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09/13/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Good Vibrations

“In every man's heart there is a secret nerve
 that answers to the vibrations of beauty."

- Christopher Morley
(5 May 1890 - 28 Mar 1957)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I know that there are those who think that Labor Day means an end to summer, but autumn doesn't officially end this year until September 23, so we still have time to play these great Beach Boys classics, located for us by our Wizard of Wonderment,    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA Nobody does it better!  Thanks again, Brown Eyes!  


    Tomorrow will be a big day for    Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA!  Have a really great birthday, Sweet Lady!



    If anyone knows where to locate Jean Hooker Hanson (Hampton HS - '64), we've received an inquiry concerning her.  She was last known to have been somewhere in TX.  She had a brother, Richard Hooker, who attended NNHS; I do not know if he was younger or older than she, as I cannot seem to find him in the 1955 - 1966 Anchors.  (That proves absolutely nothing, of course.  We all know I could be staring directly at his photo and not see it).

   If you know where to reach either of them, please contact me so that I may relay that information.  Thanks!



   I think y'all must have missed this when it first appeared, as there has not only not been the grand rush expected, there has been absolutely no response whatsoever.  

    From My #5 Son, Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) - 09/07/06 -
"Suggestion for your site":

Hey, I was just looking at a site that someone at one of the message boards I visit set up. Essentially, it is a map of the world, and users enter a bit of information to indicate where they live. Then, you get a map that looks kind of like this:

I thought you and your classmates/viewers of your site would get a kick out of one for your site.

Love ya, talk to ya later.

   WOWZERONI-ROONI-RINI, Nathaniel!  This is sooooo cool!  Thanks for setting it up for me as well!

   Okay, Sweetie-Pies, where are those herald trumpets?!?  This represents the first of several interactive sites we have in mind for the site - other than the Guest Book, of course.   Check it out, check in, and let's fill that map - 'cause so far, I'm the only one there!  (And I haven't created a profile yet, myself!)


  From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 09/10/06 - "redneck":

Let me know if does not come's pretty good....


You might be a redneck if....................
 Thanks, Albert, it came through loud and clear!
   It reminds me of all those "wimmin" we used to see downtown with their hair in curlers.  My question was ever, "For what special occasion might they be preparing themselves?!?"  WILD GIGGLES!!!

  From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC - 09/10/06 - "New Credit Card Scam":

This person who sent this is one of my relatives. I think it's worth your time to read it.


New Credit Card Scam ... says this is true.

See this site - 

This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece they want.

Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared to protect yourself.

One of our employees was called on Wednesday fro m "VISA", and I was called on Thursday from "Master Card".

The scam works like this: Person calling says, "This is (name), and I'm calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a Marketing company based in Arizona ?" When you say "No", the caller continues with, "Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?"

You say "yes". The caller continues - "I will be starting a Fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security.

You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. "Do you need me to read it again?"

Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works. The caller then says, "I need to verify you are in possession of your card". He'll ask you to "turn your card over and look for some numbers". There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security Numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, "That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?" After you say No, the caller then thanks you and states, "Don't hesitate to call back if you do", and hangs up.

You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the Card number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20 minutes to ask a question Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA Security Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of $497.99 was charged to our card.

Long story - short - we made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is reissuing us a new number. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don't give it to them. Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or Master card directly for verification of their conversation. The real VISA told us that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then it's almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report.

What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a "Jason Richardson of Master Card" with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA scam. This time I didn't let him finish. I hung up! We filed a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we know that this scam is happening.

Please pass this on to all your family and friends. By informing each other, we protect each other.

   YOWZERONI-RINI!!!  The crooks just keep getting smarter, don't they?!?  Thanks, Lady!   You performed a valuable service today!


    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 09/11/06 - "Pack of dogs...":


Hope this is not offensive to anyone. This pack of dogs attacked this gator not too far from my brother's in Florida. Even the mighty must fall...

Jerry B. Class of 62

   Yes, I do hope no one's sensibilities were hurt by this, Jerry!  WILD GIGGLES!!! 

      Thanks, Sweetie!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 09/11/06:

Dear Carol,
I received an email notice of your NNHS65 Newsletter.  I do hope that means I am back on your list.
Joe Drewry
Hi, Joe!
   This gets weirder and weirder.  I was just about to write you to tell you that I've recently learned that AOL will not send its subscribers emails when they're bundled within batches of 50-60 --- which, of course is how I send mine.  But you received that one!  Who knows?!?  You've NEVER been off my mailing list.  I'm stumped. 

It must be some weird AOL thing?

   I think this time it is, Joe.  I mean, I'm weird, but not that weird!


  From Betty Bass Belanger ('65) of TX - 09/11/06:

Hi Carol,

Hope things are good with you & wanted to update you on my new email address:

You may have already heard that we moved from N VA to Plano , TX —a Dallas suburb, in late May.  We’d lived in our last house 10 years, so it was a challenge—but know you completely understand the moving thing!  We’re really enjoying it here & have friends & family in the area, but expect to return to VA to visit family.   We’ll have a change of seasons here, but not really long, cold winters as we did in Ashburn, so that’s going to be most welcome.

Thanks for all your efforts in keeping our class connected & have a great day!

Best wishes,

Betty Bass Belanger

   Well, no, Betty, I'd missed that news flash!  Congratulations on your new home!  I changed your listings in my files, and your postings on the Contact page for the Class of 1965:

   Thanks, Lady!


  From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 09/11/06 -

I received the following from a friend and would like to pass it on as food for thought.


Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty  to Australia and her Queen at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his Ministers made it clear that extremists would  face a crackdown.  Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state, and its laws were made by parliament. "If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then  Australia is not for you," he said on national television.

"I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia : one the Australian law and another the Islamic law, that is false. If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country, which practices it, perhaps, then, that's a better option," Costello said.

Asked whether he meant radical clerics would be forced to leave, he said those with dual citizenship could possibly be asked to move to the other country. Education Minister Brendan Nelson later told reporters that Muslims who did not want to accept local values should "clear off.

Basically people who don't want to be Australians, and who don't want to live by Australian values and understand them, well then, they can basically clear off," he said.

Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques quote: "IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It or Leave it.

I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians."

"However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the 'politically correct' crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Australia ."

"However, there are a few things that those who have recently com to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand."

"This idea of Australia being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.  As Australians, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle."

"This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom"

"We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, Learn the language!"

"Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right; wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is  clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider  another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture."

"We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us."

"If the Southern Cross offends you, or you don't like " A Fair Go," then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we  really don't care how you did things where you came from. By all means, keep your culture, but do not force it on others.

"This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.'"

"If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted."

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves, American citizens will find the backbone to start speaking and voting the same truths!

Chandler Nelms

   Thank you, Chandler Darlin'! I heartily agree!


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 09/11/06:

Carol -- you may have published Charles Schultz' philosophy before -- can't remember:

   Oh, I believe I may have once or twice, but it certainly bears repeating.  Thanks, Ronnie!

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read it straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners .

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with .


The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care .

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia " (Charles Schultz)

   Thanks again, Sweetie!   I know I certainly did better on the second test than the first!


  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA to the Members of the Class of 1962 - 09/11/06 -
"Reunion Meeting September":

Good Day.

This was not a good day 5 years ago and we are feeling the pain I am sure just thinking about it today.

I have a place for our meeting; it is Second Street Restaurant in the Kiln Creek Shopping Center. If anyone needs directions I will be happy to email them to you. The meeting is September 19th at 6:30 pm. I hope that everyone is happy with the meeting place, and will try very hard to attend. I would appreciate knowing who will be attending so I can let the restaurant know a little ahead of the date. So an R.S.V.P. would be greatly appreciated, of course by email if you can or you can call me at 757-810-4000. Sure would like to see a big crowd.

Let's get together and make this a reunion better than our last; I know that we can. I would like to share that we have hired a band this time and the roof will be rockin'.

Brenda Williams

   Ahhh - you're meeting on International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  You know what this means, doncha?!?  Ayyyy, matey!  This means y'all can spend the evening punctuating every remark with a well-placed, "ARRR!"  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   I shan't be able to raid your meeting as I did in days of yore - which was great and grand fun for me - but y'all have fun!

   And oh, yes, I've posted your announcement on the front page of this web site, on this and on each of the next several Newsletters, and in the Reunion News:

   Thanks, Brenda!  Y'all have fun, take pictures, and I'll be thinking of you.  ARRR!


  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 09/12/06 - "Alzheimer's Memory Walk":

Hi, Carol
Just wanted to remind    Julius' (Benton - '58 - of VA) classmates and friends who planned to walk in the Gloucester Alzheimer's Memory Walk in honor of Julius that the event is this coming Saturday, September 16.  The Benton Bunch Walk Team is delighted to have grown to 20 this year.  It's still not too late if anyone would like to join us.
If you haven't registered to walk, I encourage you to do so in advance by clicking on the following link:

If you don't register online, you'll have to fill out a form and other paperwork when you get there, so you might as well do it in advance and save some time! 

The Walk starts at 10:00 am at Botetourt Elementary School on Main Street in Gloucester, VA. If you need to do a map, click on the link below, which is the Event Information page for the Walk.  About halfway down the page, click on the "Get Directions" link.

On behalf of Julius and the entire Benton family, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the very generous donations to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of Julius from our NNHS friends and classmates. 

Below are links to our daughters' Alzheimer's Walk web pages that reveal Julius' journey through this dreaded Pick's Disease.

Renee Helterbran Benton, '59

   WOWZERONI-RINI, RENEE (Sorry, I couldn't resist the rhyme!)!!!

   (For those unfamiliar, that's "REE'-knee", short for "Irene".)

   'Tis a great and fine work y'all do!

   If any of y'all are able to join them Saturday, please consider doing so.

   And please give our collective love and best wishes to Julius, Renee!



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

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!   It sounds like such fun!  


  From Carolyn Simpson Knight (‘56) of VA - 08/17/06

The “absolute deadline” for reservations for the 50 - Year Reunion celebration of the Class of 1956 is September 15, 2006!!  

Checks may be mailed to    Judy Leggette Elliott:

            Judy Leggette Elliott
            15 Rivercrest Drive
            Poquoson, VA 23662

   Thanks, Carolyn!



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

   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
RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA.

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.

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.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at

To Pre-order Photographic Memories of the Event:


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.


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


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 September 15.

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
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

The next meeting will be held at Second Street Restaurant in the Kiln Creek Shopping Center on September 19, 2006 at 6:30 PM. They would certainly like to see a big crowd.

 Please try very hard to attend, and please let Brenda know ahead of time whether or not you can so that she can notify the restaurant. Email her at or call her at 757-810-4000.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 08/21
/06 - "Dear Carol, Too Cute to keep to myself, Getting along in life"(#8 in a series of 24):

Dear Carol,

The first picture has been around many times before, but ... enjoy the 23 other pictures. Some of the pictures may have been staged or touched up digitally, but they are still interesting to see.

Your Friend, Herbie

     AWWW - aren't they precious?!?

   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!


  From Judy Horton Lindstrom ('63) of FL - 08/27/06 - "YOU ARE GONNA LOVE THIS"
(#8 in a series of 8):

I thought you might love these.
Last but not least      WILD GIGGLES!!!

Thanks, Judy!  This has been such a fun series!


With all the things in life we can't control, here's something you can control:

Your attitude. Make it positive.

   There's more to come soon.  Y'all take care of each other! 

   TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol  - the Richest Woman in Town





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

Good Vibrations

- Brian Wilson, 1966

I, I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air

I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations
I'm pickin' up good vibrations
(Oom bop bop good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)

Close my eyes
She's somehow closer now
Softly smile, I know she must be kind
When I look in her eyes
She goes with me to a blossom world

I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations
I'm pickin' up good vibrations
(Oom bop bop good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)

(Ah my my what elation)
I don't know where but she sends me there
(Ah my my what a sensation)
(Ah my my what elations)
(Ah my my what)

Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin'

Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
(I'm pickin' up good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's na na...

Na na na na na
Na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na
Do do do do do
Do do do
Do do do do do
Do do do

"Good Vibrations" midi courtesy of
 at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/12/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Good Vibrations" lyrics courtesy
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/12/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Elaine Del Degan's "Vibrations" Image courtesy of - 08/31/06

Animated Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 09/04/06

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!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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!

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!

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