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11/13/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Arizona

“I am enamored with desert dew because it's
usually the closest thing we get to rain.”

- Linda Solegato

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's edition of the Newsletter is in honor of my cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77), who just informed me that he and his family, of their own free will and accord, are leaving the Sacred Soil of Virginia (where my own heart ever yearns to be) to live in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

   Jim! Honey, what are you thinking?!?    Oh, I mean, well, congratulations, Sweetie, that's delightful!  I know y'all will be very happy there!


    Celebrating Birthdays later this week are:

   Tomorrow we have a Two-Fer:    Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA); on the 15th, another Two-Fer:    Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) of VA AND      My Niece, Shari, of VA; and George Morewitz ('57) on the 16th; and Ronald Creech ('57) on the 17th.

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of VA - 11/09/07 - "Moving West (Again)":

Hey Cuz,

We're gettin' outta Dodge after the first of the year.  Movin' to southwestern Arizona, bout midway between Tucson and Yuma.  Cactus and big rattlers galore, Ajo that is.  Sonoran pronghorns and desert bighorns.  Sounds pretty darn excit'n, huh?

Was offered and accepted a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge as the Recovery Team Leader for Sonoran pronghorn antelope.  Lots of flying in small planes and heli's, live capture operations, backcountry operations and who knows, maybe some border patrol.  It's a hefty promotion, too, considering I have about 8 years before I hit eligibility (retirement).  Pretty awesome stuff to follow up 15+ years with the National Park Service.

Hope all is well with the NC clan. 

Enclosed a photo from our April, 2007 Arizona excursion for your enjoyment.  Don't overreact, it's just a big western diamondback.  Still less dangerous than driving a car on public highways.


  Oh, Sweetie, there you go, playing with poisonous snakes again!!!

Monday, April 9, 2007
Jim Atkinson

   Well, I suppose somebody has to do it - I guess..... I'm glad you love doing what you're doing - and even more glad that I don't have to do it! Thanks, Jim!

  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/10/07 - "Boys Club":


Are there any photos of the Boys Club that I think was off of 28th Street (is that correct?)? I can remember going there almost every Saturday, playing basketball and making crafts. It was a fun place to hang out. 

Glenn Dye { 60 }

   You are correct with the location, Glenn. The one you remember was in the 400 block of 28th Street, and we have quite a bit of information - including pictures - on Our Old Stomping Grounds.  I've added your comments to that page:


   Thanks, Glenn!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro High, IL - '90) of OH - 11/10/07 - "new Civil War pics":

Hey all!

Here are some pics of our last Civil War event of 2007...Guyandotte, W.VA

Enjoy!  bh

   Oh, such fun - and of course, my grandchildren are just precious! Thanks, Brent!

From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of VA - 11/11/07 - "Here's a more sanitized version...":

...for your newsletter.

First a link to my new station...

I will be the Supervisory Refuge Biologist.  My primary responsibility (at least initially) will be the Recovery Team Leader for the U.S. endangered Sonoran pronghorn antelope (a subspecies of the familiar pronghorn) which is only found in southern Arizona and extreme northern Mexico.  Will also have responsibility for all biological programs on the refuge including desert bighorn sheep and a variety of other desert critters (the latter category, I will leave to your imagination). 

Yes, there are bark scorpions, tarantulas, Arizona coral snakes, Gila monsters and six rattlesnake species including western diamondback, Mohave and sidewinder.  All a plus in my view.  Also cougar, javelina, mule deer and a plethora of really cool desert plants (particularly, the cacti). 

I know this isn't your thing or most other people's for that matter but I'm motivated by intriguing critters (as I always have been) and have found a way to get paid for doing what I like.  Best of both worlds. 

Perhaps most importantly, Jody will be back relatively close to remaining family (Arizona and California).  It's the equal time thing and she sure put in her time over on this side of the continent.  We're excited about the move to say the least.  Yes, it will be unmercifully hot in the summer but, on the other hand, I will not have to endure any more winter weather.  The daytime lows during January and February average in the 70s - 80s. 

More later,


   Okay, Jim - I AM happy for you, but we'll miss seeing y'all, so stay in touch!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/11/07:

Have a wonderful Monday,
If this is real whoa...anger therapy and possible meds.. needed!

   At the very least!
Dolphins save man from shark attack. Video is a little way down the page. One lucky man!

   WOWZERONI - I should say so!
Sounds like a good idea for all young children.



The One Common Denominator

If you are searching for the common denominator in your life, you are in luck. You are it. Now that you know you are the only consistent factor in any situation, you can begin to figure out how you are contributing to your recurring challenges and problems. This is great news because, once you realize you are at least part of the problem, you can begin to change your behavior, beliefs and attitudes that are contributing to the situation. Keep in mind that you have to concern yourself only with you, not with anyone else. You are the only one you can change. So don’t focus outside yourself. Focus on the common denominator. You will be amazed at the difference this process will make in your life.

 When you answer the phone, Smile. People will hear it in your voice!

   Yeah, and not only that, but somehow they always seem to hear it in my voice when I'm laughing so hard when I  answer the phone that I can't seem to produce anything more than crazy muffled wheezing sounds, too.....

   Thanks, Shari!

  From Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA - 11/11/07 - "Happy Birthday to Sharon":

Happy Birthday to Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA!  Sharon’s Birthday is November 24th!  Have a good one, Sharon!

   Thanks, Kathy!

   And Happy Early Birthday, Sharon!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

  From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 11/11/07 - "In honor of Veterans Day":

1. Dennis Fry,   John Howard, Tommy Jenkins, NNHS class of 1966...."basic buddies"...
2. John is on the first row and first on the left.
1967 - Dennis Fry, John Howard, and Tommy Jenkins 1967 - 101st Airborne, 2nd Battalion,
502 4th Pla

Peace & Blessing,

   OH, WOW - Thanks, Cheryl!  And thank YOU, Gentlemen!

     From Joan Dinwiddie Smith ('63) of VA - 11/11/07:


Just sending some pictures of my oldest son's wedding. This is the most recent picture of me. I am not smart enough to know how to crop it for use in the news letter.

   GIGGLES - that doesn't involve "smarts" so much as it does programs and equipment, Joan!

Also I will send in another email pictures of the grandchildren that   Jim Dick ('65 - of FL),   Karen Richardson ('66 - of VA) and I share.  
Saturday, June 23, 2007 - Virginia Beach, VA

Mindy and Kathy in red bridesmaids dresses, in their father's wedding. My oldest son Richard and wife Linda. They were married 6-23-07 in Virginia Beach.

   WOWZERS!!! They're beautiful - nice work by all!

   Thanks, Lady!  I added your age progression image to your Alumni Page:

For those of y'all who may have missed the original telling of this incredible story last week by Joan's sister,       Sepi (Dinwiddie Prichard - '58 - of NC), go here, and scroll down about mid-way:

   Thanks again, Joan - and Sepi!

From Alex Nicol (February '49) of VA - 11/12/07 - "I changed my email address on NNHS":

Dear Carol,

Please change my email address from __________________ to ______________ so you can send me info on NNHS.

Alex Nicol
(class of Feb '49)


   No problem, Alex. You're all switched now - thanks!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/12/07:

   Norm Covert ('61 - of MD) posed this trivia question:  

Here's a trivia question for you, Dave: How come we had so many lovely young ladies in the YMCA on 32nd street? One answer might be, that we only had "lovely young ladies."

Norm ... easy answer:  They were there in order to be near the "handsome young men".

   Works for me, Brown Eyes! Thanks!

     From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield High, IL - '90) of IL - 11/12/07 - "CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL C":

this is great!!!  you are gonna love it!!!
You've GOT to see & hear this one! 
I hope it's all over the country and on EVERY radio station...
       I think this is great!  

The music is important, so turn your sound up.

   Oh, WOW! Thanks, Miss Mary!

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 11/12/07:

Hi Carol,

Happy Veterans Day to all of our hero’s both past and present. You make your country proud and we owe you a deep debt of thanks for your sacrifice on our behalf.

Also, to    Jerry Blanchard ('62 - of VA): Man, I could not agree with your feelings more. That list should be a sharp reminder of just what principals this country was founded upon and let us never let them become blurred by political correctness. America may have it’s problems but I have no hesitancy in saying the USA is still the greatest country on the face of the earth.

Jerry, you not only did not hurt my feelings, you made my day. I love this list of reminders that we are “One Nation, under God”!

Oooh Rah USA!!

Now, I just may have succeeded in offending someone but I don’t really care because if you do not agree with me you have the freedom to speak out and tell me so. That’s part of what being an American gets you!

Today seems like an appropriate day to restate the obvious…America, love it or leave it!! Far too many good and brave men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for us to be anything other than honored, thankful, and proud to be citizens of the United States of America.

   Thank you so much, Joe!

  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/12/07 - "KSBJ radio - you gotta hear this!":

This is adorable and insightful!!  

All need to hear this . . . REALLY GOOD . . . turn your volume on  . . . 

A remarkable phone call from a 12-year old boy to Houston radio station KSBJ FM 89.3.  So profound, the station has it posted on their website:

Click below to listen to it. It's short.

   Oh, my - that's incredibly moving! Thanks so much, Glenn!

  From Carol Moell Marcella ('56) of VA - 11/12/07:

Dear Carol,

My husband,
   Mickey (Marcella - 54) wants to know if you will put a note out on the Typhoon newsletter that on Thanksgiving Day, our NN paper, the Daily Press, is running an article and a picture (we believe) about many of the old Typhoons, Crabbers and Farmers who get together every Tuesday morning for breakfast at the Warwick Motel Restaurant in NN.  This has been going on for years and the details about it will be in the article.  Maybe people can diary their calendars to look for it on that day.  They all really enjoy seeing each other and others that come to town and stop by since word has gotten around. 

Thanks, Carol.    

Carol Marcella

   WOWZERONI!!! That's delightful! Of course, I'll carry that announcement - repeatedly - in the Dates to Remember (below)!  Thanks, Carol - and Mickey!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/12/07 - "Consider a $20.00 bill":

$20.00 - Sometimes we just need to be reminded!

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, 'Who would like this $20 bill?'

Hands started going up.

He said, 'I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.
He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill.

He then asked, 'Who
still wants it?'

Still the hands were up in the air.

'Well', he replied, 'What if I do this?'

And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.

He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.

'Now, who still wants it?'

Still the hands went into the air.

My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value.

It was still worth $20.

Many times in our lives,
we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who do LOVE you.

The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE and WHOSE WE ARE.

You are special; Don't EVER forget it.

Every person has WORTH and needs to be reminded because of the hope it can bring!
Count your blessings,
not your problems.

And remember: amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.

If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it. 

"...the way of progress is neither swift nor easy."

~ Marie Curie

   Thanks for that very valuable - and all too easily forgotten - reminder, Joyce!


The NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Gathering will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 6:00 PM
(Dinner at 7:00 PM) at Mike's Place, An Irish Pub, (757-599-5500) 458 Warwick Village Shopping Center, (
Hilton Village,
across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the
Mariners' Museum
), Newport News, VA 23601-3240.

The NNHS Class of 1957 Holiday Party will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 6:00 PM
Angelo's (Route 17), Newport News, VA.


1. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2007 - Watch the Daily Press for an article about many of the old Typhoons, Crabbers and Farmers who for years have been meeting every Tuesday morning for breakfast at the Warwick Motel Restaurant in Newport News.

2. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

3. Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1958 Holiday Party - Mike O'Neal's (Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the Mariners' Museum) - NNHS CLASS OF 1958 

4. Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1957 Holiday Party - Angelo's (Route 17) - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 

5. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  11/03/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Look at these Unusual Old Pictures!" - #3 in a Series of um, several...:

Dear Carol / Dimples,
Unusual old pictures!  
Look closely at the pictures, they are soldiers and sailors.  
During the WW I years, Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas made some incredible human pictures by using thousands of sailors or soldiers in uniform to create the following images.

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!

An American Eagle, in which the white accents are uniformed nurses

   Wouldn't you know?  There are still more items not included here, so we'll be back with those - next time!

   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


(Official Song of the State of Arizona)

Words by Margaret Rowe Clifford, 1915
Music by Maurice Blumenthal,

Come to this land of sunshine
To this land where life is young.
Where the wide, wide world is waiting,
The songs that will now be sung.
Where the golden sun is flaming
Into warm, white shining day,
And the sons of men are blazing
Their priceless right of way.


Come stand beside the rivers
Within our valley broad.
Stand here with heads uncovered,
In the presence of our God!
While all around, about us
The brave, unconquered band,
As guardians and landmarks
The giant mountains stand.


Not alone for gold and silver
Is Arizona great.
But with graves of heroes sleeping,
All the land is consecrate!
O, come and live beside us
However far ye roam
Come and help us build up temples
And name those temples "home."


Sing the song that's in your hearts
Sing of the great Southwest,
Thank God, for Arizona
In splendid sunshine dressed.
For thy beauty and thy grandeur,
For thy regal robes so sheen
We hail thee Arizona
Our Goddess and our queen.

"Arizona" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 11/12/07

First Image (Rick Allnut's Photo) of the Arizona Sonoran Desert courtesy of - 11/12/07

Second Image (Taken 05/05/07) of the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson courtesy of - 11/12/07

Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

Animated Snake Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/02/05

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

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

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

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

Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!!

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