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08/20/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Song Sung Blue

“All sorrows can be borne if you put them
into a story or tell a story about them.”

- Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)
(17 Apr 1885 - 07 Sept 1962)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's BLUE Newsletter is for all you Neil Diamond fans out there.

BONUS #1 - - Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond, 1972 - great audio!

BONUS #2 - - Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond, 1974

BONUS #3 -


"Diamond described 'Song Sung Blue' in the liner notes to his 1996 compilation album, In My Lifetime, as a 'very basic message, unadorned. I didn't even write a bridge to it. I never expected anyone to react to "Song Sung Blue" the way they did. I just like it, the message and the way a few words said so many things.'[2]"


Wednesday, August 20, 1969 - Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is established in Florissant, Colorado.

Wednesday, August 20, 1969 - Dudley D. Watkins, Illustrator for D.C. Thomson & Co. (b. 27 Feb 1907) (best known for Oor Wullie, The Broons, The Dandy, The Beano, and The Topper) died in his home in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland.


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/19/09 - "Richard Payne":

Hi Carol,

Today (Wednesday, August 19) I lost the last of my Payne relatives. My uncle Richard Payne lived in Reidsville, N.C. He and his wife were on a vacation in Charleston, S.C. He fell and hit his head causing bleeding in the brain. He was 80 years old. I know you have Payne relatives on your side of your family and I bet we are distant cousins. We are flying out Thursday morning to Greensboro, N.C. for the service.


   Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this, Glenn! You and your family have our deepest condolences!

   I regret that we were never able to make the definite connection between our Payne family members, as knowing what I do of this family and their ties to that area of North Carolina, I'd say there is no possible way that we are NOT related! Perhaps we'll find it yet.

Chart #1 Chart #8


1.   Bert Anker ('60) of MD and 2.    Judy Anker Gabel ('65) of __:

  From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 08/19/09 - "add ons":


I saw my cousins Bert and Judy Anker on Wednesday. I told them of your wonderful website, keeping up with all former Typhoons as you can. They would like to be added to to your list. Their email addresses as follows:  Bert '60 - email ___________________  and Judy '65 - email ______________.

Keep up your excellent work. I know that it's a labor of love

Speaking of that labor, I took the phrase from the MDA which I have supported for many years. Please remind everyone that if they can, over Labor Day weekend, to please support this wonderful cause and call a contribution to their local MDA Office during the annual telethon. Thank you ever so much.  

Ivan Anker '67

   Thanks so much, Ivan - and welcome aboard, Bert and Judy!

   I've added your names to the Alumni Lists and contact pages for your classes (well, actually, Bert's name and state of residence was already on the 1960 contact page):


   For privacy reasons, we'll only publish your email addies with your specific permission, but you're safely added to my hidden mailing list.  Judy, if you'll give me your state of residence, I'll stop hyperventilating, and if you'll both give me your birthdates, I'll add you to that page so we can all help you celebrate:

   OH - and about that telethon - here ya go - y'all open your purses for this great cause:

   Thanks again, Ivan!


     Happy Birthday today to     Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA AND Eddie Vest ('68) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 -  Charles Allen ('57)         My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA;

27 - Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND   My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


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   OH, NO!!!  They checked it again on Monday, and found something harmful again on five of 00freehost's hosted sites.....  I'm beginning to wonder if  this nightmare will ever end.....

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/19/09 - "Tuesday and Wednesday":

Hi, Carol:

The recollections of      Forrest Powell ('63) of VA regarding the old Magruder School on 22nd Street in Newport News made for enjoyable reading. First, because Forrest was such a fine young man that I remember well from the World War II Memorial Swimming Pool and an excellent swimmer. Secondly, that he is a contributor to your Newsletters. And finally, his memory is very good. The old Magruder School building was converted to the Newport News School System Book Depository after the newer building was completed.

The dear mother of Jackie Walker ('61) of NC worked in the Book Depository. She was always cheerful and helpful while going about her duties there.

Thanks for the quote from Og Mandino in the theme for this Newsletter (08/19/09 - Today).

He wrote a little book entitled "The Greatest Salesman In The World" and later recorded the story in an audio format, with a surprise ending.

You sure put a lot of effort and hard work to keep the Newsletters interesting and it is very much appreciated.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you, Sweet Adonis, your notes cheered my soul!

    Forrest is still a sweetie-pie - and incredibly agile, as you can see in this image from last fall's Sock Hop in the old gym!

   I don't know why I have zero memory of the old original Magruder School / Book Depository building; I thought by viewing the area on Google Street Maps it would jog something, but it didn't. I had a lot of fun trying, though!

Friday, October 17, 2008
Forrest Powell ('63) of VA Forrest Powell ('63) of VA, Glen Davenport ('63) of VA, and Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA

   Thanks for the tip on Mandino's book; I very well might snag myself a copy of that, as I've enjoyed his perspectives in various quotations I've found of his over the years. I'm glad you liked that one!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/19/09 - "RE: 08/19/09 - Today":

For the record,   Jimmy (DeBerry - '64 - of VA),     Bill (Clinton - of NY), and I are 63 today, not 62. 

If I have this wrong, then I have been collecting Social Security fraudulently for one year.

   Oh, SHEESH!!! I knew I was operating at diminished capacity, but this is ridiculous. I was concentrating so on replacing all the images which had disappeared last fall - to all four "Today" Newsletters - that I didn't even re-check the copy.....

   Sorry, David! I "fixed" it.....


     From Me ('65) of IL - 08/19/09 - "Take Them Off at Night - Sigh...":

   I have a tendency - a proclivity, even - to lose things.  Forty-eleven years ago I decided after one such mishap that the best way not to lose my rings was to keep them on at night while I slept.  That might not have been so wise.

   Over the years I seem to have picked up some weight.  Okay, I've been targeted by a blubber coating machine - whatever.  Anyway, the rings grew much tighter.  One of my favorites was an inexpensive jade ring I had bought from Avon in 1981.  I liked it.  The last time I was able to remove it was in late 2004 when I was still (for me) thin.  Shortly thereafter, the evil blubber-coating machine found my secret hiding place, and well, here I am.....

   So, ANYWAY, form time to time, this ring - and my wedding ring - would irritate my fingers to the extent that a slight infection would cause a need for heavy applications of triple-antibiotic ointment, and in a day or so, all would be well.  Not so, this time.  By Sunday night, as we were celebrating our 40th Anniversary one day late, I noticed that conditions  (and pain) had worsened to the point where even I, stubborn Super-Bratty I, knew that that jade ring would have to be cut off or I was going to lose my finger.  I thought I'd just keep that wedding band where it was and had been for the last 40 years (except for a very few moments over the years when I would take it off to read the inscription - probably no more than four minutes total in all those years). 

   Monday I had such a raging fever all day I didn't feel like getting out of bed, much less going to the jeweler's, but on Tuesday afternoon, off we went.  After the very nice man at Elliott Fine Jewelers cut off the jade ring, I realized the wedding band would have to be removed as well.  Sigh.

   So to avoid such traumatic experiences yourself, get a ring holder or whatever else you might need, but please remove your rings at night while you sleep.

   Generally speaking, I prefer less painful Life Lessons.....

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/19/09 - "1960 Anchor":

I happened to be at the Hilton Main Street Library on Tuesday. I was looking at old annuals and pulled the 1960 Anchor off the shelf. When I opened it, there was an address label inside the front cover, and it read “  Joel B. Frank (17 Jan 1946 - 03 Dec 2001)”.  I have no idea how it came to be in the library collection.

As I leafed through it, there were many familiar autographs accompanying the remarks, all written down nearly 50 years ago.

Here is a quick list which I jotted down:

Bill Gilbert                                                        Richard Curtis

Judy Weckleman                                            Bill Unger                 

Bonnie Binford                                                   Sandi Williams

Marty Credle                                                     Thomas Gilbert                    

  Diane (sic) Pritchett                       Porter Blakemore    

  Jeanette (I assume Parrish)          Jim DeBerry

  Norman Olshansky                         Cho Gillespie

  Alice Fowler                                      Kay Gillespie

  Tom Flax

How cool is that???

   WOWZERS - that is sooo cool!! Thanks, David!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 08/18/09 - "Brent in OCS recruiting video":

Hey all,

I wanted to share this video with you.  If you select the OCS recruiting video, you'll see a bunch of OCS folks in white and black ascots (this was my company Co. B while at OCS in the video.)  The group in field was Co. C, which has some of the gang from my ADA class right now in it.

Anyway, if you look at about 2:17 in the video towards the end, you will see me second from the left.  The first guy on the left is our 1st Sergeant, 1SG Brosch.  Then me, and then my pal Justin Webb, who is going to school with me out here in Air Defense OBC.

Click on the rise to the challenge bit with the man and woman on it.  Watch the intro bit... then go to the OCS portion.  You can click on the bottom of the tool bar and then pause/play to get a good look at me talk to 1SG.

Pretty cool, eh?!  Enjoy! bh

PS.  COL Sellers is no where near that calm in real life...just a note...

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

    WOWZERONI! That's fabulous - thanks, Brent!

          Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA said your looked like the model on a recruiting poster in this image from last fall when you graduated from basic training - and now you really ARE in a recruiting video - and this time as an officer!

Friday, October 3, 2008
Fort Knox, KY

   We had major issues finding this video from the link you provided, but maybe it's just us. I found an account here, but no video:

   We were finally able to see it from your Facebook page, and had no difficulty at all spotting you! TOO COOL!

       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 08/18/09 - "Honoring the Jackson 5--heroes of a different group!":

Honoring the Jackson 5--of a different group!


Honoring the Jackson 5 - Five Jacksons who gave all.

  Army Pfc. Leslie D. Jackson, 18, of Richmond, VA; assigned to A Company, 115th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas; killed May 20 when her vehicle hit an improvised explosive device as she was returning to Camp Eagle in Baghdad.

  Army Staff Sgt. William S. Jackson, II, 29, of Saginaw, MI; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany; died Nov. 11 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq.

  Army Spc. Dustin C. Jackson, 21, of Arlington, TX; assigned to the 350th Adjutant General Company, Grand Prairie, Texas; died March 12 in Tallil, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was hit by indirect fire.

  Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kyle E. Jackson, 28, of Sarasota, FL; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY; killed Jan. 13 when his OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter came under attack by enemy forces using small-arms fire near Sukar, Iraq.

  Army Spc. Marlon P. Jackson, 25, of Jersey City, NJ; assigned to A Company, 94th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Heavy), 130th Engineer Brigade, Vilseck, Germany; died Nov. 11 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device exploded on a road in Tampa, Iraq.

It is predictable that you may not have heard of THIS Jackson five. These were all brave soldiers who risked their lives, put everything on the line, to protect their friends and family and their country, which they loved so much that they sacrificed their own lives to protect it.

   Thank you for sharing this, Paul!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/18/09 - "Message #2 AND stuff ":

  OOOH! Thanks, Shari!


Beautiful Rainbows  
     Little dude knows how to dance.  


"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "    

- Mary Anne Radmacher


Bizarre Medical Record Statements

"The skin was moist and dry."
"The patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet turtle, who is presently enrolled in day care three times a week."
"The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed."
"The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as stockbroker instead."
"While in the emergency room, she was examined, X-rated and sent home."
"When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room."
"She is numb from her toes down."
"The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut, and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately."


   Thanks again, Shari!


1.    Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


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 - 08/19/09:

Devil Shopping

The poor country pastor was livid when he confronted his wife with the receipt for a $250 dress she had bought. "How could you do this!" he exclaimed.

"I don't know," she wailed, "I was standing in the store looking at the dress. Then I found myself trying it on. It was like the Devil was whispering to me, 'Gee, you look great in that dress. You should buy it.'"

"Well," the pastor persisted, "You know how to deal with him! Just tell him, "Get behind me, Satan!"

"I did," replied his wife, "but then he said "It looks great from back here, too!"



One day our physics professor was discussing a particularly complicated concept. A pre-med student rudely interrupted to ask "Why do we have to learn this stuff?"

"To save lives." the professor responded quickly and continued the lecture.

A few minutes later, the same student spoke up again. "So, how does physics save lives?" he persisted.

"It keeps the ignoramuses out of medical school," replied the professor.


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: -

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 or visit the reunion website 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 08/15/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Song Sung Blue

Written and recorded by Neil Diamond, 1972
(b. 24 Jan 1941)

Song sung blue
Everybody knows one
Song sung blue
Every garden grows one

Me and you are subject to the blues now and then
But when you take the blues and make a song
You sing them out again
Sing them out again

Song sung blue
Weeping like a willow
Song sung blue
Sleeping on my pillow

Funny thing, but you can sing it with a cry in your voice
And before you know, start to feeling good
You simply got no choice


Me and you are subject to the blues now and then
But when you take the blues and make a song
You sing them out again

Song sung blue
Everybody knows one
Song sung blue
Every garden grows one

Funny thing, but you can sing it with a cry in your voice
And before you know, start to feeling good

"Song Sung Blue" midi courtesy of

"Song Sung Blue" lyrics courtesy of - 08/19/09

"Song Song Blue" Image of Gentian courtesy of - 08/19/09

Blue Petunia Divider Line clip art from somewhere within - 08/20/05

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

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!

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!

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

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

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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