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10/27/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Navy Day

“A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.”

- President Theodore Roosevelt, 2 Dec 1902, Second Annual Message to Congress
27 Oct 1858 - 6 Jan 1919)

10 Dec 1996 - Northern Puerto Rican Operations Area: USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) 27 Aug 2004 - Naval Station, Norfolk, VA: A UH-3H Sea King helicopter flies over USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

 This is our second observance here of this day:

BONUS #1 - - The Navy Hymn - 2008 Naval Academy Men's Glee Club

BONUS #2 - - The Navy Hymn -  the Sea Chanters chorus of the U.S. Navy Band

BONUS #3 - - The Navy Hymn - The U.S. Navy Band - great images



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.

 Happy Birthday today to   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

29 -   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;

02 -   John Clark ('57) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


 From Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX - 10/24/08:

Dear friends and family, 
I am writing all of you to ask a big favor for me....My son, Matt, is turning the big 40..on Nov. 1st..and I would love for him to just get a big ole pile of cards for his special day...I did this four years ago for his sister, Amy, and it was a great success....since Matt is my only other child, I won't be bothering my friends and family for something like this please, if you can, mail him a birthday card around the 30th of October.. and he should get them on time!!  I hope he gets a lot and that he is blown away!!
I really appreciate each one of you who will take part in this for me...if you really don't know Matt, then just write inside the card that his Mom told you it was his birthday!!  I think it will be a lot of fun, and thanks so much ...I will REALLY APPRECIATE this gesture on your part helping me to make his day a little more special....

Lots of love,  Rosalee

Matt's  address is:  Matt Souder
                                  3706  Ascot Lane
                                  Houston, Texas  77092

   Oh, such FUN! What a thoughtful mama you are, Rosalee! Okay, Sweetie-Pies, "Keep those cards and letters coming!"


1. Unbelievable treasures from      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

   Thank you, Sandi!

2. About 30 images from the NNHS Tour with the Class of 1968 PLUS another 30 or so from Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us from
  Me ('65) of NC;

3. A lesser number of photographs of those two events from       my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC;

4. More Birthday Party pictures from        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC;

5. A HUGE number of images from various sources from the 45-Year Reunion of the Class of 1963!

From Tony Santiago - a.k.a. "Tony the Marine" of AZ - 10/25/08 - "Famous Marines":


I enjoyed your website very much. I believe in the importance of honoring our men and women in uniform. A few of my fellow Marines and I are the ones who developed and manage the "List of U.S. Marines" in Wikipedia.:

Here is my personal story:   

If you believe that I should be included in your list, please do so.

Semper Fi,  
Tony Santiago
Tony the Marine

   WOWZERONI!!! Of course I added you to our Famous Marines page, Tony! It was my honor to do so:

   Thanks so much! Semper Fi!

  From Steve Hochman ('60) of VA - 10/26/08:


Thanks, I am going to e-mail Norris (Perry - Warwick HS - '59) today.  We all appreciate all that you do!

Sincerely, Steve

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! I hope you're able to connect, Steve - thanks!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/26/08 - "Autumn Greetings":


   Thank you, Joyce!

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 10/26/08:

Dear Carol,
Thank you for all that you did to make our September 08 Buckroe Birthday Party so wonderful - I think it was The BEST PARTY out of all of them.  Although, there were some people that we missed who attended/visited last year such as Kay Knight Evans, Bobby Turpin, Freddie Sage, Sue and Alan Peyser, Nelson Ellis, Bobby Hedrick, Matt Lasita, Jerry Saunders, Allen Foster, John Munick, Harry Veazey, Lefty Driesell and Joyce, Evelyn Casey Snead and Billy, Carolyn and Ernie Taylor, Melissa Moody, Jack Lawson, Charlie Hilling and his family members.  I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of the photographs.....and look forward to seeing the ones that you and Eleanor took. 
It was so much fun this year to have our Show And Tell theme:
---------Andy Shankland's book signing of his latest book - Beyond The Grail. All of you know that I came over from Northern Ireland in 1946 - Andy's Mother also came here directly from Northern Ireland - we are always teasing about perhaps we are related.  Smiley emoticon  Andy has been a friend of mine for 50 years + and I thought it was a Very Important Time to present Andy with the Oil Painting that I did for him of his family's place in Larne, Northern Ireland.  He gave me the photo of the Beautiful Home many years ago - so he was definitely most surprised with the presentation.  It also gave me an opportunity to show other paintings that I have done in the past.
---------It was also a good time to display some of Helen Avant Neal's beautiful oil paintingsShe was asked by Jane Penn Clark to paint Jane's cat.  Helen is working on that now.
---------We were delighted that Marsha Wilks brought the wonderful oil painting of her husband Jay.
---------And also a good time for Brownie Turner Haracivet to show her beautiful handmade ribbon necklaces.  The gals went crazy and Brownie was Elated with SALES!!!!! 
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed seeing and visiting with Betsy and Charley Nuttycombe - our Mystery Guest.  Thank you Jimmy Walker for setting that up for me.
It was heartwarming for me to see Lydia Powell Mugler walk through the front door!!!  How special - How Sad that her dear husband, Charley, passed away several months ago.  I will always remember his friendliness and nice smile.
I was so happy to meet Richard Dawes and so sorry for the loss of his dear wife, Sharron, this year.  Richard, I was so touched by your gift to me of the Cheerleader Frogs from Sharron's pond - a very special prize which will be placed for all to see. Thank You!!!! 
I was delighted to see many out-of-town guests - Thanks to each of you for taking the time to drive/fly in - that is very special to me.  (Lolly and Jay Burke, Dimples Dinwiddie, Sandy Brooks and George, Jay and Marsha Wilks, Helen Avant Neal, Jimmy and Martha Hunsucker, Les Puckett, Richard Dawes, Kenny and Sandy Roberts, Sallie and Jimmy Shires, Gail Gaskins Roberson and Charles Smith, Bobby Callis, Jane Penn Clark, Bobby Schweida, Neta Collins, Brownie and John Haracivet, Jo Ann and Ballard Wood, Carol and daughter Adrienne and sister Eleanor, Dennis and Margaret Walker, Jimmy and Mary Axley.   And we were pleased to see MANY from Other Classes - some I had never met before!  We had about 100 at the Party.
I could not help but squeal when I saw Terry Futrell come in with my very first boyfriend when I was about 10 years old:  Bobby Bell.  At that time, the only thing we thought about was SKATING!  Smiley emoticon
I am so Sorry and Sad to say that we will NOT be renting the Canepa Cottage next year!  Crying face smiley emoticon  Dick wants to spend our time using our Motor Home for short trips in TX......and CO.  He has been such a good sport over the years at the can imagine how many times he has patiently listened to the same stories over and over again of days gone by and people of our past. Smiley with tongue out emoticon
Upon leaving the Cottage early our last morning, I was a little saddened ---- thinking about not returning next year.  But when I look back, I am so pleased that this year I spent some one-on-one time (outside of the Party) with special girlfriends like Tzina, Helen, LaRhue, Gail, JoAnn, Pat, Elaine, Katie, Brownie, Dimples, Sharon, both Sandra's, Patty, Nannie, and SarahA lot of things change from year to year but good friends do not.  Having been brought up without a Mother, I look back on my life and know that because of my good friends that my journey was easier.  I feel truly blessed and so happy that I could bring so many friends together at Buckroe.  I love seeing expressions of everyone when they first see each other.  Other things that never change are the beautiful sunrises behind the Canepa Cottage and the great deck where we have all enjoyed the gliding porch "swing."  It has been exciting there during storms when the surf rises and surrounds three sides of the cottage!  Jackie and Dick will miss using their binoculars to watch the many types of boats and aircraft.  And our three babies (Katie, Kristie, and Kandie) will miss barking from the deck at the intruders on "their" beach.
Thank you dear friend, Sandra Canepa, for making The Good Times possible.
Thank You Wonderful Friends for your participation in my life  --  Until We Meet Again.  Our TX Welcome Mat is Always Out....Love, Ev 
P.S.   PLEASE forgive me if I left out anyone but don't hesitate to let me know.  Winking smiley emoticon  Carol, I would love for you to include in this the music of Kimmie Rhodes and Willie Nelson - I JUST DROVE BY.

   Thank you so much, Evelyn! I have a confession to make. Today's Newsletter was delayed because having read your note, I was so overcome by sadness it triggered a bout of inertia.

   One of the themes I most consistently harp about in life is Try Never to Pas Up Opportunities. If I nag at all, it generally involves this - especially to my children and students.

   I'm so thankful that Eleanor drove me up to Buckroe to attend your last three parties; what a great thrill it was for me to meet as many people as I did! Thank you and Dick and Sandra for all y'all did to make it possible!

   I was going to say a bunchalotta other stuff here, but my eyes have completely filled with tears, my throat has tightened down closed, and when that happens I cannot think straight. Maybe later.....

   I looked for some while to find a sound file I could attach to your party pages, but could not. However, I did find a video and the lyrics, so I've attached them both to all three pages:

I Just Drove By

I always go the other way but my car drove me down today
To a little house on the older side of town
Back when things were never hard I used to play there in that yard
And I just drove by to see if things had changed
Cokes were just a nickel then and across the street at the five and ten
A lot of things were cheap and square and strange
And the life that we had might have been but it was one we loved believin' in
And I just drove by to see if things had changed
I wondered now if love is still the way it was back then
I need to know that life is still a place worth livin' in
There it is just like it was a place where there was always love
And I just drove by to see if things had changed
[ guitar ]
In a world that seen it's better days it's good to know some things remain the same
Though standing still is not times way
Take to heart while in it's spring oh love is just a fragile thing
And I just drove by to see if things had changed
I wondered now if love is still...
I just drove by to see if things had changed

From -TIPS for Extraordinary Living! - 10/26/08 - "The Power to Get Stuff Done":

Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD

The Power to Get Stuff Done

Consultants and motivational speakers have talked about the importance of written goals at least since Benjamin Franklin. The 19th century Psychologist and philosopher, William James, talked about clear goals, and Napoleon Hill wrote about them in "Think And Grow Rich" in the 1930's. Of course you should choose clear personal goals, write them down, and stay the course!

And that's the rub. The daily grind of "staying the course."

We all have goals of some sort. Some are written, some are vague, some are almost dream-like, but we all have things we long for. The rub is in making them happen.

Almost everyone I talk with--large audiences where I'm the keynote speaker, small corporate trainings, and individual clients--they ALL talk about distractions. They ALL talk about interruptions and daily frustrations.
They ALL talk about how busy they are and how little time they have.

And yet winners find the "secret" of doing first things first.

The winners in life have exactly the same amount of time and the same resources everyone else has. They work hard (like everyone else) and yet there is a huge difference in their RESULTS. In the end, winners come out on top because they have a SYSTEM for choosing their top priorities and sticking to them.

Here are a couple of practical suggestions, starting with the most fundamental truth I know: You must decide what you want in life. Life is full of options, and each of us has the responsibility to clarify our choices and pursue our dreams. No one can do that for you. Decide what you really want in life! (My Goal-Setting 101 workbook can help. Get it at:

Most people don't think carefully about their most important goals. They have goals that are vague or have never been discussed and coordinated with family members. Be clear. Talk it over with the people in your life and focus on what you truly want.

But then, here are my suggestions for making specific daily progress:

1. REVIEW your goals frequently. Brian Tracy and Napoleon Hill recommended reading them every day, and they were smart people. I do a thoughtful review of my own goals at least once a month, and briefly re-write them every morning. If you aren't making progress on your goals, the first step is to review and commit to them more often.

2. Work with a TEAM. Talk with your family. Review your priorities with your boss. Get together with a master-mind group every week. Talk about your goals with people who will support you and who have the resources to help you succeed! (Get my ebook, The New MasterMind, for more on this.)

3. PLAN your day and do it each evening so your mind can prepare for the new day while you sleep. What has to be done tomorrow? What problems will come up and how will you deal with them? What is your one major target for tomorrow? Decide the night before.

4. Each MORNING, confirm your daily targets. I write my three most important tasks on a 3x5 card each morning. I do it with my morning coffee. I think it helps.

For most of us, the key to daily action is a SYSTEM that keeps us focused and brings us back to our most important goals. On our own we are too easily distracted. We lose focus and waste time. Instead, use a SYSTEM that gets you back on course like an auto-pilot. Then, trust the system and get to work!

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 10/25/08 - "Porcupine Babies":

Have you ever seen porcupine babies?


   OUCH!!! Thanks, Janice!


      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/25/08 - "He's Back.. ENJOY! (#24 in a Series of 26):

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


   Thanks, Babe! These are amazing!



1. Thursday, November 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/23/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 10/25/08

   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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Eternal Father, Strong to Save - The U. S. Navy Hymn

- Original Words by the Rev. William Whiting 
(1825 - 1878)

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

"Eternal Father, Strong to Save - The U.S. Navy Hymn" midi courtesy of - 11/14/04

"Eternal Father, Strong to Save - The U.S. Navy Hymn" lyrics courtesy of - 11/14/04

Official U.S. Navy Images courtesy of
at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks, Captain!

1 - 961210-N-0710M-001 (DECEMBER 10, 1996)--The U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)
steams in the Northern Puerto Rican Operations Area (NPOA) during carrier airwing qualifications.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Second Class Scott A. Moak. (RELEASED)

2 - 040827-N-4459K-002 Virginia Beach, Va. (Aug. 27, 2004) - A UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to the Search and Rescue
(SAR) unit at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., flies over the aircraft carriers moored at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.,
left to right, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The SAR squadron,
which provides rescue services to both the military and civilian communities, (was) decommissioned on October 1st, 2004.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Anthony M. Koch (RELEASED)

Navy Flag Image used to create Divider Lines courtesy of 
once again at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA - 06/29/04
Thanks again, David! And those four gold bars are for you, Captain.

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

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

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy, of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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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