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06/25/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Lady in Red

"Come back to me in dreams; that I may give
Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:
Speak low, lean low,
As long ago, my love, how long ago."

Christina Rossetti
(5 Dec 1830 - 29 Dec 1894 )

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

  If this issue looks and sounds familiar to you, there's a perfectly good reason for that; we run it each year:

BONUS - - The Lady in Red - Chris De Burgh

Happy Birthday today to David Lundquist ('57) AND     Glenn Dye ('60) of TX AND      Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Fred Eubank ('64) of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

27 -   Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL AND      My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL;

28 - Andrew Puckett ('57) AND    Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA;

29 -
  Carolyn Frizzelle Hogge ('61) of VA AND     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA;

30 - Blaine Crum ('57);

01 -   Julius Benton ('58) of VA AND    Linda Ray Letchworth Enochs ('60) of TX;

02 -
   Fred Mays ('60) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

Hit #74,500 was made on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 9:18 AM by    Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX.

From    Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX - 06/25/08 - "74,500":

Hi Carol,

Did I get it?

The counter says 74,500.

Have a great day!!!
Susan Harlin (TX '72)

Susan Harlin, Photographer

Fine Art Photography. . .the Old Fashion Way.

   Yes' ma'am, you did indeed! Congratulations, Susan! How many ornaments do I owe you now?? Send me your mailing address, and two colors of your choice for each ornament, and I'll mail you some shortly!


1.   From Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - 06/23/08 - "hope i get u !!!!":






   WHAT FABULOUS NEWS!!! Thank you for letting us know, Connie, bless your heart!

2.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA:

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 06/24/08 - "Jimmy is in hospital":

I received this from Melody DeBerry today and have no other information at this point. Please add Jimmy to the prayer list.
Thanks so much!
PS - I just called the hospital and talked to Melody.  Of course, I interrupted his physical therapy.  How could I know? Anyway, he sounded good and so did she.  Melody will keep us posted.

    From Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 06/24/08 - "Jimmy is in hospital":

Hello, Folks,
Please forgive me if I don't answer your e-mails.  Jimmy has had a stroke and is in the hospital and will be going to Riverside Rehab soon.  I am not home long enough to look at my e-mails each day.  Keep us in your prayers


   OH, NO!!! I'm so sorry to hear this! Thank you so much for letting us know, Judy! We will definitely keep both Jimmy and his sweet wife, Melody, in our hearts and prayers!

  From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 06/22/08:

Carol, thank you very much for the birthday wishes.  Hope you are feeling better soon. 

Barb  '68

   You're welcome, Lady - and thank you! I actually seem to be doing much better now in several ways (I don't want to say that too loudly, lest it all return with a vengeance); I've even lost twelve pounds lately! WHOO-HOO!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/23/08:

Are there any words of wisdom from any of the upper class who have passed the 66 age that I am getting ready to enter into on the 25th of this month that maybe I need to know?  Send them to me.

   Let us fervently hope so, Glenn! I didn't did well at all with 60, and now 61 is barreling down on me - WILD MOURNFUL GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Honey!

   How 'bout it, Sweetie-Pies?!? 

  Anyone/ Anyone?"

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX -  06/23/08 - "ZIP CODE GAS":

This is pretty nifty. Just enter your  zip code in the site below, and it tells you which gas stations have the cheapest prices (and the highest) on gas in your zip code area. It's updated every evening. 

Be a good neighbor and pass this along....

   This is not only very helpful and informative, but quite fascinating and fun to check! Thanks so much, Glenn!

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 06/24/08 - "The New 5 Dollar Bill":

  "Ain't it da truf?!?" Thanks, Janice!

  From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 06/24/08 - "Send in the Clowns":

Every time I hear this song, I think of Marcus Ritger.
He was a graduate of the NNS Apprentice School (1941), and worked in the yard's hull drawing room, but he was much better known on the Peninsula as a superb photographer, and one of the founders of the James River Camera Club. He had two passions, when it came to photographic subjects: maritime scenes...especially NNS-built ships (understandably) and the circus...and in particular clowns.
He took numerous pictures of my favorite ship, the SS AMERICA - see attached story. 
  But he also took a very famous picture of Emmett Kelly, in "Weary Willie" attire (see below - also included in the attachment).

Marcus and his wife lived in Stuart Gardens for a few years, then for many years in the Newport News area north of the Mariners' Museum, where they raised three sons. When he passed on, he left behind over 15,000 images of maritime subjects, circus scenes...and clowns.

I like to think this song was playing in the background when he got to the pearly gates - where he probably held things up a bit while he snapped a bunch of pictures from several different angles.  


   WOWZERONI! I was quite unfamiliar with all this! Thanks so much, Bill - and LOOKY-LOOKY!!! I found a link to your essay, so we need only click here, and choose to view it as a PDF file, and we can all see the images that I cannot seem to be able to figure out how to process - WHOO-HOO! I'm so EXCITED!!!

  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 06/24/08, 12:28 PM - " Coach Helms":

I was saddened to see the passing of Coach Bill Helms. He was my gym teacher for 3 years I believe. He always acted tough and loved barking his orders in gym classes. But, at least the way I saw him, he was really a softy and quite caring of his students. I see he was an elementary school principal for several years so this shows the kind of man he must have been.

One of the things we had to accomplish in gym, the boys at least, was to climb "the rope". You had to climb it to the top of the gym, touch the top, and scoot back down. Coach Helms had worked with getting me further up the rope each time I climbed. Finally, it was either 10th or 11th grade, I made it to the top and started down. Well, I fear heights terribly so about three feet from the top I froze. Coach Helms and
Coach Range were yelling, trying to get me down. I clutched harder to the rope. Coach Range was mad and fussing but Coach Helms saw this a big problem. Everybody was tense and I was just plain old scared. Coach Helms said that I had to come down one way or the other. So I just let go and plunged toward the floor. Coach Helms braced himself and the moment I hit bottom he grabbed me breaking my fall. I went to the floor but not hard. Coach Helms was shaking and Coach Range shared his temper with me a bit.

As the gym was winding down for the day Coach Helms came over to me putting his finger in my chest and said "Nichols - don't you ever touch this rope again, and if anyone tries to make you tell them to come see me". But from this adventure came a loose coach/student relationship that I have always held fondly. I think he was a very good man.

Ed Nichols, NNHS Class of 1962

   What a great memory!  Thank you, Eddie! I've posted this on both Coach Helms' pages:


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA to the Members of the Class of 1958 - 06/24/08, 7:51 PM - "Obituary for NNHS Coach Bill Helms":

Coach Helms died Saturday, June 21, 2008.  He had just turned 75 years old.  When we graduated in June 1958, Coach Helms was 25 years old.
I recall that most of the girls in our class had a crush on Coach Helms.  He had the looks of a movie star a great smile, and was very personable.  Heck, he was hardly older than we were!  The guys recall what a smart guy he was to accept a football scholarship to play for East Carolina right after it converted from an all-female teachers college. I'll never understand how a good looking guy like Coach Helms managed to get a degree from a University that was about 75% female.  How did he concentrate on his studies?
Let me know your favorite Coach Helms story.  Was he your coach or teacher?  What class and/or what sport?

   Thank you, Joe! I've posted this on both Coach Helms' pages as well:


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/25/08 - "BEACON - 10 APRIL 1964 (Part one of two)":

Old Beacons are always nostalgically interesting, but permit me to draw your attention to   Chris Kypriandes’ ('65) (22 Sept 1946 - 24 Feb 1998) prophetic rebuttal of an opinion piece on Page Two.  To paraphrase an old adage, Chris put his “life” where his mouth was by serving his country in Viet Nam and, ultimately, dying in 1998 as a result of that service. As Chris encouraged us to believe in 1964, such patriots still exist today, some 44 years later.

Chris, I thank you for your service and for your sacrifice and for your inspiration to all of us across the decades. Rest well and in honor, my old friend.


Friday, April 10, 1964 Friday, April 10, 1964 Friday, April 10, 1964 Friday, April 10, 1964 Friday, April 10, 1964
Page One - TOP Page One - BOTTOM Page Two - TOP Page Two - BOTTOM Page Two - Mr. Willey


   Well, Captain, "ya got me" - but I was overdue for a good old fashioned cry-fest anyway. Thank you so much for your beautiful and poignant words - to which I can only add a heartfelt "Amen".

   Thank you, Brown Eyes!

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: 04/28/08; update of 06/23/08 - surgery on right eye -  07/01/08; surgery on left eye to follow several weeks later as financial goals are met

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

3.   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - broken hip - early this year; still recovering and in pain; update of 06/17/08 - SEE: 06/18/08

4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

5.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke in June

6.       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: 06/17/08; update of 06/19/08 - SEE: 06/19/08

7.      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

8. 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: 06/17/08

9. 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.:

10. 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

11.   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)."

12. 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. "

13. 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

14. 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"

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

16. 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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  The Lady in Red

Words and Music by Chris de Burgh, 1986
(b. 15 Oct 1948)

I've never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight
I've never seen you shine so bright
I've never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance
They're looking for a little romance, given half a chance
I have never seen that dress you're wearing
Or the highlights in your head that catch your eyes I have been blind
The lady in red is dancing with me cheek to cheek
There's nobody here, it's just you and me, It's where I wanna be
But I hardly know this beauty by my side
I'll never for get, the way you look tonight

I've never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight
I've never seen you shine so bright you were amazing
I've never seen so many people want to be there by your side
And when you turned to me and smiled, It took my breath away
I have never had such a feeling
Such a feeling of complete and utter love, as I do tonight

The way you look tonight
I never will forget, the way you look tonight
The lady in red
The lady in red
The lady in red
My lady in red (I love you.)

"The Lady in Red" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/05/06
Thanks, Dave!

"The Lady in Red" lyrics courtesy
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/05/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Zucker's "Lady in Red" Image courtesy of - 04/06/06

String of Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/19/05

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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

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

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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 Army Flag courtesy of - 06/18/03

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