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10/28/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Samhain


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This is another autumn event which repeats annually. This marks our eleventh such observance, but it's coming earlier than usual this year, and so is our observance of it is even a bit earlier. Samhain 2017 will begin in the evening of Tuesday, October 31 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, November 1.

   By the way, tonight is actually International Observe the Moon Night!



   Happy Birthday today to  Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA AND  Mary Blandford McGehee ('62) of LA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Ray Barnes ('65) of VA AND  Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

30 -   Virginia Gall (Feb. '48) of VA;

31 -   Nuel Quisenberry ('58) of FL AND Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA;

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

02 - The late John Clark ('57) (deceased 01/06/15);

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 28, 1922 - March on Rome: Italian fascists led by Benito Mussolini marched on Rome and took over control of the Italian government.

October 28, 1940 - Greece rejected Italy's ultimatum. Italy invaded Greece through Albania, marking Greece's entry into World War II.


Saturday, October 28, 1967 - Director, producer, and screenwriter Kevin Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

Saturday, October 28, 1967 - Actress and producer Julia Roberts was born in Smyrna, Georgia.

Saturday, October 28, 1967 - Video game designer and co-founder of Id Software, John Romero, was born Alfonso John Romero in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Enlarging our capacity for gratitude enriches our entire soul. Gratitude is one of the most important human virtues and one of the most common human deficiencies. Gratitude does not develop without effort.”

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 19 Nov 2013
(b. 06 Nov 1940)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/28/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

 From Jim Dossett ('66) of NC - 10/19/17 - "REVISED BOOK INFO":

Hi Carol,

I've been way behind on getting the NNHS short stories collection completed but am determined to finish all the formatting, coding, PDF'ing (not a dirty word) and embedding completed within the next month in order to get the files to the printers so that I can make deliveries in early December. My last book sold better than I expected and I had to make a second order. If I had known that I would have needed that many, I could have initially placed a larger print order, which in turn I would have passed on to the purchasers. So, why am I bothering you with all this ... well, it is because I expect the NNHS book to actually sell more than the first collection of stories about growing up downtown and if that is the case, once again, those savings can be passed on to the purchasers. BUT, I don't want to over estimate and end up having 200 or more books sitting in my closet when I die :)

You had mentioned that you would place a note on your '65 webpage NNHS Newsletter. That will be great and as soon as I get my review proof back from the printers, I'll ask you to do so. But at this moment, it would be very helpful to get an idea as to how many people will be interested in buying the soon-to-be-published THIRTY ONE HUNDRED / A Collection of Short Stories about NNHS. So would it be possible for you to run a notice about the book asking how many people may be interested in purchasing it? I have taken the liberty of attaching some proposed wording, a photo of front and back covers and one of the stories as a "teaser".

Thanks a zillion, Carol.

  "THIRTY ONE HUNDRED / A Collection of Short Stories about NEWPORT NEWS HIGH SCHOOL" has been shamefully behind schedule but will be ready to go to the printers in the next couple of weeks. My last book, 'member the time, was an unexpected success and required a second printing. I'm hoping to make just one printing of this NNHS collection and I swear, on Coach Conn's stopwatches, the savings will be passed on to the purchasers. My goal is to have copies delivered in early December. To be able to accomplish that goal, I need an idea of how many books to have printed. I am not asking for orders at this time, just an indication if you are interested ... there will be a follow up notice on the NNHS65 webpage and perhaps on the NNHS Alumni Facebook page when I am ready for orders. Below is a photo of the front/back covers of the 180 page +/- book and an example of the stories.

Please do not clog up the NNHS65 web site with replies ... if interested contact me at

About three months ago we were on top of the world, we were big deals at school … elementary school.  But now we are nothing … we are less than nothing; we are MICE … eighth graders.  The school, Newport News High School, itself, wasn’t completely unknown to me.  My brother had graduated from here in 1955 and my mom had taken some night classes there when we lived on 37th street.  Plus it was just across Huntington Ave. from John W Daniel where I went 1st -5th grades.  But this was way different … and we, the MICE, were cut down to size pretty quickly. Not so much by the 12th graders, but by the 9th graders just a year ahead of us.  I figured it was some kind of tradition.
The school had mailed out a letter with home room number and a class schedule a couple of weeks earlier but living “out of district” I missed orientation.  So there I was walking down the huge hallway on the first floor of what seemed like a palace to me, feeling very much like a …  like a mouse. Then I hear a familiar voice coming out of room 110.
“Hey Dossett, your name’s on the list …  we’re in homeroom together.”  It’s Gibbs, my best friend from the shipyard row apartments on 37th street.
I timidly walked to the opened door and glanced around the room. I saw a couple more faces I recognized. David Finkle, the Rabbi’s son and Pat Edmondson, they were at John Daniel with me. On the far side of the room I saw Mina Sue Erlach.  She had been in my classes at Hilton Elementary in the 6th and 7th grades and probably the nicest person in the world.  But that was it; not another face did I recognize …  especially the older looking guy sitting at the back of the classroom working on what appeared to be a car’s carburetor.
Picking up a notebook that was in the desk next to him Gibbs says …
“This is Jimmy, we’ve known each other forever."  
Quickly pointing to the people sitting in front and behind us he continues …
“Flakowitz, Patty … you know David ( Finkle) and this is Barbara, but we call her “Boobs”.
I tried not to …  but I had to look.  Yep, good name for her.
“Let me see your schedule … crap, we’re not in any classes together.”  Before I can retrieve my schedule from Gibbs, Finkle takes it, glances at it for a few seconds …
“You’re in the same group as me and Mina Sue … they’ve loaded us up. It’s gonna be a real bitch.”
For a Rabbi’s son he had a foul mouth … so did Gibbs and I, but our dads were “yardbirds” … shipyard workers, not Rabbis.    As we sat there speculating what high school was going to be like, mainly Patty bubbling over with how much fun it was going to be, I glanced into the hall at the other TYPHOON ( yep we’re the NNHS TYPHOON) passing by … mostly upperclassmen.  They were giants …  some already knew they would be playing football for William and Mary, UVA and Virginia Tech or the Apprentice School next year.  And the girls that were juniors and seniors … they looked like movie stars.
As Patty continued do talk about pep rallies, football games and dances I just stare at the giants and movie stars passing by …  wondering how I, a pimpled-face, 5’7”, 96 pound “mice … mouse?” was going to survive.  Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt a punch in my arm that breaks my mental fog … whispering from the corner of his mouth Gibbs says “Answer the roll call”.
“Her … here, I’m Jimmy.” Looks like that 2nd grade note about daydreaming is still on target.
As Mrs Bauserman continues to call roll … “Doyle, Drewry, Earnhardt, Eakes …” I quickly figure out that the home rooms are alphabetical.  “… King, Tate ..”.  Well so much for my figuring.  But 110 was made up mostly of D’s thru G’s with an occasional K or T tossed in for flavoring.  Mrs Bauserman continues …
“My name is Mrs Bauserman, I’ll be your homeroom teacher for the next 5 years … blah, blah, blah “. I start daydreaming again, glancing around the room wondering what we will look like in 5 years, are there any future football or basketball stars in here.  A couple of the girls are already lookers but the guys are pretty much a bunch of skinny, pimply-face nerds, myself included.  Well, there was that guy at the back of class that at this point had completely disassembled the carburetor and scraped it into a paper grocery bag … he was too old to have pimples, plus he was wearing a black leather jacket in September.  I figured he was a JD …juvenile delinquent.
My daydreaming is interrupted by Finkle tapping me on the shoulder … “ raise your hand.”  At the same time I hear Mrs B continue …”so if you are Jewish, fill out one of these forms which allows you to miss school on Rosh Hashana, Yom Kipper, Chanukah and the other special dates.”
I turn and ask David “do what?”
He quickly explains that I’m in the accelerated group which is mostly Jews, that I’m dark skin/black hair, went to Hilton and that I “could pass for one”.  I glance around the room and see Finkle, Fox, Flakowitz, Erlach and a few more I don’t recognize with hands raised.  My hand joins theirs.  And it worked too.  I enjoyed the extra days off  until my junior year when my track coach … my Jewish track coach asked me which temple I attended … that was the end of my Jewish phase.
As the bell rings announcing 1st period I gather up my few possessions thinking … “Maybe this won’t be so bad.  Gibbs is here, and Mina Sue.  Flakowitz, Patty and Boobs  seem cool and I might even learn how to repair a carburetor.  Yeah …  being a TYPHOON mice or is it mouse is going to be great.”
As I enter the hallway I glance at my schedule … Algebra 1, room 104 , Mrs. Graves.  I look up and see Mina, Fox and  Finkle … my people … heading to the promise land …  so I follow.

   Thanks so much, Jim! I'm eagerly awaiting receiving your second book. The first one's a real page-turner!

 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 10/26/17, 11:33 AM:

Rules of rainstorms: it will be only sprinkling when you go out, but while you are on a narrow road looking for a small specialty business you haven't been to before it will rain harder, and as you step out of the car to cross the parking lot it will switch to BUILD THE ARK! And, of course, as you step inside feeling like a drowned rat and dripping all over their nice clean floor the friendly proprietor will tell you that they know exactly what the item you are talking about is, but they haven't carried it in years.

   WILD GIGGLES! Sorry for your grand adventure, Domi, but thanks for the belly laugh!

 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 10/27/17 - "Oslo Kringle":

    OOH! Thank you, Domi! Enjoy your Samhain feast!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 10/27/17:


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 10/26/15:

  WHOO-HOO! Easy AND Yummy! Thank you, Susan!

“Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in one ahead.

- Bill McGlashen
07 Dec 1958 – 05 Aug 2014)

BONUS HALLOWEEN CROCHET PATTERNS: - Spider Slippers - "Halloween is a chilly time of year and nearly perfect for donning cozy slippers! These spider slippers are fun and easy. Crochet this simple slipper pattern for harvest time and enjoy keeping your feet toastie warm. The entire family will want a pair of spooky sweet spider slippers...they are so much fun for Halloween. This slipper pattern fits a size 6 ½ to 7 woman's shoe." Priscilla Hewitt's Pumpkin Towel Ring - "If you're looking for a cute decorating idea for the holiday season then you'll love this Pumpkin Towel Ring. Thanksgiving crochet patterns like this are great to have out during these joyous times. There is a face on one side and it's plain on the other side so you can choose which to display." - Twisted Halloween Hat - "This Twisted Halloween Hat is the perfect thing to wear on Halloween night. It will keep your ears warm as you trick-or-treat with your kids up and down the block. This is an intermediate crochet pattern that is made from bottom to top."

BONUS PETRIFYING HALLOWEEN SNACK RECIPES: - Ghoulish Glazed Meatballs - "A slow cooker is the trick to easily making our Ghoulish Glazed Meatballs. And the treat here is the special saucy flavor these get from chili sauce and grape jelly." - Bloody Witch's Fingers - "Treat your tricksters to some really good finger food! Our Bloody Witch’s Fingers are the best darn party-pleasing chicken fingers ever. Dripping with a BBQ dip, every bite is bloody delicious!" - Pumpkin Cheese Ball - "Your Halloween party is sure to shape up to be the talk of the neighborhood when you serve our adorable Pumpkin Cheese Ball to your ghoulish guests. This pumpkin-shaped party appetizer will have everyone wanting to "haunt" you down for your recipe."


From - 10/27/16:

A 106-year-old cowboy in Texas recently passed away. He was asked on his last birthday earlier this year his secret to longevity.

He told them that for the past 50 years he had sprinkled a little gunpowder on his cereal each morning.

He left behind 8 children, 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and a 15-foot hole in the crematorium.


1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 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.

3. Thursday, November 09, 2017, 6:30 PM - Joyce Bulifant's book signing (My Four Hollywood Husbands), Barnes and Noble, 12170 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23602, 757-249-2488.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/10/17

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   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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Realms of the Haunting


"Realms of the Haunting" midi courtesy of - 11/04/06

Samhain Title Graphic clip art courtesy of - 11/04/06

Druid Sigel clip art courtesy of at the suggestion of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 11/04/06
Thanks, Domi!

Animated Fire Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/06/04

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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