12/31/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy New Year's Eve!

“Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."

- Hal Borland
(14 May 1900 - 22 Feb 1978) 


Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This observance - and this theme - repeats each year:




   Last year I opened with these words, which still work for me: 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.


   We have another Two-Fer today! Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND      Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA are both celebrating!

   Many Happy Returns!




       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/30/07 - "   Gilmore Kirby '64":

Fellow Typhoons:  My Classmate, Gilmore Kirby ’64, passed away on 25 November 1998. An old Army buddy of his recently learned of his death by searching the Internet and landing on our NNHS web site. They had not been in contact since 1968.

 I was contacted by the buddy and asked if I knew the cause of death. I replied that I did not, but I offered to query the Alumni in hopes that someone does know. If you have this information, please e-mail me at nnhs64@cox.net.

Dave Spriggs ‘64

   This is definitely worth trying, David. Surely someone knows.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Just to cover all bases, I cross-posted your note here:


   Thank you, Captain!



    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/28/07 - "THANK YOU FROM GLENN":

Just want to first thank you all for your prayers. I am home now with my pacemaker. It seems to be working alright. I am a little sore from the incision but I feel better. I am not to use my left arm as far as lifting it up above my head for about 2 weeks. My wife says I can vacuum with the right hand. Ha! Ha!  

Go back to doctor after the 2 weeks for another evaluation. Happy New Year to all of you and your families.

Glenn Dye

   What wonderful news, Glenn! Thank you so much for letting us know! Our continued prayers go with you for a swift and total recovery!


    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 12/28/07 AND      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/29/07 - "2008 CONTRACT":

2008 Contract
After serious & cautious consideration.....your
contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2008!

It was a very hard decision to make. So try not to screw it up!!!

My Wish for You in 2008

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy. May the problems you had forget your home address! In simple words ............

May 2008 be the best year of your life!!!

   Thanks, Jerry - and Shari! Happy New Year!


  From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA - 12/28/07 - "Happy New Year!":

I hope 2008 is the most fantastic, happy and healthy year for you yet, and wish you much joy and happiness for so many years to come.  You truly deserve all this and more.
Question for        David (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) /you/anyone:  Anyone know an email for Beverly Barnes (Class of 66)?  She lived 2d door for me in Stuart Gardens and I haven't heard from or seen her in ...... sooo many years?
Stacy (Dorn) Davis

  Thank you so much, Stacy! Happy New Year to you, too!

   I forwarded your note to both David and    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 12/31/07:


She graduated in 1966 but I don’t have an address on her at all.  Hopefully, others reading this may have.


   Thanks, Dee!

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"


    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 12/28/07 - "January Birthdays for Class of '57":

Hi Carol:
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  Thought I'd send this information to you a little early so you can list their birthdays timely.  Thanks for everything you do.
Jan. 1 Gloria Hand Burns
Jan. 4 Norma Howell Morgan
Jan. 5 Carolyn McCormick Holmes
Jan. 5 Cammie Dick Gibson
Jan. 6 Harry M. Covert
Jan. 7 Jimmy Shires
Jan. 7 Brucey Smith Slama
Jan. 7 Paige Smith Morahan
Jan. 8 Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore
Jan. 8 Pat Branch Coltrane
Jan. 8 Wilma Robinson
Jan. 8 Sonja Settles Allen
Jan. 9 Joan Burcher Green
Jan. 10 Peggy Taylor Hudson
Jan. 15 Skippy Weitz
Jan. 16 Johanne Coates Richardson
Jan. 18 Eileen Rash Vaught
Jan. 22 Carolyn Clark Wilt
Jan. 22 Sandra Sherman Filippo
Jan. 28 Courtney Russ
Jan. 29 Nancy Keesee Barr

  Thank you, Pat! I added the ones I didn't have to our page:



    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/28/07 - "baby got back!":


       Thank you, Shari! What a hoot!  


     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 12/29/07 - "Penny postcards":


This site has all 50 states and penny post cards from the early 1900's.....it's interesting!...and I thought you would like to take a look at it.Click Me!

   Thank you, Janice! This is a great site, and we've run it several times before, but it bears repeating. Happy New Year, Lady!


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/29/07 - "NN/NNHS Blog":


There has been some recent talk about creating a BLOG in order to relieve you of some of the Newsletter burden.

There currently exists a BLOG which may partially serve that purpose ... at least for the "do you remember?" discussions. It may be less suited to the other social functions of your newsletter, e.g. deaths, recipes, grandchildren, etc.

Here is a link to the most current entry of the existing 324 (as of this writing). You can navigate backwards in time to read the earlier entries:


My cousin, Vicki Linkous Sterling clued me in to it. She has been posting there, and she told me that your NNHS web site (Old Stomping Grounds) has been mentioned there. Not surprising.

Anyway, the subscribers may be interested to know of its existence.


   David, once again, you are my hero!  My darling   #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany (Winona Harty - Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OH showed me how to make a blog, and we even sorta launched it, but I really didn't know how to begin it or attach it or utilize it or separate it or much of anything, and she had to leave before we nailed all of that down. 


   This is GREAT news for me! It gives me some thinking time before I have to actually make a move. Thanks so much, Brown Eyes! Happy New Year!


    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/29/07 - "Same Auld Lang Syne":

Dan Fogelberg. This song always makes me cry a little, but it is very nice.

As 2007 closes may we all count the great blessings we've been given this year. I wish for all of you the best in 2008. May it be a happy year for each of us!

   OH, GOODY! Aren't we posta cry on New Year's Eve?!? Thanks, Shari!

I just read he lost his fight with cancer on December 16th.....


   Well, now we can cry some more. Thanks again, Lady! Happy New Year!


    From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/30/07 - "Freedom":

Hi Carol,
I just wanted to share this headline of yore with you and some of your younger contributors who may be too young to understand why this headline didn't read 'Asian-Americans Surrender'.


For those of us who were around at the time, it is an insult for those who were not to get on their high horses about the way we talked. At least, women weren't called 'bitches' in those days, and we never heard, much less uttered, the ubiquitous 12 letter noun that has so recently crept into our conversations. I would suggest that such self-righteous indignation be reserved for the filthy language that we tolerate in public today. Thank you very much.
Bill Campbell

   You know, Bill, I had never quite thought of it that way.  I had known from earliest childhood when I first began watching WWII documentaries - particularly Victory at Sea - with       my daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25), that such words seemed perfectly natural at that time, and those same words grate on the nerves now, but I hadn't realized it was even more a case of putting things in their proper historical perspective than simply evolving with time.  And I , too, deplore the profanity, vulgarity, disrespect, and rude behavior that is so commonplace these days.  Not everything changes for the better.

   Thanks so much for your insights, Sweetie! Happy New Year!



1. 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 -  12/14/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, This is Dog Logic" (#11 in a series of 12):

Dear Carol / Dimples
Something to ponder.


   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!  

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
-Roger Caras


    May the spirit of this season bring you all as much joy as you've brought to me! 

   Remember - there are still several images and thought provoking topics yet to be covered - sometime soon - MAYBE even - next time!  Meanwhile, Happy New Year to you all!

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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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!

"Happy New Year" title clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/newyear/newyear_images_9.htm - 12/30/07

Animated "Happy New Year" Part Hat clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/newyear/newyear_images_11.htm -12/30/07

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

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

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

Siuslaw High School Viking Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/minnesotavikings-1000-png - 12/27/07

Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

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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