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10/17/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
It's Been a Long, Long Time

“Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together
that they can't see anything wrong with each other.”

- Rene Yasenek

"If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt."
Thomas Carlyle
(4 Dec 1795 - 5 Feb 1891)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Aside from being one of my favorite old songs, today's Newsletter theme, repeated from three years ago tomorrow, is a good message for today, the beginning of the 45-Year Reunion of the Class of 1963:

BONUS - - It's Been a Long, Long Time - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra with June Christy, 1945


The NNHS Class of 1963
will hold 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).





   Happy Birthday today to  Betty Jean Dail Phillips ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA AND   Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

19 -   Danny Coleman ('63) of NC;

20 -   John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA;

21 - Mr. Julius Conn - 1904 - (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND        Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND   Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA;

22 -       Herb Hice - 1924 - (deceased 04/18/08) AND    Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) - (deceased 09/22/07) AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA;

23 -   Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA;

24 - Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1.   Billy Deuell ('53) of FL - 10/15/08, 7:23 PM:

Wednesday 10/15/2008 7:23:44pm
Name: Billy Deuell
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Pace, Florida (Pensacola)
Favorite Teachers Too long ago
Hobbies Staying at home and being with my loved one
Comments Class of 1953 and into the Air Force and later into federal government. Had a great Air Force career and saw the world. Now retired for good. Married Christine Pollard of Emporia, Virginia. We have a lady and a man and three grand kids.

2. Sandra Deuell Luthie ('73) of VA - 10/15/08, 8:01 PM:

Wednesday 10/15/2008 8:01:57pm
Name: Sandra Deuell Luthie (Class of 73)
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Palmyra VA
Favorite Teachers Mrs. Scott who inspired me to learn biology that helps me in my job today, and Mrs. Marston who helped me to do a lot of the hobbies I have today.
Hobbies Quilting, scrapbooking, sewing,
Comments Even though I didn't get to finish at NNHS, typhoons are in my heart.

   Thanks, Billy and Sandra!


1.        My Niece, Shari, of VA - hospitalized in critical condition early on 10/15/08; regained consciousness and was moving and talking on 10/16/08

2.     My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL - mid-October 2008 - undergoing medical tests and awaiting results


1.    From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 10/16/08 - "Typhoon new birth":

Announcing the birth of a new grandson to my sister and brother in law, Don and   Mary Anne (Mays - '58) Davis (of VA). Joshua Reese Wells, born 10/11/08, 10 lbs 2 oz. Parents, Rodney and Karen (Davis) Wells.
Peace & Blessing,
Cheryl Mays Howard

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks for letting us know, Cheryl, and congratulations and best wishes to all!

2.   From Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA - 10/16/08 - "Special Announcement":

Announcing the opening of my own photography business, “KC Camera Art.”  I am available for private events; or, can provide “photo gifts” for all occasions.  Attached is an example of my work … a recent photo of Yorktown Beach. 

If interested, please call 757-897-6271 or e-mail


Class of 1970

Yorktown Beach

   WOWZERONI!!!  Congratulations and best wishes in your new endeavor, Kathy! Thanks for telling us!

   I'm sorry for the blurring of your beautiful image; it arrived at only 120 pixels high, rather than the 650 pixels high I like to save images, so that when they click on the thumbnail, everyone can see it clearly.  I only enlarged it to 200 pixels high, but there was still some distortion.....

  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 10/16/08:

Carol and all,
Re the virus warning in the 10-15 newsletter.  Better go to the snopes site at the link provided and read what it says.  Although a real virus It does none of the dire things that are mentioned and CNN did not say that it did either.  Nor is it irreparable.  It is also very old and up to date versions of Windows are not even susceptible to it.  Any anti virus program will stop it too. 
If you are unprotected with no antivirus program and a very badly out of date version of windows, then what it does do is to "hijack" your computer and allow a remote computer to use it to attack other systems.  It is not a good one but neither is it anywhere near as bad as what is stated. 
BTW, I am sure that the person who submitted it did not create the phony info.  That is part of the forwarded email that she sent to you and I am sure that she was fooled just as others have been.
Al Simms
NNHS Class of 1960

   Ah, well, Al, if you're gonna "cheat" and read the fine print! Ya got me!   I did click on the link and saw the "Status: Real virus", but I was both stressed and in a hurry, and proceeded with it anyway.  I was thinking at the time that I had been receiving many such notes over the past few months (years??), and that I must have some mighty fine anti-virus protection, 'cause it hadn't wiped me yet, and I never rebooted after receiving one, either.

   Thanks so much, Al!

       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 10/16/08 - "Pictures from           Dale's (Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of MA) trip to Illinois":

Mom, thought you might like to see these.  It was cold, and we were headed out to drop Dale off at the event he was in town for, so we didn't get much in the way of pictures.  Considering we spent all of one minute doing so, it's surprising they came out as well as they did.  
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - Normal, Illinois....
Dale (#6), Lewis (#1), Andrew (son of Lewis and Mary), Joshua (#4), Elizabeth (oldest
daughter of Lewis and Mary), and Randolph (#3) Harty - and Becca Harty (youngest
daughter of Lewis and Mary) in the last shot

     Oh, SUPER-DE-DUPER! Y'all DID get to see each other! Dale called me Wednesday from Ohio, and still wasn't certain it would all work so that you'd be able to meet together while he was making that uber-quick business trip to Bloomington-Normal. Three hours was not a long time to have together, considering that some of you had not seen him in six years ("A Long, Long Time"), but it was a great thing, nonetheless.

   Thanks so much, Faniel!
I love you and miss you all!

From ArcaMax Publishing - Health and Fitness - 10/16/08 - "Gold Gym names top 10 fittest presidents":

Gold Gym names top 10 fittest presidents

DALLAS (UPI) -- Officials of Gold's Gym say their analysis of U.S. presidents down through the years leads them to conclude John Quincy Adams was the fittest.

The fitness routines of the 43 men who have held the nation's top elected post were as diverse as their leadership styles, but Adams was noted for his more than three-mile daily walks and Potomac River swims. The sixth president lived to be 80.

The current president, George W. Bush, who is said to exercise six days a week and steers clear of alcohol and cigarettes, ranked second most fit. Listed next are Gerald Ford, who turned down professional football for a career in law and politics, and Jimmy Carter, who hunts, fishes, skis and climbs mountains.

Ranked fifth fittest was Theodore Roosevelt, who fought through childhood ailments and, as an adult, took up boxing, horseback riding and hunting. He is followed by Harry S. Truman, who played horseshoes, bowled, and also was a daily walker and swimmer.

Filling out Gold's Top 10 are Zachary Taylor, whose 40-year military career kept him toned; Thomas Jefferson, who rode horses, fished and walked; Herbert Hoover, who was ordered by his doctor to play tennis and volleyball and figure out how to use a medicine ball; and George Washington, who enjoyed jigs and country dancing to stay fit.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/16/08 - "Older Americans Can't Watch TV":

Older Americans Will Not Be Watching TV

   Ohhhhh, Joyce, this was so horribly, painfully funny! Thanks so much!

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/25/08 - "He's Back.. ENJOY! (#16 in a Series of 26):

  Carol ... more pics for the newsletter. Amazing artwork!


   Thanks, Babe! These are amazing!


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/17/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 10/14/08


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:

     1. Friday, October 17, 2008, 4:00 - 6:00 PM - Reunion Registration - Omni Hotel Lobby - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

     2. Friday, October 17, 2008, 7:00 - 10:00 PM - A 60s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym! - $15.00 per person - ALL PRE-REGISTERED TYPHOONS

     3. Saturday, October 18, 2008, 10:00 AM - Noon - A Tour of the Old NNHS (now Huntington Hall) - ALL TYPHOONS

     4. Saturday, October 18, 2008, 6:30 PM - Midnight - Omni - Dinner, Program, Dancing with a Live 60s Band, and a Few Surprises - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

     5. Sunday, October 19, 2008, 8:00AM - Noon - Farewell Continental Breakfast - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

"Reunion Hospitality Suite All Weekend!"

   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  
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It's Been a Long, Long Time

Lyrics by Sammy Cahn; Music by Jule Styne

(Bing Crosby with Les Paul and Harry James)

Peaked at # 1 in 1945
Competing versions charted that year by Harry James (#1); Charlie Spivak (#4); and Stan Kenton (#6)

- World War II ended the month before this Crosby recording hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1945.
Accompanied by Les Paul on the guitar, Bing effectively captures the swelling anticipation
of Americans regarding the imminent return of their boys from overseas.
The song remained on the charts for 16 weeks.

Kiss me once, then kiss me twice
Then kiss me once again
It's been a long, long time
Haven't felt like this, my dear
Since I can't remember when
It's been a long, long time

You'll never know how many dreams
I've dreamed about you
Or just how empty they all seemed without you
So kiss me once, then kiss me twice
Then kiss me once again
It's been a long, long time

Ah, kiss me once, then kiss me twice
Then kiss me once again
It's been a long time
Haven't felt like this my dear
Since I can't remember when
It's been a long, long time

You'll never know how many dreams
I dreamed about you
Or just how empty they all seemed without you
So kiss me once then kiss me twice
Then kiss me once again
It's been a long, long time
Long, long time

It took some lookin' as there was a very cheesy version which kept popping up.

And then ..........

... and you already have the lyrics.

"It's Been a Long, Long Time" midi courtesy of
brilliantly located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/29/05
Thanks so very much, Dave!

"It's Been a Long, Long Time"  lyrics courtesy of - 08/24/05 

Smacking Lips clip art courtesy of - 04/10/03

String of Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/19/05

Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

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 the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

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

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

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

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

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