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10/08/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Columbus Day!

“In all parts of the Old World, as well as of the New, it was evident
that Columbus had kindled a fire in every mariner's heart.
That fire was the harbinger of a new era, for it was
not to be extinguished.”

- Charles Kendall Adams

 Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This holiday observance repeats itself every year:

   And every year, I forget all about it until the last minute - and then, only when reminded.  My sister,       Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC, reminded me of it Friday afternoon (Thanks, Lady! ), and I squawked again, as usual.

   Perhaps you also have this problem.  Or maybe you just need to earn some extra credit:



   Happy Birthday today to        Wayne Stokes  - a.k.a. "Wayne Honey" - ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA!

  Later this week we'll have a plethora of birthday celebrations! On the eleventh, we'll have a Two-Fer:   Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 1947 AND        Carol Anne Comer Cutler  ('70) of VA; and on the twelfth, Charlotte Spade Wilkins of NC - 1946 (Warwick HS - '65)! 
The thirteenth brings us a rare Four-Fer!  It's the 232nd birthday of   The United States Navy AND Larry Cutler ('64) of VA  AND  Pattie Hilsdon Reisinger ('66) of CO  AND My #1 Son,         Lewis Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '89) of IL will be celebrating their births as well!

   Then on the fourteenth, my # 4 Granddaughter,       Eme Harty of OH will be turning six years old!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

  From Margaret Burns Edwards ('67) of VA - 10/06/07 - "Canada and medical treatment":

Please take the time to read it so you can do whatever you wish....research, verify, etc., but please read it.

I saw on the news up here in
Canada where Hillary Clinton introduced her new health care plan.  Something similar to what we have in Canada.  I also heard that Michael Moore was raving about the health care up here in Canada in his latest movie.  As your friend and someone who lives with the Canada health care plan, I thought I would give you some facts about this great medical plan that we have in Canada.
First of all:

1) The health care plan in Canada is not free.  We pay a premium every month of $96 for Shirley and I to be covered.  Sounds great!  What they don't tell you is how much we pay in taxes to keep the health care system afloat. I am personally in the 55% tax bracket.  Yes 55% of my earnings go to taxes. A large portion of that (I am not sure of the exact amount) goes directly to health care our #1 expense.
2) I would not classify what we have as health care plan; it is more like a health diagnosis system.  You can get into to see a doctor quick enough so he can tell you "Yes, indeed, you are sick" or "You need an operation" but now the challenge becomes getting treated or operated on.  We have waiting lists out the ying yang, some as much as 2 years down the road.
3)  Rather than fix what is wrong with you, the usual tactic in Canada is to prescribe drugs.  Have a pain- here is a drug to take- not what is causing the pain and why.  No time for checking you out because it is more important to move as many patients thru as possible each hour for Government re-imbursement.
4)  Many Canadians do not have a family Doctor.
5) Don't require emergency treatment, as you may wait for hours in the emergency room waiting for treatment.
6)  Shirley's dad cut his hand on a power saw a few weeks back and it required that his hand be put in a splint - to our surprise we had to pay $125 for a splint because it is not covered under health care plus we have to pay $60 for each visit for the dr. to check it out each week.
7) Shirley's cousin was diagnosed with a heart blockage.  Put on a waiting list ..  Died before he could get treatment.
8) The government allots so many operations per year.  When that is done, no more operations, unless you go to your local newspaper and plead your case and embarrass the government. Then money suddenly appears.
9)The Government takes great pride in telling us how much more they are increasing the funding for health care but waiting lists never get shorter. Government just keeps throwing money at the problem but it never goes away. They are good at finding new ways to tax us, but they don't call it a tax anymore; it is now a user fee.
10) A friend needs an operation for a blockage in her leg but because she is a smoker they will not do it despite paying into the health care system all these years.  My friend is 65 years old.  Now there is talk that maybe we should not treat fat and obese people either because they are a drain on the health care system.  Let me see now, what we want in Canada is a health care system for healthy people only.  That should reduce our health care costs.
11) Forget getting a second opinion; what you see is what you get.
12) I can spend what money I have left after taxes on booze, cigarettes, junk food and anything else that could kill me but I am not allowed by law to spend my money on getting an operation I need because that would be jumping the queue.  I must wait my turn except if I am a hockey player or athlete then I can get looked at right away.  Go figure.  Where else in the world can you spend money to kill yourself but are not allowed to spend money to get healthy.
13) Oh, did I mention that immigrants are covered automatically at tax payer expense having never contributed a dollar to the system and pay no premiums?
14) We now give free needles to drug users to try and keep them healthy.  Wouldn't want a sickly druggie breaking into your house and stealing your things.  But people with diabetes who pay into the health care system have to pay for their needles because it is not covered by the health care system.
I send this out not looking for sympathy but as the election looms in the states you will be hearing more and more about universal health care down there and the advocates will be pointing to Canada.  I just want to make sure that you hear the truth about health care up here and have some food for thought and informed questions to ask when broached with this subject.
Step wisely and don't make the same mistakes we have.

   Thanks, Margaret! I've been curious about the Canadian health system myself for years, so I ran this through to see what I could find:

Status: Undetermined

   Soooo - I suppose the jury's still out. Y'all keep us posted!

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 10/07/07 - "Herb and New Kitten, Emmy":

Dear Carol / Dimples,

About a week ago my older Cat passed away. His name was "Mr. Kitty". He came to me as a stray on my rear deck about 15 years ago and I started feeding him.

I have a Hound Dog and one other cat now and we got lonesome SO, I went over to the Humane Society near my home and I fell in love with this little Ball of fuzz.  I named her "Emmy" in honor of my Great Granddaughter "Emily" whose nickname is "Emmy".
Here is a picture of me and my new Kitten, "Emmy". This picture was taken on Saturday, October 06, 2007.  She is a real joy to have with me. I forgot how much energy little kittens have.
Emmy gets along very nicely with my Hound Dog, "Tiger" and "Tootsie", the other cat. They accepted each other very fast.
Emmy has only been with me for a few days now and already she sleeps in my bed. She hogs up all the covers, but I don't mind one bit; my wife used to hog up all the covers also !!
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Herb and New Kitten, Emmy

The Humane Society called her a "Buff Tabby". When I get more pictures I will send you one,.

That's all for now.

Your Friend, Herbie

   Ohhh, Herbie Darlin', I'm so very sorry to hear about Mr. Kitty!  I cannot even imagine how sad that must have been for you.

   I'm so glad you and Tiger and Tootsie have found Emmy!  She's very beautiful, and I'm sure she brightens all your lives considerably!  Thanks for the picture.  Y'all have fun together! 

  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/07/07 - "CALLING IN SICK":

  Some will find this Funny ... others Will see it another WAY...   al

Cat Lover or Not, this is hysterical!

We've all had trouble with our animals, but I don't think anyone can top this one:

Calling in sick to work makes me uncomfortable. No matter how legitimate my excuse, I always get the feeling that my boss thinks I'm lying.

On one recent occasion, I had a valid reason but lied anyway, because the truth was just too darned humiliating. I simply mentioned that I had sustained a head injury, and I hoped I would feel up to coming in the next day. By then, I reasoned, I could think up a doozy to explain the bandage on the top of my head. The accident occurred mainly because I had given in to my wife's wishes to adopt a cute little kitty.

Initially, the new acquisition was no problem.

Then one morning, I was having my shower after breakfast when I heard my wife, Deb, call out to me from the kitchen.

"Darling! The waste disposal is dead again. Please come and reset it."

"You know where the button is," I protested through the shower pitter-patter
 and steam.   "Reset it yourself!"

"But I'm scared!" she persisted.  "What if it starts going and sucks me in?"


There was a meaningful pause and then, "C'mon, it'll only take you a second."

So out I came, dripping wet and stark naked, hoping that my silent outraged nudity would make a statement about how I perceived her behavior as extremely cowardly.

Sighing loudly, I squatted down and stuck my head under the sink to find the button.  
It is the last action I remember performing.

It struck without warning, and without any respect to my circumstances.
  No, it wasn't the hexed disposal, drawing me into its gnashing metal teeth.  It was our new kitty, who discovered the fascinating dangling objects she spied hanging between my legs.  She had been poised around the corner and stalked me as I reached under the sink.  And, at the precise moment when I was most vulnerable, she leapt at the toys I unwittingly offered and snagged them with her needle-like claws.  I lost all rational thought to control orderly bodily movements, blindly rising at a violent rate of speed, with the full weight of a kitten hanging from my masculine region.

Wild animals are sometimes faced with a "fight or flight" syndrome.  Men, in this predicament, choose only the "flight" option. I know this from experience.  
I was fleeing straight up into the air when the sink and cabinet bluntly and forcefully impeded my ascent. The impact knocked me out cold.

When I awoke, my wife and the paramedics stood over me.


Now there are not many things in this life worse than finding oneself,
lying on the kitchen floor stark naked in front of a group of "been-there, done-that" paramedics.  Even worse, having been fully briefed by my wife, the paramedics were all snorting loudly as they tried to conduct their work,
all the while trying to suppress their hysterical laughter......and not succeeding.

Somehow I lived through it all. A few days later I finally made it back in to the office,
where colleagues tried to coax an explanation from me about my head injury.  I kept silent, claiming it was too painful to talk about, which it was.

"What's the matter?"  They all asked, "Cat got your tongue?"

If they only knew!

Hope your week is better than his!

Why is it that only the women laugh at this?     

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks so much, Al!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 10/08/07 - "Autumn, Yankee Style":

Though I consider Virginia my heartland, I was born in Autumn, in New York.


   Oh, GOODY!!!  Thanks, Chris!

  From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 10/08/07 - "new email address":

My g mail address is

Please everyone, send me an email so I will have the addresses on this account.  We think we will be switched by late tomorrow.  Feel free to share my address with friends I may be leaving out of this list.


   Thanks, Frances!

   As your former addy was posted here, I posted the new one as well:

   Hope your new systems all work for you more smoothly than the others!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/08/07 - "Birthday Wishes":

Just a note to thank you for the birthday wishes. Also, a thank you to my friend    Joe Wingo (President of the Class of 1965 - of NC) for his birthday good wishes to me.
It was going to be given a celebration with cake and candles < the whole sha-bang!> but the Fire Department wouldn't allow it. They said that the flames created by that many candles represented a fire hazard!!
I also would like to extend my best wishes to the other "October Babies" on their already passed and upcoming birthday.

   Thanks, Wayne Honey! Do have a great day!


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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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 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.  It will begin at 6:00 PM with a silent auction
and social time until 11:00 PM. Heavy hors d'oeuvre, snacks and drinks will be served.

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! "- #35 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" - #4 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

When You Sailed Our Way

TUNE:  Sailing, Sailing

Columbus, Columbus, sailed across the sea,
And found a very special land
That belongs to you and me.
Columbus, Columbus, we celebrate your day,
In fourteen hundred and ninety-two
When you sailed our way.

 "Sailing, Sailing" midi courtesy of - 10/05/07

"When You Sailed Our Way" lyrics courtesy of - 10/05/07

Columbus Day Logo courtesy of - 10/05/07

Icon’s Decorative Bar #14 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/06/07

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

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

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!

Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08

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

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