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09/14/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Hard to Say I'm Sorry

“Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.”

- Margaret Lee Runbeck

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I like this song!

BONUS #1 - - Chicago - Live

BONUS #2 - - boys 2 men - beautiful slide show


     From Me ('65) of IL - 09/12/09 - "    Rachel Harty of IL":

   My thirteen-year-old granddaughter underwent an emergency appendectomy early Saturday morning at 7:30 AM.  She endured the surgery well, and came home Sunday morning feeling well enough to play games with her family in the evening! Thanks for your prayers!


Saturday, September 13, 1969 - Cricketer Shane Warne was born in Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia.


Sunday, September 14, 1969 - Seemingly nothing of great historical significance happened on this day in 1969.


   Happy Birthday today to  Billy Brewer ('57) AND   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

16 -   Tena Goodson Hensel ('39) of VA AND    The late Mr. John Huller ('43) (deceased 07/29/09) AND Brian Cooper of SC;

17 - The late Mr. George McIntosh (deceased - 05/04/05) AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND   Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA;

18 - Bobby Bell ('57) AND         Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL  AND  The United States Air Force - 1947;

20 - Barry Stutt ('57);

21 - Maxine Petty Ramey ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 09/12/09 - "Memorial Service SEPT 17--    Jane Carney Pillow ('50)":

Carol, FYI. 

The Memorial Service for Jane Pillow will be held one week from today, on September 17, at 2:00 P.M., at Deer Park Baptist Church in Newport News.
Address: 826 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard (1 block south of I-64).
Directions: From Jefferson & J. C. Morris: Drive north toward I-64. Church is on the RIGHT l block before the I-64 entrance ramp.
Directions from I-64: Take Exit 259 (south ) onto J.C. Morris Boulevard. Church is on the LEFT, so you need to make a U-turn at the 2nd traffic light. Then get into the RIGHT lane. Church is now on your right, 1 block before the I-64 entrance ramp.
Look forward to seeing colleagues and former students at this service.
Jane C.  

   Thank you so much for the reminder, Jane!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/12/09 - "Peninsula Dairy and Peninsula Dairy Stores":

Hi, Carol:

Thanks for sharing the message from        Bill Lee (Warwick HS '54) of NC and the article about the Peninsula Dairy and  the photo of the building that contained the main store and the offices on Jefferson Avenue. A site for sore eyes!!! Bill comes through again, just like he did so many times for me when I was the Editor of "The Seahorse" with his great stories of the USS West Point and his contributions regarding the Shipyard Apprentice School are classics. He is a gifted writer and a thorough historian!!!

 The article solved a minor mystery going back to my days as a newspaper carrier. The corner of 27th Street and Wickham Avenue was then a large vacant lot, taking up almost half of the block on Wickham Avenue, and extended east on 27th Street for about a quarter of that block. Next to that vacant lot on Wickham Avenue was a brick building that housed Billy Williams Cleaners, who happened to be one of my newspaper customers.

Our Old Stomping Grounds section is getting better by the day!

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Adonis! I totally agree!

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 09/12/09 - "45 year reunion (class 1964)":


Please post.  I am very excited to be able to travel from Utah for our 45-year reunion.  It is a very expensive trip for a ski bum like me.  I would like to request all the locals to be there.  Especially 
    Jimmy Deberry.  I followed his stroke and know it must be difficult to go out but all of us at the table on Saturday night would really like to see him.  We will reserve Jimmy a seat with me (Phil Hammond), Bill Crosley, Larry Boyles and    Harry Barritt (I hope).  This will be a 3 to 2 KDT vs. SPD table.  Hope you can make it, Jimmy.  We all love you and wish you the best.  Harry, you better be there!  Carol, I hope you will be there also.

Phil Hammond

   Thanks so much, Phil! I don't have Harry's email, but I forwarded your note to Jimmy. Billy has confirmed his attendance for both nights, and Larry is confirmed for Saturday night. The roster is filling out nicely now - take a look:

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/12/09 - "The Great Dentist":

The Great Dentist

I was on my back as the drill ground away.

The dentist had been drilling, chipping, picking, sticking, prying, probing, hammering, and anything else that I could think of as she worked on my tooth. I was having a root canal redone. It felt fine but the dentist said (and showed me on the x-ray) that it might be better if I had it redone.

I was in the chair for over two hours. Anyone who walked in would have seen me lying there as the assortment of drills and picks lay neatly on a cloth. They would have pitied me. I don't think anyone likes going to the dentist.

I was in agony. I was uncomfortable. I was impatient and needed to get out of that chair pronto. I could only take it another few minutes. Anyone looking at me would have sympathized with my feelings and completely understood when I asked if I could get up out of that chair.

The only problem is they would have been completely wrong.

Yes, I was in extreme discomfort.
Yes, I needed to get up out of that chair.
Yes, I did ask the dentist to stop.
Yes, I did get up.

Anyone would have sympathized, but everyone would have misunderstood.

The local anesthetic worked fine. The entire right side of my face was as numb as a fingernail. I couldn't feel any pain. Although the machinations of the dentist, the sounds and the vibrations weren't the most pleasant in the world, they didn't bother me at all.

I even had a bite block in my mouth so my jaw didn't get tired from holding my mouth open. I was quite comfortable from the dentistry.

Then why was I in such agony?

I had to use the bathroom!

I had gulped a quart of fresh fruit juice a couple of hours earlier and the fruit juice was now processed. I had to go to the bathroom! When you've got to go, you've got to go.

There I was with a dentist on one side and a technician on the other side. Both were working diligently and expertly, one mining my tooth while the other vacuumed and rinsed.

I lay perfectly still on the outside but all I could think of was getting to the bathroom and the need was getting stronger.

It was another MountainWings Moment.

How can having to use the bathroom in the dentist's chair be a MountainWings Moment? I realized several things lying there.

First, what is really bothering you is often not apparent from the outside. What others see is not the real problem. It looks like it should be the real problem, but it's not.

Others may see you snap at a co-worker or the kids or your spouse and think, "Boy, they sure have irritated them."

That's not really what's bothering you at all. It wasn't your co-worker, kids, or spouse, it was something else that they can't see but you feel it on the inside.

The list of those things is too long to begin to mention but you know some of yours. I may snap at my wife because I can't find something that I'm looking for but it's really not the lost thing, I was frustrated from something else.

You know the phenomenon all too well.

Second, you can't voice it clearly.

With a face as numb as fingernails, a bite block, picks, drills, and wash and vacuum tubes in your mouth, you can't talk clearly.

I opened my eyes and mumbled, "Aahh guuaa uuuoo uss uhe aaarmmm."

"What?" the dentist asked.

"Aahh guuaa uuuoo uss uhe aaarmmm."

They removed the toolbox from my mouth so that I could speak clearly but my face and right jaw was still numb.

"Aahh guuaa uuuoo uss uhe aaarmmm," I tried to articulate clearly.

What?" she asked again.

"Aahh guuaa uuuoo uss uhe aaarmmm," I repeated slower but with a greater sense of urgency.

"Oh! You've got to use the bathroom - sure."

I was popped up and hastily asked, "wwwhaa iiss uhe aaarmmm?"


"wwwhaa iiss uhe aaarmmm?"


"Oh, It's down the hall to the right."

"WWWHAA! iiss uhe aaarmmm?"

Often, when you are in pain or dire need, people can't understand you. They can't relate. They don't know why you can't just grin and bear it. They don't understand your predicament and how you feel. You are desperate and the world doesn't understand. There are some situations that you can't articulate to others for a variety of reasons. Maybe it's too personal. Maybe you are embarrassed. Maybe even you don't know how to put it in words or maybe what happened was so rough that you had to numb yourself to the memory to eliminate the pain.

Often the thing that's really bothering us is not the thing people see. It's an inner thing. An inner thing that we often can't speak. A thing of the heart and soul.

For those kinds of things maybe you need to get in a quiet place where you can talk to someone who does understand. Often things of the inner spirit require a greater divine spirit to heal. There are some problems that can only be fixed by the manufacturer.

As I left the dentist she gave me a powerful painkiller prescription. "As soon as the anesthetic wears off, you will probably be in a lot of pain and you will need this," she said handing me the prescription.

I spoke to The Great Dentist about it.
I never took the prescription.
I never had even the slightest trace of pain.

Get quiet and speak your unspeakable things. Speak to someone who understands and won't judge nor condemn. Someone who can take away the pain. The pain that you can't even talk about.

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thank you, Shari!

  From My Friend,  Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 09/12/09 - "Worth Sharing... These will make you smile (and I did, they are cute) - (#1 in a Series of 9)":

  Thanks, Judy!


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 My Friend,  Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 09/12/09 - "the golf game":

Groan!!!  No sharp objects are allowed near my body!!!!!!  This really is a hoot.

A Catholic priest, an Indian doctor, a rich Chinese businessman, and a Big Al from Jersey City were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers in front of them.

The Big Al from Jersey City  fumed, "What's with those jerks? We're waiting fifteen minutes between shots!"

The Indian doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such poor golf!" 

The Chinese businessman called out, "Move it, time is money!" 

The Catholic priest said, "Here comes the greens keeper. Let's have a word with him."

"Excuse me, sir!" said the priest, "What's wrong with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?"

 The greens keeper replied, "Oh, yes. That's a group of blind fire fighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime." 

The group fell silent for a moment.

The Catholic priest said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight." 

The Indian doctor said, "Good idea. I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague to see if there's anything that he might be able to do for them." 

The Chinese businessman replied, "I think I'll donate $50,000 to the fire fighters union in honor of these brave souls!" 

The Big Al from Jersey City said, "Why the heck can't they play at night?"

Thanks again, Judy!


1. 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

2. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion - For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

  3. 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

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 09/14/09

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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Hard to Say I'm Sorry

Written by Peter Cetera
(b. 13 Sept 1944)

and David Foster
(b. 01 Nov 1949)


- Chicago, 1982

Everybody needs a little time away, I heard her say, from each other.
Even lovers need a holiday far away from each other.
Hold me now. It's hard for me to say I'm sorry. I just want you to stay.

After all that we've been through, I will make it up to you. I promise to.
And after all that's been said and done,
You're just the part of me I can't let go.

Couldn't stand to be kept away just for the day from your body.
Wouldn't wanna be swept away, far away from the one that I love.
Hold me now. It's hard for me to say I'm sorry. I just want you to know.
Hold me now. I really want to tell you I'm sorry. I could never let you go.

After all that we've been through, I will make it up to you. I promise to.
And after all that's been said and done,
You're just the part of me I can't let go.

After all that we've been through, I will make it up to you. I promise to.

You're gonna be the lucky one.

"Hard to Say I'm Sorry" midi courtesy of - 09/14/09

"Hard to Say I'm Sorry" lyrics courtesy of - 09/14/09

Sparkling Pink Roses Title clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/13/06
Thanks, Al!

Pink Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 04/05/05

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

Animated USMC and Army and Navy Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

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!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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

Big Grin Smiley courtesy of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/05/09
Thanks, Domi!

Animated Laughing Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

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