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07/07/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Gustav Mahler's 148th Birthday

“Fortunately, something always remains to be harvested. So let us not be idle.”

 - Gustav Mahler
7 July 1860 - 18 May 1911)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

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

   And we did observe it here the last two years as well, so we're continuing this musical selection with No. 4: - "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)" - "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 3: Ich hab' ein glühend Messer (Songs of a Traveling Journeyman No. 3: I Have a Gleaming Knife)"



   Happy Birthday today to our Two-Fer,     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!


1. My second granddaughter,     Rachel Harty of IL:

    From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL - 07/06/08:


The doctors are pleased and a little surprised I think at how well Rachel's leg has healed. She is doing great! They gave her a boot to wear because we are going to Girl's Camp next week. She starts physical therapy the week after we get back. They were surprised by the range of movement she had when they took off the cast. She has a follow up appointment in a month.


   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thank you, Miss Mary - and give Rachel a big hug and a kiss for me, too!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/05/08:

Just a  little note of encouragement and cheer..... I do hope your friends in a disagreement will resolve the issue and find your site a pleasant, nostalgic, informing site that all can peacefully enjoy. I have so enjoyed the pictures of Baba              (the late Maxine Frix Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25), Rose (Woodard Groff - '65), (Carol) Faith (De Arment Blankenship - '61 - of VA), Stuart Gardens, and various buildings in the city where I was born. I also like seeing your family as it allows me a little insight into my cousins and their children's lives we would not have been privy to, otherwise. Since you are my aunt and as such I may be slightly biased, I know all have to agree that you have much talent and work hard to send out nice, sometimes inspirational or humorous, pretty newsletters. I know the obituaries alone must be hard work.
Even though I am younger than your classmates, age has no barrier when remembering our past. In an odd way, I feel I have sort of gotten to know (through e-mail) some of your classmates, from being given the opportunity to pray for them. I am sure not a know-it-all, but sometimes ill health, and/or hurt feelings spark controversy; also some get very heated over political or religious ideas that they hold dear to them. Guess we all can be out of whack, now and then. I am no stranger to that with my sensitive (but sometimes appropriately so) feelings. I hope whatever it is will quickly resolve, as I am most certain you brought about the site about to help unite.

"This too shall pass."

 Best of Luck!

   Thank you so much, Shari - I hope everything's all better now, too!

    From John Murden ('60) of VA - 07/06/08 - "Photo update":


I have come to the conclusion that one can't stay 18 years of age forever - except on the NNHS website

   Oh, say it isn't so!!! It's such a pleasant "reality"!

  So I am providing you a more recent photo of me to use however you may. 

   Good shot! Thanks, John! I'd recognize you anywhere - even with the beard!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The facial hair is a "retirement project" started last September and retained at the urging of my dear wife.  Before, she had urged me to remove self-encouraged growth on my part when she was away on trips.  Goes to show that there are all sorts of perks to retirement!  Now, if we can get our youngest through college so my wife can retire …!

I want also to thank those who comforted me after the passing of my brother.  I received condolences from classmates near and far, and want them all to know how much their thoughtfulness is appreciated.

I'm not going to tell you my birthday, but I was born three days after Pearl Harbor …

   AHA - a combined history AND math test - MORE GIGGLES!!! Fortunately, I was able to decipher that one all by myself, so I added your name to that page:

Thank you, Carol, for all you do to lift our spirits while keeping us up on what Typhooners are doing.

Best always,


   Thank you, John! I appreciate that!

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS -'73) of VA - 07/06/08 - "met    Dale Lucado ('68 - of VA) yesterday plus other stuff":

Hi Carol ... had the opportunity to meet Dale Lucado yesterday at the Mustang show on Mellen Street in Phoebus. I was DJing along with live music by the Jimmy Jones band ... I dedicated "Don't Leave Me Girl" by Danny & The Delnotes (how many DJs actually have a copy of that one!) to him and the NNHS class of '68 .. wonderful man and a pleasure to chat with.

Saw     Bobby Turpin ('58 - of VA) at the Yorktown car show on July 4th ... didn't get a change to chat with him ... did talk with       Dave Arnold ('65 - of VA) for a bit ... as well as Howard Hodnett ('45 - of VA) who was at BOTH shows (he sure gets around!).

If you're caught up yet (???) I still have some stuff to scan and send you for the website ... NNHS-Suffolk football programs from the late 1950s, as well as some HHS stuff from the era that folks might like.  Redecorating my home (AKA 'museum') so some stuff is boxed away .. but when you're ready let me know :-).

Take care ...

Da Babe

   What fun, seeing everyone that way!

   Well, Tommee, I gotta tell ya - I think chances are excellent I ain't nebbah gonna git caught up - so ya might as well start sending me images anyway.  Just please split them in batches of two or three so they won't short-circuit whatever's left of my feeble mind as I try to process them! 

   Really, we'd love to have them - thanks, Babe!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 07/06/08 - "Ellena Armistead":

Hope you are well. (The news from your "litter" and other pups is good, especially with your   (#2 Daughter-in-Law) Bethany's (Winona Harty - Siuslaw HS, OR - '94 - of OH) art sales, which means she moved out and has a job!).

   They do all seem to be doing well and leading exciting lives at the moment, Norm! 

     Bethany didn't really move out; she's a busy stay-at-home mom, home-schooling her five children - but she did begin a home-based business, primarily online:

           Her hubby, my #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of OH - celebrated a super exciting Fourth of July with his fellow Civil War Re-enactors at the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, crossing Cemetery Ridge as did my great-grandfather, Capt. William Munford Tuck, CSA (16 Dec 1932 - 17 Oct 1899 ), Commander of Company K, Third Virginia Regiment, Kemper's Brigade, Longstreet's Corps.

Monday, June 23, 2008
Brent, Bethany, Jacob, Thomas, Emeline, Joe, and Jimmy Harty

I've been on a bit of hiatus since bragging in May about my 12-month period of no hospitalization. I've been getting my cardiac ventricle rewired, and am doing well once more.

   YOWZERS!!! I was just about to write and inquire of your health, Normie! I'm so glad to hear you're on the mend once more!
While perusing the teacher pages I noted you have no pictures of Miss Ellena Armistead (see attached), who was my seventh-grade teacher at John W. Daniel Elementary (1955-56). She was especially patient and kind with me. She once stayed after school to check on my welfare in the nurse's office after I chased a fly kick ball on the playground. I watched the ball and collided head first with the basketball pole, knocking me unconscious. Maybe she gave me a break on my final grades because of verifiable brain damage!


1960 Anchor, p. 110 1963 Anchor, p. 15

She went on to teach history and geography, plus guidance counselor at NNHS. She was a good teacher and warm person. I wonder if any information exists on where she might have gone/is today.

Norm Covert ('61) MD

   Thanks for the nudge and the great recollection, Norm!

   Encouraged by not finding Miss Armistead on the SSDI, I ran her name through, and BINGO!

Ellena M Armistead
PO Box 24
, VA 23076-0024

(804) 725-3325

   And, oh, yes, the brand new page:


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/06/08 - "FLAG JUMP - - AWESOME":

Happy Fourth of July. Long may the flag fly over America.

You have never seen anything like this before and you won't see the American flag wave like this again.

This is spectacular and it doesn't get much better than this...!  

 Joyce Cahoon

   WOWZERONI!!! Thank you, Joyce!

"Opening Ceremonies Flag Jump

The Gathering of Mustangs & Legends
"The Final Roundup"
Rickenbacker International Airport
Columbus, Ohio
Friday September 28, 2007

IN THIS VIDEO, watch as one jumper exits from the Cessna 182 jump aircraft and deploys the American flag while the national anthem is played. The jumper is being circled by the four PT-17 Stearmans of the Red Baron Squadron, and as he makes his decent upon Rickenbacker International Airport, a flight of three P-51 Mustangs makes a pass down the show line (behind the flag) to help open up the Friday show. The jumper featured in the video is Paul McCowan, the founder of the E Team Skydivers, based in Ohio. His site is at"

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 07/07/08 - "RE: Fwd from Frank Friedland ('60) of VA - RE:   Bobby Hedrick ('58 - of VA)":

I will be happy to send this  .....:)
I read it and was shocked - I did not know that one could live without the pancreas.  This is great news and know that Bobby will appreciate this.  How thoughtful of Frank to send this.
See how you affect so many lives?  Thank you Carol.
lv, ev

   GULP - what a sweet thing to say! Thanks so much, Evelyn!

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; update of 07/06/08: SEE ABOVE

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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Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 4:
Die zwei blauen Augen
Songs of a Traveling Journeyman No. 4:
The Two Blue Eyes of my Beloved

 Die zwei blauen Augen
von meinem Schatz,
Die haben mich in die
weite Welt geschickt.
Da mußt ich Abschied nehmen vom allerliebsten Platz!
O Augen blau,
warum habt ihr mich angeblickt?
Nun hab' ich ewig Leid und Grämen!

Ich bin ausgegangen
in stiller Nacht
wohl über die dunkle Heide.
Hat mir niemand Ade gesagt
Mein Gesell' war Lieb und Leide!

Auf der Straße stand ein Lindenbaum,
Da hab' ich zum ersten Mal
im Schlaf geruht!
Unter dem Lindenbaum,
Der hat seine Blüten
über mich geschneit,
Da wußt' ich nicht, wie das Leben tut,
War alles, alles wieder gut!
Alles! Alles, Lieb und Leid
Und Welt und Traum!

 The two blue eyes
of my darling
they sent me into the
wide world.
I had to take my leave of this most-beloved place!
O blue eyes,
why did you gaze on me?
Now I have eternal sorrow and grief.

I went out into the quiet night
well across the dark heath.
To me no one bade farewell.
My companions are love and sorrow!

By the road stood a linden tree,
Where, for the first time,
I found rest in sleep!
Under the linden tree
that snowed its blossoms
over me,
I did not know how life went on,
and all was well again!
All! All, love and sorrow
and world and dream!


Midi of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 4: Die zwei blauen Augen" courtesy
of - 07/07/08

Lyrics of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 4: Die zwei blauen Augen" courtesy
of - 07/07/08

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

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

Red and Blue Diamond Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/05/07

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!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

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

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!

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

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