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09/26/08 - NNHS Newsletter - So Rare

“Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.”

Emily Dickinson
(10 Dec 1830 - 15 May 1886)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's theme is being rerun from exactly four years ago today - when illustrated musical Newsletters were in and of themselves - so rare:

BONUS - - So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey, 1957 - no videos, but wait 'til you see the old images!


  From Barbara Fritsche Barnes ('63) of VA - 09/21/08 - "Final Flyer for Sock Hop":

Here is the final version of the Sock Hop flyer.  Please emphasize significant changes. We are no longer providing bus transportation from the Omni for anyone other than Class of 63 reunion attendees.  A specified downtown parking lot is available for all others.  We also will require a signed release of liability form which is on the bottom of the flyer.

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks for everything, Barbara! See you then!

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

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!!! 

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

What:  A 60’s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School!!!
Where: Huntington Hall (former Newport News High School)
3100 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA
(Entry through right front door only)
When: Friday night, October 17, 2008   Time:  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost:  $15 per person

TICKETS.  Capacity is Limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  Send check or money order payable to: Barbara Barnes, 4891 Parthenon Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23462
Contact: or 495-2022. Include signed/dated release of liability form.
Event parking in lot at 29th & 30th Street (Between Huntington Avenue/Warwick Boulevard)

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).




The NNHS Class of 1968
is holding its 40-Year Reunion this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008.

There will be a get-together on Friday evening, a tour of the school on Saturday afternoon,
a Dinner-Dance on Saturday night, and Brunch on Sunday.


Friday, September 26, 2008, 7:00 PM - R.J.'s Sports Pub (intersection of Jefferson and Denbigh Boulevard)

Saturday, September 27, 2008, 1:00 PM - a tour of
NNHS (now Huntington Hall);   
ANYONE who ever went to NNHS in any class is WELCOME to join them as they go "down memory lane."

Saturday, September 27, 2008, 6:30 PM - ??? - Dinner and dancing at Hampton Marina (old Radisson), downtown Hampton
Saturday, September 27, 2008, 9:30 AM - Brunch

Please let all NNHS Typhoons know that all events of our class reunion
are open to everyone!

For further information, call Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally at (757) 874-1666 or e-mail her at



Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us
will be held Saturday, September 27, 2008, 2:00 P.M. at the Canepa Cottage, 760 North 1st Street, Buckroe Beach, VA.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

01 -   Jerry Baker Cobb ('66) of VA;

02 -
  Wayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1. Lois Joseph of VA - 09/24/08:

Wednesday 09/24/2008 8:43:47am
Name: Lois Joseph
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Williamsburg, VA
Hobbies golf, traveling, reading

2.  Linda Gail Williams Brown Crandol ('66) of VA - 09/25/08:

Thursday 09/25/2008 6:19:31pm
Name: Linda Gail Williams Brown Crandol
Marital Status married
City/Country: Newport News. Va.
Favorite Teachers Elizabeth Little 5th grade
Magruder Elementary School
Comments Should have been Class of '66

 Thanks, Lois and Linda!


From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 09/24/08 - "Thomas Jefferson School":


Providing an answer to the "Thomas Jefferson" school question:  It was for grades 1-3, the old school was indeed a brick building beside
it.  The old school was at least two stories high.  

The teachers I had were Miss Schall and Miss Taylor, I think.  When the new school was finished, Miss Suttle was my third grade teacher.

My father went to Thomas Jefferson as well, the old school.    When the bell rang in the morning all students would march in, in an orderly fashion with military music, i.e.,  Stars and Stripes Forever, etc.  If children were goofing off, they were pulled out of line and sent to the principal's office and chastised.

   WOW! Thanks, Norris!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/24/08 - "Thomas Jefferson Elementary School":

Hi, Carol:
  George Helliesen ('61) of MI requested more information about Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.
He describes the newer building, which has been demolished only recently, which he attended in his youth.
The school building previously named Thomas Jefferson Elementary School was adjacent to the new building, and was a two story red brick structure, that may have been considered a three story building considering the size of the basement. It sat to the EAST of the new school building, and was just to the west of Tabernacle Baptist Church. It was located between 30th Street and 31st Street almost in the middle of the plat. It was identical to the design of the George Washington School in the 800-Block of 29th Street.
Hope this helps.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Joe! I've posted this entire conversation here:

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 09/24/08 - "Your favorites - my favorites":

Good Morning Carol,
I just read your newest edition (loved it as always) and just want to let you know that I enjoy all the same TV shows you do, but I still didn't get that question right!  LOL  Following the same theme as the shows you listed, you might want to try watching Ghost Whisperer, really good show.  Its fall premier is Friday, October 3rd on CBS (I think) at 8pm or 9pm.  You may have just forgotten to add that show to your "list of weird"; it certainly fits right in with our kind of shows.  I like the "who done-its" with all the suspense.  Guess that's one way to add some excitement to an old lady's life.  Dancing With the Stars is kind of good too.  Cloris Leachman (82 years young) is on there and that gives me hope! lol  If she's still up to it at 82, maybe we can follow her example. 

   AHA!!! Well, yes,      my sister (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC),        my husband (Paul Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC), and         my daughter (Adrienne - Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) all watch pretty much the same shows (with varying degrees of enthusiasm) as I do, and none of them answered the question on the Psychopath Test "correctly", either.  In fact, they were rather horrified that I did.  My sister screamed and headed for the door, my husband backed away (muttering something about, "Well, that explains a LOT of things, doesn't it?"), and my baby girl sadly shook her her head.


   But yes, I did neglect to mention not only The Ghost Whisperer, but Medium, Bones, and House as well.  I do not, however, watch Dancing or any of those other odious reality shows (except those on HGTV and DIY).  They make me want to throw something (not that I am a a violent person myself, oh no, not I!).  But I have far too much reality (which in my opinion is vastly overrated) in my own life to watch it on "tellybision".  No, just give me the murders.  How otherwise can I be expected to get any decent sleep at night?!?

Being diabetic and having every joint ache like hell makes me feel like I'm 82 already.  What idiot called these "the golden years"? 
       My father-in-law, Paul Harty, Sr. (b. 9 Mar 1922 - Bloomfield, Stoddard, MO; d. 18 Nov 1998 - Dexter, MO), who spent his final years suffering through rounds of dialysis and countless visits to physicians and hospitals, gave the definitive answer to this question.:

 "The gold is for the doctors."

I get up every morning and feed and dress my 2 youngest grand-daughters, take them to there bus stops and then pick them up in the afternoon.  I also get my oldest grand-daughter from her bus stop in the afternoon and keep her till my daughter picks her up after work.  They help keep me going; thank God for grand children!!  Both my son and daughter live within 5 minutes of my house, and they always need Mom for something; thank God for children!!  My husband, Cary, is my biggest baby and always needs something; thank God for husbands!!  God gives us so many blessings.


I hope you're having one of your good days today.  Hang in there, you're a tough old Typhoon.  Do any of your children live close to you? 
   Well, no, not too many. Only our daughter, Adrienne is nearby - under the same roof, in fact - but she'll be moving on herself in a few short months.  The others are all far, far away.  Our six sons, four daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren (ranging in age from seventeen years to three months) are scattered about in Collinsville, IL, Fort Knox, KY, Florence, OR, Edwardsville, IL, Hillsboro, IL, and Franklin, MA. We've never even seen that juicy little baby    Buckley (Harty - of MA) yet, except in adorable videos that tend to make my empty arms ache even as I'm giggling with delight.

They're the best medicine; they always seem to have a problem that helps get your mind off of your own problems, aches and pains.

    Oh, am I "posta" listen to THEIR problems?!? I thought I was "posta" just dump all mine onto them!

Have a blessed and healthier day!!

 Joyce Cahoon

      Thanks, Joyce! I do so enjoy the items you send me!  

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/24/08 - "Dynamite Web Site":

I have found the most amazing web site. It is an extensive archive of vintage films, TV shows, commercials, cartoons, etc.

I just watched an episode of Ozzie & Harriet from 1956 and have just begun an episode of Burns & Allen. There are hundreds to look at.

The TV archive is indexed here:

From there, you can navigate to the other pages.


   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! David, that IS amazing! I don't know how you find all these wondrous things! Oh, no, wait a minute - yes, I do. You're magic! Thank you, Brown Eyes!

    From Howard Conn ('65) of CA - 09/24/08:

Please note my change of email address:
Howard Conn
old email:
new email:
With best wishes,
Howard Conn

   Why, Howard Conn, as I live and breathe! How are you?!? Thank you, Sir!  I've switched your addy and reposted it here:

   Congratulations on your escape from AOL! (OH, MY! Did I just say that out loud?!?)  

From Lawrence Thibault - 09/24/08 - "Year book pictures of the 1930's":

Mrs. Harty,

My name is Lawrence Thibault and I am trying to find year book pictures of Newport News High School in the 1930's.

Specifically I am trying to locate picture(s) of my grandfather who graduated in the 1930's between 1933 and 1938. His name was John Sturm; he also had a brother named Henry Sturm who also played in the 1930's for Newport News High School. Both were on the football team, possibly track, and possibly basketball. I am trying to find some pictures of him to add to my family album. My grandmother passed away four years ago and I never got to ask her for any pictures of him when he might have been that young. I came across your website and thought that you might be able to help me. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Lawrence Thibault

   Oh, WOW! Thanks, Lawrence! Unfortunately, old yearbooks (it would have been entitled "The Beacon" back in those days) are as scarce as hens' teeth. The oldest NNHS yearbook I have in my personal collection is a 1954.

   We're going to turn this over "to the class" to enlist their help. The only Sturm I personally ever knew in Virginia was the beautiful and gracious lady who taught me eighth and ninth grade English,   Mrs. Claudia Harper Sturm (b. 29 Sep 1913 - Norfolk, VA; d. 18 May 1991 - Newport News, VA):


   The Virginiana Room at the Newport News Public Library in Hilton Village has a wonderful collection of old local yearbooks, but never having personally visited it myself, I do not know just how far back it extends.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 09/24/08 - "Beautiful Advice":

This Is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

An Angel says, 'Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.'


1. Pray.
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say 'No' to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19 Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you, Jesus '
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

'"If God be for us, who can be against us?"
Romans 8:31)


   Thank you so much, Judy!   What wonderful advice! At the risk of negating #33, I would add:

 #37. Every morning as you awaken - but BEFORE you open your eyes - return your thanks for THREE things for which you are especially grateful that morning - even if one of them is a nice snuggly bed.

    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 09/24/08 - "Chocolate Helps Heart Stay Healthy | LiveScience":

Here is proof of  what we women have known forever!

    Oh, YES, thank you, Frances! That is just so true!
I personally am a chocoholic, and the recommended "only 6.7 grams of chocolate per day (or 0.23 ounces)" - WHATEVER!!! - is just not apt to happen in my case. It's all or nothing at all for me. That skimpy little piddly amount is only going to trigger a massive raid on the candy store (as Adam Sandler said, "Just gimme the candy!!"), and a chocolate binge such as the world has rarely seen, and another layer of bluberosity and generalized rotundity enveloping and encompassing my skinny body (Yes, that's right. I AM skinny; it takes a lot of skin to cover me.).

   But for those of you who are not deranged, why, this is most excellent news!

Mmmmm - chocolate.....

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 09/24/08 - "Only for HOT WOMEN":

I feel better now!

Only for HOT WOMEN!!!
If you are HOT and you know it
Scroll down..

If you are not, just look away.


There...... Isn't that better?
Have a Great Day!

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks again, Jude! Speaking of which.....

From - 09/25/08 - "Getting Better Sleep During Menopause . . . Easy Sleep Solutions":

Why Sleep Matters
A good night's sleep can do a lot for your health and overall well-being. In fact, getting the proper 7-9 hours of sleep can benefit your body by boosting your immune system, increasing your body's metabolism and can even help you deal better with everyday stress.

Find out if you're getting enough sleep.

Menopause and Sleep
Unfortunately women may have a tougher time sleeping as they approach menopause. Hormonal changes can trigger hot flashes and night sweats, which may make it difficult to get a restful night's sleep. Roughly 40% of menopausal women report sleep problems due to hot flashes.

Learn more about sleep and menopause.

Simple Sleep Tips
Here are more ways to sleep better during menopause:

• Keep your bedroom well ventilated with an open window or fan.
• Spicy foods may trigger hot flashes, so avoid them before bed.
• Wear loose clothing to bed so you don't overheat.
• Keep a cool glass of water nearby.
• Avoid large meals before bed.
• Caffeine can trigger hot flashes, so consider decaf.
• Work out during the day to relieve stress and help you sleep better at night.


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 09/24/08 - "Come see the kittens!":

So, there I was . . . just relaxing in front of the T.V., and then the kids yelled, "Hey Mom, come see the kittens."     

      YOWZERONI!!! Thanks again, Joyce!

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/19/08

   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 09/26/08


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

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us


4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND ALL TYPHOONS ON FRIDAY NIGHT (if pre-registered):  - 08/29/08

   I was rather hoping this edition would bring us up to speed.  Silly me.  I wonder what the chances are that I'll be able to issue another Newsletter early tomorrow morning before Eleanor and Adrienne and I depart for the Sacred Soil of Virginia and the fun and festivities?!?  We shall see.....


   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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So Rare
(Scroll down to the bottom of this WGH page for the story...)

Words and Music by John Rufus Sharpe/Jerry Herst

Charted in 1937 by Gus Arnheim (# 2) and Guy Lombardo (# 3) and
a # 2 hit for Jimmy Dorsey in 1957

(So rare, so rare)
(So rare, so rare)

So rare, you're like the fragrance of blossoms fair
Sweet as a breath of air fresh with the morning dew
So rare, you're like the sparkle of old champagne
Orchids in cellophane couldn't compare to you

You are perfection, you're my idea
Of angels singin' the "Ave Maria"
Or you're an angel, I'd breathe and live you
With every beat of the heart that I give you

So rare, this is a heaven on earth we share
Caring the way we care, ours is a love so rare

(So rare, so rare)
(So rare, so rare)

(You are perfection, you're my idea)
(Of angels singin' the "Ave Maria")
Or you're an angel, I'd breathe and live you
With every beat of the heart that I give you

So rare, (so rare) this is the heaven on earth we share (so rare)
Caring the way we care (so rare) ours is a love so rare

(So rare, so rare)
(So rare, so rare)

"So Rare" midi courtesy of - 09/17/04

"So Rare" lyrics courtesy of - 09/22/04

Rose of Sharon clip art courtesy of - 09/07/04

Flowered Vine divider line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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
Thanks, Al!

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Sad Face clip art courtesy of - 08/03/08

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

Image of Chocolate Candies courtesy of - 09/26/08

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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