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06/25/09 - NNHS Newsletter
The Lady in Red

ďThis is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.

- Jalal ad-Din Rumi
(30 Sept 1207 - 17 Dec 1273)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  This is another of our "rerun" Newsletter themes - first seen exactly three years ago today, and each year thereafter:

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 -    the late Julius Benton ('58) (deceased 20 Nov 2008) AND    Linda Ray Letchworth Enochs ('60) of TX;

02 -   Fred Mays ('60) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

   From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 06/23/09 - "This should be posted in every school.":

This should be posted in every school!!!

This is an excerpt from the book "Dumbing Down our Kids" by educator Charles Sykes about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He writes about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1 : Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2
: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3
: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4
: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5
: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6
: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault , so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7
: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8
: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9
: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10
: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11
: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on..
If you don't agree stick your head in the sand and take a deep breath!
If you can read this -Thank a teacher!

If you can read this in English, thank a soldier!!!

   Thanks so much, Mark!

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 06/23/09 - "Save Buckroe Petition - Please read, check website, forward!":

Even if you aren't a registered voter in Hampton, you can still help by telling other people about this petition and e-mailing this message to as many people as you can.

The Hampton City Council has voted to rezone property at Buckroe that has been used as park land and for off street parking for more than 20 years. If this land is sold, it will diminish public access to the largest public beach on the Peninsula. Parking is already tight and will get much worse if development proceeds on this land.

I'm sharing this message with people who I think are interested in maintaining public access to the water. More park land is needed for additional picnic shelters and other activities that people enjoy on a trip to the beach. Without adequate space for parking, many people will simply have to turn around and drive back home.

Thank You,
Adrian Whitcomb, NNHS '67

The Daily Press reported on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 (,0,2889501.story )  that a "petition for referendum" could change the course of action in Buckroe after a 6-1 City Council vote on June 10,2009 to rezone the city-owned open space (aka Buckroe's Lots B) to sell the land to developers for residential housing.
Reporter Matthew Sturdevant then explained exactly how a referendum petition works according to the city's laws.  If a referendum petition drive is successful, Council must either reverse course, or the court would set a date to hold a city-wide election.  Hampton residents, the rightful owners of the land, would then get the opportunity to vote on what happens to the land.  In other words, residents would have a choice about what happens in Buckroe, something they have not had up to this point.
The Buckroe Beach Bayfront Park Committee would appreciate your help to repeal Hampton City Council's June 10, 2009 vote to rezone citizen-owned bayfront properties in Buckroe Beach.
We would appreciate your signing a referendum petition and your help in gathering signatures of registered Hampton voters on the petition. 
We are in opposition to the rezoning and to the sale of our very unique citizen-owned bayfront properties in Buckroe.  Fortunately, through provisions in Hampton's City Charter, citizens of Hampton have the right to reverse rezoning ordinances taken by City Council by a referendum petition.
Our group has filed the necessary paperwork with the Hampton Clerk of Court to begin collecting signatures on the petition.  In order to be successful, we must gather at least 4500 signatures of registered Hampton voters within a 30-day period.  In our case, the petitions must be filed before or on July 10, 2009.
We need signatures on the petition and your help with the following:
  • gathering signatures on the petitions.  Instructions regarding how signatures must be collected are shown below..  Petitions will be thrown out if instructions are not followed carefully
  • recruiting others to collect signatures
  • collecting petition signatures at your bridge club meetings, your civic association or neighborhood gatherings, your bible study classes, sporting events, etc.
  • making sure Committee members are aware of large public events which are excellent places to gather signatures.  Committee members will try to accompany you to these large public events.  By the same token, we will notify you of large public gatherings which we hope you will attend with us to help gather signatures
  • promote our website to others who also may want to help repeal the Buckroe rezoning ordinance
With your help, and by working together, we are certain that we can reach the necessary goal of 4500 signatures to repeal the rezoning, and therefore prevent the sale and the residential development on the citizen-owned 7.81 acres of property in Buckroe.
Please contact any Buckroe Beach Bayfront Park Committee member shown here to make arrangements for obtaining petitions for your use in gathering signatures.  If you have already given your name and telephone number to a committee member for a petition(s), you can expect to hear from them shortly.
Instructions for gathering signatures are attached (also on website).  Petitions will be thrown out if instructions are not followed carefully.   
Please share this news with your own e-mail contacts, your family, friends and neighbors.
Thank You,
Buckroe Beach Bayfront Park Committee
Mr. Eddie Deerfield  850-2808
Ms. Joan Charles      851-4178
Ms. Sandra Canepa  851-2959
Ms. Shirley Gellis     850-0697
Ms. Mary Ashley       851-0870

   Thanks again, Adrian - and again we wish you much success!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 06/24/09 - "Was It You???":

I am sending this to everyone who sends me e-mail.

One of you sent a virus.

It is a very severe virus.

Look what it did to my mouse.

Love your e-mails!  Just thought this was cute and you might want to send it on to others.

     Thanks, Joyce!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 06/24/09 - "AMISH VIRUS":


You have just received the Amish Virus. As we do not have electricity nor
computers, you are on the honor system. Please delete all of your files.
Thank thee.

   Thanks, Ruthie! It's quite a day for viruses!

From - 06/222/09 - " Reclaim Your Creative Courage":

Self-Esteem and Self Confidence - Reclaiming Your Creative Courage
By Gail McMeekin, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., Apr. 21, 2009

Are you haunted by unfinished creative projects or dreams? Make a list of the major ones. Are you still interested in pursuing one or more of them? Note which projects/pathways, if any, are still compelling to you. Creativity is about magnetism and commitment.

If you are not going to move ahead with any of these projects, you need to release them to make space for your new attractions. Are there lessons to be learned from letting go of these abandoned dreams? Rudy acknowledged that he hadnít really been ready until now to write his screenplay. His vision just recently crystallized into the story we wants to tell.

Melissa, on the other hand, has always wanted to become an environmental lawyer. Now at age fifty, she fears she is too old. This is a creative choice point for her. She can either live the rest of her life with the sorrow of not having become a lawyer or she can go to law school. Or alternately, she could leverage her skills by becoming a lobbyist, a political activist, or a paralegal. Melissa is now taking one course at a law school to help her to make the right choice.

One of the greatest blocks to creativity is fear. Fear keeps you from exploring your goals in depth and strategizing successful action steps to achieve them. Fear of failure keeps you from enjoying an experimental mind set where roadblocks and re-routing are expected and, even welcomed as new information. Focusing on the fear of being wrong or criticized clips your creative wings. Almost everyone can remember trying something new and being chided. Therefore we learned to play it safe, cease taking risks, and stop the flow of creative solutions.

What Frightens You Most About Expressing Your Creativity?

What is your fear about specifically? What creative traumas from the past still hold power over you? What do you fear from your internal critic or people from your past who criticized your ideas and actions? Write this all down so you can see it and begin resolution. Donít let fear keep you from being your true self. Identify and leverage solutions that will help your fear to stay out of the way.

Write down all the things, people, places, activities, or thoughts that diminish your creative energy. Subtract from your life what clogs the clarity of your creative channel. Your creativity is a valuable asset; you canít afford to have it compromised by clutter, other peopleís needs, or busyness. Even if you only find the time to write in your creative journal or sit quietly for fifteen minutes a day, you are connecting with your original voice. Preserve the messages and insights. What life choices support your ingenious energy? Honor your individual cravings and notions. Diligently restructure your lifestyle and commit to a current creative project that nurtures you. Embrace the dreams of today and enjoy your new creative power.

Author's Bio

Gail McMeekin, MSW, LICSW, is a nationally known career/creativity/life choices coach and consultant and the author of the highly acclaimed books, The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women and The Power of Positive Choices. Her work has been featured in many periodicals such as Boston Magazine, Investor's Business Daily, Redbook, and Health, as well as on radio and TV. She has a new e-book called Boost Your Creativity, Productivity, and Profits in 21 Steps available at her website: as well as a free newsletter called Creative Success. You may contact her at

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.


        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 06/23/09 - "Redneck Humor" (#2 in a Series of 11):

  Redneck Cooler

   Thanks, Gorgeous!

Redneck Cooler


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

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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!

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 Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tommy!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty