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07/06/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
John Paul Jones' 261st Birthday

“If fear is cultivated it will become stronger,
if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.”

 - John Paul Jones
(6 July 1747 - 18 July 1792)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We try to observe this day each year: - (147 kb MP3 version - "Admiral Side Honors and Gun Salute") - (regular version - "The Navy Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save") - (147 kb MP3 version - "Admiral Side Honors and Gun Salute") - (regular version - "The Navy Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save")

   This year I'm only issuing a single newsletter, but if your computer will allow you, please do check out the great mp3 sound file, "Admiral Side Honors and Gun Salute" prepared for us on 06/30/06 by        Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VAThanks again, Captain!

BONUS #1 - -  John Paul Jones' attack on the British town of Whitehaven during the American Revolution - The narration on this video somehow this sounds like a robot reading underwater, but the details are nonetheless interesting history.

BONUS #2 - - The Navy Hymn: Eternal Father (Strong to Save) - Sea Chanters chorus of the US Navy Band

BONUS #3 - - Navy Hymn Tribute

BONUS #4 - - The Navy Hymn - United States Naval Academy Mens Glee Club visits San Antonio, TX, 2008



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to       Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 - Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 07/03/08 - "Cell phones":

Cell phones - New Law (2008)

According to new law that goes into effect July 1, 2008 you will no longer be able to use a cell phone while driving unless you have a 'hands free' adapter.  
I went to Circuit City and they wanted $50 for a headset with a microphone for my cell phone.  Having a friend in the cell phone business, I talked with him and was able to come up with an alternative, working through Office Depot.  

These kits are compatible with any mobile phone and one size fits all.  I paid him $0.08 each because he bought in quantity.  

Then we tried it with Motorola, Sprint, Verizon and Nokia units and they worked perfectly.  

A photo is attached so scroll down & take a look and let me know if you want one.  

Also, forward this to anyone you know, who has a cell phone, and who may want one!

  I can hear you laughing.....
So do you want one or not?

   WILD GOOFY GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Glenn!


From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 07/04/08 - "Ramblin'":

Ramblings of a Retired Mind

I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse. I can't afford one. So, I'm wearing my garage door opener. I also made a cover for my hearing aid and now I have what they call blue teeth, I think.

You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn't like me anyway.

I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans!

I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is 'when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.'

I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age, and call it 'Pumping Rust'.
I've gotten that dreaded furniture disease. That's when your chest is falling into your drawers!

When people see a cat's litter box, they always say, 'Oh, have you got a cat?' ?Just once I want to say, 'No, it's for company!'

Employment application blanks always ask who is to be notified in case of an emergency. ?I think you should write, 'A Good Doctor'!

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do...write to these men?

Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they deliver the mail? Or better yet, arrest them while they are taking their pictures!

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then, it dawned on me, they were cramming for finals.

As for me, I'm just hoping God grades on the curve.

   AMEN AND GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Norris!

  From Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 07/04/08 - "Popcorn":

This is gonna make you not EVER wanna talk on your cell phone. It's insane!!

   YOWZERONI! Thanks, Elaine! And all this time I thought the reason I didn't have a cell phone is that I was just too cheap to invest in one.  But NO, I was actually safeguarding my brain! Oh, WAIT - how much crazier could I actually BE by now?!?

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OH - 07/05/08 - "WordArt Sale!!!":

Just had to share with someone, and since         Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of OH) is gone, it's you guys!  LOL!  I've sold 91 WordArt packs since July 1st, and it's only 1/2 way though the 5th!  Woohoo!  That's $143 ish for me in profits (my stores take 20% off the top)!

Bethany Harty


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/05/08:

Gee, you're up late, but then so am I.  Thank         Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) for me; I love Trace Adkins!!!  I watched Celebrity Apprentice when he was on there.  I hadn't cared one way or the other about him until then.  He seems to be a truly nice person.  Since then I listen for him on the radio and have a few CDs.  I especially like "You're Gonna Miss This".  If you haven't heard that one be sure to have the tissues handy.  Gotta go read the rest of the newsletter and then get to bed!!  Good Night!!!
 Joyce Cahoon

   Glad you liked it, Joyce! I will admit to preferring deep rich voices myself!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 07/05/08 - "Huntington Hall":

It was really neat to hear from Phil at our old home stead. Maybe he could keep us abreast of the changes there via pictures- if it's allowed at this date in our history. Wonder whose home room he is in. Is he from Virginia? Should we make him an honorary Typhoon or just adopt him? Ha Ha

Linda May '66

   Wasn't that cool, Linda May?!? Unfortunately, Phil didn't leave us his email addie.  :0(

   However, you could view the images of one the Magical Mystery Tours:

 From Frank Friedland ('60) of VA - 07/05/08:

I read the article on
  Bobby Hedrick ( class of '58 ) and that he is recovering from pancreatic cancer.  Would you let him know my e.mail address and tell him that over 6 years ago I had 100% percent of my pancreas removed and if he would like to contact me I would look forward to it.
Frank Friedland ( class '60 )

   Thank you so much, Frank; you're a totally amazing man! Whenever I hear the words, "positive attitude", I think of you.

   As Bobby is not on my mailing list, I'm forwarding your note to him by another route.

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 7/06/08 - "Aprons":

Dear Carol,

As I sit reading       Wayne's (Stokes - '65 - of VA) note on Aprons, I am reminded of my own Grandmother. She, too, lived the farm life and had her collection of handmade aprons. Work aprons, dress aprons, aprons for every occasion. I do believe hers were used to wipe castor oil off my face more than any other reason as that was always the treatment for anything that ailed me! Likely a lot of us have been down that road!! I always tried to let my dose run out of the sides of my mouth and was caught every time.

As she got up in age, she would live with us for six months and one of her daughters the other six. She had a rocking chair that she always sat in and I would sneak behind her and tie her apron strings to the chair. She always thought that was a hoot. I recall one birthday when she slipped a $20 bill into a box of Cracker Jacks I was eating. I pretended to finish the box and I threw it in the fire we had going at the time. Of course, I had removed the money first but she didn’t see me do that. She was about to pass out thinking I had thrown “that much money” in the fire. And $20 was a lot of money then!!

Thanks for allowing me to turn nostalgic for a moment. Grandmothers are special people. And as I get older, I  find myself thinking about those simpler times a lot and the days of aprons.

I feel certain there are many apron stories out there.

Blessings to all.


   I loved your tender memories, Joe Sweetie - thanks so much for sharing them with us!

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   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

2.   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

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

4.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08; update of 07/02/08 - SEE: 07/03/08

5. 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

6.   Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - knee surgery with complications on 07/01/08 - SEE: 07/03/08

7. 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.

8. Bitsy Heath ('57) of VA - 07/02/08 - abdominal aneurysm requiring surgery; also having other issues with breathing and pulmonary output;  SEE: 07/03/08

9. 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

10.   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).

11. 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. "

12. 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

13. 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"

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

15. 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 Navy Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Music (the hymn Melita) by J.B Dykes,
Lyrics by William Whiting,
Arranged by Dave Kahn

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

As for the MIDI:

JPJ is buried in the crypt beneath the Naval Academy Chapel.
Perhaps the Navy Hymn would be appropriate:
courtesy of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA - 06/30/06
Thank you so much, David!

Thank you again, Sir!

First Image of John Paul Jones courtesy of - 07/05/06

Second Image of John Paul Jones courtesy of - 07/05/06

Third Image of John Paul Jones courtesy of - 07/05/06

Image of John Paul Jones' Sarcophagus at the United States Naval Academy courtesy of - 07/05/06

Navy Flag Image used to create Divider Lines courtesy of 
once again at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64),
USNA ('69) of VA - 06/29/04
Thanks once more, David! And those four gold bars are for you, Captain.

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

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

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks so much, Al!

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI - one Famous Marines of my who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

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