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10/21/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Whispering Hope

“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.”

- Emily Dickinson
(10 Dec 1830 - 15 May 1886)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    The theme of today's Newsletter just seemed a natural choice to me, following as it does Whispering Grass. Then I began listening to the videos, and I realized it went a little deeper than that. I hope they touch your heart as they did mine.....

BONUS #1 - - Whispering Hope - Bill and Gloria Gaither, featuring Larry Ford (live)

BONUS #2 - - Whispering Hope - Chuck Wagon Gang

BONUS #3 - - Whispering Hope - Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae

BONUS #4 - - Whispering Hope - Marty Robbins

BONUS #5 - - Whispering Hope


   Happy Birthday today to   The late Mr. Julius Conn (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to       The late Herb Hice (deceased 18 Apr 2008) AND   The late Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) (deceased 09/22/07) AND The late   Annette Funicello (deceased 08 Apr 2013) AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA AND    The late Joe Mooney ('65) (deceased 10/30/01)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 -       Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA;

24 -   Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND Susan Perkins Best ('63) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;

25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA AND   Owen Smith ('63);

26 -    Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE;

27 -   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC AND   Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA AND Fred Shelton ('63);

28 -   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA AND   Mary Blandford McGehee ('62) of LA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 21, 1941 - In Kragujevac, Serbia, German Wehrmacht soldiers butchered about 7,000 citizens, including schoolchildren and professors (see Kragujevac massacre).

October 21, 1942 - The Allies met to discuss Operation Torch. Operation Torch was to be the first Allied amphibious landing of World War II.

October 21, 1944 - The first kamikaze attack: A Japanese plane carrying a 200 kilograms (440 lb) bomb attacked HMAS Australia off Leyte Island, as the Battle of Leyte Gulf began.

October 21, 1944 - The Nemmersdorf massacre against the German civilians took place.

October 21, 1944 - Battle of Aachen: The city of Aachen fell to American forces after three weeks of fighting, making it the first German city to fall to the Allies. Hey - my daddy was there! 


Thursday, October 21, 1965 - Comet Ikeya–Seki approached perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers (279,617 miles) from the sun.

Thursday, October 21, 1965 - Footballer and manager Ion Andoni Goikoetxea was born in Pamplona, Navarre, Spain.

Thursday, October 21, 1965 - Wrestler Horace Hogan was born Michael Bollea in Tampa, Florida.

Thursday, October 21, 1965 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buck-Tick, Schaft, and Schwein) Hisashi Imai (今井 寿) was born in Fujioka, Gunma, Japan.

Thursday, October 21, 1965 - Bass player (The Blue Moon Boys) Bill Black (b. William Patton Black, Jr. on 17 Sept 1926 in Memphis, Tennessee) died of a brain tumor in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39.

“You can never tell what type of impact you may make on another's life by your actions or lack of action. Sometimes just with a smile on the street to a passing stranger can make a difference we could never imagine.”

- Ed Foreman
(b. 22 Dec 1933)

  From Charles Schneider ('60) of TX - 10/20/15 - "NEWSLETTER":


See if you can use these for one of your newsletters.

Charles Schneider(60)

The Traveling Wilbury's: Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne - 1990

The True History Of The Traveling Wilbury's
The Travelling Wilburys, Vol 1 - Full Album (with bonus tracks)
The Travelling Wilburys, Vol 3 - Full Album (with bonus tracks)
The Travelling Wilburys, Vol 3 - Full Album (with bonus tracks)

OH! Thank you so much, Charles! I've cleared space on the docket for one of these very, very soon, with more coming pretty soon! Meanwhile, we'll just give "the class" a sneak peek!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 10/20/15 - "JOYS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHING":

It’s Winning or Else … Of Course

By Harry M. Covert, Oct. 19, 2915

News leaks started seeping. The football coach was going to be fired, smack in the middle of the collegiate season. Usually replacing such personages waited until a season’s end.

In these days and times administrators just figure why wait? The thinking is easy. The coffers are full of cash so pay the guy off and get on with replenishing resources, dollars and wins.

That is entirely the story. From College Park, Maryland, The University is obviously flush beyond measure in the money department. And, they are fresh from extending the contract of the coach to 2017.

To rid themselves of Coach Randy Edsall the Terrapins will pay him off at $4.7 million. This includes $2.1 million salary for 2015 and another similar amount in 2016 and then a $500,000 buyout.

It is difficult for the older generation, especially sports enthusiasts, educators and taxpayers in general, to understand the modern day economics. Every wonder how many college professors or administrators earn such stipends as the sporting fraternity?

Certainly a person ought to earn as much as the market will bear. Mr. Edsall assuredly had a terrific agent. Head coaches of collegiate football programs do have difficult tasks because their efforts bring in gargantuan amounts to the university sports venues. Just how much goes into the academic efforts is generally not mentioned or emphasized.

After five years, Mr. Edsall has been unable to provide bigtime wins. Certainly not reaching the acme of Vince Lombardi’s thinking, “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

Big Time in the Big Ten

Terps’ leadership was willing to pay some $50 million to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference a few years ago to join the Big Ten. Obviously the move was for enormous financial success. So far, and unfortunately for Coach Edsall there were no big time football successes.

The idea of college football nowadays is to generate millions upon millions of money from ticket sales, television and radio revenue and player athlete scholarships to pay for college classes, room and board and books. Days of winning for old alma mater truly are things of the past. Some of the young athletes good enough for scholarships are fortunate to find professional athletic careers. Some use their academic prowess for other endeavors. This is mighty fine.

As the college programs generate so much money, the young athletes don’t share into the cash. Yes, school scholarships but they’re tagged with the idea they are student-athletes. A bogus description perpetrated and affirmed by the federal courts and enjoyed by the school presidents, trustees and alumni.

It was a bit perturbing at first as Edsall’s demise was making the rounds. Then old-timers realize modern coaches, players and students face things differently than before. The College Park “massacre” may not be so bad after all. The coach is well cared for in the money department unlike the teacher-coaches of the past. None of the staff need part time jobs when their seasons are over.

Do college assistant coaches of any sports teach physical education classes today? That’s a subject for another day.

Costs of college educations in the modern day are beyond outrageous. Who can pay $45,000 a year for their sons and daughters? That’s rather stiff but normal. Student loan programs are out of control, too.

Thinking about the status of football coaches and their equals does bring about startling conversations and revelations.

Temptations for Coaches?

The University of Maryland’s search will find another coach. According to reports they are prepared to increase the financial package. The recipient will likely be well known and taken from an already winning program – professional or collegiate. They’re intertwined anyway.

Are they thinking about Alabama’s Nick Saban, a $6.9 million man or Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, $6.5 million man. These two salaries are yearly and the top-two in the country. Can they tempt the Baltimore Ravens’ John Harbaugh a $7 ,million annual coach?

Who “wins one for the Gipper” anymore?

© 2015 All Rights Reserved

   Thank you so much, Harry!

  From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of GA - 10/20/15 - "Old Age":

  Yep, it's been quite a ride!

   YES, INDEED! Thanks, Jane!


“A bargain is something you don’t need at a price you can’t resist.

- Franklin Jones

BONUS HOPE CROCHET PATTERN: and - Ann Regis' With Hope Scarf - "Crochet it in Perfect Pink to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness."

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry, not theme related): - Slow Cooker Roast Beef - "There's nothing easier and more delicious than a great slow cooker recipe. Packed with potatoes, garlic, mushrooms, and loads of beef, this hearty meal is perfect for the family. Slow Cooker Roast Beef will satisfy any big appetite." - Magic Meatloaf in a Slow Cooker - "Everyone loves a good meatloaf, and everyone loves a nice easy slow cooker recipe. This recipe magically combines the two into a simple, tasty dinner for your whole family." - Stupid Pork Chops and Gravy - "Go back to basics with this easy slow cooker pork chops recipe. Enjoy pork chops with gravy like your mom used to make; they're so easy it's stupid. You simply can't go wrong with this penny pinching dish."


From - 10/20/15:

Six packets of mothballs, please,” said an old lady to the chemist.

“But I sold you six packets yesterday,” he exclaimed.

“I know," she replied, "but my aim’s not very good and I keep missing them.”


1. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Whispering Hope

Words and Music by Alice Hawthorne, 1868
(11 May 1827 - 22 Nov 1902)

"Alice Hawthorne" was really Setimus Winner, one of the most versatile writers of the mid-19th century.
Winner went from the bird calls of "Listen to the Mocking Bird" to the doggerel nonsense of "Oh, Where,
Oh, Where Has My Little Dog Gone?" to the gentle and optimistic "Whispering Hope."

Soft as the voice of an angel,
Breathing a lesson unheard,
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word:
Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done,
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.

Whispering hope, oh, how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart in its sorrow rejoice.

If, in the dusk of the twilight,
Dim be the region afar,
Will not the deepening darkness
Brighten the glimmering star?
Then when the night is upon us,
Why should the heart sink away?
When the dark midnight is over,
Watch for the breaking of day.

Hope, as an anchor so steadfast,
Rends the dark veil for the soul,
Whither the Master has entered,
Robbing the grave of its goal;
Come then, oh, come, glad fruition,
Come to my sad weary heart;
Come, O Thou blest hope of glory,
Never, oh, never depart.


"Whispering Hope" midi (sequenced by Grandpa Schober) courtesy of - 06/20/07

"Whispering Hope" lyrics courtesy of - 10/21/10

Animated Angel Title clip art courtesy of my niece, Shari, of VA - 06/26/09
Thanks, Shari!

Divider Line 536 clip art courtesy of - 08/06/10

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

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

Animated  Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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