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07/05/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Rhapsody in Blue

“Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise. ”

- George Gershwin
(26 Sept 1898 - 11 July 1937)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I thought you might still be in a mood for some soul-stirring music today.

BONUS #1 - - Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin Recording, 1927 - 9 minutes

BONUS #2 -  - Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin Recording, 1927 - 9 minutes


  Happy Birthday today to Doug Johnson ('57) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -    Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC;

09 -   the late Adrienne Price Cox ('57) (deceased 08/20/06) AND    Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL;

11 - Bobby Maddy ('57);

   Plaxo informed me this morning that this day would also be     Aretie Gallins Patterson's ('59 - of TN) birthday, but the last time they informed me of an upcoming birthday, it was a Big Fat Whopper, so if you could confirm or deny, Aretie, that would be lovely!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/03/09 - "Wet Pants?":

Prayer and the help of our friends..............what more do we need?                                                                          

                                                            WET PANTS

Come with me to a third grade classroom..... There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It's never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they'll never speak to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, “Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I'm dead meat.”

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy's lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, “Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!”

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else - Susie.

She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. You've done enough, you klutz!

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, “You did that on purpose, didn't you?” Susie whispers back, “I wet my pants once too.”

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good..

Remember...Just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

Each and everyone one of us is going through tough times right now, but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith.

 Joyce Cahoon

   Thanks, Joyce!

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 07/04/09 - "  Nick's Seafood Pavilion":


       Bill Lee's (Warwick HS - '54 - of NC) memories of the commissioning of the ship, Yorktown, Nick's Seafood Pavilion, and Mary Matthews reminded me to share with the Typhoon Nation something special.  Chef Jimmy, formerly of Nick's, is now offering bottles of the house salad dressing Nick's served for so many years...a real treat for those of us who miss the restaurant.  It's available here in beautiful downtown Bena, Virginia, at a local general store, Almost Square.  I'm sure it must be available somewhere in Yorktown, as well, but I don't know where.  There is a phone number on the bottle for those interested in obtaining a bottle -- (757) 532-6437.

Renee Helterbran Benton, '59

   WOWZERONI!!! What great news! Thanks for sharing that with us, Renee!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 07/04/09 - "Google 411":

Here's a number worth putting in your cell phone, or your home phone speed dial: 1-800-goog411. This is an awesome service from Google, and it's free -- great when you are on the road.

Don't waste your money on information calls and don't waste your time manually dialing the number. I am driving along in my car and I need to call the golf course and I don't know the number. I hit the speed dial for information that I have programmed.

The voice at the other end says, "City & State." I say, " Garland, Texas." He says, "Business, Name or Type of Service." I say, Firewheel Golf Course." He says, "Connecting" and Firewheel answers the phone. How great is that? This is nationwide and it is absolutely free!

Click on the link below and watch the short clip for a quick demonstration. 

   WOWZERS!!! Well, that's invaluable information, isn't it?!? Thanks so much, Norris!

  From Dale Lucado ('68) of VA - 07/04/09 - "July 8, 2009 Special Time":



(I had a deep feeling that you just needed to know this.)

Aren't you glad you are in my address book? of course you are.


   Why, yes, I am!!
Thank you for this fun fact, Dale!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 07/04/09 - "Gratitude Campaign":

What a great idea!

This is pretty neat.....(30 second video)... Have you ever seen one of our military walking past you and wanted to convey to them your thanks, but weren't sure how, or it felt awkward?

Please everybody take just a moment to watch..... The Gratitude Campaign; .and then forward it to your friends! THEN START USING THE SIGN.

   Thanks for this reminder, Sarah Sugah! I really was grateful to know this back when I lived near both Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base and had ample opportunities to use this whenever I left my home!

  From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 07/04/09 - "email":

Hi Carol -

My email has changed to __________________________. Thanks again for all your hard work.

Barbara Houston

   Thank you, Barbara (and you're welcome!)! I have you switched in my files now.

From Jokes - 07/05/09:

A Brief History Of Medicine

2000 B.C. - Here, eat this root.

1000 A.D. - That root is heathen, say this prayer.

1850 A.D. - That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.

1940 A.D. - That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.

1985 A.D. - That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.

2000 A.D. - That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.


        From My Daughter, Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL) - 07/01/09 - "     Buckley (Harty) is walking!":

Go to the above link and in the first album is a video of Buckley walking. In the third album (Easter album) he gets his first hair cut and makes some hilarious facial expressions.

Anyway, have fun and I love y'all!

   Oh, that sweet little baby! I miss that little boy! He began walking on June 24, and I missed it. Thanks for re-sending me this link so I could enjoy it vicariously, Webbigail!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 07/02/09 - "WW II posters :~ (#1 in a Series of 18)":

Thought you might like bh

  Some old fashioned  Patriotism.

I wonder whatever happened to this kind of thinking in America. I got a lump in my throat when I read this..  I "grew up" thinking: patriotism, it is the AMERICAN  way!  I am glad to see that somebody saved these. The statement at the end says it all!


These were our parents. What in God's name have we let happen to our Country? We were taught these values and then we let them die .....  I guess we are the last generation to see, or even remember anything like these? Whatever happened? Political correctness (or "re-education") happened, lack of God's name happened, lack of personal responsibility happened, lack of personal integrity and honesty happened, lack of respect and loyalty to our country happened, lack of being an American happened.

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   Oh, I DO like them! Thanks so much, Brent!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/02/09 - "This is what marriage is all about !":

He ordered one hamburger, one order of French fries and one drink. The old man unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in half.. He placed one half in front of his wife. He then carefully counted out the French fries, dividing them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife.
He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip and then set the cup down between them. As he began to eat his few bites of hamburger, the people around them kept looking over and whispering. You could tell they were thinking, 'That poor old couple - all they can afford is one meal for the two of them.'

As the man began to eat his fries a young man came to the table. He politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple. The old man said they were just fine - They were used to sharing everything.

The surrounding people noticed the little old lady hadn't eaten a bite. She sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink.

Again the young man came over and begged them to let him buy another meal for them. This time the old woman said 'No, thank you, we are used to sharing everything.'

As the old man finished and was wiping his face neatly with the napkin, the young man again came over to the little old lady who had yet to eat a single bite of food and asked 'What is it you're waiting for?'

She answered . . . .

(This is great) 

'THE  TEETH !!!'

   EWWWW!!!   Thanks again, Joyce!


1.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

Attached is the two-sided brochure.... It has an order form on it. All former CNC students (whether or not they got a degree from CNC) can get the $5 alumni discount if they order the book with this form. They will need to write on the order form "alumni discount" and put $24.95 in the blank beside $29.95. They will have to pay S&H also and (if in Virginia) 5% Sales Tax.
Attached also is an ad we ran in the Daily Press, which lists places where the book can be bought in the Tidewater area. Except for the CNU bookstore, there is no discount price for these copies. However, buyers can get signed copies at all of these places EXCEPT the CNU Bookstore, which did not want signed copies.  Signed means signed by all 3 authors: Chambers, Hubbard, and Wood.

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


Attention all 1964 TYPHOONS:

If we have a current mailing address for you, then your 45th Reunion package was mailed to you on 23 June. In it you will find a letter detailing our plans for the reunion, a reservation form to be completed and returned to us no later than 1 September, and an input form for the 2009 Edition of the Old Rusty Anchor.

If you do not receive this package (or put it aside and misplace it - - yes, it happens), then you may find these same documents available to you on the NNHS web site at this address:

These documents are in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the free Adobe Reader, you may download and install it from this address:

You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!


        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 06/23/09 - "Redneck Humor" (#9 in a Series of 11):

  Redneck Wheelchair

   Thanks, Gorgeous!

Redneck Wheelchair


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

5. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/01/09

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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Rhapsody in Blue

Composed by George Gershwin, 1924
(26 Sept 1898 - 11 July 1937)

"Rhapsody in Blue" midi courtesy of - 07/05/09

Irene Fernandez-Cuesta's Micrograph, "Rhapsody in Blue", courtesy of - 07/05/09

Blue Neon Divider Line clip art courtesy of - umm, some time ago.....

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

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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!

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

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