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08/14/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Thank You!

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."

-  Gilbert K. Chesterton
(29 May 1874 - 14 June 1936)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's Newsletter could have had no other theme.  I asked my one and only daughter,   Adrienne, if she knew of a "Thank You" song, and she recommended this Dido number.  The words are slightly off, but the thought and feeling are as close as I'll ever find to what's in my heart at the moment. 

   Thank you, Adrienne!

   (For previous use of a Dido song, see: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/04-22-05-NNHS-White-Flag.html.)

 


  From Me ('65) of VA - 08/14/06:

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!!

   I really am at a loss for words here.  I may have majored in English, but I don't think words exist that are sufficient to express what I'm feeling.  The outpouring of love and support that I've received from y'all has been breathtaking and simply incredible.

   Twenty minutes after I posted that Newsletter, my phone rang.  A man whom I've met only through the wonder of our pages told me he was mailing me a very large check.  He said he had been so blessed in his life, that he had been praying for a way to bless someone else's life, and that moment had arrived.

   Long years ago I learned that at certain times, there's nothing one can say beyond, "I'm sorry".
 
   Maybe at times such at this, there's nothing one can say beyond, "Thank you".  Still, it seems so inadequate when the gifts and their ramifications are this enormous.

   But I'll try it anyway.  Thank you so very much, my sweet Angels!

 


BIRTHDAYS:

   A Big Happy Birthday today to    Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA - on whom I had an equally big crush when I was twelve or thirteen years old.

   Have a great day, Sweetie!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/Happy-Birthday.html

 


    From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 08/13/06:

Carol --

I just ran across this saying from Will Rogers yesterday, and it really struck my funnybone:

 
When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of Algebra.
 
Yes, that indeed does bring back some appropriate reminders!

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Why, yes, I'm reminded of, um, wait... what's that sound?  I think I hear... could it be...  YES!  That's it!  I hear a couple of TRAINS!!!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/TRAINS-SAGA.html

 
 

 
   Wake up,    Jean (Poole Burton - '64 - of RI), the trains are running, class is in session, and   Mr. (Wayne) Taylor ('55 - of FL) is calling your name!  WILDER GIGGLES!
  
Thanks, Ronnie!


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/13/06 - "Connections":

I would say that you can rightfully and morally use the donations to the site to sustain your web access.  So many people look forward to the newsletters that they would demand that you use their donations to stay "on the air".

DO IT!!!!!

D

   Well, the thing is, sweet David, is that I've always been interpreting life that way.  Previous donations have gone straight to my monthly cable (or electric) bill, and have kept us up and running all this time.  Because even when times are good, they're, um, tight.  And miraculously, when the time comes to pay the server bill, one or two healthy donations have always arrived just at that moment to cover it completely.

   Thanks, Brown Eyes!   I appreciate all that you do!

 


  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 08/13/06 - "PLEASE POST":

Please post this in the newsletter. Please do not edit it.

Carol,  I had no idea things were that bad. You kept hinting that things were bad but not until you spelled it out in today's newsletter did I realize just how bad things had gotten for you and Paul.

I am sending you a check in tomorrow's mail in the amount of $100.00 for you to spend anyway you want or need to. I would indeed hope that quite a few visitors to the website can help too. I would have sent the money by PayPal however, I was concerned that you would be unable to access it.

I will drop the check in the mail later today.
Edna

   Well, Edna, I've always heard that hinting is the least effective form of communication.  Yet it seemed so very tacky to blurt out (as I ultimately did yesterday), "HALP!!! I'm drowning here!"

   Thank you so much!   And rest assured, I've heard from many people all over, and it's safe to say that all our financial obligations have been met this month.

   Many of those who wrote asked to be kept anonymous.  Some did not specify, so I've not posted their lovely notes, but I'm tremendously appreciative of them all.  An enormous frightening burden has been lifted, and the sweetest part of all is the love which I can palpably feel.  Thank you again!

 


  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/13/06:

Five Finger Prayer

1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."

2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.

4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our little finger - the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, "The least shall be the greatest among you." Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

If you decide to send this to a friend, you might brighten someone's day!

Pass this on to someone special... I did.


   This is the neatest thing I've seen lately, Glenn.  It's timing was perfect - for me, anyway.  Thanks so much!
 


  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/13/06:

CAROL,

THAT SONG, "AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET?", CAME ALONG ABOUT THE TIME THAT EDDIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS SPLIT UP, I THINK .

GLENN DYE 60 TYPHOON FOREVER

   YIKES!!!  They divorced in 1959, so that could well be!  Thanks, Glenn!

 


   From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA to   Herb Hice of MI and    Joe
Madagan ('57) of FL
- 08/13/06:

Hey Herbie,

Did you say Fat or Black? Cause if you said fat! I can help you out.

I'm a widow, you know. I know I'm HOT because I have red hair, and face, and shoes, and even that little dog.

AND sweet! Anybody who can put away a pound of sugar a day has got to be sweet.

Man It looks like we were made for each other!!!!!!! Whadya say, Herbie, HUH, HUH, HUH, HUH, HUH??????

Hey Adonis, those legs look REAL good. I'd whistle but my teeth fell out from eating all that candy......

Linda May

(Carol) ( chin up, lovie, this too shall pass)

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Linda May, you so crack me up!!!  Thanks for the laughs!

 


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 08/13
/06 - "Dear Carol, I did not know":

Dear Carol,

Over time you have made me feel like "Family" even though I never attended NNHS (I wish I had). Your Newsletters are a welcome delight to read. The only other time I saw such a close knit group of "Happy Campers" was Years ago, (you are too young to have seen these movies), The Andy Hardy Series with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.

You especially, Dear Carol, are the "Prime Mover and Shaker" of your NNHS Graduates. You exert a lot of effort bringing everyone together for your Reunions and your many Newsletters that you publish on your website.

Possibly you might ask for a volunteer contribution to help with expenses ????? I find that people like to be asked to help with volunteer donations. I plan to send my donation in the next day or two. I sincerely hope you can keep your group of NNHS Graduates united behind your immense effort to stay together and have fun.

More later,

Your Friend, Herbie

   Herbie Darlin', you are such a sweet angel!   And you certainly are part of our Big Happy Family!  Thanks so much!

 


From (Name Withheld by Request) - 07/30/06 - "Just a Thought":

Have you ever thought about making the website a subscription thing? I know you probably would not even entertain the idea but it is just a thought.  Sometimes our answers are right in front of us like the nose on our faces. How much per month would I pay to see this continue?  At least $5 a month, maybe even $10 a month.  How many people tune in at least once a week?  How many of them feel the same as I do?   If you were publishing a newspaper you would charge so much per copy.  You put in hours and hours of unpaid labor on this wonderful communication vehicle for us.  Think about it.

   Well, as you say, I couldn't entertain this exact notion; I've felt so strongly from the beginning that it must be kept free for everyone to enjoy.  But I was thinking perhaps of asking for a voluntary board of underwriters, a panel who could commit to such a monthly fee, which would allow me to not panic.  Opera and Orchestra companies employ this technique.  The problem is, they should receive something special for their donations, a special privilege - something or other, and I've not been able to figure out what that might be.

   If anyone has any suggestions along this line, I think I've reached the point where I might be willing to discuss such a thing.

   Thanks!

 


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 08/13
/06 - "You can't beat good Friends.":

Dear Carol,

I meant to include this picture with my previous letter but
I forgot to. A smile a day keeps the Doctor away.

Your Friend, Herbie

   Awwww, Herbie!  This is almost as adorable as you are!

   
     
     
   
   It reminds me of all the pictures I took of my own (human) babies when they were, well, babies!  Thanks so much, Sweetie!
 


From Dale Parsons ('48) of VA - 08/14/06:

Carol : 
 
I am sending a small check in the mail to a lovely person in time of need. I hope all your friends and NNHS Alumni out there will respond; we can get you through this time in need. Come on, Typhoon people, let's get out the check book and help.
 
Dale Parsons Sr.  48

   Oh, my goodness!  I thought I had finished with the tears, but they still seem to keep falling out of my eyes!

   Thank you so very much, Dale!

 



ALERTS:  

  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/13/06:

Point Plaza Hotel is located just north of the I-64 and Route 17 interchange, Exit #258. We have reserved a block of rooms there for Friday and Saturday nights at a special rate of $84, plus tax for an efficiency, and $99 plus tax for a suite.

You must book your rooms no later than Thursday, August 31st. Please call (800) 841-1112 or (757) 599-4460 and identify yourself as an attendee of the NNHS Class of 1966 Reunion being held there on September 30th to receive this special rate.

 

 

    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06 - "ATTENTION ALL CLASS
OF 1964 TYPHOONS
":

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 REMINDERS:  

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

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com

     http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-page.html

   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
RJs Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA.

On
Saturday,
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.

On
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.

CO
NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at dhbartram@cox.net.
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 08/11/06:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1966.html

To Pre-order Photographic Memories of the Event:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/LifeTouch-order-form.html

 

 
ATTENTION: NNHS CLASS OF 1964

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.

INFORMAL "SOCK HOP" (WEEJUNS AND BLEEDING MADRAS, IF YA GOT 'EM), CATERED FOOD, ADULT BEVERAGES, MUSIC, DANCING, BIRTHDAY CAKE 

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 nnhs64@cox.net
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 08/10/06:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/60-BIRTHDAY-1964-B.html
 

OUR 60th BIRTHDAY PARTY PLANS ARE NOW FINALIZED, AND THE INVITATIONS
HAVE BEEN MAILED TO YOU
,
BUT YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP RIGHT HERE.
 
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS OPEN THIS WEB PAGE:
THEN PRINT OUT AND COMPLETE THE RESERVATION FORM
AND POP IT ... AND THE CHECK ... IN THE MAIL TO US.  IT IS JUST THAT SIMPLE.

AND, AT THE  RIDICULOUSLY LOW FEE OF $25.00 PER PERSON, HOW COULD YOU EVEN CONSIDER MISSING THIS GALA EVENT?
 
(HECK!! I'D GIVE IT AWAY, BUT COOKIE WON'T LET ME!!)
 
 
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 jandcelliott@aol.com
or 757-868-1111
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION -
04/19/06:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1956.html


"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
patnnhs@cox.net
or Brenda Amos Williams at
typhoonmom@juno.com

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch
.
 

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:
 
http://geocities.com/typhoonmom1/

AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 05/10/06:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-62-planning-mtgs.html
 

 


  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 07/13/06 - "Need A Laugh!?" (#12 in a series
of 12):

Hi Carol: 

Thought you might get a chuckle out of some of these, a friend of mine sent them to me. 

Catherine Hudson
 

 
     EXACTLY!!!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks so much, Cathy!  This has been a great series!  I think we're all always in the market for a good laugh - and like Herbie, you gave them to me just when I needed them the most.

 
 What?    

 

   


  
   Thank you once more for the incredible outpouring of love.  I feel like George Bailey in the closing scene of It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
 

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

                          Love to all, Carol - the Richest Woman in Town

==============================================

NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com

PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat

==============================================

Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
910-488-9408


Thank You

(Dido, 1998)
 

My tea's gone cold, I'm wondering why I got out of bed at all.
The morning rain clouds up my window and I can't see at all.
And even if I could, it'd all be grey, but your picture on my wall,
It reminds me that it's not so bad, it's not so bad.

I drank too much last night, got bills to pay, my head just feels in pain.
I missed the bus and there'll be hell today. I'm late for work again,
And even if I'm there, they'll all imply that I might not last the day.
And then you call me, and it's not so bad, it's not so bad, and

I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life.
Oh, just to be with you is having the best day of my life.
Push the door, I'm home at last, and I'm soaking through and through.
Then you handed me a towel, and all I see is you.
 
And even if my house falls down now, I wouldn't have a clue,
Because you're near me, and
I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life.
Oh, just to be with you is having the best day of my life.
 


"Thank You" midi courtesy of http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/deadhead/206/index.htm# - 08/13/06

"Thank You" lyrics courtesy of http://www.angel-stardust.com/poems/amithat1.html - 08/12/06

Thank You Image courtesy of http://www.lovethatgift.co.uk/acatalog/thank-you-balloon-2-300.jpg - 08/13/06

Balloon Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/birthday/default.htm - 07/30/06

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!

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

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