home is just across the state line, in Little River, SC.  These are Atlantic coastal areas that have a wonderful, funky, pre-modern feel that is both inviting and relaxing.  When visiting the "Grand Strand" - Myrtle Beach area, take a short day-trip (about 20 miles) north to visit for a retro moment in simpler times.

Recall that Gail moved her business, Bloomin'deals Consignment Boutique to Calabash, NC a couple years ago.  Her shop is the recent recipient of the Brunswick County best consignment shop award.  I can assure you that you have never been in a consignment shop with the range and quality of merchandise (including a great selection of beach furniture) that Gail carries.  Many locals and beach home owners from far away make Bloomin'deals their first stop when looking for almost any type of furniture, home accessory, or beach wear.

The Calabash, NC address and phone number of Bloomin'deals is on the website:

I usually visit with Gail on my annual Myrtle Beach getaway in August and I know several other classmates who don't miss an opportunity to visit.  If you are still into shagging, Gail knows all the great shag stops on the Grand Strand.


   Thanks so much, Joe! One of my great regrets is that I never made it down to see Gail's shop while I was living back east. From the images you sent a couple of years back, it definitely looked like a shop I would love!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/14/09 - "++ Mail ++": - "Navy Firecrackers Jump Rope Routine Part 2..."




My husband was telling me about a news item he heard on National Public Radio about how the U.S. military is enlisting honeybees to find land mines. The insects are trained to react to the scent of TNT, then are fitted with transmitters and sent out to search for underground explosives. "When they smell TNT," my husband explained, "the insects hover over the area and the military tracks them to the site to safely eliminate the land mine."

"Gee," I remarked, "it gives a whole new meaning to the slogan 'Bee all that you can bee!'"


Animals will pick us to be their companions for a reason.


From Bizarre News

Bizarre  Revenge

After his wife left him, spurned husband Donald Niblett wrecked their home with a bulldozer, causing damage in excess of 15,000 English pounds.

In 1988, an Egyptian belly-dancer paid back her unfaithful husband by going on a massive spending spree with his credit card totaling $46,000 before flying to his villa in France and smashing the place up.

A married pilot dismissed his mistress from his London apartment. The young woman agreed to leave but asked for a day to pack her belongings. When he returned from an over-seas flight he found the phone off the hook. His mistress had made a long distance call to the speaking clock in Washington D.C.

A housewife, distraught over her husband's unfaithfulness, decided to throw herself out of the window of their third floor apartment. She didn't realize her husband was walking beneath. She survived, he did not.


Betcha you didn't know this.

Owls are the only birds who can see the color blue.

Makes one wonder what color birds see the sky.)


Wax Stuck on Candlesticks?

Try this to get the sticky stuff off: Put the candlesticks in the freezer overnight. The frozen wax will be much easier to pull off.


   Thanks, Shari!

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 06/16/09 - "30th & VA Avenue":

Hello Bill Smith,        Tue. June 16, 09       copies to Kent Miller, the Wicke bros. & Carol Harty

  This picture ought to ring your bell.  It was posted in a recent edition of the NNHS65 web site:

The first time I went into this building was in Fall of 1941. There was an activity of intramural basketball - homerooms played homerooms. I forget how it was all organized. I don't remember a referee. We played in our socks after school. I expect you were involved also.

We met in the Armory because     Coach Conn kept absolute control over his new gym. There was also a big fuss because he refused to let the girls teams have games there. They used the old gym which was behind the auditorium stage.


I think that our use of the armory probably ended after Dec. 7, 1941.

The next time I was in the armory was when I (like you) enlisted in the VA State Guard. This time it was mostly drill instructions, but I well remember indoor target practice with a .22 cal. training rifle made by Springfield. That gun is now a collector's item.

My father liked to go along on drill night because he knew many of the older men. Most had been active in the National Guard, but were too old to go when the Guard was activated.

My father was in the Guard in the early 1920s. I think part of the reason was that when he was drafted in Sept. 1918, he served only two months training as a medic at U. VA until being discharged.

The National Guard building was built in 1937. Prior to then they met in one of the few surviving buildings in Camp Stuart. After the Guard moved, the old Camp Stuart building was rebuilt into a skating rink. This only lasted a couple of years - the more elegant Briarfield & Jefferson rink gobbled up all the business.

On one of my trips to NN in the last 15 years I drove by the building. It was locked up and apparently vacant. Signs indicated it had been last used as a social services facility.

Nostalgic best wishes, Fred
Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   WOWZERS!!! Thanks so very much, Fred!

   Wit a minute (that's Scottish for "wait a minute")! Wit a minute! Are you saying that the building at Hampton and Wickham Avenues which once housed the Hygeia Skating Rink and is now home to      Restoration and Faith Ministry (as late as  Friday, November 14, 2003, anyway) was the home of the National Guard prior to 1937?!?

   I personally never visited the Skateland facility (it was simply waaay too far away!), but I enjoyed going to the Hygeia right up until I moved away from the Stuart Gardens area in 1967.  I had always thought that such a building would have been closer to Camp Stuart itself - which I always thought was located on (but not beyond) the area later (and still today) occupied by the Stuart Gardens apartments.

   DO tell more!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 06/15/09 - "   Tom in ACU's":

  Hey all...check out these pics of Tom on Bethany's blog:

"First off, I just wanted to share a quick couple of Tom photos. His dad gave him some "extra" army stuff that he'd been given, and Tom is just LOVING it. Look at the smile :) Doesn't he look good?

"Such a cutie! My 9 year old looks so OLD! hehehe. (It's an air soft pistol, not a real gun, just so you know :)"

Friday, June 12, 2009, 10:46 PM Saturday, June 13, 2009, 8:12 AM

I had these ACU's given to me.  I think someone said they are tanker uniforms, as they are a bit lighter than normal ACU's (I wish I could wear them!) But they are small, obviously.  He LOVED them.  He wore a full uniform around all day Saturday and tried to start it up after Church. I had to lay down the rule of Saturday only, or he would wear them all week long!  Enjoy! 

love bh

Brent L. Harty

"You may be whatever you resolve to be"

General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson

   Thanks, Brent - and Bethany! You're right - he looks waaaay too grown-up!   

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 06/16/09, 8:12 PM - "  Cassie Horrocks":

Carol -

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Cassie. It hurts so much to learn of such a young and vital person being tragically cut down in her formative years, just beginning life and love. Brings a tear.

John London

   Thank you, John, I quite agree.

From - 06/15/09 - " Bad Days":

How to Recover from a Bad Day - By Melissa McCreery, PhD, ACC

Bad days are a part of life. We all have them. No matter how many yoga classes you attend or how smoothly your life runs, you'll run up against one sooner or later. The secret to thriving is learning how to move forward in spite of bad days, not aiming to never have one (although minimizing their frequency is a good thing).

Here are some tips for dusting yourself off and getting back on track after a bad day happens:

Do you have permission to have a bad day? Make sure that your inner-perfectionist (the one who requires all-or-nothing success) isn't running your show. Are you knee-deep in self-blame or guilt for things that may have contributed to your bad day (or for the way you reacted to it)? As long as you are busy beating yourself up, you won't be able to move on. Why not try on the idea that an occasional bad day is simply to be expected? It doesn't mean you failed; it means it's time to implement the "bad day plan."

Are you ready to move on, and what will you need to let go of to do so? This is an important question. Are you ready to move on from your bad day, or do you need it to continue for a little while longer? If you are busy beating yourself up, or feeling miserable, or drowning your sorrows, or feeling indignant and victimized, you're not ready to stop having a bad day yet. What do you need to let go of in order to start to shift into a different space? Anger, hurt, frustration, and negativity are all common answers.

What do you want to move on TO? How do you want things to be? How do you want to feel? What do you want your mindset or mental attitude to be? Your posture? Your facial expressions? Take a look in the mirror and make sure you aren't still carrying your bad day with you -- it's amazing how often we do this.

What helps you feel grounded? An important step in moving on from a bad day is connecting with the present and letting go of the past. What helps you to be really present in THIS moment -- completely here and alive? For some people, deep breathing or physical activity helps. Some people like to journal or spend quiet time alone. Take some time to get centered and to set your intention for how you want to BE in the present moment and into the future.

What kind thing can you do for yourself? This is what we do for others who are having a bad day. What can you do for yourself? (And no, a pint of ice cream doesn't count.) Can you call a friend or rent a movie? Pick a flower from your yard? Schedule a massage or a long bath or buy some new nail polish? Bad day recovery days are prime times for self-care.

What's one thing you can commit to that is a positive action? It doesn't need to be big. Pick one small step or action that signifies that you are moving in a positive direction. Do a good deed or a short workout or clean out one drawer. You'll know the action that fits. Your goal is to take the first step toward getting on a more positive track, and when that's done, take the next one.

About the Author:

Melissa McCreery, PhD, ACC is a Psychologist and Life and Wellness Coach who helps busy women who are struggling with weight, stress, and emotional eating. She is the creator of the Emotional Eating Toolboxô. Sign up for a free 5-part Self-Care Package Audio E-course to increase your life balance, and learn more about her programs and resources at

Check out the Experts page for Melissa McCreery:


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 06/16/09 - "COLOR IS GOOD ":


Yesterday I went to the doctor  for my yearly physical.


My blood pressure was high ...

My cholesterol was high .....

I'd gained some weight,

And I didn't feel so hot.


My doctor said eating right doesn't have to be complicated and it would solve my physical problems.


He said: Just think in colors.

Fill your plate with bright colors.

Try some greens, oranges, reds, maybe something blue, etc.

So I went right home and ate an entire bowl of

And sure enough, I felt better immediately.
I never knew eating right could be so easy !!!

   Thanks, Joyce!


1. 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

2. 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 - WHS CLASS OF 1959
3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion
For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

4. 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 06/05/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

   Y'all take good 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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I Write the Songs

Written by Bruce Johnston,1975
(b. 27 June 1942)

(Barry Manilow)
(b. 17 June 1943)


Iíve been alive forever,
And I wrote the very first song.
I put the words and the melodies together,
I am music,
And I write the songs.

I write the songs that make the whole world sing.
I write the songs of love and special thing s.
I write the songs that make the young girls cry.
I write the songs, I write the songs.

My home lies deep within you,
And Iíve got my own place in your sole.
Now, when I look out through your eyes,
Iím young again, even though Iím very old.


Oh my music makes you dance
And gives your spirit to take a chance,
And I wrote some rock íní roll so you can move.
Music fills your heart,
Well, thatís a real fine place to start.
Itís from me itís for you,
Itís from you, itís from me,
Itís a world wide symphony.


I am music, and I write the songs.

"I Write the Songs" midi courtesy of - 06/17/09

"I Write the Songs" lyrics courtesy of - 06/17/09

First Image of Barry Manilow courtesy of - 06/17/09

Second Image of Barry Manilow courtesy of - 06/17/09

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/17/09

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

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!

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

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

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

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

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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