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09/01/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Waitin' on a Woman

“It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time,
the greater our capacity for waiting.”

- Elizabeth Taylor
(b. 27 Feb 1932)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme comes to us through the suggestion of our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA. I was unable to locate a midi file for it, but no matter, it's the BONUS video that's the real star anyway.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/29/09 - "Waitin' On A Woman":

I already liked this song, just from hearing it on the radio with only Brad Paisley’s voice. I mean, every guy, and certainly every husband, has first-hand knowledge of what Brad was singing about.

Then, one day, I was surfing around YouTube and entered the title in the search feature. Up popped a number of entries, so I picked the one with Brad actually singing it. I was expecting your typical C&W song video, but then appeared Andy Griffith in bib overalls, sitting next to Brad on that bench in the mall. Andy is such an icon for several generations; he has been a part of our entire lives. When you see the video, you will wonder, like I did, how it ever could have been made without him. It is perfect casting. And it is such a joy to watch Brad listening to Andy with respect and reverence for the wisdom of his elders.

So, have a look and tell me that it doesn’t bring you to tears … joyful ones that Andy is still with us … and sad ones that one day he will not be.

   Well, that certainly worked to bring a tear or two to my eyes - thanks so much, David!


"Paisley has referred to 'Waitin' on a Woman' as 'one of the most important songs' that he's ever recorded. Because of the importance that he places on the song, Paisley asked Andy Griffith to star in the music video, as he felt that Griffith's personality matched the personality of the older man in the song.[1] Griffith speaks the old man's lines in the video as well. Jim Shea and Peter Tilden directed the video.

"The song is a mid-tempo composed of three verses. Its central character is a recently-married male sitting on a bench at a shopping mall, waiting for his wife to finish shopping. He is encountered by an older man (Andy Griffith) who, like him, is "waitin' on a woman". The older man explains over the next two verses that, although he has often had to wait for his wife, he does not mind doing so ("I don't guess we've been anywhere / She hasn't made us late, I swear / Sometimes she does it just 'cause she can do it").[2] He tells the younger man that he will often find himself "waitin' on a woman" as well. In the third verse, the older male observes that he will most likely die before his wife does ("I've read somewhere statistics show / The man's always the first to go"). After making this realization, he finally states that he will wait for his wife in Heaven (should he die first), because he, too, "[doesn't] mind waitin' on a woman". In the end, the old man is seen sitting on a white bench, wearing a white suit, on a lone beach, waiting for his wife to join him."


Monday, September 01, 1969 - A coup in Libya ousted King Idris, and brought Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi to power.


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1.   Geneva Cole Lauterbach ('65) of NC - 08/31/09 "Information on 1965 reunion":


Thank you so much for getting back to me. I can't believe you lived here either and we never ran into each other or something. (I love to shop, I'm sure I have seen you at the stores) HA HA. It seemed like I had lost all contact with my past "real years". I have worked  at Fort Bragg in Transportation/Outbound Household Goods since 1984.

I have two children (Teresa and Steven) and three grandchildren (girls - 7, 9 and 14).

It broke my heart to hear about my friend
 Sylvia (Summerlin Pugh - '65) (d. 30 Jan 2004). I wish we could have stayed in contact.

I will anxiously await word from
     Pam (Smith Arnold) and       Dave (Arnold - both '65 - of VA) about the reunion.

Thanks again

   Thank you, Geneva! I have seven children (six sons, one daughter - ages almost 39 to 22), and in about five weeks, our twelfth grandchild will arrive.  Her name is Kaiya Faye Harty, and she'll be the fifth girl among them.  Our oldest grandson,       Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL, will be turning eighteen in a couple of weeks.  My, my, how time does fly.....

2.   Brenda Rison Price ('65) of VA (I think...) - 08/31/09:

Please add my name to the mailing list. Thanks...

Brenda Rison Price

   Certainly, Brenda! Welcome aboard, Ladies! I've added your names to the Alumni and Contact Lists for the Class of 1965, as well as to the old (and sadly neglected) Yearbook Pictures pages for the Class of 1965:

 - Your email addies will not be posted here without your specific permission.


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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND   Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

03 - Morton Binder ('57);

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

06 -
  Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA;

07 -   the late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased - 03/08/06);

08 - Carroll Elliott ('57)
  Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND   Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND   Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - 08/31/09 - "    Buckley's First Words":

Hello all,

Sorry about the disorder of many of the pictures being mislabeled as July 4th and being in their own album... I wasn't paying attention in Picasa when I uploaded them. Anyway, the album of most interest is the one called "Buckley's First Words", as it has a video of Buckley saying "Up". We ran and got the camera and he was still saying up with some coaxing for the video.

Happy Birthday Mom!


   AWWWW! What a super birthday present! AND he clearly said, "bye-bye" towards the end of that video as well! PLUS (or should I say, "And PLUS as well as also, too" ), we both heard him repeatedly (if not quite so clearly) saying, "I love you" on the phone - so watch for that one; it'll be more easily recognizable in the next week or so.

   Thank you so much, Dale - and Buckley! I love you, too!
   Give that cute little boy more hugs and kisses for me - and don't forget to send me a lock of that gorgeous red hair!

   From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 08/31/09 - "September 11th ......reminder to display the flag":

Remember  9/11

We have a little less than two weeks and counting to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America   If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the same ... You get the idea. 

On Friday, September 11th, 2009, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this eighth anniversary of one of our country's worst tragedies. We do this to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms. 
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to -shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared.  Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.  
Action Plan: So, here's what we need you to do...
(1) Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Please don't be the one to break this chain. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you. 
(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.

Thank you for your participation. 

God Bless You and God Bless America !

   Thank you, Mark! We'll keep reminding everyone!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 08/31/09 - "Bill sent you a video: 'Mario Frangoulis & Justin Hayward (2002) - Nights In White Satin (((Stereo)))'":

      Thanks, Billy! This is the same fabulous video that  Jay Styles ('68) of VA sent me twice - on 08/21/09 and 08/24/09 - that I had so much trouble getting!  I finally have it posted on 08/27/09 - the Little Red Corvette issue. I really, really like it!

       Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) - 08/31/-9 - "Good Advice":

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio:

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is my column once more":
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time..
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need...
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

It's estimated 93% won't forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title '7%'.

I'm in the 7%. Remember that I will always share my spoon with you!

Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.

   Thanks, Paul!

From - 08/31/09 - "Action"

Nike Says it Best...Just Do It!
By Caroline Makepeace

I've been thinking lately of how I could put together a list of success principles based on my travel achievements. I've lived a pretty adventurous, courageous and successful life travelling the globe. You don't do that unless you possess certain qualities and character traits. I wanted to put together something as to how anyone could apply these same principles to other aspects of their life and achieve the same success. Success principles work no matter what avenue you use them for.

I sat down to think about it and put some ideas together when I reached a blank. I thought I would come up immediately with a list I must have had to get me travelling around the world but no list came. I reflected deeply on all the countries I visited, all the experiences I had, the people I formed friendships with and I said to myself "Okay Caroline, how did you do it? How did you have these incredible adventures to 33 countries and live in 5? What was it about you that gave you the ability to do all that?"

My response was "I just did it!" 'I just did it". There is no other answer. Sure there were many other qualities and character traits that gave me the ability to have the experiences but none of them really mattered unless I stepped on to that plane and did it. People always said to me how lucky and brave I was and wished they could do the same. But I never could quite understand where they were coming from because I knew they could do the same. For me it was easy, luck played no part, I just did it. I just stepped on the plane and went and never looked back.

I knew what I wanted and I took ACTION!

Did I possess many strong success traits before I did it? Probably not or none that I was aware of. I was young and immature and didn't know anything about anything. All I knew was that I wanted to travel and so I just did it. I just hopped on that plane and went.

Did I have a lot of money? No I turned up in London with no home, no job and a couple of hundred bucks. That didn't matter, I knew what I wanted and so I just did it!

Did I have much experience? No! It was the first time I had lived away from the safety and security of my parents. My first experience living on my own was in the city of London, knowing no one, with no money. Experience didn't matter, I just did it.

I didn't have support either. I was on my own but I found a lot of support and made great friendships after I just did it!

Did I develop strong character traits along the way that helped me to continue my journeys and grow as a person? Absolutely! I wouldn't be who I am today had I not travelled. It shaped me as an amazingly, strong and confident person. Would I be this person now if I never took the action toward my dream in the first place? No! Thank God, I just did it!

What is it in your life that you want to do or achieve? What is it that is holding you back? Lack of money or experience? Irrelevant. Lack of friends or support? Irrelevant. Wrong timing? No strengths, skills or talents? All irrelevant. You can find a million reasons why you can't do it but that's not going to get you what you want and shape you to be who you want to be. You've got nothing to lose but everything to gain. All that matters is what you want.

Nike said it the best- 'Just do it!' Those 3 simple words speak so much about the call to your action. Just take the first step. All the rest will come later. You're missing out on a wild, fun ride because of your inability to take action. Just do it and success will find you!

Just do it.....

About the Author:

Caroline Makepeace is an entrepreneur and home business owner. She has travelled extensively throughout the world. Her travels have expanded across 33 countries. She has also lived in Dublin, London, Bangkok, Raleigh, NC and of course her home country Australia.

Caroline strives to assist others to develop the right mindset, strategies and techniques to help them to live their best life and to enjoy the abundant wealth and happiness that this planet offers. Caroline writes a blog offering advice, comments and strategies on these things.

She also assists many people to start their own home business and work towards their goals of financial and time freedom. Go here to learn more.


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 - 08/31/09:

Traffic Stop

A police car pulled me over near the high school where I teach. As the officer asked for my license and registration, my students began to drive past. Some honked their horns, others hooted, and still others stopped to admonish me for speeding.

Finally the officer asked me if I was a teacher at the school, and I told him I was.

"I think you've paid your debt to society," he said with a smile, and left without giving me a ticket.


Spring Fever

Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.

Much to their relief she smiled and said, "Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper."

Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: "First Question: Which tire was flat?"


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.  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 08/31/09

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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Waitin' on a Woman

- Written by Don Sampson and Wynn Varble

Recorded twice by Brad Paisley, 2005, 2008
(b. 28 Oct 1972)

Sittin' on a bench at West Town Mall
He sat down in his overalls and asked me
You waitin' on a woman
I nodded yeah and said how 'bout you
He said son since nineteen fifty-two I've been
Waitin' on a woman

When I picked her up for our first date
I told her I'd be there at eight
And she came down the stairs at eight-thirty
She said I'm sorry that I took so long
Didn't like a thing that I tried on
But let me tell you son she sure looked pretty
Yeah she'll take her time but I don't mind
Waitin' on a woman

He said the wedding took a year to plan
You talk about an anxious man, I was nervous
Waitin' on a woman
And then he nudged my arm like old men do
And said, I'll say this about the honeymoon, it was worth it
Waitin' on a woman

And I don't guess we've been anywhere
She hasn't made us late I swear
Sometimes she does it just 'cause she can do it
Boy it's just a fact of life
It'll be the same with your young wife
Might as well go on and get used to it
She'll take her time 'cause you don't mind
Waitin' on a woman

I've read somewhere statistics show
The man's always the first to go
And that makes sense 'cause I know she won't be ready
So when it finally comes my time
And I get to the other side
I'll find myself a bench, if they've got any
I hope she takes her time, 'cause I don't mind
Waitin' on a woman

Honey, take your time, cause I don't mind
Waitin' on a woman

"Waitin' on a Woman" lyrics courtesy of - 09/01/09

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

Image of Man Waiting courtesy of - 08/31/09

Six Clocks clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 08/31/05

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

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

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

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

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

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!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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