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06/18/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Paul McCartney's 67th Birthday

“The issues are the same. We wanted peace on earth, love, and understanding
between everyone around the world. We have learned that change comes slowly

 Sir Paul McCartney, MBE

 (b. 18 June 1942)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We first observed this celebrity birthday last year:

   In honor of Sir Paul's birthday,        my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) suggested we use this lovely melancholy song, and even located the bonus video for us.  Thanks, Nathaniel!

BONUS - - The Beatles - The Long and Winding Road

HOMEWORK (shamelessly repeated from last year):


Happy Birthday today 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 tomorrow to Jill Douglas Schumacher ('57) AND  Doris Landon Lewis ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

25 - David Lundquist ('57) AND     Glenn Dye ('60) of TX AND      Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1. Mark Waggoner (NNHS Jr. Class of '71) of VA - 06/17/09:

Wednesday 06/17/2009 5:19:33pm
Name: Mark Waggoner
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Hampton
Favorite Teachers All of them!
Hobbies Still working full-time
Comments NNHS Jr. Class of '71

   Thanks, Mark - good to hear from you again!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 06/15/09- "The Finger GI Style":

AWESOME!!!  Read below pic before making judgment on 'The Finger' gesture and you'll understand...

Leading the fight is Gunnery Sgt Michael Burghardt, known as 'Iron Mike' or just 'Gunny'. He is on his third tour in Iraq. He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour.

Then, on September 19, he got blown up. He had arrived at a chaotic scene after a bomb had killed four US soldiers. He chose not to wear the bulky bomb protection suit. 'You can't react to any sniper fire and you get tunnel-vision,' he explains. So, protected by just a helmet and standard-issue flak jacket, he began what bomb disposal officers term 'the longest walk', stepping gingerly into a 5 foot deep and 8 foot wide crater.

The earth shifted slightly and he saw a Senao base station with a wire leading from it.  He cut the wire and used his 7 inch knife to probe the ground.

'I found a piece of red detonating cord between my legs,' he says. 'That's when I knew I was screwed.'

Realizing he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt, 35, yelled at everyone to stay back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching through binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate the secondary device below the sergeant's feet. 

'A chill went up the back of my neck and then the bomb exploded,' he recalls. 'As I was in the air I remember thinking, 'I don't believe they got me.' I was just ticked off they were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not able to feel anything from the waist down'.

His colleagues cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None could believe his legs were still there.


'My dad's a Vietnam vet who's paralyzed from the waist down,' says Sgt. Burghardt. 'I was lying there thinking I didn't want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him to see me like that. They started to cut away my pants and I felt a real sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, 'Good, I'm in business.'  As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline and anger kicked in. 'I decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn't going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher.' He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. 'I flipped them one. It was like, 'OK, I lost that round but I'll be back next week'.'

Copies of a photograph depicting his defiance, taken by Jeff Bundy for the Omaha World-Herald, adorn the walls of homes across America and that of Col. John Gronski, the brigade commander in Ramadi, who has hailed the image as an exemplar of the warrior spirit.

Sgt. Burghardt's injuries - burns and wounds to his legs and buttocks - kept him off duty for nearly a month and could have earned him a ticket home.  But, like his father - who was awarded a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for being wounded in action in Vietnam - he stayed in Ramadi to engage in the battle against insurgents who are forever coming up with more ingenious ways of killing Americans.


Are you proud enough to send this on ?


   WOWZERONI! Thank you, Jay Sweetie!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 06/16/09 - "Bar code: SEE WHERE IT'S MADE!":

Want to buy US made products?  BUY USA by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.  We need every boost we can get!

This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it's a concern to you.

The whole world is afraid of China-made "black hearted goods". Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ?

If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690, 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.

471 is Made in Taiwan. 

This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays,  Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products "MADE IN CHINA ", so they don't show from which country it is made.   

However, you may now refer to the barcode, remember if the first 3 digits are:

690-692 … then it is MADE IN CHINA .
00 - 09 
30 - 37 
40 - 44 … GERMANY

47 ... Taiwan
50 … UK

BUY USA by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.  We need every boost we can get!

   Thanks, Joyce, for this very useful information! Bar codes have always intrigued me!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 06/17/09 - "Pep Boys":



This isn't a picture of Manny, Moe and Jack (The Pep Boys) in Newport News, but does give you an idea how the buildings looked and the figures on top of the building from this 1965 catalog.  Don't think our store was as elaborate with signage, but the figures were definitely there towering over you going into the doors and visible far away.  Buildings were distinct back then, but are considered "driver hazards" now days. 

I hated it when Virginia passed the no animated (or distracting) signs along roads laws back in the 1970s.  People creeping along to see where they are going are causing more of a danger, I think, than if they would have left things as they were so you could see a business far in advance by their own unique signs.


1965 Pep Boys Catalog

   Thanks, Eric! I remember our local Pep Boys and their colorful sign quite well. Of course, this IS me, so I have no idea where it was located, but if someone will let me know, I'll create a Pep Boys page for Our Old Stomping Grounds.

   I moved away from The Sacred Soil in May of 1971, so I didn't realize those large signs had been outlawed; I thought they had simply gone out of style, or businesses had grown less creative - or something.....

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 06/17/09 - Re NN   Armory"":

Hello Carol,        Wed. June 17, 09

Here is a reply from Ralph Wicke of PA, NNHS '50.



Thanks for the Armory picture. I was active in Troop 17 BSA which met on Thursday nights at Ivy Memorial Baptist Church on Maple Avenue.

The Peninsula Council BSA held a winter camporee in the Armory one year. One of the skills which was demonstrated and practiced by the Boy Scouts was "fire by friction."

Basically you made a piece of 2 x 4 with a small hole cut in the flat side. Also required was a piece of broom handle, the glass top to a coffee peculator pot (originally designed so that you could see the coffee perking on your stove), and a small bow made up of a curved limb and a long leather boot string.

 The idea was to place the rounded end of the section of broom handle into the little carved out section of the 2 x 4. The you put one wrap of the boot lace of your small bow around the section of broom handle. Then you placed your peculator glass top on the upped end of your section of broom handle. When everything was in place you moved the bow back and forth and the section of broom handle spun around. With the correct speed and constant movement the block of 2 x 4 and the end of the broom handle got hot and with a little hemp from scrap rope, you could get the hemp to catch on fire when you blew on it as you held it in the hot hole in the 2 x 4. About 99.8% of the scouts were successful.
There was on guy who tried and tried and tried until one of the scoutmasters smelled varnish burning. Picking up the 2 x 4, the scoutmaster discovered a hole in the hardwood floor of the armory. If you look the floor over today you could probably find that inch or so in diameter hole in the floor.
I don't know what scouts use today to start fires but I'm sure someone has come up with an easier and more efficient way to start a fire without a match or lighter.

Peace, Ralph

   YOWZERS! Thanks, Ralph - and Fred!

   Sadly, the Armory building was demolished along with much of the rest of what we knew as downtown Newport News sometime in the last 40 years or so, so we'll not be able to check that floor, but I've posted your memory on that page:


   As for updated BSA fire making skills, I have a request in to my six sons, all of whom were Eagle Scouts.

       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 06/16/09 - "A wonderful, funny poem!":

As it is reunion time of the year, thought you might like to see this progression.


Every ten years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.

I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant dress.

It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.

The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.

The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.

No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.

The boy we'd decreed 'most apt to succeed'
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted 'least' now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.
They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast.

They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.

At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.

It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.

By the fiftieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill.

And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our 55th is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.

Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.

I'm feeling quite hearty, and I'm ready to party
I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one
Other person who can make it that night.

- Author Unknown

   Thanks, Paul, that's a hoot!

   Hmmm, we're "gonna hafta" take a new picture of you. You've lost so much weight lately, this one doesn't even look like you anymore.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/15/09 - "Stress":


A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, 'How heavy is this glass of water?'

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

He continued, ''And that's the way it is with stress management.

''If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, As the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.''

So, my friend, put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

* Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
* Always keep your words soft and sweet,
just in case you have to eat them.
* Always wear stuff that will make you look good
if you die in the middle of it.

* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be
recalled by their maker.
* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again,
 it was probably worth it. 

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,
because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
* Nobody cares if you can't dance well.
Just get up and dance.
* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

* The second mouse gets the cheese.

   Thanks for the reminders, Shari!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 06/16/09 - "The Importance of Walking":

The Importance of Walking

Walking can add minutes to your life. This enables you, at 85 years old, to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.

My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60. Now he's 97 years old and we don't know where he is.

I like long walks... especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I have to walk early in the morning...before my brain figures out what I'm doing.

I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.

Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise,' I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

I do have flabby thighs but, fortunately, my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day is so, when you die, they'll say, 'Well, she looks good, doesn't she?'

If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years,...... just getting over the hill.

We all get heavier as we get older because there's a lot more information in our heads.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

You could run this over to your friends... but just e-mail it to them instead!

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks again, 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!Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

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The Long and Winding Road

- Paul McCartney (Although credited to "Lennon/McCartney", the song was written solely by McCartney.)

(The Beatles, 1969)

The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
I've seen that road before
It always leads me here
Lead me to you door

The wild and windy night
That the rain washed away
Has left a pool of tears
Crying for the day
Why leave me standing here
Let me know the way

Many times I've been alone
And many times I've cried
Any way you'll never know
The many ways I've tried

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Don't leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Don't leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door

"The Long and Winding Road" midi (sequenced by Jack Hall of THE CORNER LOUNGE) and lyrics courtesy of - 06/18/09
at the suggestion of My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 06/18/09
Thanks, Nathaniel!

First Image of Paul McCartney (1964) courtesy of - 06/18/08

Second Image of Paul McCartney courtesy
of - 06/18/08

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

Guitar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 02/01/05

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!

  Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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!

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

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

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