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08/31/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Alan Jay Lerner's 90th Birthday

“Men die but an idea does not.”

- Alan J. Lerner
(31 Aug 1918 - 14 June 1986)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
 As promised earlier, the musical selection for today's Birthday Celebration comes from my friend, the incomparable
     Charis Bean Duke (Frederick HS, MD - '85) of NC on 07/18/06: Of course for Lerner any song from Brigadoon would be my pick..

   Thanks so much, Charis!

BONUS - - The Heather On The Hill - clip from Brigadoon (1954) - Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse



   Happy Birthday today to      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 OR, who is turning eleven years old!

 Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA! !

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

3 - Morton Binder ('57);
5 -
  Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA  AND
       My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL;

6 -  Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA;

7 -   The late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased 03/08/06).

   Many Happy Returns to One and All!


   As of 08/17/08, the page originally suggested by      Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD on 01/22/04 has been reactivated: - updated 08/26/08

   Hopefully, this will help address the problem in a number of ways. Just don't forget to click on it each time!

NNHS BLOG: - updated 08/31/08


The NNHS Class of 1963
is planning its 45-Year Reunion on
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008.

Please provide your current email and mailing address to Barbara Fritsche Barnes at 
to receive YOUR reunion registration info. The reunion committee has prepared a reunion registration brochure,
which we hope to have available here for you soon.

We’re Going Back!!!! 

The NNHS Class of 1963 invites all former NNHS students and their guests to join them
at an upcoming class reunion event:

A 60’s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym!!! 

What:  Sock Hop with DJ in the Newport News High School Gymnasium 
When:  Friday night, October 17th, 2008 
Time:  7:00pm - 10:00pm 
Cost:  $15 per person

Event Details 


Capacity is Limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  No sales at door.

Names of all members in your party must be provided with payment. 

Send check or money order payable to: Barbara Barnes, 4891 Parthenon Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23462 


  • All participants must travel to/from NNHS via shuttle bus from Newport News Omni Hotel
    and sign a release of liability form enroute to the event.

  • Shuttle bus will depart every half hour from The Newport News Omni Hotel, 1000 Omni Boulevard
    (off  Diligence/J. Clyde Morris Boulevard) starting at 6:30 PM. 
    Last bus will depart the school enroute to The Omni at 10:30 PM.

  • Hand stamps issued on shuttle bus will be required for entry.

Socks only, (no shoes of any kind or bare feet) will be permitted in the gymnasium.  

Soft drinks & snacks will be sold at the event. 
No alcoholic beverages allowed on the premises, (some things never change).


 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/29/08 - "THINGS TO REMEMBER":

   1. Faith is the ability not to panic. 
   2. If you worry, you didn't pray. If you prayed, don't worry. 
   3. As a child of God, prayer is kinda like calling home every day. 
   4. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. 
   5. When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot. 
   6. Do the math. Count your blessings. 
   7 God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts. 
   8. Dear God: I have a problem. It's me. 
   9. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted. 
   10. Laugh every day -- it's like inner jogging. 
   11. The most important things in your home are the people. 
   12. Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional. 
   13. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open. Come on in. 
   14. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry. 
   15. He who dies with the most toys is still dead. 
   16. We do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments. 
   17. Nothing is real to you until you experience it; otherwise it's just hearsay. 
   18. Its all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done. 
   19. Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage. The goals and dreams you're seeking require courage and risk-taking. Learn from the turtle, it only makes progress when it sticks out it's neck. 
   20. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is... merely what others think you are. 

  No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting. Leave gentle fingerprints on the soul of another for the angels to read. I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.

   Thank you so much, Sarah Sugah!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/29/08 - "AAADD":


Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder.
Somehow I feel better even though I have it!!

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. -

Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage,

I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,

Put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back

On the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think,

Since I'm going to be near the mailbox
When I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table,

And see that there is only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study,
So I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks,

But first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm,

And I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi,

A vase of flowers on the counter
Catches my eye--they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and

Discover my reading glasses that
I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk,

But first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter,

Fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,

I'll be looking for the remote,
But I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
But first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,

But quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table,

Get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to

Remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

The car isn't washed
The bills aren't paid
There is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter
The flowers don't have enough water,
There is still only 1 check in my check book,
I can't find the remote,
I can't find my glasses,
And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all damn day, and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem,

And I'll try to get some help for it,
But first I'll check my e-mail....

Do me a favor.

Forward this message to everyone you know,
Because I don't remember who the heck I've sent it to.

Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 08/29/08 - "Carpenter's Glasses":

There is always someone who has more of a right to complain than we.  Just think about it!  God IS in control.

Carpenter's Glasses

My mother's father worked as a carpenter. On this particular day, he was building some crates for the clothes his church was sending to orphanages in China. On his way home, he reached into his shirt pocket to find his glasses, but they were gone. When he mentally replayed his earlier actions, he realized what had happened; the glasses had slipped out of his pocket unnoticed and fallen into one of the crates, which he had nailed shut. His brand new glasses were heading for China!
The Great Depression was at its height and Grandpa had six children. He had spent $20 for those glasses that very morning. He was upset by the thought of having to buy another pair. It's not fair, he told God as he drove home in frustration. I've been very faithful in giving of my time and money to your work, and now this.

Months later, the director of the orphanage was on furlough in the United States. He wanted to visit all the churches that supported him in China, so he came to speak one Sunday at my grandfather's small church in Chicago. The missionary began by thanking the people for their faithfulness in supporting him.

But most of all, he said, I must thank you for the glasses you sent last. You see, the Communists had just swept through the orphanage, destroying everything, including my glasses.

I was desperate. Even if I had the money, there was simply no way of replacing those glasses. Along with not being able to see well, I experienced headaches every day, so my coworkers and I were much in prayer about this. Then your crates arrived. When my staff removed the covers, they found a pair of glasses lying on top.

The missionary paused long enough to let his words sink in. Then, still gripped with the wonder of it all, he continued: Folks, when I tried on the glasses, it was as though they had been custom made just for me! I want to thank you for being a part of that.

he people listened, happy for the miraculous glasses. But the missionary surely must have confused their church with another, they thought. There were no glasses on their list of items to be sent overseas. But sitting quietly in the back, with tears streaming down his face, an ordinary carpenter realized the Master Carpenter had used him in an extraordinary way.

There are times we want to blame God instead of thanking him! Perhaps we ought to try to thank Him more often. May GOD bless your week. Look for the perfect mistakes. People are like tea bags - you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are.

 ~Author Unknown~

   Thank you, Dearest Judy!

  From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 08/30/08:

Happy birthday to you and may you have many, many more!  Hope your health continues to improve and we pray for you and the other injured Typhoons daily.
Read your newsletter everyday and enjoy it as much as ever.   You are certainly a gifted person. 
Also like the new blog created by your son,           Dale (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of MA ). 

Take care.
George Helliesen, 61

   Thank you so much, George! Among the several advantages to the blog are the fact that it will free up more time for me to work on the many pages within the site itself, and that it can carry on without me at times when I may not be feeling well (or am just my usual slow-acting self)!

 From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 08/30/08:




   Thank you so much, Mark!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 08/30/08 - "Senior Moment":

Are we there yet?

Senior Moment

The irate customer calling the newspaper office loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was.

"Ma'am", said the employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until Sunday."

 There was quite a pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition.

"I'll bet that's why no one was in church today, too."

   WILDEST GIGGLES! Thanks, Judy!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND EVERYONE ON FRIDAY NIGHT (if pre-registered):  - 07/23/08

   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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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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The Heather On The Hill

 Lyrics by Alan J. Lerner
(31 Aug 1918 - 14 June 1986)

Music by Frederick Loewe
(10 June 1904 - 14 Feb 1988)

Can't we two go walkin' together, out beyond the valley of trees?
Out where there's a hillside of heather, curtsyin' gently in the breeze.
That's what I'd like to do: see the heather--but with you.

The mist of May is in the gloamin', and all the clouds are holdin' still.
So take my hand and let's go roamin' through the heather on the hill.
The mornin' dew is blinkin' yonder. There's lazy music in the rill,
And all I want to do is wander through the heather on the hill.

There may be other days as rich and rare.
There may be other springs as full and fair.
But they won't be the same--they'll come and go,
For this I know:

That when the mist is in the gloamin', and all the clouds are holdin' still,
If you're not there I won't go roamin' through the heather on the hill,
The heather on the hill.

"The Heather on the Hill" midi courtesy of - 08/31/08

"The Heather on the Hill" lyrics courtesy of - 08/31/08

First Image of Alan Jay Lerner courtesy of - 08/31/08

Second (1975) Image of Alan Jay Lerner courtesy of - 08/31/08

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/05/06

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

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

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!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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