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08/07/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Once There Were Greenfields

“Come back to me in dreams; that I may give
Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:
Speak low, lean low,
As long ago, my love, how long ago.”

- Christina Rossetti
(5 Dec 1830 - 29 Dec 1894)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme comes to us once again by special request:

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 08/06/07 - "Check out Once There Were Greenfields":

Hi Carol,

I'm enjoying all the summer tunes, and the quotations you find to illuminate them. I had never read the Dylan Thomas' "boys of summer" poem before. It's wonderful!

Once There Were Greenfields

   Boy, Christine, you really know how to make me cry!   But thanks! I had fun singing along with the music - well, that is until the ninth line when I broke down completely.....


  From Me ('65) of NC - 08/02/07:

   While my #6 son,       Dale (Harty - Hillsboro High, IL/American School, IL - '02) of VA, was home for the past few days, at my request (and delaying his departure a bit), he graciously switched a couple of my systems for me.  In the long run this is going to greatly simplify my life and save me an incredible amount of time.  But at this point in my life I'm a slow learner, and will need a little period of time to adapt to the new ways.

   The next two or three (or more) regular Newsletters will have shifted content as I do this.  Some bits and pieces you might never suspect are literally taking me hours to process.  While some older items may finally be making an appearance, some new things may be delayed a bit.  Don't worry if you don't see something you just sent me. 

   And try not to search for any logic in what does appear.   SHHH - I'm "thinking"!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 08/07/07:

   I am unexpectedly - and delightedly - going to be out of town for several days.  I'm leaving behind a large stack of mail, both on my desk and in my email.  I shan't lose it, but neither will I have time to address it before I go.  Just remember - I'll be back!


    From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/08/07 - "New Baby":

I'm pleased to announce that today at 10:45 eastern time our daughter Laura delivered her first child. Samuel James Polimedes Giouzelis is 10 pounds and 20 inches. Both mom and baby are doing well.    Pam (Smith Arnold - '65 - of VA) has been in Germany to assist Laura since July 24th, so she was with her to share in this joyful event. Laura's husband George is still serving in Iraq but hopes to be back in Germany in September to be with Laura and Sammy. Until then I'm confident Pam will make sure all is in order.

Dave Arnold

   WOWZERONI-ROONI!!!  Thanks for sharing this, Dave! Congratulations to the entire happy family!


   Today we have another Two-Fer!     Kenny Branch ('62) of AR and    Anne Davidson Matthis ('64) of NC are both celebrating their birthdays today!  Later this week, we'll have: 08 -  Virginia Deuell DeBerry ('46) and Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA; 12 -     Dave Arnold ('65) of VA and    Linwood Wright ('65) of VA; and 14 -   Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to One and All!

   Y'all be sure to take a look at that page.  How are we going to wish you a happy birthday (or in the case of my coo-coo brain, forget to wish you a happy birthday) if we don't know when it is?!?  Thanks!

  From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA to the Class of 1967 - 08/02/07 - "NNHS 40-Year Reunion":

Ok Kids - We need to know if you are planning to attend the Reunion Labor Day Weekend and just have not sent in your is ok but if you could jot me a note that you are or are not planning to attend - we will have a better number to work with. You can send in the money later but just let me know your plans right now. It will help tremendously.. If you have already sent your form and check into Melissa - I already have those names.

Also please check the list I sent earlier on Lost Typhoons... We have found several of them like Karen Bost Jessup, Tommy Boggs, Petey Yevak (I think we know where he is), Eugene Moore and maybe Tony Turner but let me know if you have any information on anybody on the list.

Hope to see you Labor Day Weekend. I know how we procrastinate these days!!

Also we are selling $10 Business Card size ads to give out to everyone if you are interested.

Thanks :-) Marty Whitmore McCoy

   Thank you, Marty! Sometime in the middle of next week, I'll finally update your "Missing" list, but if you'll send me a list of your "Planning to Attend" (and keep me posted when new reservations arrive), we've found in the past that they boost your attendance - hence, your fun, tremendously.  It'll look something like these:

  From David Whitley ('67) of VA to   Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA - 08/02/07 - "RE: NNHS 40-Year Reunion":

OOPS!, well okay then, Ms Smarty Marty, see the trouble with me is, I never know whether I'm coming or going. Count me in, I guess. I'll try to get the money & the form in the mail by Halloween, okay?

Funny you should mention "procrastination", because I heard a little story the other day, about just that subject. Seems there was this guy in Washington D.C. whose job it was to serve hors d'oeuvres at parties for heads of state, but he quit.

"Typewriters or hair gel, typewriters or hair gel?", someone heard him say one day, while laughing uncontrollably. However, though his shoes matched, his socks were of a different color entirely! So I'm with you on the procrastination thing, Marty!

Take care, d

   David, you gorgeous creature, you are such a HOOT! Thanks, Sweetie!

 From Steve Smith ('66) of VA - 08/05/07 - "Larry Phlegar":


Keep up the great work! Would you be kind enough to resend to me the Edition regarding Larry Phlegar?  

Thank you.  Regards.

Stephen M. Smith, Esq.

   Thanks, Steve! All the Newsletters are permanently posted, so you can always read them now and forevermore:

   Here's that edition:

Take care!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/06/07:


I am happy to see that you added Irving Adelson's obit to our page.  As far back as I can remember he was a part of my life, whether we saw him for prescriptions or just going into North End Pharmacy for a coke, I always went back to say hi!  When I married and moved out of state, Mom and I would always go to see him wherever he worked!!  


   Thank you, Sarah Sugah! I added your note plus Sandi's (Williams Patrick - '64 - of VA) previous comment to the North End page:


    From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 08/06/07:

Dear Carol.....regarding the tidbit about the dances at Willis....I too, was "not allowed" to go to Willis.. BUT...the only time I did (had a lame excuse for where I was "supposed" to soon as I walked in the door (and I can't remember WHO my date was) a fight broke out...and I ran right back out the door.....I was SO afraid the police would come and haul EVERYONE away....and then I wouldn't be able to explain to my parents WHY I was there in the first place!!!!!!! I never tried to go back again...but I did hear that the dances were great!

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Janice, you naughty baby!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 08/06/08 - "  Jean (Poole) Burton ('64 - of RI)":

Hi Jean,
So you knew my uncle Frank. I always called him uncle Frank but not sure exactly what relationship he was to me. My mother, Helen Wornom Saunders, was related to him by her mother who was a Gardner. I need to go back and see exactly what the relationship was, but as I mentioned I used to ride the CRT bus with him occasionally as a kid. He would pick me up at the end of my street, Holly Street in East Hampton just over the bridge on Pembroke, and we would ride the circuit and he would drop me back off as best I can remember. When   Janice (Pratt) McGrew (Hampton HS - '67 - of VA) shared all the CRT pictures that reminded me of uncle Frank. Was he my uncle? didn't matter, he was in the family and a really nice guy, however we are related.
Thanks for the information. Small world, isn't it?

   It is that, Frank! Thanks!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 08/06/08 - " Bill Carwile (Hampton HS - '64) of VA:

   (Forwarded from Bill Carwile's wife, Debbie)

It is Sunday night and Bill is home. He came home Friday evening after 30 days at Sentara. He has a long recovery ahead. But thank God he is here. He would love to hear from his classmates, so pass the word along and ask for continued prayer for healing and recovery. He suffered a heart attack and stroke after his by-pass surgery on his leg. He is very weak, but has a strong and willing attitude to get better. Thank you for your prayers. God is good.
Love, Debbie and Bill

(Bill & Debbie's address and email addie are available upon request.)

   Good news is always welcome here, Frank!  Thanks for letting us know - and again, Bill remains in our prayers!

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


Hope you are well. Please allow a memory - as brief as I can make it.

This Friday, August 10th, marks the 40th anniversary of my entry into the U.S. Army. About 60 young men gathered that Thursday in 1967 at the
Newport News Post Office at 25th and West Avenue. Most of us came at the behest of Local Board No. 123, U.S. Selective Service. I cannot recall all the names, but it was a gaggle of NNHS, Warwick High and Hampton High grads, whose deferments had run out.

The late
  Charlie Wiggins (’62) and I sat together on the charter bus to Richmond; Bobby Boyce (’61) was in the next seat up (he wasn’t inducted). Charlie and I were among those who were inducted into the Army after a day of running around in our skivvies at the Armed Forces Entrance and Examining Station (AFEES). A chartered plane took us from Byrd Field to Columbus , Ga. ; an old city bus to the Fort Benning Welcome Station; had a midnight meal of liver and onions; then began a nine-week odyssey as platoon mates in A Co., 11th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Training Brigade. We graduated on Friday ,October 13th, spent a night on the bare floor of the transient barracks, then shipped by aircraft to Maguire AFB/ Fort Dix , N.J. for four weeks, thence to Fort Hamilton , N.Y. , where Charlie and I shared a room with six others and learned how to be Chaplain Enlisted Assistants. We saw a lot of the subway, New York City , Brooklyn and Far Rockaway: the city for USO tickets to plays and Giants football games, Far Rockaway for military maneuvers. I also had the pleasure of KP for Thanksgiving Day (not a volunteer). We had leave for Christmas then overseas.

Charlie and I also were the only two U.S. Army Chaplain School grads NOT sent to Vietnam . He went to a U.S Army Europe supply center south of Stuttgart , I wound up at Wharton Barracks, Heilbronn (237th Combat Engineer Battalion), along the Neckar River. Charlie’s wife, Rose Roughton Wiggins ('65), was able to join him and we got together a few times. Germany was a good assignment for us with any number of challenges, including being locked and loaded on the Czechoslovakian border from August – October 1968 when Russian armor units invaded Budapest . My education included working for two Southern Baptist chaplains, an American Baptist, a Presbyterian, and two Order of St. Benedict Roman Catholic Monks. Sundays were interesting for a soldier who was reared by a Church of God minister in a fundamentalist Christian home.

Charlie got home a couple weeks before me. At 6 a.m. July 21st 1969, AFRT-Europe broadcast Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the moon. I watched the TV from a top bunk at the Rhein-Main AFB transient barracks (it was about 10 p.m. on the 20th EST).

Arriving at Maguire AFB, I spent the next 18 hours getting two haircuts (separate inspections) and being processed out. Dressed in our Class A uniforms and hauling our duffels, five of us took a crowded train from Wrightstown, then endured “Peaceniks” threatening us as we walked in tactical formation from Union Station to the Greyhound Depot in Washington, D.C. I arrived in Newport News , across the street from where we had started two years earlier.

As a final note, Charlie was a good buddy and we helped each other through several difficult challenges. I hope Rose and the family are doing well. God certainly had his hands on us in a time of great turmoil.

Norm Covert (’61)

   WOWZERS!!!  Normie, I must say you have a very diplomatic way of letting me know that I've been neglecting to credit your military service. What a Sweetie-Pie you are!

   When I return, I'm plow through my records and pull some of my famous revisionist history to amend that wretched oversight.

   Meanwhile, I was so mortified I took drastic steps to prevent such horrible oversights from occurring in the future.  I split the so-called "Alumni" List into four sections to accommodate the military seals and images: - now broken into four pages (this first section contains the teachers as well as links to the others, plus stories)

   NOW - I know of a certainty that this identification is woefully incomplete.  At least fifteen names come to my mind which are not correctly identified as veterans. I could have made some educated guesses, but I didn't want to just keep heaping on the errors. Please, kind sirs, while I'm away, drop me a line or two so that I can remedy this! Thanks!

   And now, back to our story - or Norm's story, actually.  I thought this was too interesting to let drop, and the only way I could think to save it somewhere (other than just here) was to give it its own page.  So I did.  And first I needed to add Norm to our Famous Soldiers page: - right between Julia Child and Joe DiMaggio - "not too shabby!"

   Of course, Norman may want to kill me, but he'll hafta find me first, and as I said, I'll be out of town for several days.......

   Thanks again for sharing this important moment in time with us, Norm!

  From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/06/07:

Sending this on to all for the third link. Following these suggestions may save someone's life.
Have a nice day,
Space must be an issue. Scroll down for more pics.
For around 90 secs., of your time, each day, you can click all 6 charities to help out. Those you'll be helping
out are the hungry, child health, animals, literacy, free mammograms and the rain forest.
If you sign up they will send you a daily reminder that has a link to the site. A wonderful way to start out your day - free clicks to help others.
All who survived were wearing seatbelts. It also has great tips in case someone's
car veers off into water, or if another bridge collapse occurs.

This is really funny, if you haven't seen it.

   Thanks, Shari! The two middle ones are very important, and the last one is delightful!

   From Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 08/06/07 - "  Virginia DeBerry's Birthday":

Dearest Carol,
Thank you so much for including my mother-in-law, Virginia Deuell DeBerry's birthday on the list for this week and recognizing her earlier in the newsletter of Aug. 2.  I haven't showed her the newsletters yet (she's not into computers), but I will this week.  I want to clear up one little detail, though.  She graduated in 1946 from NNHS, not 1944.  She was actually expecting    Jimmy (DeBerry - '64) when she got her diploma. 

   OOPS! I thought that must have been a typo, so I switched it on you, Melody! I'll just go switch it back:

We had a wonderful celebration on Sunday for her 80th birthday.  And what a small world to find out that    Jean Poole Burton's ('64 - of RI)  mother is her friend!  What is Jean's mother's name?

   Jean's mama is Elsie Poole, Melody.

Also, I read in one of    F. A. Saunders' (Hampton HS - '64 - of VA) articles that he is married to a 1966 Warwick High graduate.  I was wondering who she was, as I graduated with that class.  I'm sure I know her.
As always, I enjoy reading your wonderful newsletter.  You are the angel of NNHS.  Jimmy hears about the news from me.  Keep smiling, lovely lady!
Melody DeBerry

   Thanks, Pretty Melody! Tell Jimmy Hi for me!

  From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/06/07 - "RE: 08/06/07 - Boys of Summer":

Hi Carol,

Love the song (Boys of Summer) you chose for your newsletter!

I feel just the opposite of things written in that (Good Housekeeping) article. Good gosh.. had that been a part of any requirement for marriage .....

Love, Shari

May 13, 1955
Good Hous

   As I said, Lady, mine is an unpopular, unfashionable opinion! But that's my story, and I'm sticking with it - with one additional small clarification:

   The article said, "...his topics of conversation are more important than yours."

   This is not necessarily true, but I think it's a matter of courtesy to always make the other person in any conversation feel as though their thoughts and interests are more important to you than your own - at that particular moment, anyway.  That's just common courtesy.

   Sooo - I choose to disagree with probably every other red-blooded woman in America on this subject - and that's okay with me! Thanks again, Shari!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 31 - September 2, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1967 - FRIDAY NIGHT: OPEN TO ALL

2. Thursday, September 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7 - 9, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957

4. Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for All of Us - OPEN TO ALL

5. Thursday, October 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

6. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942

7. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

8. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

9. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

10. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


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

   As these five messages were consuming so much space on each Newsletter, I've decided just to publish the NEXT upcoming reunion on each Newsletter:

The NNHS Class of 1967
will hold its 40-Year Reunion on Labor Day weekend:
Friday, August 31, 2007, 6:00 - 9:00 PM Friday by the Fountain, City Center, Oyster Point - Social:
Gather at the Red Star Tavern for conversation, relaxation & fun - Casual Dress - Pay your own way


Saturday, September 1, 2007 - Buffet Dinner/Dance, The Omni Hotel, Newport News

Sunday, September 2, 2007 - Omni Sunday Brunch

CONTACTS: Marty -; Wanda - 757-867-9070; or Melissa - 757-874-0094



  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/24/07 - "Summer's Not Over Yet! "- #6 in a Series of about 38:

It's not Buckroe, but it'll do in a rush!

This is sand? Thought this was one you'd enjoy seeing; it all took place in British Columbia.


   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Chris!

   There's much, much more to come - next time!

   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

Once There Were Greenfields

- Gilkyson, Dehr, Miller

(The Brothers Four)

Once there were greenfields, kissed by the sun
Once there were valleys, where river used to run
Once there were blue skies with white clouds high above
Once they were part of an everlasting love
We were the lovers who strolled thru greenfields

Greenfields are gone now, parched by the sun
Gone from the valleys were rivers used to run
Gone with the cold wind that swept into my heart
Gone with the lovers who let their love depart
Where are the greenfields that we used to roam

I'll never know what made you run away
How can I keep searching when dark clouds hide the way
I only know there's nothing here for me
Nothing in this wide world left for me to see
But I'll keep on waiting until you return
I'll keep on waiting until the day you learn
You can't be happy when your heart's on the roam
You can't be happy until you bring it home
Home to the greenfields and me once again

"Once There Were Greenfields" midi courtesy of - 08/06/07
at the suggestion of Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 08/06/06
Thanks, Chris!

"Once There Were Greenfields" lyrics courtesy of - 08/06/07
also at the suggestion of Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 08/06/06
Thanks again, Chris!

Terragen Image of Green Fields courtesy of - 08/06/07

Gentoo Penguin's Image of Parched Fields between Hospital del Orbigo and Astorga courtesy of - 08/06/07

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05

Green Divider Line clip art probably courtesy of - 04/01/05 (but at the moment, I can't find which page...)

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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

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

Animated Laughing Head courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/25/06
Thanks, Janice!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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