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07/15/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
A Whiter Shade of Pale

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

- Psalm 51: 7 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I was working on this half-completed Newsletter this morning, and turned on a sixties radio station on my "tellybision" for background mood music, and the first thing they played was this song.  How weird is that ?!?

BONUS #1 - - A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procul Harem, 1967

BONUS #2 - - A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procul Harem, some time later.....

BONUS #3 - - A Whiter Shade of Pale - Black Label Society, ____

From "With its haunting tonality and Bach flavouring (both provided by Hammond organist Matthew Fisher), vocals by Gary Brooker, and unusual lyrics by Keith Reid, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" reached #1 in several countries when released in 1967. Reid told Songfacts that he got the idea for the title when it came to him at a party, which gave him a starting point for the song."


Tuesday, July 15, 1969 - Hmmm.  Nothing happened, no one was born, and no one died.  Absolutely nothing and no one in the entire world.  How weird is that?!?  


  Happy Birthday this week to:

17 - Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66) of VA AND        My Oldest Granddaughter, Elizabeth Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '12) of IL;

18 - Bill Queensberry ('57) AND Mary Ellen Brewer ('57);

19 - Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA,  Mannie Smith ('57) AND   Sylvia Midgett Mullins Brown ('70) of VA;

20 - Harlan Hamby ('57) AND Alan Jecmenek of TX (? HS - '?);

21 - The Lucado Twins,   Gail and   Dale ('68) of VA;

22 - Jerry Saunders ('57) AND     Bryce Bartel (Brighton High, UT - '04) of UT!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 07/14/09:


Please tell your friend 
    Joe (Wingo, President of the Class of 1965 - of NC) that I appreciate his kind words, and that I feel much the same as he does.  I think that many of my peers feel the same as I. 

Best wishes to your loyal following in the newsletter. 


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

   Thank you, Brent!

  From David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO - 07/14/09 - "Stuart Gardens Shopping Center":


...As to the question of the Stuart Gardens Shopping Center.  My parents moved to Newport News, my mother's hometown, in 1947 and my father opened the Garden Bake Shop in that small strip center.  My first memory had the Colonial Store at one end, then the Garden Pharmacy owned by Doc Belcastro, then the bakery, then Bernard's  5 & 10, then a dairy store, then Al Sandler's bar, penny candy case and a lending library, then some offices, Dr. Berlin upstairs, Dr. Mirmelstein, the dentist, downstairs and then the wonderful Stuart Theater. I may have missed something else, but at my advanced years, those seem to have been the line up in the late 40's.  The Stuart Theater (owned by the Gordon families) closed and became Rich's Grocery Store.

David Rosenwasser

   Thanks so much, David! I knew you would recall that line-up correctly! I myself had it rather scrambled - especially the location of the Stuart Theater / Rich's Grocery Store. I kept trying to "move" it down the street closer to Walter Reed School, and wondering why all the pieces refused to fit correctly.

   Now that you have it all lined up for us, I've posted your comments all over Our Old Stomping Grounds, and created two new pages in the process:



      - brand new page - but for some reason, it is not cooperating!  ARGHHH!!!

 - brand new page - but for some reason, it is not cooperating either!   MORE ARGHHH!!!

   Well, I WAS going to make some more pages, but if they're not going to cooperate, I'll just wait on that.....

       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 07/15/09, 7:09 AM - "Stuart Gardens":

Parke Rouse's book, Endless Harbor (circa 1969) includes info on a number of historical markers in NN - 26 in all!

Here's what is on one of them:


Named for Confederate General Jeb Stuart, a 300 acre World War I post for soldiers moving through the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation from July 1917 to September 1919. After World War I, the land served as a golf course. Defense Housing Corporation acquired the property for emergency housing and 976 residential units were opened in 1941. Newport News was a major Port of Embarkation during the Spanish-American and World Wars I & II.

(Historical marker is listed as being at 16th Street and Roanoke Avenue)

   Thank you, Bill, for the definitive answer about the apartments!

   You know,     Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA sent me this image of that very marker three-and-a-half years ago.  I posted it then and even looked at it once more, and STILL didn't pick up on it!

   Not to mention that that marker was on the corner where I turned to reach my own apartment for eight years..... Sometimes I think I get in way too big a hurry when I make these things.....

Image by Richard Dawes
(NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 02/17/06
Thanks again, Dicky!

  From Jean Baker Howell ('69) of VA - 07/14/09 - "Class of '69":


I have attached the list of who has responded and will be attending the reunion.  Could you please post it for us?  Hope you and your husband are doing okay.  Thanks again for all you do.

I also attached some other information that you might want to share with others regarding what we are doing as a class.


Thought this would be interesting to share with other NNHS classmates.  Debbie Pierce Atkinson came to one of our meetings and suggested that along with the reunion weekend wouldn’t it be great for Class of ’69 to give back to the community.  We really couldn’t plan anything physical so we checked around and decided to purchase Agenda Books for the students at Magruder Elementary.  We chose Magruder because it is one of the few schools that is still open that some of the classmates attended.  Newport News School Board has always purchased the agenda books for the students but with the economy and budget cuts they had to cut them from the budget this coming school year. 

The Agenda Books used by Newport News students are a valuable home-to-school communication tool.  The front pages of each book gives important school telephone numbers, email addresses of the staff, the school calendar, and the school’s handbook.  There are also pages that explain and define the rights and responsibilities for Newport News Schools.  The most valuable pages are the ones that serve as a “planner” for the student.  On these pages daily and weekly homework assignments are written and daily parent signatures show documentation for the elementary Home Reading Program.  Notes and communications between the teachers and parents can also be written as needed on the weekly pages. One additional important feature of the elementary Agendas is a clear plastic pocket that serves as a safe place to send important papers and report cards between home and school.  The Agendas are expected to travel between home and school daily and are checked by both teachers and parents. 

The cost of these books for the students at Magruder Elementary came to approximately $750.00.  The company Debbie works for donated $500.00 of the cost and we hope to raise the additional $250.00.  We are also helping with library books and supplies.  A few classmates have already sent in donations to Magruder and others have pledged to do so.  Maybe some other classes might want to give back to the community also.

   WOWZERONI! How wonderful! Thanks, Jean! I've posted this announcement on your Reunion Page, and will add your Planning to Attend List tomorrow:

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/13/09 - "The Butterfly Effect":

The Butterfly Effect

It was a dream come true. I was about to see Paul McCartney performing at a benefit concert for Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang camp - a summer sleep-away for children with cancer and other chronic, life-threatening illnesses. Among those joining the former Beatle that night was an array of superstars. But when McCartney came out to sing "Yesterday," backed by a string quartet, I was as if heaven had turned on every light.

Yet while the stars on stage were dazzling, the real superstars were the children from the camp who appeared both live and on film, fishing, playing, and even bantering with Paul Newman. One child even had the privilege of chatting with Paul McCartney onstage as the latter explained how "Yesterday" had come to him in a dream.

It was at that moment that I also started to dream.

As president of the Friedberg Jewish Community Center in New York, I have built and operated summer day camps for the past twenty-four years; in fact, my career began as a teen working as a counselor. But I'd never ventured into a medical setting. Yet, the more I watched and listened that night, the more intrigued I became. The questions kept running through my mind: Were there any day camps, as opposed to sleep-away camps, for these kids? Were any local? How many kids with some form of cancer lived in the area where I was running camps?

As amazing as sleep-away camps are, not every child is comfortable in such a setting; nor is every parent able to make that leap. For children who are chronically ill, that hesitation can increase exponentially, often in proportion to the degree of illness. And even for those who are able to go, most sleep-away camps for children with cancer offer only one- to two- week programs.

What does a child with cancer do for the rest of the summer? What Paul Newman and others like him were giving to these children was a gift beyond measure. My question was, could my organization supplement such programs with a summer-long day camp where children with cancer would be able to come and go at their discretion? Keeping in mind the devastating effect that a chronically ill child can have on a family's finances, I also knew that if we were to offer such a camp, it would have to be free.

In a matter of weeks following this amazing concert, my staff and I were already gathering statistics and talking to hospitals. The initial response was overwhelmingly positive and we began gaining momentum at breathtaking speed. Soon, we had a general sense of what we would need to build such a camp, a place we were already calling Sunrise Day Camp.

We reached out to local supporters and to government officials to raise the necessary startup funds, while our Board of Directors voted unanimously to back the project. We assembled a team of advisors volunteer and professional, including parents, social workers, doctors, and child life specialists.

We visited Paul Newman's camp, along with others, to see firsthand what I'd seen on film, and more importantly, to learn.

We built an amazing team. Harvey Weisenberg, a long-time member of the New York State Assembly, agreed to be our honorary chair, while Bonnie Flatow, a veteran at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, became our hospital liaison. Michele Vernon, with a long career overseeing resident camps, came aboard as Camp Director and Adam Levy, Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at Medical Center, volunteered to become our Medical Director.

Within months, four of the most significant hospitals in New York had signed on as affiliates, and a million dollars had been raised to build the camp. We rebuilt roads, put in misting tents and lifts for the pool, built playgrounds and sport courts, mini-golf courses and driving ranges, air-conditioned buildings and natural log cabins, and even constructed a universally-accessible tree house.

We opened with 106 children. A year later, four more hospitals signed on, along with 100 additional kids. This past summer, 266 children attended camp, with eleven area hospitals now part of the sunrise experience.

Sunrise Day Camp is a place where children with cancer, as well as their brothers and sisters, can enjoy being children, albeit for a day at a time. By the end of the first summer, we expanded into year-round services, and this year there are fifteen fun-filled programs planned throughout the school year. There are also family days, hospital visits for campers who have to be readmitted, and even programming within the hospital for children who are waiting for their chemotherapy.

And we're not stopping there. Sunrise in New York will continue to expand, and we are working with partners overseas to establish a sister camp in Israel.

We fill our camp with images of butterflies, as many of our children, whenever they've been hospitalized, refer to them as a metaphor for spreading their wings and regaining their freedom. It also reminds us of "The Butterfly Effect," a scientific theory that allows for the possibility that a single small act, such as a butterfly fluttering its wings, can have an impact on events far greater than the initial act, and without the knowledge of the originator.

Without ever intending to, or knowing what they had done, Paul McCartney and Paul Newman set into motion a chain of events that led to the creation of a small miracle that has affected hundreds of children with cancer and their siblings.

The Beatles were right. All you need is love.

   Thank you, Shari! I think sometimes we fail to recognize the effect one life can have upon another - and how we have within us the capacity to impact, if not the world, at least the lives of a few - or even a great many - of the souls who occupy that world!

"You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged."

- Dale Carnegie
(24 Nov 1888 - 02 Nov 1955)

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 07/14/09 - "Colors":


   Thank you so much, Glenn! This is a very restful presentation, and I am very grateful for the blessing of beautiful colors!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/14/09 - "Black Mountain 'Set Us Free' & Everything":

I won't be on the rest of the week until the weekend. The last story is a good one.

Have a nice week.

000000000000 - Black Mountain 'Set Us Free'
Simply Fantastic Listening!


In an age when everyone seems to be playing the name game of glorifying job titles, the man in charge of the meat department at a grocery store in Wisconsin deserves a round of applause.

On his weekly time card he describes his position as: Meat Head.


I'm dyslexic, and attended a conference about the disorder with a friend. The speakers asked us to share a personal experience with the group. I told them stress aggravates my condition, in which I reverse words and letters when I'm tense.

When I finished speaking, my friend leaned over and whispered to me, "Now I know why you named your daughter Hannah."


How Long Will You Live?

You can't know exactly how long you will live but you can get a good scientific idea. The link below to will take you to a longevity calculator. The calculator will have you input the answer to 30 easy questions. It only takes a few minutes.

The point is not just to know how long medical science says that you will live but to be empowered to increase the figure.

MountainWings helps you to fly over the mountains of life but we also want you to fly over them longer.

How long will you live? What will be your length of life?

Take the test.

   WOWZERS! I feel better already! The test said that even though my calendar age is 61 years, given my habits, my biological age is 55.1, and I have a life expectancy of 92.7 years, and if I really put forth some decent effort, I could add another 2.6 years to that! WHOO-HOO!

   I thought it was gonna say something like, "Hey, Lady! You still here?!?"

   Thanks again, Shari! I hope your week goes well for you!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 07/02/09 - "WW II posters :~ (#11 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!


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 ArcaMax - 07/14/09:

Drinking Buddies

Two men are sitting next to each other in an Irish-style pub in New York City.

They both order pints of Guinness.

One of them turns to the other and says "So where are you from, then?"

"I'm from Ireland."

"Me too! I'll drink to that."

They both finish their pints and order two more.

"Where in Ireland are you from?"


"Me too! I'll drink to that."

They both finish their pints and order two more.

"Where in Dublin are you from?"

"The East Side."

"The East Side? Me too! What a coincidence! I'll drink to that!"

They both finish their pints and order two more.

"Where on the East Side are you from?"

"McDonagh Street."

"Me too! This is incredible! I'll drink to that."

As the bartender pours them another two pints, another customer at the bar says to him, "That's amazing! I can't believe they're from the same street in Dublin. What's going on?"

"Oh, it's nothing amazing," says the bartender, "it's just the Ferguson twins getting sloshed again."


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 07/08/09

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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A Whiter Shade of Pale

Written by Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, and Matthew Fisher

(Procol Harum, 1967)

We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said, 'There is no reason
And the truth is plain to see.'
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well've been closed

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

And so it was that later...

"A Whiter Shade of Pale" midi courtesy of - 07/06/09

"A Whiter Shade of Pale" lyrics courtesy of  - 07/14/09

"Puss in Boots'" Image, "Whiter Shade of Pale" courtesy of - 07/14/09

Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/09/05

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

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Brighton High School (UT) Logo courtesy of - 08/02/07

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

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 Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy, of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Head-Banging Smiley courtesy of - 07/0/09

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

Animated OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

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

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

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