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10/25/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Minnie Pearl's 100th Birthday

“I love you so much it hurts!”

- Minnie Pearl
(25 Oct 1912 - 04 Mar 1996)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Minnie Pearl would be 100 years old today?!?  Where does the time go?  

BONUS #1 - - Minnie Pearl - On Top of Old Smokey

BONUS #2 - - Minnie Pearl - Kissing Games and More

BONUS #3 - - Minnie Pearl - The Johnny Cash Show

BONUS #4 - - Minnie Pearl - What Is An American?




   Happy Birthday today to Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

28 -   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA;

29 -     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA AND   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA;

31 - Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA;

01 -   Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA!!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 25, 1944 - Heinrich Himmler ordered a crackdown on the Edelweiss Pirates, a loosely organized youth culture in Nazi Germany that had assisted army deserters and others to hide from the Third Reich.

October 25, 1944 - The USS Tang under Richard O'Kane (the top American submarine captain of World War II) was sunk by the ship's own malfunctioning torpedo.

October 25, 1944 - The Romanian Army liberated Carei, the last Romanian city under Axis Powers occupation.

October 25, 1944 - The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history, took place in and around the Philippines between the Imperial Japanese Navy and the U.S. Third and U.S. Seventh Fleets. During the battle, the Japanese deployed kamikaze suicide bombers against American warships for the first time. More than 1,321 Japanese aircraft would be crash-dived into Allied warships during the war.  

October 25, 1945 - The Republic of China took over administration of Taiwan following Japan's surrender to the Allies.


Thursday, October 25, 1962 - Cuban missile crisis: Adlai Stevenson showed photos at the UN proving Soviet missiles were installed in Cuba.

Thursday, October 25, 1962 - Uganda joined the United Nations.

Thursday, October 25, 1962 - Nelson Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison.

Thursday, October 25, 1962 - Television presenter Nick Hancock was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Thursday, October 25, 1962 - Actress Darlene Vogel was born in Modesto, California.

Thursday, October 25, 1962 - Rower Louis Abell (b. 21 July 1884) died at the age of 78.


1.  NADA.




1.    From Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA - 10/19/12, 9:01 AM - "Can you please get this information out to all NNHS people?":

The establishment of the  DALE LUCADO ('68) (21 July 1950 - 20 Feb 2012) “TYPHOON BOY” Spirit Scholarship Fund has been completed. This scholarship will be given to a deserving young person who is going to continue their education by attending college. The committee would like to “challenge” everyone who knew Dale or just want to contribute to this worthwhile scholarship to do so by mailing their tax deductible donation to:

The Dale Lucado Scholarship Fund
C/o Boys and Girls Club of the VA Peninsula
Administrative Office
11825 Rock Landing Drive
Chesapeake Building, Suite B
Newport News, VA 23606


The Dale Lucado Scholarship Fund
C/o Mrs. Donna Lucado Dudley
137 Winsome Haven Drive
Seaford, VA 23693

Thanks for your help – class of 1970

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Belinda!

  From Helen Rainelle Bost ('72) of FL - 10/24/12:


Again, thank you so very much for connecting me with
   Bill Hobbs ('66 - of Northern VA). We finally had a wonderful long conversation last night. So good to catch up and be able to learn more of his sister's life (the late   Debbie Hobbs - Class of 1972) prior to her passing. I will always cherish our friendship so very long ago and have some funny memories of those innocent years. It was great going down memory lane and hearing other familiar names in the process. Funny how one conversation can take you back so quickly. Of course I am broken hearted to learn that Debbie is no longer with us and will treasure our recent reconnection through emails and phone conversations just prior to her passing. Did that reconnection happen for a reason? Did she reach out for a reason??? I could not have known. I am left to wonder but am very, very thankful I got all messages and responded. You see, I travel a great deal and the chances of that were slim. Thank you, Billy, from the bottom of my heart, for allowing me to take you back. Thank you, so, so, much for sharing your stories.

Helen (Bost) Rainelle (

     Thanks so much, Helen - and Billy!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/23/12 - "Text, Links and Facts":

Gavin DeGgraw-I Don't Want To Be
Gavin DeGraw-Sweeter

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First I had to work late. Then I discovered that I'd locked my keys in the car. But the last straw was learning that roadside service couldn't get a locksmith to me for at least two hours. Finally the guy showed, looking tired and annoyed.

As he struggled with my door, I joked, "Do those Slim Jim tools come in purse-size?"

"Yeah," he muttered. "They're called keys."


Fellow employees at the international company where I work know I'm a notary public and have me certify personal documents.

One day, two Swedish men asked me to witness signatures on an automobile title. "I'm selling my car to this man," one of them explained. "We came here because we heard you were notorious."

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"In true friendship, one can express anything and everything without feeling ashamed or afraid of being rejected."

- Aparna Chatterjee

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Approximately one fifth of all the publications from Japan are comic books.

There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year. A leap year has 31,622,400 seconds.

The construction on the Parisian Notre Dame Cathedral began in 1015 A.D and took over 400 years to complete.

You can give change for a dollar in 293 different coin variations.

Cold weather makes fingernails grow faster.

Did you know the first bullet proof vest and windshield wiper blades were both invented by women?

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Paper Route

Forty-three years seems like a long time to remember the name of a mere acquaintance. I have duly forgotten the name of an old lady who was a customer on my paper route when I was a twelve-year-old boy in Marinette, Wisconsin back in 1954. Yet it seems like just yesterday that she taught me a lesson in forgiveness that I can only hope to pass on to someone else someday.

On a mindless Saturday afternoon, a friend and I were throwing rocks onto the roof of the old lady's house from a secluded spot in her backyard. The object of our play was to observe how the rocks changed to missiles as they rolled to the roofs edge and shot out into the yard like comets falling from the sky.

I found myself a perfectly smooth rock and sent it for a ride. The stone was too smooth, however, so it slipped from my hand as I let it go and headed straight for a small window on the old lady's back porch. At the sound of fractured glass, we took off from the old lady's yard faster than any of our missiles flew off her roof. I was too scared about getting caught that first night to be concerned about the old lady with the broken porch window.

However, a few days later, when I was sure that I hadn't been discovered, I started to feel guilty for her misfortune. She still greeted me with a smile each day when I gave her the paper, but I was no longer able to act comfortable in her presence. I made up my mind that I would save my paper delivery money, and in three weeks I had the seven dollars that I calculated would cover the cost of her window.

I put the money in an envelope with a note explaining that I was sorry for breaking her window and hoped that the seven dollars would cover the cost for repairing it. I waited until it was dark, snuck up to the old lady's house, and put the envelope of retribution through the letter slot in her door. My soul felt redeemed and I couldn't wait for the freedom of, once again, looking straight into the old lady's eyes.

The next day, I handed the old lady her paper and was able to return the warm smile that I was receiving from her. She thanked me for the paper and said, "Here, I have something for you."

It was a bag of cookies.

I thanked her and proceeded to eat the cookies as I continued my route.

After several cookies, I felt an envelope and pulled it out of the bag. When I opened the envelope, I was stunned.

Inside were the seven dollars and a short note that said, "I'm proud of you."

~Author Unknown~

   Thanks, Shari!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC -  10/24/12 - "The Pilot":

A priest was on a long flight home after a Church Conference.

The first warning of approaching problems came when the 'Fasten Your Seat Belts' sign flashed on.

After a while a calm voice said, "We shall not be serving beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence.
Please make sure your seat belt is fastened."

And then the storm broke.
The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightning lit up the darkening skies,
and within moments that great plane was tossed around like a cork in a celestial ocean. One moment
it was lifted on terrific currents of air, the next it fell as if about to crash.

As the priest looked around he could see that nearly all the passengers were alarmed - except one little girl!

She sat calmly, feet tucked under her, looking at pictures in a book, oblivious of the turbulence around her.
Sometimes she would close her eyes, and then she would go back to her book.
The storm blew over. When the plane landed and the passengers were disembarking,
the priest approached the little girl and asked her why she was not afraid like the other passengers.

The little girl replied, " 'Cause my Daddy's the pilot and he's taking me home."

There are many storms that buffet us…Physical, mental, financial, domestic and other storms
that can darken our skies and throw us into turmoil.

He is in control… He will take us Home… Don't worry!

…and Every Day!

Like the little girl, let us always remember: Our Father is the Pilot.

   Thanks so much, Dools!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 10/24/12 - "Just Asking":


From - 10/22/12 - "Appreciating Others":

The Politics of Appreciation

By Judy Widener

We all like to be appreciated. Everyone understands the value of acknowledging others, too. And yet, I observe others passing up hundreds of opportunities to appreciate every day. At this point in my life, I actively look for and pounce on chances to groove on others. But I wasn't always so magnanimous.

There was a time when I would keep score. When I didn't feel confident or powerful, appreciating others felt like giving away my power. I felt that I was diminished somehow by the act of giving.

I've pinpointed 8 ways my weak confidence would block me from appreciating others. Can you relate to any of them?

1. Comparing. You have more stuff and/or power than I do. If I give you acknowledgment, it adds more to your pile and my pile is smaller in comparison.

2. Me first! I need to be appreciated before I'll feel like appreciating you. I haven't been appreciated enough, in the right way. My bucket must be full before I'll feel like adding to your bucket.

3. Competition. There's a limited supply of stuff and power. Giving any away increases my anxiety about not being able to get enough stuff for myself.

4. Holding a Grudge. You took my stuff (money, success, love, respect, dignity, power) two hours/days/weeks/months/years ago, you jerk, so there's no way I'm gonna give you a compliment!

I lost a lot of power and energy when I focused on avoiding being bested, or to feeling compelled to keep up with an arbitrary, manufactured standard. Every time I lost power, I lost an opportunity to connect joyfully with another. And isn't that what makes life worth living?

5. Judgment. I think you don't deserve it. The implication is that appreciation must be earned; it's a reward for effort expended. And I get to decide when you've done enough to earn it.

6. Expectation. I don't want to give you acknowledgement because you're expecting me to. The gift is a given. My appreciation of you isn't special to you.

7. Fakeness. I fear you'll perceive my gesture as disingenuous, that I'm patronizing you, and that you'll reject my gesture.

8. Fear of Rejection. I feel vulnerable when I appreciate, so I won't acknowledge you if I'm scared you'll reject my gift.
I recently discovered a study that shed light on why I (and others) acted this way. It appears that we've been trained to one-up our peers, even when it defies logic.
A study conducted at the Harvard school of Public Health asked students to choose one of two hypothetical job options:
1) You would make $50K per year, and everyone else would make $25K per year, or
2) You would make $100K per year, and everyone else would make $250K per year.
A whopping 50% of the students chose the option of earning only $50K per year. They were willing to give up half of their income to deny others the option of making more money than them!

This level of cutting off your nose to spite your face absolutely boggled my mind, until I made the connection to how I had shortchanged myself in my closest relationships. I denied myself an experience of joy, simply because I wanted to prevent another from feeling better about themselves. How liberating it was when I let go of that negative behavior pattern!

Today's Coaching Question: in what ways do you shortchange yourself when you don't appreciate others?

About the Author:

Judy Widener is a Certified Life Coach and author of Power For A Lifetime: Tools You Customize to Build Your Personal Power Every Day Of Your Life. You can download two chapters of her book at no cost at Her passion is assisting her clients to discover what is most important to them, then to create more balance and satisfaction in their lives. Empowerment Life Coaching is a comprehensive program that teaches clients simple ways to build their personal power and overcome obstacles to achieving their dreams. Judy has coached more than 600 people over the past 12 years. Her website is

- Many More!

BONUS RECIPES: - Biscuits with Sausage Gravy - "Biscuits with gravy are a staple at most Southern breakfast tables. Just making true Southern country-style gravy and biscuits can take an entire morning...and we don't usually have that time! Y'all are gonna love this shortcut recipe!" - Pulled Pork Sandwiches - "In the South, there's a barbecue joint on every corner and each one boasts the best pulled pork sandwiches. The Southern cooks in our test kitchen helped create a version that comes pretty close to that authentic flavor, but with a shortcut or two." - Praline Squares - With our easy recipe for Praline Squares, you don't have to take a trip to New Orleans to enjoy the taste of pralines, a nutty southern treat." - OOOH! This is one of my all-time favorite recipes - a must for Holiday Cookie Trays!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/20/12, 10:40 PM - "Rare Photos! (#17 in a Series of 17)":  
  You might like these too.

Great old pics….



   WOWZERS! Thanks, Bill - these have been great!  

Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis, Jr.

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/01/12, 11:05 AM - "Priceless Rare Photos (#17 in a Series of 25)":  
  Some more memories.

Some of these photos will blow you away.

A Baby Boomer's Time Machine


   MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne Honey  

Marilyn Monroe meets
Queen Elizabeth II, London, 1956


From - 07/23/12:

The strong young man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of one of the older workmen. After several minutes, the older worker had had enough.

"Why don't you put your money where your mouth is," he said. "I will bet a week's wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that outbuilding that you won't be able to wheel back."

"You're on, old man," the braggart replied. "Let's see what you got."

The old man reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, nodding to the young man, he said, "All right. Get in."

1. Thursday, November 1, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/15/12

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   Y'all take 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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On Top of Old Smokey

On top of Old Smokey
All covered with snow
I lost my true lover
Come'a courting too slow...

A courting's a pleasure
A courting's a grief
A false hearted lover
Is worse than a thief.

A thief, he will rob you
And take what you have
A false hearted lover
Will send you to your grave.

She'll hug you and kiss you
And tell you more lies
Than the cross ties on a railroad
Or the stars in the skies.

"On Top of Old Smokey" midi and lyrics courtesy of  -10/24/12

First Image of Minnie Pearl courtesy of - 10/24/12

Second Image of Minnie Pearl courtesy of -10/24/12

Blue Gingham Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of

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

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

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

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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