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12/01/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Once Upon A December

"December drops no weak, relenting tear,
By our fond Summer sympathies ensnared,
Nor from the perfect circle of the year
Can even Winter's crystal gems be spared."

- Christopher Pearce Cranch, "December"

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

    We used this theme to usher in December three years ago:

   Today is World AIDS Day.



We'll have a Happy Birthday Two-Fer tomorrow!    Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA will both be celebrating!
On Tuesday Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA will be celebrating, and on Wednesday, so will
    Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA!  On the seventh, we'll have another Birthday Three-Fer!    Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   Tim Parsons ('73) of VA will all be lighting candles!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 11/30/07:

   On Thursday night,         Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC),        Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and our beautiful friend,    Pesi Tilini of NC all attended a fabulous Singing Christmas Tree program together:

From the Fayetteville Observer Weekender - 11/30/07:


   It was a huge production, the 29th annual event.  There was a full orchestra, two hand bell choirs (youth and adult), and a great number of other choirs as well, with singers ranging in age (from all appearances) from eight to eighty.  It was beautifully done, and a wonderful way to begin the Christmas Season.  Despite the grand scale, it so reminded me of the beautiful Christmas Cantatas in which I used to participate at Trinity Methodist Church forty-eleven years ago. 

   As today's theme song suggests, many of my memories are fractured.  Still, I have a clear image in my mind of      Linwood Wright ('65) of VA playing in a hand bell choir in more than one of Trinity's choir programs.  I hope that's one of my true memories, as in my mind's eye, he looks so angelic with his smiling face in his choir robe.  This memory - real or not - came back to me as I watched the choirs perform.

   Thanks, Linwood!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/30/07 - "Musical Appreciation Quiz.":

Hi, Carol:
Maybe this question will prompt a theme for one of your future Newsletters to the Typhoon Nation.
First off, I do not know the answer to my question and do hope that some genius with a great musical appreciation will identify the musical instrument being played as a solo in this song:
"Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" recorded by Gerry and The Pacemakers.
Is it an Oboe or a Tenor Saxophone Duet?
Doncha know, it is driving me crazy...or I would not have written to the Typhoon Nation for help!!!
Having lost some of my hearing to "Tanker's Ear" I need all the help I can get with this one.
Talk about memories...National Airlines flying out of Patrick Henry Airport. When I read your recent Newsletter making reference to National Airlines my mind morphed back to Patrick Henry Airport when we bid farewell to my younger sister Nancy Madagan Van Orden ('61) of FL as she left to report to Vietnam for duty as a Department of Defense civilian employee. Seems like yesterday when a strong emotion is triggered by memory of just a name. I can still see the insignia trade mark on the tail of that aircraft as it left Newport News.
Well, hope you like the suggestion for a musical theme, since it is a beautiful melody.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   That is indeed a great idea, Joe - watch for it to appear soon!  I refuse to answer your question, though, on the grounds that I do not know the answer.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   I did find this for you:

   Thanks, Adonis!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/01/07 - "New driver":


A young boy had just gotten his driver's permit and inquired of his father, if they could discuss his use of the car.  His father said he'd make a deal with his son. "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, get your hair cut and we'll talk about the car."  The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer and they agreed on it.

After about six weeks his father said, "Son, I've been real proud.  You brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm real disappointed you haven't gotten your hair  cut."

The young man paused a moment then said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair and there's even a strong  argument that Jesus had long hair."

To this his father replied, "Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?"

   Thanks, Joyce!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/01/07 - "Our Old Stomping Grounds":
I was bored this morning so I did something I'd been meaning to do for some time:

      - brand new page!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/01/07 - "RE: Sharpe's Aquarium":

Hi, Carol:

I seem to recall that Wayne Sharpe's ('55) family operated this business.

Joe Madagan

   I thought that myself, Joe - Thanks!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/01/07 - "RE: Sharpe's Aquarium":

You are on your own, here.

I was a Newmarket boy; never heard of it.

   GIGGLES - Thanks anyway, David!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/01/07 - "Perfect man and woman":

In the spirit of Christmas…the perfect man and woman!

   WILD GIGGLES - Thanks again, Joyce!

  From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 12/01/07 - "Women in film":

This is so cool.....enjoy

   WOWZERONI!! This is fascinating!  Thanks, Buster!


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


      From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL) of IL - 11/27/07 - "Tweety - this is sweet" (#3 in a series of 5):

Words from Tweety

This is one of the cutest, nicest e-mails .... Enjoy!

   Thanks, Miss Mary!



   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


Once Upon A December


Dancing Bears,
Painted wings,
Things I almost remember,
And a song someone sings,
Once upon a December

Someone holds me,
Safe and warm,
Horses prance through a silver storm,
Figures dancing gracefully,
Across my memory....

Far away,
Long ago,
Glowing dim as an ember
Things my heart used to know
Once upon a December


Someone holds me
Safe and warm,
Horses prance through a silver storm,
Figures dancing gracefully
Across my memory.....

Far away, long ago,
Glowing dim as an ember
Things my heart used to know
Things it yearns to remember

And a song
Someone sings
Once upon a December

"Once Upon a December" midi courtesy of - 11/30/04

"Once Upon a December" lyrics courtesy of - 11/30/04

"Having recovered many, many forgotten and repressed memories in these last five years,
I can almost make it through hearing this song without breaking down and sobbing - almost...."

- Carol Buckley Harty, 12/01/04

Some things simply do not change.

Image of Horse in Snow courtesy of - 12/01/06

 Knotted Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/16/06

Red AIDS Awareness Ribbon Pin Image courtesy of - 12/01/07

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

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!!

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

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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

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

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

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