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09/23/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Easier Said Than Done

But change is something that is much easier to talk about than it is
to implement. The familiarity of the status quo serves as a powerful
opiate against much needed change. Discomfort is the unfortunate
prerequisite for any change. Thus, change without discomfort
is the status quo in drag.”

- Byron Williams, March 3, 2008

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter first appeared exactly four years ago today:

   Let's just think of it as "new and improved", rather than simply "rerun".

BONUS - - Easier Said Than Done - The Essex, 1963


   Happy 18th Birthday today to       My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL!

          Eighteenth?!? Andrew, how can this be?!?

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

25 - James Comer ('57) AND Jimmy Stroup ('57) AND   Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA AND   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA;

26 -   Tommy Scott ('61) of VA;

27 -  Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC;

28 -     Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 09/22/09 - "Autumn Leaves":

Yes, Autumn leaves, but it leaves us with the memory of another summer that left way too soon.... filled with memories... hopefully more good than bad ! 

   AMEN! And happy tears as well as sad.....

Perhaps if
    Paul Dobie ('66 - of CO) owns the house is is already in he could sell lottery tickets to sell it and to raise the money he needs for the's a thought !  It's a shame that those that fight for this Country have to pay twice !  You do the math....I am too blonde !


   LOUDER AMEN!! Thanks, Dimples!

  From Tony Koskinas ('68) of NC - 09/22/09 - "RE:     Paul Dobie ('66) of CO":

Hey Carol -

I was just informed of the dilemma my buddy Paul Dobie is in and I want to see what I can do to help him.

Do you have Paul's email address or his phone number?

I work for MetLife Home Loans in NC and I specialize in VA financing throughout the US.  

Paul and I go way back -

Please pass along my email and Toll Free number to Paul.

If you have Paul's contact information I will contact him immediately.

Hugs & Kisses,

Tony Koskinas
Mortgage Consultant
  You're a prince among men, Tony Love! Thank you so much!    

        From My Daughter, Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL) - 09/22/09 - "Dancing Baby": - Ava's Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

   This little baby girl is a hoot - and we could all use some levity about now! Thanks so much, Adrienne!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 09/19/09 - "recent pics - BOLC III Graduation" and  09/21/09 - "picture comments":


Here are some pics from yesterday's graduation and then my graduation celebration lunch with Bethany...

love bh

Friday, September 18, 2009 - Ft. Bliss, TX Saturday, September 19, 2009
  FROM TOP: Joe (age 6); Tom (almost 10); Jimmy (age 4); Eme (almost 8); and Jacob (age 12)

Basically for the three in front of flags, that was right after Basic Officer Leader Course III graduation.  BOLC III was the branch specific training.  That is where we were taught more in-depth principles of being a quality officer.  Also we learned a great deal about the Patriot weapon system, as well as little about the Avenger and Stinger weapon systems (which are on their way out of the Air and Missile Defense weapons systems in Air Defense Artillery).  So finally, I am done with trainings officially for a while and will get to serve with my first unit.  Recently I found out I will be assigned to 2-43 Battalion of the 11th ADA Brigade (the Imperial Brigade) - stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX.  I will not know what battery (same as a company) I will be in till I sign in for duty in about a week.

So the flags were in the room where we graduated (which was in the Air Defense museum here at Bliss.  BG Walker was our speaker.  He is a USMA graduate and a 30 year veteran.  He is assigned to Bliss and working on future weapons of the Army.

... Hopefully that answers your questions...

(I surely appreciate all that you and        Dad (Paul Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) have done for me to make that graduation possible.  I most likely would not be here in the US Army today were it not for your heart felt mentoring over the duties we each have to our Nation over the years - and that knowledge you both imparted of the example of our ancestors as such!).

thanks and love, bh

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   WOWZERONI! Congratulations, Brent! Thanks for - well, for everything!

   From Jimmy Todd ('63) of the USA - 09/22/09 - "Note":


Thanks for the note from    Frank (Gibson - '63 - of VA). I sent a e-mail today.

I am attaching an updated picture.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The Todds in Wyoming

   WOWZERS! Check out that spectacular Wyoming landscape! Thanks so much, Jimmy! Glad y'all were able to reconnect!

   I've added your new image to the Alumni Page for your class:

From Frank Gibson ('63) of VA - 09/22/09 - "RE:    Jimmy Todd ('63 - of the USA)":

Thanks much.  


   My pleasure, Frank!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/22/09 - "Save Fort Monroe":

Hi, Carol:

  Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA is very involved in efforts to preserve portions of Fort Monroe and I salute you for posting his messages in that regard.

The folk on the Virginia Peninsula will likely draft him into public office after seeing his hard work in this effort.

His sister,   Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65 - of VA) recently shared with me a current photo she took of the George Washington School on 28th Street and 29th Street, between Wickham Avenue and Marshall Avenue in Newport News, VA. I certainly encouraged her to share the image with you so that you might consider placing it on your Website.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   A recent picture?!? I thought that all that was left of George Washington School was one of those hideous (but okay, ja, necessary - I s'pose) parking lots or garages or empty spaces which now represent so much of what we used to know and love!  Of course, I like having those images, too, so we can document (and I can recognize) that which once was. A recent picture?!?

   Oh, Ed-na!!!! Pretty please?!?

   Thanks so much, Major Madagan!

NOTE: For those of y'all whose memory span is about the same as mine, Edna and Adrian's sister,    Libby Whitcomb Ellis ('63) of FL, is married to Gene Ellis ('61) of FL who is the brother of Joe's wife,   Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL.

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 09/22/09 - "PARANOID !":


You must be better because your letters sing of good humor, kindness and INFORMATION.
You go girl!!!

   Thanks, Linda May!

I do agree with you about "Happens to me all the time" but that just means you're progressive! ( I know--but I had to)


   And just in time for Halloween -

That's why I know someone out there is trying to "get you". When you're the best, someone always try to take you down.  

But not to worry - You have us and        Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA). ( not only smart but looks good enough to eat for lunch - don't ya know)

   MORE GIGGLES! Ja, it's those Big, Brown Eyes!

  I enter into evidence these shots from Famous Sailors.....

   And I rest my case.

United States Naval Academy
United States Naval Academy
age 19 age 22

There is a guy out there that has 3000 movies. Do you remember him?
I have a question for him.

Linda May '66

   Yes'm, I know two such men -     Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA and        my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL.  I've forwarded that portion of your note to them to alert them to stand by for your question!

   Thanks again, Lady - I can always use some high quality giggling!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/22/09 - "Group Photo - 22 Sep 2009 Meeting Marriott":

  Attached is the photo taken with my camera.

I look forward to seeing all the others.


   OHHH! Y'all always have such fun! I've posted this on your reunion news page:

   Thanks, Brown Eyes!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 6:51 PM
FRONT ROW: Tom Flax, Jane Coltrain Leonard, and Linda Lane Lane;

MIDDLE ROW: Cookie Phillips Tyndall, Sue Miller Dearnley, Sandi Williams Patrick, and Faith Strickland Groom;

BACK ROW: Charles Forrest, Judy Weckelman McPherson, and Dave Spriggs (all '64 of VA)

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX - 09/22/09 - "I scrapbooked!!!":

Bethany Harty

   You DID it - WOWZERS! It's beautiful, too! 

Congratulations, Sweet Bethany - and thanks for showing us!

"True Love"
Brent and Bethany Harty
Friday, September 18, 2009
Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX


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 Jokes - 09/22/09:

The Life of a Cat

Day 283 Of My Captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another house plant.

Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded; must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair; must try this on their bed.

Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was. Hmmm, not working according to plan.

There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the food. More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of "allergies." Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room, his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time...


The Life of a Dog

8:00 am - Oh Boy! Dog food! My favorite!

9:30 am - Oh Boy! A car ride! My favorite!

9:40 am - Oh Boy! A walk! My favorite!

10:30 am - Oh Boy! A car ride! My favorite!

11:30 am - Oh Boy! Dog food! My favorite!

12:00 noon - Oh Boy! The kids! My favorite!

1:00 pm - Oh Boy! The yard! My favorite!

4:00 pm - Oh Boy! The kids! My favorite!

5:00 pm - Oh Boy! Dog food! My favorite!

5:30 pm - Oh Boy! Mom! My favorite!

6:00 pm - Oh Boy! Playing ball! My favorite!

6:30 pm - Oh Boy! Sleeping in master's bed! My favorite!


1. Saturday, October 3, 2009 - An ad hoc tailgate party for Typhoons will be held in “Alumni Alley” at the Christopher Newport University (CNU) football game.  Actually going to the game is optional.  Tailgating begins at 10:00 AM.  Game starts at 1:00 PM. Expect great food, special surprises and an outstanding pre-game experience.  Contact Aderon Gibbs ('66) (telephone number available upon request).  Bring food and drink.  A grill will be provided. - ALL TYPHOONS WELCOME

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 09/21/09

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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Easier Said Than Done

Written by by Larry Huff and William Linton

Recorded by The Essex, May, 1963

My friends all tell me
Go to him, run to him,
Say sweet lovely things to him,
And tell him - he's the one.

Deep in my heart I know it,
But it's so hard to show it
'Cause it's easier - easier said than done.

My buddies tell me
Fly to him, sigh to him,
Tell him I would die for him,
And tell him - he's the one.

Although he gives me a feeling
That sets my heart a-reeling,
Yet it's easier - easier said than done.

Well, I know that I love him so.
I'm afraid that he'll never know
Because I (I-I) I get so timid and shy
Each time that I look him in the eye.

They all tell me
Sing to him, swing with him,
And just do anything for him,
And tell him - he's the one.

I got a love so true
But I'm sad and blue
'Cause it's easier - easier said than done.

Well, I know that I love him so.
I'm afraid that he'll never know
Because I (I-I) I get so timid and shy
Each time that I look him in the eye.

They all tell me
Sing to him, swing with him,
And just do anything for him,
And tell him - he's the one.

I got a love so true
But I'm sad and blue
'Cause it's easier - easier said than done.
Easier-er-er-er - said than done.

"Easier Said Than Done" midi and lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/03/05
Thanks, Dave! 

Image of Flying Running Girl courtesy of - 09/05/05

World of Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 09/05/05

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

Collinsville High School Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

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!

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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!

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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