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11/25/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Last Night I Didn't Get
to Sleep at All

“Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets.”

- William Faulkner
(25 Sept 1897 - 6 July 1962)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Once again, today's theme comes not from my Magic Shower or from my Haunted Radio, but from these words which keep replaying in my mind (in lieu of sleep).  It must be a message......

Happy Birthday tomorrow to our Three-Fer: Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD,    Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC, AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV!

   On Tuesday Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) will be celebrating, and on Thursday, so will Jimmy Key ('57)!
On Friday we'll have our last Birthday Two-Fer of November:
     Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND     Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


1. Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD - 11/24/07:

Saturday 11/24/2007 4:05:10pm
Name: Elizabeth Covert (Goodson)
Homepage: http://n/a
Marital Status widowed
City/Country: Frederick, MD
Favorite Teachers Eleanor Sherman; Ethel Gildersleeve; Mr. Hammond
Comments I enjoy seeing the NNHS news.

   WOWZERS!!! Thank you, Mrs. Covert - and Happy Birthday!

Hit #67,500 was made on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 8:23 PM by   Jim Elliott ('61) of AK. 

   Congratulations, Jim!

From RealAge Tips of the Week - 11/23/07 - "Why you should pencil in some worry time . . .":

RealAge Tip of the Day - 11/21/07:

Note to Self: Schedule Time to Worry

Unpaid bills, overdue projects, groceries to get, and messes to clean . . . Worry pileups like these at the end of the day can make sleep as elusive as Bigfoot.

A better plan: Set aside time to worry about these things before you crawl under the covers. That way, the space between lying down and drifting off won't be filled with sleepless fretting. Here's how to make a date with your worries.

Make a Date with Paper

If nagging thoughts won't let you nod off, give yourself 15 minutes before bedtime to grab some paper and a pen and jot down what's on your mind, advise Paul Glovinsky, PhD, and Arthur Spielman, PhD, in their book The Insomina Answer. (Browse their book online.) They suggest listing your concerns on the left page of a notebook and then brainstorming some solutions on the right side. And don't shoot for perfect problem-solvers. Even temporary solutions should help you sleep.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to Bill Gross ('48) of VA - 11/24/07 - 11/24/07 - "Ethel Neofitou":


I can't stand the suspense :-D

Did you contact/find Ethel?

Dave Spriggs '64

From Bill Gross ('48) of VA to        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/24/07:

Not yet, Dave, but to have her current address for the time being is what is important. I appreciate your help. Our reunion is not until June 14 & 15 and a cookout, if he can be arranged, on the 13th. Once all the arrangements are complete I hope have it posted on Carol's web site. Our class as you know is 1948. We are getting to be a bunch of old fogies and we have lost a large number in these 59 years. This I am sure will be our last formal reunion. A group of us locals get together for lunch twice a year. The last few have been at Cheer's on Thimble Shoals and you are welcome to join us if you like. I will be happy to let you know when we meet again.


         From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to Bill Gross ('48) of VA - 11/24/07:

Hi Bill,

Thanks for the update.  I was just curious if she was actually still alive. Sometimes telephone listings persist long after the death of the account owner.  I was hoping for a confirmation that she is still with us.

Having chaired my class' 40th Reunion and "Turning 60" birthday party, I can appreciate the effort required to locate and motivate classmates.  It is always distressing to learn of yet another old friend who has passed away. I can also understand why, at some point, a class must no longer try to arrange a formal reunion.

BUT, I have an idea which I will think through, commit to writing, and send to Carol for posting and comment on the NNHS web page:

I think the younger classes should "adopt" the members of the class 20 years their senior, e.g. my Class of 1964 would adopt the Class of 1944. We would hope to keep track of alumni and include them in all class activities. That way they can always "have a home" , so to speak.  As the last NNHS class was 1971 (who would adopt 1951) there would be no class to adopt the Class of 1952, At that point, the interval would decrease to 10 years, and the Class of 1962 would adopt the Class of 1952.

My objective is that no NNHS class should ever just fade away.

Whaddaya think?


   Well, David, I think you're a Super Genius with extraordinary imagination and vision, but then, I always have!

   From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA to     From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/24/07 - "Road trip":

Jean, indeed your beautiful bounty of autumn foliage does make my feet want to dance! Riley and I lived payday to payday. His promise to me was that when he retired we would go on weekend safaris. We loved to discover what the world had to show us.

But he had to leave and those trips will never happen, although that promise is the only one he did not keep, I still "want" to go each time I see fall.

Thank you for the lovely pictures.
Linda May '66

   Thank you, Linda May!

        From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 11/24/07 - "greetings from 'da babe'":

Hey Carol ... wanted to let ya know I'm still among the living ... haven't written in a bit ... got a bunch of new goodies to scan and send ya. Note the new email address ... ... one of those that, if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand :-)

Well ... football season is over .. and my fellow Typhoons (and Bruins, Warriors, Phantoms,  etc) at work were quick to point out that you can crush a crab not once, not twice, but THREE times this season ... falling to Bethel and Phoebus in the regular season and again to Phoebus in the second round of the Eastern Region playoffs.

For Lynda Tosh ('68 - of NC) ... what part of Virginia are you moving to? I'm heavily involved with Relay in Isle of Wight/Surry County ... we have a real rockin' relay each year ... we'll be at Windsor High the last Friday night of May 2008. Congrats ... love to hear another survivor success story. Donna Nicosia Cowger (NNHS '69) is one of our top Team Captains and was in charge of games at last year's  relay. IOW/Surry won the 'Spirit Of Relay" award for the SECOND year in a row ... and raised $6.99 per capita! Just one big family here on this side of the James.

Here is my 'now' pic ... looks like you have a theme going ...  for my baby shot I'll have to scan one for ya ... or you can crop the pic of me on the '54 Merc.

Take care ... more later.

Da Babe

PS ... I turn 53 in two weeks ... will I ever shed 'babe' status??? :-)

   Good to hear from you again, Tom! And even though our Alumni List has grown so extensively in the last year or so that we have many men now who are even younger than you, I wouldn't count on shedding that "babe" thing anytime soon.  Old nicknames die hard here!


   Thanks, Babe!

From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07 - "God's Guiding Hand on Earth":


3-year-old Reese:

"Our Father, Who does art in heaven,
Harold is His name. Amen."

A little boy was overheard praying:

"Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am."


After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong.
Finally, the boy replied,
"That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys."
One particular four-year-old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."
A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"
One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.
"If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'"
Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!"
A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand.
"Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked.
"He died and went to Heaven," the Dad replied.
The boy thought a moment and then said, "Did God throw him back down?"
A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"
"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.
"Just say what you hear Mommy say," the wife answered.
The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"
And if you don't send this to at least 8 people ----- who cares?!

Peace, love and happiness

   GIGGLES - these are great! And I love that image of the blue-eyed child! Thanks, Eva!

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  11/24/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples / Linda May / Renee, Let's see now, Did I forget anyone ???":

Dear Carol / Dimples
I think you know that my Computer crashed a few days ago and I can say that I really missed it. I was unhappy with my computer operating system which was Windows XP.  I decided to restore it to a previous time, I decided on a date about 2 months back !!
That date results were unsatisfactory, I started to restore it back to the present time and that's when it crashed.
I tried everything my inexperience would let me do. Nothing worked so I called for backup (my two Grandsons). They could not get it working without wiping out all my pictures and etc., so they decided to install Windows Vista system. Slowly, I am getting to understand it and so far I love it !!!
Now then,,,, I understand you need to RESTORE the many EXPENSES you have operating your website ~~~~~ YOU CAN COUNT ON ME,  I really love being a small part of your wonderful family of Schoolmates. SO, AS THEY SAY, "the check's in the mail".
Bless your sweet heart - thank you so very much, Herbie Darlin'!
In your newsletter of 11-14-07,   Renee Helterbran Benton ('59 - of VA) comments about my addressing my correspondence to Dear Carol / Dimples ?? The reason I do that is because we E-Mail each other back and forth and it has been a pleasure for me. We find interesting things to write each other about; for instance,         Dimples (Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard - '58 - of NC) has told me about her fishing experience and I love fishing, so we have a lot to talk about, although the fish she has caught makes me look like an amateur. I do not gossip about people SO, anything I say will be mostly humorous.
If Renee wishes to E-Mail me, I will be happy to answer her. You may give her my address   My old spell check will not work on Windows Vista so please excuse misspelled words until I find a new spell check.

    Thanks again, Herbie Darlin'! And don't worry about misspelled words; I'll catch 'em when I can!


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. 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

2. 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 

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

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

   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

Last Night I Didn't Get to Sleep at All

(The 5th Dimension)

Last night I didn't get to sleep at all, no, no
I lay awake and watched until the mornin' light
Washed away the darkness of the lonely night

Last night I got to thinkin' maybe I, I, I
Should call you up and just forget my foolish pride
I heard your number ringing, I went cold inside
And last night I didn't get to sleep at all

I know it's not my fault, I did my best
God knows this heart of mine could use a rest
But more and more I find the dreams I left behind
Are somehow too real to replace

Oh, last night I didn't get to sleep at all, no, no
The sleepin' pill I took was just a waste of time
I couldn't close my eyes 'cause you were on my mind
And last night I didn't get to sleep, didn't get to sleep
No, I didn't get to sleep at all


But more and more I find the dreams I left behind
Are somehow too real to replace

Oh, last night I didn't get to sleep at all no, no
The sleepin' pill I took was just a waste of time
I couldn't close my eyes 'cause you were on my mind
And last night I didn't get to sleep, didn't get to sleep
No, I didn't get to sleep at all

No, no, no
No, no, no

Last night I didn't get to sleep at all, no, no
Oh, last night I didn't get to sleep at all (oh, oh)

"Last Night I Didn't Get to Sleep at All" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 11/24/07

"Sleepless" Image courtesy of - 11/24/07

Peach Zigzag Divider Line courtesy of - 11/28/05

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

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!!

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Animated Kissing Lips clip art courtesy of - 04/10/03

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

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