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10/15/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Don't Speak

“I don't speak negatively and I don't listen to those who do.”

- Ron Luce

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme, suggested by my (then) 17-year old daughter,       Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro High, IL/American School, IL) of NC, was originally used three years ago today:

   Thanks again, Adrienne!


   A Big Happy Birthday today to   Milton Nunnally ('66 and '67) of VA!

   Thursday brings us a Two-Fer: Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA  AND    Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA!

   Friday Birthday wishes are in order for    Danny Coleman ('63) of NC, and Saturday Birthday wishes for   John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA!  
   Sunday brings us a Three-Fer of sorts:
the late Mr. Julius Conn  AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA  AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA!

   And Long Overdue Birthday Wishes to     Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62)  of VA, who let it slip to me Friday night that his birthday was on September 28.

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


1. Joe Leach ('70) of VA - 10/06/07:

Saturday 10/06/2007 11:15:20am
Name: Joe Leach (Class of 70)
Marital Status Married with three children
City/Country: Yorktown, Virginia
Favorite Teachers Coach Hott
Hobbies Reading, golf, music
Comments Great Web Site. I only went to NNHS my senior year but I have some great memories and will always be glad that I graduated as a Typhoon.

   Thank you, Joe!

2. Richard Rawls ('71) of VA - 10/10/07:

Wednesday 10/10/2007 8:40:11pm
Name: J. Richard Rawls, Class of '71
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Yorktown
Comments Enjoyed looking through the various links to the Class of 65 web page. Great job by all involved

   Thank you, Richard!

3. Robyn Roberts (Kecoughtan HS - '6_) of VA - 10/15/07:

Monday 10/15/2007 9:09:37am
Name: Robyn Roberts
Marital Status S.O. - Billy Etheridge (Ferguson)
City/Country: Suffolk
Comments Had many good friends who went to Newport News High School. I went to Kecoughtan in the late 60's. Check out my web site and see if you recognize any of the names and photos

   Thank you, Robyn! I just spent a considerable amount of time perusing your website (I'd not visited there in some time), and despite the obvious age gap between us, I did recognize quite a few names!  And I simply LOVE this link:  

    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/10/07 - "Al's Cat Toys":

Dear Carol,

Going to get my nails 'sharpened', and then going to the gym to do some pouncing and stretching exercises to limber up.  Noticed this morning the garbage disposal wasn't acting right, so when my husband gets home, I'll wait until he gets in the shower; that's the best time to let him know when I need things done around the house. He can't run from me and I know he hears me.  He'll be mad, but I'll play one of those "little games" he likes so much and pretend I'm a cat.  He loves the 'cat game' and I'll practice my pouncing and go for the toys while he fixes the disposal.  Just so he'll know I'm approaching I'll make little purring sounds that please him so much at other times.  I hope the gal at the nail salon got my nails just right, 'cause I bought some amazing "STUD" earrings he can wear in case I miss my target and match his piercing scream with my 'piercing' nails.  Just a little something to brighten up the 'family jewels' and give the guys in the men's room something to talk about. 

By the way, wasn't that a funny story   Al Farber ('64 - of GA) wrote about their garbage disposal the other day ?  Poor guy, I hope he didn't have to have many stitches, and wasn't it rude for the EMS people to laugh at him ??  Some people just don't have any manners !!!

"Dimples" aka Sepi               

If you think this is too risqué for the Newsletter, we will just have a chuckle between us.

   Lady, this issue rather pushes that envelope on a couple of levels - hence the hilarity of the theme - which, by the way, was chosen BEFOREHAND! Thanks, Sepi!

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  10/11/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, This is My Wife Gloria holding Our Coon Hound Puppy":

Dear Carol / Dimples,

This is my wife Gloria at 19 years old in Fredericksburg VA around May 1945.

Gloria is holding our little Coon Hound Puppy, black and tan, about 8 weeks old.
More later, Your friend, Herbie

   That's a precious little puppy dog, all right, Sweetie, but that Gloria is a knock-out - as we'd established long ago! Thanks for sharing this image with us, Herbie Darlin'!

May 1945
Fredericksburg, VA
Gloria Hice Holding Coon Hound Puppy

  From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 10/11/07 - "Trick or Treat":

Never mind who sent me this originally... 
And before you hear it on Letterman:  "In today's NY Times, was a short story that they had exhumed the body of the late George Gipp.. You remember him, don't you, Paul?  Football player at Notre Dame? 'Win one for the Gipper' was his famous line..  Well, they exhumed his body recently, and on Saturday, the Fighting Irish beat UCLA.  Coincidence?  I think they were checking top see if the Gipper was still there."
( Dave places flattened right hand in jacket pocket, just like Bob Hope used to do on his punch lines )
Now who's being funny?
The Top Ten Reasons Why Trick-or-Treating is Better Than Sex  

10. You’re guaranteed to get at least a little something in the sack.  

9. If you get tired, you can wait 10 minutes and go at it again.  

8. The uglier you look, the easier it is to get some.  

7. You don't have to compliment the person who gives you some.  

6. It's okay if the person you're with fantasizes you're someone else, because you actually are.  

5. Forty years from now you'll still enjoy candy.  

4. If you don't like what you get, you can always go next door.  

3. It doesn't matter if the kids hear you moaning and groaning.  

2. There's a lot less guilt the morning after.  

1. You can do the whole neighborhood. 

   Bill, Bill, Bill - such a naughty baby you are! GIGGLES - thanks!


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/12/07 - "Shipyard Images":

Attached are 3 shipyard images I came across.

Attribution for all 3 is:


   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! These are sooo spectacular! For unknown reasons, I seem to tear up every time I see the shipyard and railroad now, whether just catching sight of it when coming into the city, or even in images such as these.  That makes no particular sense, even for me, but there you have it - works every time. 

   I've posted these right where they belong - on Our Old Stomping Grounds:

      - all the way down to the bottom of the page

   Thank you so much, Captain!

From Richard Rawls ('71) of VA - 10/11/07 - "Sharing of my Email Address":


I am fine with sharing my email address with other members of the Typhoon family.  FYI: I was the last drum major (70-71) of the mighty Typhoon Band. I was also the drum major for our alumni game with Hampton.

Thanks for doing such a great job with the web page.


J. Richard Rawls
Yorktown, VA

   Thanks, Richard! I didn't realize that you were the drum major - so cool!

   Lacking at the moment a contact page for the Class of 1971, I've posted your email addy directly on the Alumni Page:

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/12/07 - "Re: Clara Soter ":

The obit did not provide Clara Soter's age or DOB, but she appeared in the 1930 census at age 14 ... born ca. 1916. SO she lived to the ripe old age of 91 or so.

Her family lived at 210 - 44th Street. Her mother and father were born in Germany and immigrated in 1899.

As public school extended only 11 years in those days, I calculate that she graduated from NNHS in 1933-1934.  A quick review of the Hilton Library's Anchor collection should tell us the answer.

   Thank you so much, David. You are a super sleuth indeed.

   Your note is also posted on Miss Soter's Memorial Newsletter, and the necessary additions have been made:

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 10/12/07 - "RE: 10/11/07 - Hopelessly Devoted to You":

The song from "Grease" is dreamy, the pictures of everyone are great, and the barfing pumpkin is adorable. You have included something for everyone, or "ever'body" as you like to say jokingly.

   Thanks, Lady! I'm glad you liked it! (That song has remained in my mind for several days now.....)

  From Margaret Kailos Lee ('67) of NC - 10/12/07:

Thank you for doing such a wonderful job in keeping up this site.  I enjoy reading it when I'm at my computer in the morning and a cup of coffee in hand.
By the way, My younger daughter, Ellie, and  I were flown to L.A. last month to be on the show: Don't Forget the Lyrics  which stars Wayne Brady.  We were there to support my Goddaughter, Nicole, who is from Nashville, TN.  Once the show found out we were all Greek, they flew us out and we had a Greek Fest on the show.  I hope my class of '67 will watch, as well as the rest of you typhoons!  It hasn't aired yet and they will notify us just a week before it comes on.  I'll be the one hugging Wayne & yelling "Opa!"
Best Typhoon wishes,
Margaret Kailos-Lee '67

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! How cool is that?!?

   Congratulations, Margaret!

   Do let us know that air date as soon as you're able, please!  We certainly don't want to miss seeing you and yours!

    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC to        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - and back again - 10/12/07 - "Re: Navy Day":

Hi Dave,

It's me again, "Dimples." 

What can you tell me about 'Navy Day' ?  What I can tell you is it was on my Birthday, until some bureaucrats got together and decided to consolidate all of the special military days into 'Armed Forces Day'  It nearly broke my heart, because my birthday would no longer be on what had become a double celebration day for me. I could no longer say, "I was born on October 27, Navy Day."  Carol had never heard of it, and I could not remember enough information to tell her why the 27th was Navy Day, or had been.  I know it wasn't the Navy's birthday, so why, for Heavens sake, was it Navy Day ?  Now, I don't want you to get another "nosebleed," but if you could enlighten me as well as Carol and others who were born on that once celebrated day of Oct. 27th, I would, and I am sure the others born on that day and remember that it used to have some meaning other than the day they were born, would really appreciate having that piece of the puzzle that we can take and put in it's proper place to make the picture complete once again.

Missing Navy Day,

"Dimples" aka Sepi

These days ... my first research stop is Wikipedia ... and for good reason. Here is an excerpt from

In the United States, the Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922, holding it on October 27 because it was the birthday of the Navy-supporting President Theodore Roosevelt. Although meeting with mixed reviews the first year, in 1923 over 50 major cities participated, and the United States Navy sent a number of its ships to various port cities for the occasion. The 1945 Navy Day was an especially large celebration, with President Harry S. Truman reviewing the fleet in New York Harbor.

In 1949, Louis A. Johnson, secretary of the newly-created Department of Defense, directed that the US Navy's participation occur on Armed Forces Day in May, although as a civilian organization the Navy League was not affected by this directive, and continued to organize Navy Day celebrations as before. In the 1970s, the "birthday" of the Continental Navy was found to be October 13, 1775, and so CNO Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt worked with the Navy League to define that as the new date of Navy Day. Navy Day continues to be celebrated as of 2004.

Hope this answers all the questions.


   Thanks, Sepi! And thank you so much for clarifying that for us, Captain Spriggs!

     From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 10/12/07 - "Best Friend?":

Watch your speed when your dog is the passenger.  If you get pulled over and accused of exceeding the limit, the dog might give evidence from the back seat. 

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

    See, this is why I never speed.   Oh, wait a minute - I don't drive. I don't have a dog, either. Hmmm.

   Thanks for the chuckle, Fred!

    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/12/07 - "Hopelessly Devoted to You":

Hi Carol,

Was yesterday's Newsletter title in anyway a reflection on the message
  Norm Covert ('61 - of MD) wrote about his wife, Loretta, and her care of him during his long illness ?  How about      Richard (Dicky) Dawes and his undying devotion to   Sharron ?  I personally don't believe in coincidences, but the two went together so well it's hard to believe it wasn't planned.  It gave me the inspiration to write about how important it is for caregivers to get a break.  Thanks Norm, one blessing begets another. 

"Dimples" aka Sepi

   Yes, the title and lyrics did reflect both the Covert and Dawes situations - as well as several others of our Typhoon Family, but the beauty of it all is, I had selected (or rather, was directed to choose) the title BEFORE Norm's letter arrived.  And that would be just one of the many instances which illustrates why I myself have not believed in coincidences for years and years.

   Thanks so much, Sepi!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/12/07 - "Caregivers":

Dear Carol and NNHS Family,

I would like to reinforce the importance of
  Norm Covert's ('61 - of MD)  letter about caregivers and the load they carry with love.  It is a job that we don't often think about, unless it involves someone near and dear, such as a relative or a dear friend.  Or maybe we have heard of someone that has the job thrust upon them because there is no one else to take the job, because their relatives live across the country. 

Tuesday is the day I do my volunteer respite care for a devoted couple that have been married for over fifty years.  Both in their early eighties, Bill and Della, (not their real names) have had a wonderful and fulfilling life together, raised four children, lost two and made a beautiful home  in spite of tragedy.  When they started their retirement years together, they, just like most of us, had dreams of a life together with no complications.  So far, so good.   When Della began asking Bill the same questions over and over, he at first ignored it, then found himself repeating things to Della more and more frequently and began to be concerned, which in time turned into something he did not want to admit to himself.  His wonderful wife was showing signs of memory loss.  Over the months it became so disturbing that he called their two remaining adult children and asked for advice.  They agreed it would be best to involve their family doctor.  After examining Della he referred them to a neurologist.  After seeing the neurologist a number of times, Bill was told that Della had early onset Alzheimer's.  How did the doctor know ?  Through the advancement of technology, using CAT or PET scans, which shows the brain actually growing smaller in size. Shrinking, to be exact. 

Bill was giving Della her daily medication to slow this despicable disease, and for a while Della leveled off.  Then came a short downward spiral, and Bill was afraid to leave Della alone.  The two adult children, with their own families and full time jobs, lived thirty to forty miles from their parents and could only relieve Bill on the weekends.  But that was hard too, because the son was a minister and his weekends were full, working on his sermon, and marrying the young adults, and burying the dead that belonged to his church, and although death is expected, often times it is sudden and required his presence at the side of the family of the departed loved one.  Part of his job was to visit the sick, and it was really hard to find the time for his parents.  The adult daughter is the CEO of a bank in the middle of a merger, and was unable to take off at the drop of a penny.  Both felt the stress and guilt of not being able to help their parents more, when their help was really needed.  Bill loved Della, but the quiet grief of slowly loosing her and the stress of her constant care begin to take a toll on him, and he was at a loss of what to do.  They had downsized three years earlier and did not know their neighbors well enough to ask favors.  Bill called the family doctor out of desperation, and that is when the doctor recommended the volunteer organization to which I belong.  When the call came from my coordinator, I jumped at the chance to give Bill a two or three hour break each week and Tuesday was a good fit for everyone involved, and they were only three miles away. 

The joy I see on Bill's face when he answers the door and sees me, his source of a few hours of freedom each week, delights my heart and soul in a way I never expected it would.  Della and I have a good time talking, mostly about her youth, and when she had her catering business, and worked for some of Raleigh's best families. It gives her a chance to talk to someone besides Bill, a visitor that doesn't care how many times she repeats the same stories.  I get to see the happiness glow from her lovely old face as she tells me one more time about growing up on a farm, motherless, and with three siblings and a father that was a hard worker, a wonderful father and a good man.  The time is well spent, and it's not about me, it's about giving back.  Look into your wallet of time, under the sofa cushions, and in your personal pockets of hours.  See how much time you have to spend with someone, so that their caregiver can feel the breeze of a few short hours of freedom each week, that will restore to them the strength they need until you knock on their door again next week.

It's a wonderful way to spend that extra time you didn't realize you had.  And who knows, perhaps one day you will experience the joy of that awaited knock on the door that you too have been praying for.

The NNHS Newsletter family has always been the first to step up, haven't we ?

Sepi (Dimples Dinwiddie) Prichard

   Oh, WOWWWWWW!!! What a great testimonial! Thank you again - so very much, Sepi!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/14/07 - "Clara Soter":

Clara Marie Soter graduated in February 1936. Here is her entry from The Anchor:

   Oh, my! How beautiful she was!

   Thank you so much for your extraordinary diligence in finding this for us, Brown Eyes!

   This too has now been added to her Memorial Newsletter:



1.   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. 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

2. 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

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

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/24/07 - "Summer's Not Over Yet! "- #38 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!!! This has been a great series! 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" - #8 (sic) 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'!


   As you might have guessed, there's still MUCH more I've not included in this issue, so we'll get to those - next time!

   Y'all 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

Don't Speak

(No Doubt)

You and me
We used to be together
Every day together always really feel
I'm losing my best friend
I can't believe
This could be the end
It looks as though you're letting go
And if it's real,
Well I don't want to know

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts
Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts

Our memories
They can be inviting
But some are altogether
Mighty frightening
As we die, both you and I
With my head in my hands
I sit and cry

It's all ending
I gotta stop pretending who we are...
You and me
I can see us dying ... are we?

"Don't Speak" theme and midi originally suggested by my (then) 17 year-old daughter, Adrienne Harty, of NC - 10/04/04
Thanks again, Adrienne!

"Don't Speak" midi courtesy of - 10/04/04

"Don't Speak" lyrics courtesy of - 10/04/04

No Evil Cherubs courtesy of - 10/04/04

No Evil Frogs used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 10/04/04

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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

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

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