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10/11/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Hopelessly Devoted to You

“Gallantry to women - the sure road to their favor - is nothing but
the appearance of extreme devotion to all their wants and wishes,
a delight in their satisfaction, and a confidence in yourself
as being able to contribute toward it.”

- William Hazlitt
(10 Apr 1778 - 18 Sept 1830)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Okay, Sweetie-Pies, this is weird - even for me.

   A few days ago while searching for something or other, I noticed a song called, "Hopelessly Devoted to You" - which sounded intriguing, but it was from "Grease" - and I do not like "Grease" on general principles (I mean, seriously, the Bad Guys win!  It don' posta happen that way!!! The Goody Two Shoes Girl should have set such a fine example that she won over the Bad Guys, but, nooooo.)  But I digress....

   Anyway, I listened to the tune and found it quite lovely.  Then I Googled the words, and really liked them.  But I was adamant (okay, stubborn).

   Then last night,       Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and       Adrienne (Harty - of NC) and I, having spent the entire afternoon goofing off (okay, or running errands - whatever), were watching ABC's delightful new show, "Pushing Daisies", and this song was prominently featured.

   So, not having heard from either my Magic Shower or my Haunted Radio lately, I decided to use it anyway.  I like such patterns when they appear.

   THEN I read my evening mail, and found this extraordinarily touching note from Normie.

   As I said - I do love repeating patterns.

  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/10/07 - "An Appreciation":



I thought it important to mention that news you have faithfully and tastefully reported in recent weeks -- losing so many NNHS friends and alumni -- has brought a lot of sadness. I thought it appropriate for selfish reasons that we acknowledge our classmates like      Dicky Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62 - of VA). They have devotedly cared for a spouse who was suffering from a serious illness over both short and extended periods of time, as Dicky did with his   Sharron (Wanderer Dawes) (’61). It is a terribly draining experience emotionally and physically as you care for your loved one, who once was a vibrant happy helpmate, with whom you shared joys, sorrows, parents, children and grandchildren.


I have nothing but the greatest admiration for such devoted spouses, including my own Loretta (Stuttgart American HS, ’68), who has endured five years of my being carted off in an ambulance, not sure if I was going to live or die as the day/night wore on.


Our Father in Heaven has a way of being with us in these moments of crisis, either when we are the caregiver or as patient, who knows not what tomorrow will bring. October 10th is the six-month anniversary of my latest open heart surgery. For the first time in the five-year challenge, I have made this semi-annual anniversary feeling no angina, in fact a bit invigorated and dare I say, perky! I’m elated at my new “blooming” and thankful for a wife, who always had strength when the days seemed darkest. There will be a special place in heaven for such spouses.


Norm Covert (’61)


    Norm, Sweetie, I am so overcome by your words and your sentiments - even 24 hours later, I can only add a loud "Amen" and my heartiest congratulations on your improving health!

   Thank you so very much for sharing all this with us, and for expressing it so beautifully! We have indeed seen ample evidence of much love and devotion on all sides here.


1. Richard Rawls ('71) of VA - 10/10/07 - "NNHS Newsletter":

Hi Carol,

My name is Richard Rawls. I would very much like to be added to your distribution for the NNHS Newsletter. I have looked at the web site and really enjoyed seeing various pictures of students and teachers from NNHS. I graduated in the last class in 1971 and my sister 
  Raymona Rawls Hester graduated in 1967.

Thanks for providing a great site to obtain information about our friends from NNHS.

Thanks again,

J. Richard Rawls, Class of '71

   Thanks, Richard - and welcome aboard!

   I've added your name to the Alumni List for 1971:

   If you'd like your email addy posted as well, just write me back; that is done on a permission only basis for privacy reasons.


   A Happy Birthday Two-Fer  to   Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 1947 AND        Carol Anne Comer Cutler  ('70) of VA; and Happy Birthday tomorrow to Charlotte Spade Wilkins of NC - 1946 (Warwick HS - '65)! 
Saturday 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!

   On Sunday, my # 4 Granddaughter,       Eme Harty of OH will be turning six years old!  And on Monday,   Milton Nunnally ('66 and '67) of VA will observe a Big Birthday also!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


   Hit #66,000 was made on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 1:19 PM by someone from

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - "Free Mammograms":

I've noticed the Free Mammograms button has been missing from the newsletters lately.

   Hi, Renee! That's because the majority of the Newsletters lately have been Memorial Editions, and the Free Mammogram button has never been incorporated on them, although it does appear on the main index page, just above the credits at the bottom.

   I'm rather peculiar and protective when it comes to the Memorial Editions; I hold them sacred, and do not wish to include any other material on them which would detract from that spirit, even for so great a cause.

   I did recheck the other recent editions, and could not find one which lacked the button, though if such a blooper did happen, I do apologize.

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  10/10/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, THIS IS TRUE ~~~ 100 years ago":

Dear Carol / Dimples,

How times change in only 100 years.

Your Friend, Herbie

Show this to your children, grandchildren and friends !!!!

THE YEAR 1907 - This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
The year is 1907.
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some of the U.S. Statistics for the Year
The average life expectancy in the U.S. Was 47 years old.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S.
had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more
heavily populated than California.
With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !
The average wage in the U.S. Was 22 Cents per hour.
The average U.S. Worker made between $200 and $400  per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist made $2,500 per year,
a veterinarian $1,500 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. Took place at

Ninety percent of all U.S. Doctors had

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which w
ere condemned in the press AND the
government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound, eggs were fourteen cents a dozen, coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair
once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited
poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death in the U.S. Were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.
 Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea
adn't been invented yet.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 U.S. Adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all
available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.
Back then pharmacists
said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy
to the mind, regulates
the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian o
f health."

There were about
230 reported Murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

Now I sent it to you and others all over the United States, possibly the world, in a matter of just Seconds !!!!!!!!!
 Just Try to imagine.....
What it may be like ....

In another
100 years !!!!!!!

   WOWZERONI!!! It does that! My own father was born 100 years ago this week, at home in Richmond, VA on October 19, 1907.

   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!

From the Head Cheerleader of the Class of 1963   Judy Horton Lindstrom of FL - 10/10/07 - "Unusual painter":

This is unbelievable.  I sure had tears in my eyes along with goose bumps.  Wow! Be sure that the volume is on.

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! This is incredible on so many levels! Thanks so much, Judy!


1.  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 10/08/07 - "CONCERT REMINDER!!!!! ":

Just to let you know this weekend is our concert of 50's, 60's, and 70's music.  Our instrumentalists were at rehearsal last night and the music has come together well and it is really going to be fun!  With intermission I think it only lasts 1 1/2 hrs.  I hope you all can make it!  I can place any tickets at the will call desk and you can pay there and still get the advance rate! 
Virginia Choral Society Fall Concert
Hampton Roads Academy
Location: Hampton Roads Academy (HRA)

Address: 739 Academy Lane

Newport News, VA 23602

Telephone: (757) 884-9100

Hampton Roads Academy is located at the intersection of Oyster Point Road, Canon Boulevard, and Academy Lane.

When traveling to Hampton Roads Academy by way of Interstate 64, take exit 256A (Oyster Point Road West). Turn right at the first traffic light onto Academy Lane, then turn left into the Hampton Roads Academy parking lot. The Academic Building is on your left as you enter the parking lot; there are visitors' parking spaces in the first row nearest Oyster Point Road. The entrance is near the middle of the building between the low brick walls.

Sarah Kressaty 

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah! This sounds like such a great time!

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!

3.      From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 10/09/07 - "cancer walk":

Hi Carol.....

Would it be too much to ask for you to run the request that was posted on the 9/27 issue of your newsletter regarding the cancer walk every time a newsletter goes out this week?

   Not at all!

Blake and Rena are both walking to take strides against breast cancer....and sadly so many of our classmates have been victims of this horrible disease.  Thanks so much.  ....and ANY amount donated is appreciated.

The links for the breast cancer walk site are below..... The first one is Rena's and the second site is Blake's.  The walk in DC is October if you could run the reminder with each newsletter up to that date, it would be greatly appreciated.

   Our best to Blake and Rena in accomplishing their worthy goals!


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! "- #37 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!!! Oh, how cute! 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" - #6 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

   EWWE!!! Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!


   This Newsletter became hopelessly (and strangely) too long, so I removed several items and reserved them for Monday - including a Fabulous Find from our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA

   Thank you, Captain!

   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

Hopelessly Devoted to You

(Olivia Newton-John in "Grease")

This heart is not the first heart broken
My eyes are not the first to cry
I'm not the first to know
There's just no getting over you

I know I'm just a fool who's willing
To sit around and wait for you
But, baby, can't you see
There's nothing else for me to do
I'm hopelessly devoted to you

But now there's nowhere to hide
Since you pushed my love aside
I'm down on my head
Hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you

My head is sayin', "Fool forget him"
My heart is sayin', "Don't let go"
Hold on 'til the end
That's what I intend to do
Hopelessly devoted to you

But now there's nowhere to hide
Since you pushed my love aside
I'm down on my head
Hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you

 "Hopelessly Devoted to You" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 10/10/07

Cherubs, Heart and Flowers clip art courtesy of – 10/04/04

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Flower Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/22/05

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

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

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

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

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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!

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