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07/04/07 - NNHS Newsletter

"Those who won our independence
believed liberty to be the secret
of happiness and courage to be
the secret of liberty.”

- Louis D. Brandeis
(13 Nov 1856 - 5 Oct 1941)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There's not much homework for today.  It is a major holiday, after all.  But here are some things you might not want to forget: 

   And of course, it repeats every year:

2004 -

2005 - Well, we WOULD have had one, had my computer not gone down.....

2006 -


   On Saturday, 07/07/07, we not only have a spiffy date we can enjoy writing all day, we have another Two-Fer!

      Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA and    Steve Silsby  (Ferguson HS - '72) both will be celebrating - or not.  Frank always tells me he celebrates birthdays by milestone days, not years, and I always end up terribly confused, but that's as it's always been!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

  Many Happy Returns, Gentlemen!

  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 06/29/07 - "4th of July":

 Hope all Have a great Holiday Typhoons Forever...Al   

   Thanks so much, Al! I do love your festive happy Pict-o-grams so!

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/01/07 - "__________":

  Joe Wingo ('65 - of NC) forwarded this to me and within the string that got it to him I noticed    Buster Vest's ('63 - of VA) name, Hello Buster!, It's been awhile!! ..............

   Thanks, Wayne Honey!

   Ummm, Wayne Honey, you already know what a slacker I am.  I'm gonna save this for next time, because, um, I'm really OUTTA time now.

   Don't worry. I like to call this, "building excitement."  OOOPS! Sorry, Sweetie!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 07/01/07 - "From a Chaplain in Iraq":

From a Chaplain in Iraq:

"I recently attended a showing of "Superman 3" here at LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorium we use for movies as well as memorial services and other large gatherings. As is the custom back in the States, we stood and snapped to attention when the National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going as planned until about three-quarters of the way through the National Anthem the music stopped. Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18-22 year-olds back in the States? I imagine there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments, and everyone would sit down and call for a movie. Of course, that is, if they had stood for the National Anthem in the first place.

Here, the 1,000 Soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward. The music started again. The Soldiers continued to quietly stand at attention. And again, at the same point, the music stopped. What would you expect to happen? Even here I would imagine laughter as everyone sat down and expected the movie to start.

Here, you could have heard a pin drop. Every Soldier stood at attention. Suddenly there was a lone voice, then a dozen, and quickly the room was filled with the voices of a thousand Soldiers:

'And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?'

It was the most inspiring moment I have had here in Iraq. I wanted you to know what kind of Soldiers are serving you here.

Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins on 5/14/07. LSA Anaconda is at the Balad Airport in Iraq, north of Baghdad "

   Ohhhh, Bill, this is so beautiful and moving! Thanks so much!

    If this isn't true, it oughta be, so I'm not gonna check it.

  Oh, all right.  I checked it:

    I wasn't able to find anything at all about it. I take that as a good sign!

   Thanks again, Sweetie!

  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 07/02/07 - "Happy 4th of July!":







For all of our other military personnel, wherever they may be. Please support all of the troops defending our Country.

And God Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our freedom. Thanks to them, and their sacrifices we can celebrate the 4th of July

We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be eternally grateful.

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"

When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

Enjoy Your Freedom & God Bless Our Troops
Show Your Support.....

Please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen. This can be very powerful....

   Thanks so much, Glenn!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('65) of RI - 07/04/07 - "Great Choice...":

I had the privilege of seeing "Porgy and Bess" in New York. I do not remember what year it was...but I was young...musta been a hundred years ago...the lyrics take me back to hot summer sit-on-the-porch-and drink sweet tea days. It is a pleasant 74 degrees here today. There are many things I miss about the south...the heat is not one of them!!!

Love, Jeanb Y'all have a great Fourth!

   WOWZERONI!!! How very cool!

   And I'm glad you liked "Summertime", and I'm also glad you're staying cool there, too, Jean!  Thanks, Lady!

From Rodney Llewellyn ('55) of VA - 07/04/07 - "Class of '55":


This is a note to inform all Class of '55 classmates of our Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on Clyde Morris Boulevard at 11:00 a.m. Quite a few attended the first get together in June. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, come visit with us.

Rodney Llewellyn

   Ohhh, I had known about those marvelous monthly Lunch Bunch meetings, but had somehow forgotten all about them!  Thanks for the reminder, Rodney!

   And speaking of reminders, I've added the next six Lunch Bunches to our Dates to Remember list below.

From Sheila Smith Moler ('64) of FL - 07/04/07 - "Keeter":

I knew a Skeets Keeter many years ago, but not his real name. Assumed he was Ben's brother.

Sheila Moler

   I think that's a distinct possibility, Sheila, but we're still waiting for confirmation from someone who knows of a certainty. Thanks, Lady!

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 07/04/07 - "Happy 4th of July":

   Okay, Lady, I had been checking patriotic graphics and listening to the National Anthem off and on all day long, but somehow this Jacquie Lawson card really got to me.Thanks so much, Judy! I love a good cry!


  From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO and DC - 06/28/07 - "Red Skelton":


A friend sent this weblink to me and it is just a reminder of how lucky we are as a nation of individuals. As the 4th of July approaches, let us not forget all those that are in “harms way” protecting us and what the Flag stands for. Let us also not forget those that have fallen protecting the Flag. Take care and enjoy.

Paul Dobie
June 21, 2007

Speakers on please.

Very important that you listen to the very end!! Eerie!
Take a moment and listen to it (from 1969). How would he have known then that this is what is happening now?

Click on the link, and turn your sound on. 

Red Skelton was a movie star and comedian on television back in the 1950s. He created a number of characters, and his show was watched by millions. He did this on his show one evening--back when shows were live.

    Ohhh, my goodness! Are we "posta" be all grown-up now, so that when we listen to this we don't have tears streaming down our faces?!?  If so, it's still as I've been saying all this time: "I'm still just a kid."

   Thank you so much, Sweetie - for everything! And I'm glad to see you still have those beautiful blue eyes!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/03/07 - "Call for prayer":

Dear Carol,

I want to request the prayers of all classmates for my mother. She is Virginia Lawrence and has lived in the Newport News and Hampton area for 50 years and retired from Coats&Clark Zipper Factory many years ago. Mom is presently in Riverside Hospital in Newport News. Mom is 91 and has congestive heart failure, atrial-fib and was admitted to Riverside Saturday night with pneumonia. She has many other complications which I can't even begin to spell much less pronounce. Until just last month she was able to live on her own at home but she has had to go live with my older sister.....

She has a deep love of God but has not been able to attend her church, Bethel Baptist, and misses being in contact with long time friends at church. They call her and visit her, but to all those who know the joy of attending church and communing with fellow believers in God, it's just not the same....

..... I know she needs all the prayers she can get.... Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

Your classmate,

Joyce Cahoon

   Why, certainly, Joyce! We have some mighty prayer warriors in our midst, and I'm sure that they will be glad to join us in praying for your mama - and for you.  Thanks for letting us know!

From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 06/26/07 - "Calling all Riverside Hospital Graduates":

I just received this email from a high school classmate to pass on. Please pass onto anyone you think might be a nurse or knows someone so they can have a great reunion. With so many people moving or getting married or re-married after graduation, it is hard to find everyone and emailing is a wonderful tool.



I know you have access to other classes besides our own. We are trying to let as many people know about our reunion as possible. Please forward this if it is not too much trouble.

Riverside School of Professional Nursing is having a Grand Reunion of all classes July 21 and July 22, 2007. There will be a luncheon on Saturday and a tour of the new school campus. Saturday night is open for the individual classes to meet. Sunday there will be a family picnic in NN Park, Jefferson Avenue near Ft. Eustis.

If you are a graduate or know someone who is, please help us get the word out so as many as possible will know and be able to attend. e-mail response or questions to:

You can also e-mail me.
Judy Ring Whitehead


   Thanks, Karrin! We always try to promote any and any reunions to help insure their success, as I've come to believe they are more important than we ever realized.  I've also added this listing to our "Dates to Remember" below.


1. Thursday, July 5, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955


3. Thursday, August 2, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

4. Saturday, August 4, 2007 - Typhoon Informal Reunion - NNHS CLASS OF 1960

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 31 - September 2, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1967

6. Thursday, September 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

7. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7 - 9, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957

8. Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's Buckroe Beach (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for Everyone - OPEN TO ALL

9. Thursday, October 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

10. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942

11. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

12. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

13. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

14. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   As these five messages were consuming so much space on each Newsletter, I've decided just to publish the NEXT upcoming reunion on each Newsletter:

The NNHS Class of 1960
will hold a
Typhoon Informal Reunion

on Saturday, August 4th, 2007, at 3:00 PM at the Beach home of Mary Ann Edwards Elliot,
504 West Ocean View, Norfolk, VA

Afternoon into evening beach party with covered dish dinner
$15.00 per person
For information/reservations, please contact:

Karen Weinstein Witte
14314 Wadsworth Dr. Odessa, FL  33556


    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

The Star Spangled Banner

- Francis Scott Key, 1814

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

"The Star Spangled Banner" midi courtesy of - 03/02/06

"The Star Spangled Banner" lyrics courtesy of - 03/02/06

Animated "Happy Independence Day" Title clip art courtesy
of - 06/29/06

Flag Picture courtesy of - 07/04/07

Quill Pen Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/14/04

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

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

Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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

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