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12/31/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy New Year's Eve!

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.
A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."

 ~Bill Vaughan

  Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We've come to the end of the year, and like any year, it has been filled with joys and sorrows, pleasure and pain, births and deaths, exultations and devastations, bliss and betrayals.  In short, it has been full of Life.  I hope as you reflect back upon it, that you find it brought you more happiness than grief, and that your hearts are warm tonight.



   The last birthdays of 2006 are being celebrated today by Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA  and    Susie Overton Jones ('63) of AL.

   Happy Birthday, Ladies!


  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA to the Members of the Class of 1962 - 12/30/06 - "NEWS OF CLASSMATE":

Hi All,

I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! May God bless all of you.

I hate to be a bearer of bad news but I do want everyone to know and have lots of prayers going out. Our classmate,   Carol Cooke Campbell, has a daughter, Tina, who went to MCV Hospital in Richmond, Va. the Monday before Christmas to have a simple small surgery on her kidneys, On Wednesday she had a cardiac arrest due to lack of oxygen, and no one knows why she lost her oxygen, she is now in a comma and they cannot tell us if she is going to come out of it or not. Carol has been there since that Wednesday before Christmas, she needs your prayers and if you feel the need you could send her a card to let her know that you are thinking about her. Having your child in that state has to be the worst thing in your life besides death of a child, which this is to some extent. Drs. say that she will never be the same person if she does wake up. She has had some brain damage from being in arrest for so long.

The daughter's name is Tina Landes, MCV Hospital. She is in Intensive Care, no room number. Carol is staying in the hospitality house for now. If you get a chance try to send her a card. Carol's husband has to travel every other day back to NN for kidneys dialysis, and both of them are retired disability. So all the encouragement to can send them through cards, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again, and please pray.

Hope to see most of you at the next meeting, Jan 9th.

Happy New Year!

   Oh, how tragic!!!  Thank you for letting us know, Brenda!  We'll keep Carol and Tina and their whole family in our thoughts and prayers.

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/30/06 - "Unable to get the site...":

Last night or today.  Is it a "just me" problem, my computer or my aol?  Or is it a more general problem? 

   It's not you, your computer, your AOL, me, my computer, or my internet.  It's the site server,  And I don't know what their problem is.  It's been sporadic all day.  Sigh.  Sorry, Lady!

Had company last night and after dinner went to put a partially eaten pie in the frige and flipped it to the I have a new recipe for you...pie-on-the-floor!   My friend helped me clean it up and there were "wild giggles!!!"

   Oh, I love it!!!  EVEN WILDER GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Jean!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/30/06 - "pass this along!":

Someone has said that, if Christians really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.  In W.W.II there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace.

There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate:  Every evening at 9:00 pm Eastern Time (8:00 pm Central) (7:00 Mountain) (6:00 pm  Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation.  If you know anyone else who would like to participate,  please pass this along.  Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Together, we "CAN" make a difference!  Thank You and God Bless America.

   Yes, we can!  Thanks, Shari!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/30/06:

50 Things We Know Now (That We Didn't Know This Time Last Year) 2006 Edition

Published: Dec 26, 2006

You go through life thinking you've got your head wrapped around the world and all of its knowable information.

Then one day you read that since 2005, scientists have discovered more than 50 new species of animals and plants on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. These new members of the List of Animals We Previously Didn't Have a Clue About include a catfish with protruding teeth and suction cups on its belly that help it stick to rocks.

Go back for a second.

A bucktooth, rock-climbing catfish. With suckers.

We'll understand if at this point you wish that your brain were an Etch A Sketch so you could shake it clean and start over.

Even more mind-numbing: Tons of cool new discoveries wash ashore in the media tide each year but fall through the cracks, what with all the coverage of Britney Spears' undies and Tom Cruise's wedding.

Consider this list - culled from dozens of news stories from 2006 - your chance to catch up.

1. U.S. life expectancy in 2005 inched up to a record high of 77.9 years.

2. The part of the brain that regulates reasoning, impulse control and judgment is still under construction during puberty and doesn't shift into autopilot until about age 25.

3. Blue light fends off drowsiness in the middle of the night, which could be useful to people who work at night.

4. The 8-foot-long tooth emerging from the head of the narwhal whale is actually a type of sensor that detects changes in water temperature, pressure and particle gradients.

5. U.S. Protestant "megachurches" - defined as having a weekly attendance of at least 2,000 - doubled in five years to more than 1,200 and are among the nation's fastest-growing faith groups.

6. Cheese consumption in the United States is expected to grow by 50 percent between now and 2013.

7. At 68.1 percent, the United States ranks eighth among countries that have access to and use the Internet. The largest percentage of online use was in Malta, where 78.1 percent access the Web.

8. The U.S. government has paid about $1.5 billion in benefits to thousands of sick nuclear-weapons workers since 2001.

9. Scientists have discovered that certain brain chemicals in our tears are natural pain relievers.

10. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover wrote a drooling fan letter to Lucille Ball in 1955 to tell her how much he enjoyed an episode of "I Love Lucy." "In all the years I have traveled on trains," he noted, "I have often wondered why someone did not pull the emergency brake, but I have never been aboard a train where it was done. The humor in your program last Monday, I think, exceeded any of your previous programs and they have been really good in themselves."

11. Wasps spray an insect version of pepper spray from their heads to temporarily incapacitate their rivals.

12. A sex gene responsible for making embryos male and forming the testes is also produced by the brain region targeted by Parkinson's disease, a discovery that may explain why more men than women develop the degenerative disorder.

13. Ancient humans from Asia may have entered the Americas following an ocean highway made of dense kelp.

14. An impact crater 18 miles in diameter was found 12,500 feet under the Indian Ocean.

15. Americans spent almost $32 billion on toys during 2005. About a third of that was spent on video games.

16. A new planet described as a "super-Earth," which weighs 13 times as much as our planet, exists in a solar system 9,000 light-years away.

17. A gene for a light-sensitive protein in the eye is what resets the body's "internal clock."

18. Australian scientists discovered a polyrhachis sokolova, which is believed to be the only ant species that can live under water. It nests in submerged mangroves and hides from predators in air pockets.

19. Red wine contains anti-inflammatory chemicals that stave off diseases affecting the gums and bone around the teeth.

20. A substance called resveratrol, also found in red wine, protects mice from obesity and the effects of aging, and perhaps could do the same for humans.

21. Two previously unknown forms of ice - dubbed by researchers as ice XIII and XIV - were discovered frozen at temperatures of around minus 160 degrees Celsius, or minus 256 Fahrenheit.

22. The hole in the earth's ozone layer is closing - and could be entirely closed by 2050. Meanwhile, the amount of greenhouse gases is increasing.

23. Scientists discovered what they believe to be football-field-sized minimoons scattered in Saturn's rings that may be debris left over from a collision between a comet and one of Saturn's icy moons.

24. At least once a week, 28 percent of high school students fall asleep in school, 22 percent fall sleep while doing homework and 14 percent get to school late or miss school because they overslept.

25. Women gain weight when they move in with a boyfriend because their diet deteriorates, but men begin to eat more healthy food when they set up a home with a female partner.

26. Some 45 percent of Internet users, or about 60 million Americans, said they sought online help to make big decisions or negotiate their way through major episodes in their lives during the previous two years.

27. Of the 10 percent of U.S. teens who uses credit cards, 15.7 percent are making the minimum payment each month.

28. Around the world, middle-aged and elderly men tend to be more satisfied with their sex lives than women in the same age group, a new survey shows.

29. The 90-million-year-old remains of seven pack-traveling carnivorous dinosaurs known as Mapusaurus were discovered in an area of southern Argentina nicknamed "Jurassic Park."

30. A group of genes makes some mosquitoes resistant to malaria and prevents them from transmitting the malaria parasite.

31. A 145-million-year-old beach ball-sized meteorite found a half-mile below a giant crater in South Africa has a chemical composition unlike any known meteorite.

32. Just 30 minutes of continuous kissing can diminish the body's allergic reaction to pollen, relaxing the body and reducing production of histamine, a chemical cell given out in response to allergens.

33. Saturn's moon Titan features vast swaths of "sand seas" covered with row after row of dunes from 300 to 500 feet high. Radar images of these seas, which stretch for hundreds of miles, bear a stunning likeness to ranks of dunes in Namibia and Saudi Arabia.

34. Scientists have discovered the fastest bite in the world, one so explosive it can be used to send the Latin American trap-jaw ant that performs it flying through the air to escape predators.

35. Janjucetus Hunderi, a ferocious whale species related to the modern blue whale, roamed the oceans 25 million years ago preying on sharks with its huge, razor-sharp teeth.

36. DNA analysis determined the British descended from a tribe of Spanish fishermen who crossed the Bay of Biscay almost 6,000 years ago.

37. Marine biologists discovered a new species of shark that walks along the ocean floor on its fins.

38. Most of us have microscopic, wormlike mites named Demodex that live in our eyelashes and have claws and a mouth.

39. The common pigeon can memorize 1,200 pictures.

40. The queens of bee, ant and wasp colonies that have the most sex with the largest number of males produce the strongest and healthiest colonies.

41. By firing atoms of metal at another metal, Russian and American scientists found a new element - No. 118 on the Periodic Table - that is the heaviest substance known and probably hasn't existed since the universe was in its infancy.

42. A "treasure-trove" of 150-million-year-old fossils belonging to giant sea reptiles that roamed the seas at the time of the dinosaurs was uncovered on the Arctic island chain of Svalbard, about halfway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole.

43. Sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday can disturb your body clock, leaving you fatigued at the start of the week.

44. Migrating dragonflies and songbirds exhibit many of the same behaviors, suggesting the rules that govern such long-distance travel may be simpler and more ancient than was once thought.

45. During the past five years, the existence of a peanut allergy in children has doubled.

46. Photos taken of Mars in 1999 and 2005 show muddy sand, indicating there may have been a flood sometime between those years.

47. A python was the first god worshipped by mankind, according to 70,000-year-old evidence found in a cave in Botswana's Tosodilo hills.

48. Red wines from southwest France and Sardinia boast the highest concentrations of chemical compounds that promote heart health.

49. One of the most effective ways for athletes to recover after exercise is to drink a glass of chocolate milk.

50. Researchers from the University of Manchester managed to induce teeth growth in normal chickens - activating genes that have lain dormant for 80 million years.

Sources: The Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, U.S. Journal of Dental Research, Comte News, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Bereavement Magazine, James Cook University, U.S. National Institutes of Health, The New York Times, University of Oregon, Current Biology, Hartford Seminary, University of Nottingham,, Pew Internet & American Life Project, Junior Achievement,, University of Chicago, Newcastle University, Forbes, National Geographic, University of Minnesota, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor,, Daily Record, Oxford University, New Scientist, Glasgow Daily Record, The San Jose Mercury News, Flinders University, Biology Letters, The Washington Post, University of Oslo, The Times of London, Indiana University, University of Manchester,

   Thank you, Shari!  We do aim to educate one another here from time to time, and these were fascinating.

   I personally found #38 on this list to be highly, creepily disturbing.....

   Happy New Year, Lady!

    From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 12/30/06:

Hi Carol.

The comments by    Glenn Dye ('60) of TX about buying a dog reminded me of an old saying:

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, is very dark." ;-)

   WILDEST GIGGLES!!!  I love it, Ronnie - THANKS!  A Very Merry Un-Birthday - and Happy New Year!

    From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 12/30/06 - " A test for "Old Kids"":

How many of  these can u get right??  I'm not saying we're old, just really knowledgeable... the answers are printed below, but don't cheat. (I can't believe I missed the first one -- that was my favorite show at one time!)

01. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, Who was that masked man? Invariably, someone would answer, I don't know, but he left this behind. What did he  leave behind?________________. 
02.  When the Beatles first came to the U.S. in early 1964, we all watched them  on The _______________ Show. 
03.  "Get your kicks, ___________________." 
04. "The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed___________________."
05.  "In the jungle, the mighty jungle,  ________________."

06.  After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we "danced" under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the  "_____________." 

07.   "N_E_S_T_L_E_S", Nestle's makes the very best....... "_______________." 

08.   Satchmo was America's "Ambassador of Goodwill." Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was  _________________. 

09.  What takes a licking and keeps on ticking?   _______________. 

10. Red  Skelton's hobo character was named __________________ and Red always ended his television show by saying, "Good Night, and "________ ________". 

11.  Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by  burning their______________. 

12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW . What other names did it go by? ____________  &  _______________. "
13.  In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, "the day the music died. "This was a tribute to  ___________________.

14. We can  remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it. It  was called ___________________. 

15. One of the big fads of the late 50's and 60's was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist. It was called the  ________________.

  AHHH, a test! Thanks, Ron!

   Y'all give it a shot.  The answers are below....

  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/30/06 - "New Year 2007 thoughts, Summary of Life":

New Year 2007 thoughts, Summary of Life

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap.

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise.  It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.

1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.


At age 4 success is . . . . not piddling in your pants.
At age 12 success is . . . having friends
At age 17 success is . . . having a drivers license.
At age 35 success is . . . having money.
At age 50 success is . . . having money.
At age 70 success is . . . having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is . . . having friends.
At age 80 success is . . . not piddling in your pants.

Always remember to forget the troubles that pass your way;
BUT NEVER forget the blessings that come each day.
Have a wonderful day with many *smiles*
Take the time to live!!!


Always take time to say thank you to those who give!
No batteries required!

Every day is one less; so make this one the best!

Have a Fantastic Week and remember to make every hour in your life - HAPPY HOUR!

SUPER!!! Thanks, Glenn! Happy New Year!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/30/06 - "Still cannot get the site...will try tomorrow.":

Have tried off and on all day.  No luck.     



   Love you, too, Jean! Happy New Year!

    From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 12/30/06:

01.  The Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet. 
02. The Ed Sullivan  Show 
03. On Route 66 
04. To protect the innocent. 
05. The  Lion Sleeps Tonight 
06. The limbo 
07. Chocolate 
08.  Louis Armstrong 
09. The Timex watch 
10. Freddy, The  Freeloader, and "Good Night, and may God Bless." 
11. Draft cards  (Bras were also  burned.) 
12. Beetle or Bug 
13.  Buddy Holly 
14. Sputnik 
15. Hoola-hoop 

   The good news - and the bad news - here, Ronnie, is that I scored a perfect score.  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Sweetie!   Happy New Year!


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007
at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!

   I hope you all know how very much you mean to me.  Thank you for all your support in so many ways this year.

   Y'all have a safe and wonderful Happy New Year - and 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

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stoup
And surely I'll be mine
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

"Auld Lang Syne" midi and lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/20/04
Thanks, Dave!  What a perfect version!

Animated "Happy New Year" clip art courtesy of - 12/30/06

New Year Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/30/06

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

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

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