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07/07/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Gustav Mahler's 146th Birthday

"It is strange how one feels drawn forward
without knowing at first where one is going."

- Gustav Mahler
(7 July 1860 - 18 May 1911)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    I've been celebrating Mahler's birthday for years now, but then haven't we all?!?


    We have another Two-Fer today!  Happy Birthday to    Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA, and to  Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC.  I hope you're each having a fabulous day, Gentlemen!


    From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 07/06/06 - "Hi from sunny (HOT!)
Virginia Beach":

Hi Carol -
Sounds like you had a great 4th - we did also - boating on the bay and at dusk on down to Waterside in Norfolk for the fireworks!

   Ahhh, to be in Virginia, now that summer's there!

   No, wait, that was, "OH, to be in England, now that April's there."


I want to say again that you are doing a marvelous job with the website! You are the Energizer-bunny for certain!

   Thank you, John!

A couple of things;
Inspired by your work I have .......

   OOOPS!!!  I almost spoiled that surprise - which by the way is totally awesome!

Attached are two pics that may help identify me on your site as from Warwick High, class of 1957.

   SUPER!!!  I've at long last added you to the ironically named Alumni List, as well as to Famous Airmen - right between Clark Gable and Glenn Miller

   "Not too shabby!":

  Fall of 1956 1958

Oh, Crum!  Now I'll need your middle name, your date and place of birth, your other occupations - you know, the usual!

I sent you a semi-humorous blurb about the US Air Force that I just intended for general mailing fun - it may offend (not my intention at all) some, perhaps you as well, and would probably not be good web material.

   And Sweetie, had you sent me that a year ago, I would have agreed with you. 

   But I dunno, perhaps it was the combination of all those redneck pictures we ran earlier this year mingled with my own gradually increasing lack of brain-filters where good taste is concerned.  But the final determining factor was the fact that at the end of an exhausting, stress-filled day that had me reduced to tears, when I saw that blurb - did you say, "semi-humorous"?!? - it made me laugh out loud.  Chances are excellent that someone else needs such a therapeutic laugh.  And maybe the others will forgive me.  Stay tuned.......

One of my primary websites has moved from MSN groups to
Did I say a couple of things??
Thanks again for all you do - !!!
John London

   And thank you, John!

    From John London (Warwick HS - '54) of VA - 07/02/06 - "Air Force Recruiting

Here's another of the many reasons we chose to wear BLUE!!!


The Army never seems to get it right. They show guys in the mud, cold, wet, dark outside, and all seem tired and undernourished.


The Marines just add a knife in the teeth for good measure.


And the Navy?  Well, they show.......


Then USAF..---- There's the USAF...

  U. S. Air Force    
   I had some sort of response to this in mind earlier, John, but I can't seem to remember it now.  And normally I'm not a jealous person........

   Thanks again for the laugh!


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 07/05/06 - "Kwanzaa":

Dear Carol,
Great article on Kwanzaa.
There was an article on its origin, meaning and how to celebrate it recently in the Daily Press, but I think yours was even better.

   Thank you, Joe!  I'm assuming you meant this one?

   We try to be as informative and educational as possible, midst all our fun!


  From Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA - 07/06/06 - "Holly Batson":

Dear Carol:
I just wanted to write to thank you for announcing Holly's passing.  It has been very difficult for the family and it was really nice for my sister   (Sandra Walker - '60 - of NC), to get all the supportive messages.  You do such a great job of keeping us all informed.  Hope you are well.
Thanks again,

   I'm glad I was able to provide that service, Lynn.  Again, please pass along our deepest sympathies to Sandra.  Y'all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.


  From Margaret Burns Edwards ('67) of VA - 07/06/06:

     Thank you, Margaret.  I've double-posted this:

   On my computer, you must double-click on (or near) the clipping to coax it into enlarging enough to read.

   Obviously, I still haven't completed the updates on the Guest Book entries, but I really hope to be able to attend to that quite soon.


  From Mike Miller ('65) of NC - 07/06/06:

Hi Carol,

Once again, I want to thank you for all that you do for us! You are indeed a special person! I am retiring as of the 31st of this month. Old Sarge is hanging up his gun and badge!

Take care, Mike Miller

   Michael Darlin'!  How can that be?!?  We're all still just kids, yet everyone seems to be retiring.  That just somehow doesn't seem to be right.

   On the other hand, perhaps now with all that free time you can at last keep your promise to teach me how to ski!


  1962 Anchor, p. 186
   Be sure to send me your new email address.  And come to see us, Blue Eyes!

  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 07/06/06 - "John Paul Jones Book":

Regarding the book 
  Dave S(priggs - 64 - of VA) spoke of regarding the search for JPJ's gravesite in Paris and reinterment here at the USNA. What's the name of the book!!!!!


   Well, let's find out!


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/07/06 - "RE: John Paul Jones Book":


It seems that
JPJ was a Mason, and this book was published by the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. It is a distillation of a larger report.

The attached cover and front matter explain this in some detail.

Sarah, may I ask why you asked about the title of the book? I would be pleased to lend it to you.

TYPHOON Regards,

P.S. I hope that Hotmail will permit the attachments to get through to Sarah.

   Thank you, David!  I've included them herein as well.

  From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 07/07/06 - "John London - WHS Class of 1954":

Think this reference may include a typo. No one of that name, as far as I can determine, was ever in WHS, Class of 1954. Maybe year is wrong, or school...recommend checking.

   'Deed it did, Bill!   I was just about to warn John that from time to time I would be "transferring" him to an earlier class, as I could feel my brain waves lining up, poised to do so for inexplicable reasons of their own.  I just didn't realize that I had already posted it incorrectly.

   Thanks for catching it for me!   I made the corrections.


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 07/07/06 - "LET IT REALLY SINK IN - THEN

I find this to be the absolute truth!  Please read all of it.
John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"
 He was a natural motivator.
If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.
Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, "I don't get it!
  You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"
He replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or ... you can choose to be in a bad mood.
I choose to be in a good mood."
Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.
Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or... I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.
"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.
"Yes, it is," he said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.
You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life."
I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.
I saw him about six months after the accident.
When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"
I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.
"The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter," he replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die. I chose to live."
"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.
He continued, "..the paramedics were great.
They kept telling me I was going to be fine.  But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. I knew I needed to take action."
"What did you do?" I asked.
"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said John. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes, I replied.' The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity'."
Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."
He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude... I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.
Attitude, after all, is everything.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34.
After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
   Thank you, Sarah Sugah!  I'm in total agreement with this.  For instance, if we allow ourselves to become angry by another person's actions - even in traffic - we are empowering them to control our attitudes.  Personally, I'd rather not relinquish that power to them.

   Thanks again for this positive reminder!



    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06 - "ATTENTION ALL CLASS

If you will require lodging, we have reserved a block of 15 rooms at the Point Plaza, 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News VA, for Saturday night, October 14th, at a special NNHS rate of $79 (Standard) or $99 (Suite) plus 12.5% tax. You must make your reservation NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2006. Call 1-757-599-4460 or 1-800-841-1112. In order to receive the special rate, you must clearly say "NNHS Class of 1964 Birthday Celebration" when making the reservation. Because of this requirement, it is recommended that you DO NOT make your reservation over the Internet.

   Thank you, David!  Y'all have fun!



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

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:


The Great Open Reunion sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1966
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago
will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM at RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, NN, VA.

September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School (now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,
the grand affair will be held at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at

The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964
will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006,
7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events, 12672 Patrick Henry Drive,
Newport News, VA 23602.


We all agree that the Class of 1964 throws the best parties, and we really were flattered that so many members of other classes attended our 40-year Reunion.  However, the Committee chose to invite only members of the Class of 1964 to our 60th Birthday Celebration.

But, the good news for all you High School Reunion "Junkies" out there is that you can look forward to our 45-year Reunion in 2009.

CONTACT Dave Spriggs at

The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates
who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to participate in the future as they plan the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!!  Please plan to join them at their next meeting.

If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address. 
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at
or Brenda Amos Williams at

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



   We have more space, but I'm out of time now, and we still have items from    Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC,   Paula Sturtevant Comstock ('62) of TX,    Al Simms ('60) of VA,    Joe Drewry ('58) of VA,   Doug Nelson ('64) of VA, and    Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA.

   Al in particular probably thinks I'm quite insane or just downright rude, and those things are no doubt true as well.  Nevertheless, I've been working on something for some time regarding his note, and I'm hoping to finish it in some stolen moments this weekend, and then we'll have a big surprise for all of y'all quite soon!


   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 2:
Ging heut' Morgen übers Feld
Songs of a Traveling Journeyman No. 2:
I Went This Morning over the Field
Ging heut morgen übers Feld,
Tau noch auf den Gräsern hing;
Sprach zu mir der lust'ge Fink:
"Ei du! Gelt? Guten Morgen! Ei gelt?
Du! Wird's nicht eine schöne Welt?
Zink! Zink! Schön und flink!
Wie mir doch die Welt gefällt!"
Auch die Glockenblum' am Feld
Had mir lustig, guter Ding',
Mit den Glöckchen, klinge, kling,
Ihren Morgengruß geschellt:
"Wird's nicht eine schöne Welt?
Kling, kling! Schönes Ding!
Wie mir doch die Welt gefällt! Heia!"
Und da fing im Sonnenschein
Gleich die Welt zu funkeln an;
Alles Ton und Farbe gewann
Im Schonnenschein!
Blum' und Vogel, groß und Klein!
"Guten Tag,
ist's nicht eine schöne Welt?
Ei du, gelt? Schöne Welt!"
Nun fängt auch mein Glück wohl an?
Nein, nein, das ich mein',
Mir nimmer blühen kann!
I walked across the fields this morning;
dew still hung on every blade of grass.
The merry finch spoke to me:
"Hey! Isn't it? Good morning! Isn't it?
You! Isn't it becoming a fine world?
Chirp! Chirp! Fair and sharp!
How the world delights me!"
Also, the bluebells in the field
merrily with good spirits
tolled out to me with bells (ding, ding)
their morning greeting:
"Isn't it becoming a fine world?
Ding, ding! Fair thing!
How the world delights me!"
And then, in the sunshine,
the world suddenly began to glitter;
everything gained sound and color
in the sunshine!
Flower and bird, great and small!
"Good day,
Is it not a fine world?
Hey, isn't it? A fair world?"
Now will my happiness also begin?
No, no - the happiness I mean
can never bloom!


Midi of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 2: Ging heut' Morgen übers Feld" courtesy
of - 07/05/06

Midi of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 2: Ging heut' Morgen übers Feld" courtesy
of - 07/06/07 (sic)

First Image of Gustav Mahler courtesy of - 07/07/06

Second Image of Gustav Mahler courtesy of - 07/07/06

Blue Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/20/05

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

"Home Thoughts from Abroad" by Robert Browning (7 May 1812 - 12 Dec 1889) available
at - 07/07/06

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

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

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