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08/29/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
California Blue

“I will embrace the first opportunity to get to California and it is altogether
probable that when once there I shall never again leave it.”

- George Stoneman
(22 Aug 1822 - 05 Sept 1894)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's BLUE Newsletter features a song by the amazingly talented Roy Orbison.  I really like him.  I'd never heard this particular song before, but I really like it, too.

BONUS - - California Blue - Roy Orbison


Friday, August 29, 1969 - Snooker player Joe Swail was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Friday, August 29, 1969 - Singer and actress Lucero was born in Mexico City.


   Some few of you are have been blocked from viewing the site since 07/20/09 out of safety concerns.  Most of y'all are not.  Our server, also hosts many, many other sites.  Five (down from six) of them are having malware "issues", so to protect the general public from any possible harm, a warning has been placed by some systems.

What is the current listing status for

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Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 17 time(s) over the past 90 days.

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Of the 370 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 85 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-08-29, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-08-29.

   ARRGHH!!! Oh, NO, not again!!!


   Happy Birthday today to     Richard Coltrane ('57) of __ AND    the late Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) (deceased 09/17/08)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Me ('65) of IL AND    Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

31 -     Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA AND      Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA AND    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA AND    My Grandson, Jacob Harty of TX;

01 - Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA;

02 - Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND   Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA;

03 - Morton Binder ('57);

05 -   Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA AND        My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1.    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09:

Hi, Carol,

I am trying to help my cousin in N.C. sell a van.

If anybody out there is looking for a nice used van, he will make arrangements to get it to them. It's a 2005 Buick Tarraza mini van, has 100.000 road miles, fully loaded, dual air control.

He owes $11,000; wants someone to take over payments, can be refinanced. It's financed with BB&T; runs and drives great.

 Contact him at 1-336-613-8744 - Rob Payne.


Thanks, Glenn

    WOWZERS!!! Certainly, Glenn - looks great to me! "Anyone? Anyone?"

2.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 08/28/09 - "Locating NNHS 65 students who went to CNC":

Hi again!

... I am Jane Chambers, retired CNC/CNU professor of English and one of the co-authors of Memories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade: 1961-1971 (brochure attached below).  Perhaps you've read about me and this book in the NNHS Newsletter.

... (I'm still trying to contact):

 Betty Burton Gary ( I have a Betty Jean Burton listed)
2. Dana Hinnant 
(the same name on my list) 

There are also some on your list that might be related to some of our CNC people, and maybe you can help me some here:

  1. Is    Becky Braswell Branch related to Mary Alice (Polly) Braswell?  (AA, CNC, 67; BA, W&M, 69. No further info) and/or   Thomas A. Braswell? (pictured as a freshman at CNC in 67)?

   I don't know about Polly, but Becky and Tommy are definitely cousins. Tommy ('64) passed away in Farmville, NC on 17 Feb 2005.

    2.  Is either   Pauline Collins Shofner or      Russell "Rip" Collins related to Judith Ann Collins (pictured as a freshman at CNC in 67)?

   Pauline and Rip are first cousins; I don't know about Judith Ann.

    3.  Is      Joe Wingo related to Bill (or William, or C. William) Wingo? I have a Bill Wingo listed as freshman class pres. at CNC in 62-63; then a William  Wingo shown as a freshman in the 68 yearbook, a senior in the 71 yearbook, and then listed on the 72 grad. program as C. William Wingo, with a BS degree in Bus. Adm. I also have Bill Wingo listed as deceased on my 63 list (someone told me he was).    

    Now there you have me, Jane!

If you can pass these questions on to your 4 Braswell, Collins, & Wingo people, I'd appreciate that help very much!

Thank you for your time and your help. I look forward to hearing from you; I hope you can help me out there.

Jane Chambers

   Thanks, Jane!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/23/09 and 08/28/09 - "Summer Breeze Wishes AND 2 Too Good!"

  God has given us so much to be grateful for if we just take the time to look, listen and appreciate.

  AMEN! Thanks, Shari!


  Anyone else who finds The Secret and positive thinking to be a benefit will enjoy these small, but powerful messages. I had forgotten that there is scientific proof in attraction thinking, be it positive or negative The Law of Attraction teaches how to achieve, as well. Following these simple rules can help better health to manifest, helps attract financial abundance, improve many areas of life and in general help us to become happier people. I don't think anyone will be disappointed if they took the small time to view these clips. I love this song by Elton uplifting and I'm usually more of a metal chick. I'm sure no one could tell--lol.  

What you are BELIEVING is what you will BE LIVING!
Positive thoughts build. - Negative thoughts stagnate.
My Mind Movie
Law Of Attraction (Making The Secret Work)

Have an awesome Friday night.,

We are each different and I'm sure that lady Ester Hicks is an awesome soul (Ask and It Shall Be Given), but for me I find it hard to relate to the "Abraham"... non worldly entity relaying messages. I will order the Law Of Attraction, though. Possibly some of you may like the Abraham teachings, more!?

   Thanks, Shari!

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 08/29/09 - "H1N1":

Hello Carol,        Fri. Aug. 28, 09

The attached article identifies some useful sites about the oncoming flue epidemic.

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

From Komando Web Site, Aug. 28, 09: 

Prepare for flu season  (Web addresses for referenced sites at end of article)

We're heading into flu season. And, this year, we have a serious new flu strain. I'm talking about H1N1, also known as swine flu.

Since it was discovered earlier this year, swine flu has killed thousands. And it is expected to be a major threat this winter.

H1N1 differs from other flu strains. Those killed by it have often been young, healthy adults. But there's no saying how it will affect you.

So, be sure to protect your family against H1N1. Knowledge is your best protection—aside from a flu shot, maybe!

Make the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention your first stop. The CDC provides tips to help you avoid contracting swine flu. You'll also learn how to spot the symptoms.

Then, visit FluTracker. It provides heat maps of H1N1 cases. You'll see where there are confirmed cases. You'll also see where there have been fatalities.

Also pay attention to the forums on the site. You'll learn about cases at specific schools. There are also announcements and other information.

Of course, you'll also want to visit the World Health Organization's site. It provides even more information on H1N1, along with other strains of the flu.

The Mayo Clinic provides a comprehensive, easy-to-understand overview of swine flu. It's a great place to find answers to your questions.

Finally, you'll definitely want to get a flu shot. Go to the American Lung Association's site. It will help you find a shot clinic.

CDC - 
FluTracker - 
WHO - 
Mayo - 

   Thanks, Fred! Y'all stay well out there!

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 08/28/09 - "about Snopes":

Now this is interesting......I always trusted it, even tho I  knew it was a married couple who did it......... I  don't think I'll trust it anymore...........maybe use

Who watches the watchers?

For the past few years has positioned itself, or others have labeled it, as the 'tell-all final word' on any comment, claim and email.  But for several years people tried to find out who exactly was behind

Only recently did Wikipedia get to the bottom of it - kinda makes you wonder what they were hiding.  Well, finally we know. It is run by a husband and wife team - that's right, no big office of investigators and researchers, no team of lawyers.  It's just a mom-and-pop operation that began as a hobby. David and Barbara Mikkelson in the San Fernando Valley of California started the website about 13 years ago - and they have no formal background or experience in investigative research.  After a few years it gained popularity believing it to be unbiased and neutral, but over the past couple of years people started asking questions who was behind it and did they have a selfish motivation?

The reason for the questions - or skepticisms - is a result of claiming to have the bottom line facts to certain questions or issue when in fact they have been proven wrong.  Also, there were criticisms the Mikkelsons were not really investigating and getting to the 'true' bottom of various issues.....

So, I say this now to everyone who goes to to get what they think to be the bottom line facts...'proceed with caution.' Take what it says at face value and nothing more.  Use it only to lead you to their references where you can link to and read the sources for yourself.  Plus, you can always Google a subject and do the research yourself.  It now seems apparent that's all the Mikkelson's do.  After all, I can personally vouch from my own experience for their 'not' fully looking into things. 

..... is an alternate source for fact checking.....

   Ja, Gloria, it's like I always said. Everybody has an agenda; the trick is to find someone whose agenda matches your own!   

   I myself usually start with, then cross-check it through I prefer to think it's not a case of intentionally misleading people or knowingly giving biased accounts; it's just that what is "true" in the eyes of one is not necessarily "true" in the eyes of another. We'll all colored and tempered by our own lives, beliefs, and experiences - no matter how objective we try to be. Thanks, Lady!

From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09 - "The Color Test":

THIS IS kinda HARD - pay attention.

Color Test

These are the things we're supposed to do to remove the cholesterol around our brain and try to slow up Alzheimer's Disease.. It took me 3 times before I could finally tell this brain of mine to concentrate. A great test, do it until you get 100%!

Bet you can't get 100% on the first try! But I'm rootin' for ya.

This is pretty neat! See how you do with the colors! Have fun!

It takes an average of 5 tries to get to 100%. Follow the directions!

It's harder than it seems, as it should be!

A brain waker-upper for today:

   YIKES! Thanks, Glenn!


1.    From 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 - 08/28/09:

Crowded Airliner

As a crowded airliner is about to take off, the peace is shattered by a 5-year-old boy who picks that moment to throw a wild temper tantrum. No matter what his frustrated, embarrassed mother does to try to calm him down, the boy continues to scream furiously and kick the seats around him.

Suddenly, from the rear of the plane, an elderly man in the uniform of an Air Force General is seen slowly walking forward up the aisle. Stopping the flustered mother with an upraised hand, the white-haired, courtly, soft-spoken General leans down and, motioning toward his chest, whispers something into the boy's ear.

Instantly, the boy calms down, gently takes his mother's hand, and quietly fastens his seat belt. All the other passengers burst into spontaneous applause.

As the General slowly makes his way back to his seat, one of the cabin attendants touches his sleeve. "Excuse me, General," she asks quietly, "but could I ask you what magic words you used on that little boy?"

The old man smiles serenely and gently confides, "I showed him my pilot's wings, service stars, and battle ribbons, and explained that they entitle me to throw one passenger out the plane door on any flight I choose."



Every Friday afternoon, a mathematician goes down to the bar, sits in the second-to-last seat, turns to the last seat, which is empty, and asks a girl who isn't there if he can buy her a drink.

The bartender, who is used to weird university types, always shrugs but keeps quiet. But when Valentine's Day arrives, and the mathematician makes a particularly heart-wrenching plea into empty space, curiosity gets the better of the bartender, and he says, "I apologize for my stupid questions, but surely you know there is NEVER a woman sitting in that last stool. Why do you persist in asking out empty space?"

The mathematician replies, "Well, according to quantum physics, empty space is never truly empty. Virtual particles come into existence and vanish all the time. You never know when the proper wave function will collapse and a girl might suddenly appear there."

The bartender raises his eyebrows. "Really? Interesting. But couldn't you just ask one of the girls who comes here every Friday if you could buy HER a drink? Never know --she might say yes."

The mathematician laughs. "Yeah, right -- how likely is THAT to happen?"


Hotel Guest Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins was traveling home, but due to worsening weather, she decided to stop at a hotel for the night. She approached the receptionist and asked for a room for the night.

"Certainly madam," he replied courteously.

"Is the restaurant open still?" inquired Mary.

"Sorry, no," came the reply, "but room service is available all night. Would you care to select something from this menu?"

Mary smiled and took the menu and perused it. "Hmm, I would like cauliflower cheese please," said Mary.

"Certainly, madam," he replied.

"And can I have breakfast in bed?" asked Mary politely.

The receptionist nodded and smiled.

"In that case, I would love a couple of poached eggs, please," Mary mused.

After confirming the order, Mary signed in and went up to her room for the night.

The night passed uneventfully and the next morning Mary came down early to check out. The same guy was still on the desk.

"Morning madam...sleep well?"

"Yes, thank you," Mary replied.

"Food to your liking?"

"Well, I have to say the cauliflower cheese was exceptional; I don't think I have had better. Shame about the eggs, though....they really weren't that nice at all," replied Mary truthfully.

"Oh...well, perhaps you could contribute these thoughts to our Guest Comments Book. We are always looking to improve our service and would value your opinion," said the receptionist.

"OK, I will...thanks!" replied Mary....who checked out, then scribbled a comment into the book. Waving, she left to continue her journey.

Curious, the receptionist picked up the book to see the comment Mary had written.



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 08/26/09

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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California Blue

Written and Performed by Roy Orbison; apparently not released until posthumously in 1989
(23 Apr 1936 - 06 Dec 1988)

Working all day and the sun don't shine
Trying to get by and I'm just killing time
I feel the rain fall the whole night through
Far away from you California blue

California blue dreaming all alone
Nothing else to do California blue
Everyday I pray I'll be on my way
Saving love for you California blue

One sunny day, I'll get back again
Somehow, someway but I don't know when
California blue California blue

Living my life with you on my mind
Thinking of things that I left far behind
Its been so long doing all I can do
To get back to you California blue

California blue dreaming all alone
Nothing else to do California blue
Everyday I pray I'll be on my way
Saving love for you California blue

One sunny day Ill get back again
Somehow, someway but I don't know when
California blue California blue

Still missing you California blue
Still missing you California blue
Still missing you California blue

"California Blue" midi courtesy of - 08/29/09

"California Blue" lyrics courtesy of - 08/29/09

Blue California State Map courtesy of - 08/29/09

Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/07

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

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!

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

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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