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10/05/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Wabash Cannonball

“Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train.”

- Charles Barkley
(b. 20 Feb 1963)

 Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Hmmm - that's interesting.  Three years ago today our Newsletter also had a train theme:
Watch out, Jean, the trains are rolling again! WILD GIGGLES!!!


   A Big Happy Birthday today to   Butch Ragland ('63) of CO!  And Happy Birthday tomorrow
to   Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you both!



1.  Carol Faith De Arment Blankenship ('61) of VA - 10/04/07:

Thursday 10/04/2007 0:07:32am
Name: Carol Faith De Arment Blankenship
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Newport News, Va.
Favorite Teachers Mr. Wilson (Band Instructor)
Mrs. Masters (Gym Instructor)
Hobbies Doing things with my grandkids.
Running, walking, sewing, crafts, and traveling.
Comments I am so glad that I was told about this site. It is so wonderful getting the NNHS Newsletter. It will be a great way to keep in touch. Thanks Carol, you do a great job with this site.

   Thanks, Lady!

   One of the (many) great joys I have found in running this site is that I've not only been able to communicate with so many of y'all (literally by the hundreds), but actually seeing my former teachers again in person - including the two you mentioned and quite a few others.

   Never would I have dreamed such a thing possible.....

Saturday, October 23, 2004
1964's 40-Year Reunion
Saturday, September 30, 2006
1966's 40-Year Reunion
Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC
and Mr. Jim Wilson of VA
Mrs. Virginia Masters of VA; Mrs. Jean Loving and Mr. Jim Loving of VA; and Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/03/07:

Have a great day!,
Warp all kinds of things...animals, cartoons, celebs & more. I had to give Donald Trump a try without the comb over.
 {"I don't wanna grow up I'm a Toys"R" Us Kid."}
Betcha he initially scares off blind dates, but probably is funny to be around.

    Thanks, Shari!

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 10/03/07 - "William Tell Overture - Mom Style":

   OH, WOWZERS!!! WHAT A HOOT!!! Thanks, Eleanor!  

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 10/03/07 - "So, this bird walks into a store.... ":

This one's for the birds.

So, this bird walks into a store....

A seagull in Scotland has developed the habit of stealing chips from a neighborhood shop.

The seagull waits until the shopkeeper isn't looking, and then walks into the store and grabs a snack-size bag of cheese Doritos.

Once outside, the bag gets ripped open and shared by other birds.

The seagull's shoplifting started early this month when he first swooped into the store in Aberdeen , Scotland , and helped himself to a bag of chips. Since then, he's become a regular. He always takes the same type of chips.

Customers have begun paying for the seagull's stolen bags of chips because they think it's so funny

(I think it's hilarious how the bird casually strolls into the shop, grabs the bag and then runs out, like he KNOWS he's doing something naughty!)

   This is just delightful, Dave - thanks!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 10/03/07 - "HOW LONG DO WE HAVE?"


This is interesting
. The sad thing about it, you can see it coming.  I have always heard about this democracy countdown. It is interesting to see it in print.  May God help us, not that we deserve it.

How Long Do We Have?

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.

"A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.

"From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.

"During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage"

   This does give one pause, F.A.! Thanks for sharing it! (Yes, I shortened it by omitting the last section.)

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/04/07 - "Good 2 Read":

Have a great weekend,
The covenant--FLASH.
A little niceness sent your way.
                                                                                          Without Shoes

It was an unseasonably hot day. Everybody it seemed, was looking for some kind of relief, so an ice cream store was a natural place to stop.

A little girl, clutching her money tightly, entered the store. Before she could say a word, the store clerk sharply told her to get outside and read the sign on the door, and stay out until she put on some shoes. She left slowly, and a big man followed her out of the store.

He watched as she stood in front of the store and read the sign: 'No Bare Feet'. Tears started rolling down her cheeks as she turned and started to walked away. Just then the big man called to her. Sitting down on the curb, he took off his size-12 shoes, and set them in front of the girl saying, "Here, you won't be able to walk in these, but if you sort of slide along, you can get your ice cream cone."

Then he lifted the little girl up and set her feet into the shoes. "Take your time," he said, "I get tired of moving them around, and it'll feel good to just sit here and eat my ice cream." The shining eyes of the little girl could not be missed as she shuffled up to the counter and ordered her ice cream cone.

He was a big man, all right. Big belly, big shoes, but most of all, he had a big heart.

{Author Unknown}
A good repeat.

When a tornado touched down in a small town nearby, many families were left devastated. Afterward, all the local newspapers carried many human-interest stories featuring some of the families who suffered the hardest.

One Sunday, a particular picture especially touched me. A young woman stood in front of a totally demolished mobile home, an anguished expression twisting her features. A young boy, seven or eight years old, stood at her side, eyes downcast. Clutching at her skirt was a tiny girl who stared into the camera, eyes wide with confusion and fear.

The article that accompanied the picture gave the clothing sizes of each family member. With growing interest, I noticed that their sizes closely matched ours. This would be a good opportunity to teach my children to help those less fortunate than themselves. I taped the picture of the young family to our refrigerator, explaining their plight to my seven-year-old twins, Brad and Brett, and to three- year-old Meghan.

"We have so much, and these poor people now have nothing," I said. "We'll share what we have with them."

I brought three large boxes down from the attic and placed them on the living room floor. Meghan watched solemnly, as the boys and I filled one of the boxes with canned goods and other nonperishable foods, soap and other assorted toiletries.

While I sorted through our clothes, I encouraged the boys to go through their toys and donate some of their less favorite things. Meghan watched quietly as the boys piled up discarded toys and games.

"I'll help you find something for the little girl when I'm done with this," I said.

The boys placed the toys they had chosen to donate into one of the boxes while I filled the third box with clothes. Meghan walked up with Lucy, her worn, faded, frazzled, much- loved rag doll hugged tightly to her chest. She paused in front of the box that held the toys, pressed her round little face into Lucy's flat, painted-on-face, gave her a final kiss, then laid her gently on top of the other toys.

"Oh, Honey," I said. "You don't have to give Lucy. You love her so much."

Meghan nodded solemnly, eyes glistening with held-back tears. "Lucy makes me happy, Mommy. Maybe she'll make that other little girl happy, too."

Swallowing hard, I stared at Meghan for a long moment, wondering how I could teach the boys the lesson she had just taught me. For I suddenly realized that anyone can give their cast-offs away. True generosity is giving that which you cherish most.

Honest benevolence is a three-year-old offering a treasured, albeit shabby doll to a little girl she doesn't know with the hope that it will bring this child as much pleasure as it brought her. I, who had wanted to teach, had been taught.

The boys had watched, open-mouthed, as their baby sister placed her favorite doll in the box. Without a word, Brad rose and went to his room. He came back carrying one of his favorite action figures. He hesitated briefly, clutching the toy, then looked over at Meghan and placed it in the box next to Lucy.

A slow smile spread across Brett's face, then he jumped up, eyes twinkling as he ran to retrieve some of his prized Matchbox cars.

Amazed, I realized that the boys had also recognized what little Meghan's gesture meant. Swallowing back tears, I pulled all three of them into my arms.

Taking the cue from my little one, I removed my old tan jacket with the frayed cuffs from the box of clothes. I replaced it with the new hunter green jacket that I had found on sale last week. I hoped the young woman in the picture would love it as much as I did.

It's easy to give that which we don't want anymore, but harder to let go of things we cherish; isn't it? However, the true spirit of giving is to give with your heart.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."   - Luke 6:38 

WOWZERS, Shari! Ya got me good and proper with these! Thanks so much!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 10/04/07 - "one more song and then I'll shut up!":

MIDI Music Collection - California Dreaming 1 (Karaoke).mid

   Oh, please don't shut up, Chris! You're saving me an enormous amount of time and thought! This one's great, too! We'll save it for a wintry day - thanks a bunchalot!

    From Melissa Moody ('67) of VA - via phone call - 10/04/07:


That picture of me in my favorite lemon yellow dress was taken on the Easter Sunday of my sixth grade year at Magruder School outside my home at 959-15th Street in Stuart Gardens.  I recognize my neighbor's tree in the yard.

   Well, thank you so very much for solving that mystery for me, Melissa! Now I can finally place it in its Proper Chronological Order on the Odds and Ends page:

Easter Sunday, April 2, 1961
Melissa Moody of VA

   And even more importantly to me, I can at long last place it in my own album from my eighth grade year!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 10/04/07 - "Senior Bumper Stickers":

Hi Carol --

Here're a couple of bumper stickers for seniors I ran across recently. Your class of '65 will need to be ordering some before too much longer!  :-o)

 Oh, Honey, these strike waaaay too close to home for my own comfort already!   

   Thanks, Ronnie!

    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/04/07 - "Life with the Fishes or    Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Bash":

Hi Carol, and the entire NNHS Newsletter Family...

First of all it would give me great pleasure to thank Evelyn and Dick Fish for being the most welcoming and warm hosts I have ever had the pleasure of staying with ! I walked right in and felt I had stepped back in time with Evelyn and that I had known Dick my entire life. Thanks to the "Couple of the Year!" Raise a glass or cup of whatever you choose to make a Toast with and give them a rousing CHEER for their laid back welcome, warmth and hearts big enough to receive every one that attended the party. Great job, you two !!!
Now I will let you in on a little secret~~~ there is some of Buckroe Beach missing ! I know where it is, too.
     Carol Buckley Harty ('65) has it in a Mason jar in her house in Fayetteville, N.C. She and her daughter braved the wind on their trip down to the beach to gather it. (I'll bet she sleeps with it.)

   Well, not exactly!

    My Sacred Sand of Buckroe is still in the pretty little jar my sister gave me for the express purpose of collecting it.  I crocheted a lacy little topper for it, and added it to a section of my Peninsula Shrine.  The beautiful framed picture on the left you may recognize as one        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA captured on December 27, 2004 of Dorothy in the Snow.  Of all the many images he has provided us here on the site, I do believe it's my favorite.

Thursday, October 4, 2007, 6:02 and 6:03 PM
Virginia Peninsula Memorabilia

   Atop the Buckroe sand is a souvenir      Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL gave me at the July 9, 2005 45-Year Reunion of the Class of 1960.  Next to them (atop a gold box filled with more tiny treasures from home) is the mug provided by the Class of 2004 at their 40-Year Reunion on October 23, 2004 - and still available for y'all to purchase yourselves:

   In front of that is a mug I found years ago on eBay, commemorating the 1958 Newport News - Warwick consolidation.

Ninety people in all...amazing...! Not all from NNHS but also those that have become "Honorary Typhoons" by simply attending the party and being friends and spouses of those of us that went to NNHS. Some hadn't been seen for years, while others see one another on a regular basis. I was was delighted to see each and every smiling face, and deeply missed the ones that for one reason or another were not able to attend.

Memories overwhelmed me like the waves continuously washing the shore line. "Who is that ? Oh my gosh, it can't be...yes it IS, I am so truly happy to see you, so glad you could make the time to be here !!!"

Every person that walked in the door was a shinning treasure from the past. Of course we have all changed somewhat, but Thank God for that ! If we hadn't changed we wouldn't have been together, now would we ?

Quite a few of the men had grown distinguished looking beards and/or mustaches, and wore them proudly and becomingly. The women were glorious in their maturing beauty. I did not see a single woman that did not have beauty radiating from her face. We women all have our secrets about what the reason behind that fact is and how we came by it. But, Oh! my darlings, you are all beautiful and kind and delightful in your own way.

Their were people on the deck facing the beach, people on the back deck where the sun was warmer, and the house was crowded with those of us that were enveloped by the closeness of one another. We all enjoyed one another's presence, and some, like myself, could not get enough of that marvelous ambiance that encircled that glowing cottage and the portion of the beach it occupied. We came from near and far, and were happy to do so.

We had more delicious food than we could eat, new recipes and old favorites, each with a guarantee to please the palate. Beverages flowed and not a drop was spilled, very similar to the love that encompassed us all and made us one joyous cluster of happy, stress free people, who for a while enjoyed the amazing moment when time stood still. People that for a fraction of Eternity were able to forget our worries and troubles and just enjoy one another. Not for who or what we were or had been, but just for the sheer joy that one another's company brought to each of us. Has there ever been a gathering of human beings that were so delighted by the company of all ? Maybe...but none more than those of us on that day that God so lovingly and gloriously bestowed upon us. That wonder-filled, memorable day in the last days of September, in the year of 2007 !!

My eyes are brimming full of happy tears that are overflowing and leaving wet trails on my still glowing cheeks. Tears of joy that come from the memories of sharing in that most awesome day when we were all one, that day we all gave the best of ourselves to one another. Let's do it again...

Thank you all for the never to be forgotten laughs...and the sweet tears,

"Dimples" Dinwiddie

   Thank you so very much, Sepi! All of us privileged enough to attend were feeling these same thoughts and emotions, but you expressed them so beautifully!

   Thank you, Evelyn and Dick again - from all of us!

    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/04/07 - "Dave does it again":

To        Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA), who seems to have within his grasp the most amazing ability to just put his hand on the tiniest scrap of trivia and get it into the Newsletter in a matter of seconds. 

Your information about my father-in-law,
   Reuben Parker Prichard, Jr., was a delightful surprise and a very thoughtful and well researched piece of work.  Thanks a thousand times for your caring and loving heart.  Reuben and I were extremely flattered that you found it important enough to include a piece about him.  I am positive that "Park" will be uplifted in spirit when he too reads it.       

"Park" is friends with all the older remaining Astronauts as a result of working with them closely while with the Navy and with NASA. He holds tightly with affection and pride some of
Buzz Aldrin's paintings that hang in his workroom, along with a collection of memorabilia from the many launching and successful trips our Astronauts were so courageous to take.  He is a deep well of information and has a wealth of stories that will amuse and amaze for days on end. 

Thanks again, Dave...Sepi "Dimples" and Reuben Prichard

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Sepi! And you're so right about David.  I think I have never known such a multi-talented man in my entire life.

        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/04/07:


Thanks for the kudos. It is not often that I get out the stepladder and ascend to the nose bleed level of my library to pull down one of my old Lucky Bags.

When you say, "older remaining Astronauts", does that extend back to the original Mercury Seven at NASA Langley?  I only ask because my 
    Aunt Shirley (Linkous Girt Callaway of TX)  was a secretary in their office and knew those "Right Stuff" guys before and during their initial flights. Oh, my .... DOES she have some stories!!!


   MORE WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Captain!


1.  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 10/01/07 - "Fall Concert Series! Music of the 50's, 60's and 70's! ":

Hello Everyone!
Our Fall Concert Series is nearly here. The dates are October 13th and 14th (Sat. & Sun) at 4 PM and 8 PM both days.   If you wish to come to one of the concerts let me know and I can put tickets at will call for you or you can buy them from me directly.  Attached is the flyer. 
Tickets are $18 @ the door, Advance - $15.  Seniors, Military and Students are $15 @ door and $12 Advance.  It's really going to be a fun concert!

Sarah Kressaty 

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! Okay, Lady, I'll see what I can do about reconstituting and/or reclaiming information found on a PDF file, and try it again - next time -- REALLY!

2.   From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 10/02/07 - "REDSKINS FOOTBALL GAME":


I have a bus trip going to the REDSKINS/CARDINALS football game on October 21, 2007. This is a day trip and the bus will leave from Norfolk/Newport News early in time for tail gate party. The price is $75.00 per person if you have tickets and $175.00 per person if you need tickets. Would love for some old Typhoons to make the trip.

Give me a call ASAP for reservation  757-879-2847

Gary Fitzgerald

   Thanks, Gary - it sounds like great and glorious fun!


1. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

3. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

4. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

5. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:
The NNHS Classes of 1941 and 1942
will have a reunion on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the James River Country Club at 12 noon.

Dr. Harold Cones will speak about the founding and development of the Mariners' Museum.

Cost is $30.00 per person - Includes Choice of Two Entrees

CONTACT: Jennings Bryan at 
or call him at 757-873-7701.

- 07/23/07

The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2007
at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

All schoolmates from '60, '61, '63, '64 and' 65 are invited to attend the Friday night affair.

 The Friday night cost will be $20.00 per person, which includes being with all of us, food, and beverages
(including beer and wine), plus a cash bar. 

The 1962 classmates will be celebrating on that night and on the 13th, ending with breakfast on the 14th.

For information, email Brenda Amos Williams at or call her at 757-810-4000.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/24/07 - "Summer's Not Over Yet! "- #33 in a Series of 38:

It's not Buckroe, but it'll do in a rush!

This is sand? Thought this was one you'd enjoy seeing; it all took place in British Columbia.


   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Chris! Well, perhaps now summer really IS over, but it will live on forever in our hearts, n'est pas??

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  10/03/07 - "Dear Carol, Here are some Happy Halloween Pumpkins" - #2 in a Series of 13:

Dear Carol,

The Halloween season is fast approaching, Here are some ideas to get everyone in the spirit of Haunting.....

Your Friend, Herbie

   Thanks, Herbie Darlin"!


   Y'all have a good weekend - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol 





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

 Wabash Cannonball

- J. A. Roff, 1882

From the great Atlantic ocean to the wide Pacific shore
From the green New Hampshire mountains to the southland's Cajun lore
She's mighty tall and handsome
And loved by one and all
She's the combination
Called the Wabash Cannonball

Oh listen to the jingle
The rumble and the roar
As she glides along the woodlands
Through the hills and by the shore
Hear the mighty rush of her engine
Hear that lonesome hobo's call
We're travelling through the jungles
On the Wabash Cannonball

Your eastern states are dandies
So the people always say
From New York to St. Louis
And Chicago by the way
Through the hills of Minnesota
Where the rippling waters fall
No changes can be taken
On the Wabash Cannonball


Here's to Daddy Klaxton
May his name forever stand
And alwyas be remembered
Through the courts of Alabam'
His earthly race is over
The curtains 'round him fall
We'll carry him on to Glory
On the Wabash Cannonball


She pulled in to the station one cold December day
As she rolled up to the platform you could hear all the people say
There's a gal from Tennessee; she's long and she's tall
She came down from Birmingham
on the Wabash Cannonball


 "Wabash Cannonball" midi courtesy of - 10/04/07

 "Wabash Cannonball" lyrics courtesy of - 10/04/07

Cannonball Image courtesy of - 10/04/07

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

Train Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/04/07

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

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!

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

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Crying Doll clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05

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

Animated Laughing Head courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/25/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

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