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01/04/08 - NNHS Newsletter
God Must Have Spent a Little More
Time on You

“There are two sorts of romantics: those who love,
and those who love the adventure of loving.”

- Lesley Blanch
 (6 June 1904 - 7 May 2007)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

    I couldn't resist this song either.  I personally much prefer Alabama's later version to the original by 'N Sync, just because I'm partial to the deeper richness of their more mature voices.  Pick your own fave:

     'N Sync -

     Alabama -


   Happy Birthday today to our Birthday Two-Fer,    Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND           My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of VA! 

Coming soon, we'll have: 05 -   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57),    Cammie Dick Gibson ('57), AND Leonard M. (Doc) Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA;
06 -
    Harry Covert  ('57) of Northern VA,    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA, AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD;
07 -   Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA, Brucey Smith Slama ('57), AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 01/02/08:

Hi, and hope your new year is healthy and prosperous! 

I had to send a pic of Lou (Kressaty - Butler HS, NJ - '57 - of VA) and me taken at my last concert on December 17. 

Couldn’t help but show off my grandchildren also!!  At the time Soren was 3-½ and Ciarra is 11. They were here in September for my mom’s funeral. 

September 2007 September 2007 Monday, December 17, 2007
Ciarra Soren Lou and Sarah


   Oh, WOW!!! Aren't you all looking so pretty?!? Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/02/08 - "Lunch with GOD":

Happy New Year.  Hope you like this one.
God Bless You!!!
Just click here:


How true this is:  I think we all are guilty at times of forgetting how much even the SIMPLEST of gestures can mean the WORLD to another person - you never know where another person is in their own lives, what is going on for them.......hope you read it...

 Joyce Cahoon

   I do like it! Thank you, Joyce!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/02/07 - "Hello There":


Hello There Nice Person..

   Thanks so much, Glenn!

From - 01/03/08 - "Boomers planning to get 'old' at age 78":

Boomers planning to get 'old' at age 78

WESTPORT, Conn. (UPI) -- Baby boomers, who once advised each other not to trust anyone over 30, say on average, they will get "old" at age 78, a U.S. survey found.

The MetLife Mature Market Institute survey polled boomers born in 1946 -- who can now apply for regular retirement benefits from Social Security along with President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, former President Bill Clinton, Cher, Diane Keaton, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Liza Minnelli, Reggie Jackson, Sally Field, Sylvester Stallone and Donald Trump.

Seventy-seven percent of boomers born in 1946 say they are in good to excellent health. Their net worth -- excluding home value -- is an average of $257,800 and their average annual income is approximately $71,400.

Five percent have both parents still living; 27 percent still have one parent living. Eighty-seven percent say neither they nor their spouse are caregivers to elderly parents or relatives right now. Of the 14 percent who are caregivers, 16 percent of them are providing care for more than 20 hours a week -- the average number of hours is 9.5.

The telephone survey of 1,000 people age 61 was conducted by GFK Custom Research North America in November has a margin of error of plus/minus 3 percent.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 01/03/08 - "Fluoroscope picture":

  Carol -- here's a picture of one of the old shoe-fitting fluoroscopes; we've had a discussion or two about these in the newsletter.

   WOWZERONI - that's it!!! Thanks so much, Ronnie!

   For some reason I was thinking of all those shoe store discussions the other day. As soon as I remember what I was thinking, I'll add this great image to those pages.....


From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 01/03/08 - "Small World for NNHS":

On 31 Dec for the past eight years Joe and I go up to Williamsburg’s First Night.  I was leaving the first show and looked around and saw this lady behind me and I asked her if her name was    Linda?  She said “Yes” and I said “Alfrey” and again “Yes” and I then told her that we were in 8th grade together at NNHS!  Told her who I was and who I sent around with and she then put a name to my face.  She couldn’t believe I recognized her but she still wears her hair short and I have great memory.  Told her of all of you I email to and she said to say hello.....

I also told her ones I see often and she said she had run into Ann Webster Fitzgerald ('61 - of VA) last year.  So on 01 Jan I called    Patty Andrews Mays ('61 - of VA) and Ann to tell them I had seen Linda. Ann said to say hello also and she doesn’t have a computer!


   Don't you just love such "chance" meetings?!? Thanks so much for sharing that, Karrin!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/03/08 - "BEST WISHES for 2008":

To all my friends and family who sent me best wishes for 2007, it did NOTHING AT all. For 2008, could you please send either money, alcohol or gas vouchers!

 Joyce Cahoon

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!


1.         From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/03/08, 2:31 PM - "RE: The Chamberlin":

    Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) was worried that the Google Earth image showed evidence of  demolition at the Chamberlin.

Quite the contrary. What can be seen are elevators being used to hoist refurbishment and renovation materials to upper floors. Wikipedia says that it is being renovated into apartments.

All that is good news. The structure is well located and, I assume, structurally sound enough to become apartments or condos.

If I were to win the Powerball, I would live there.

   A bit pricey, hmm? But WHEW, what a relief! Thank you so much, Brown Eyes!

2.       From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 01/03/08, 3:32 PM - "RE: The Chamberlin":

     Carol (Buckley Harty - '65 - of NC)....     Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD), relax......

The Hotel is being converted into condos, they are not tearing it down, only fixing it up, and from what I hear doing a spectacular job of it !

Dimples aka Sepi

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks, Dimples!

3 .     From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 01/03/08 - 6:56 PM - "RE: The Chamberlin":

Dear     Legs (Chandler) (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD),

Word around here is they (the powers that be, whoever "they" are, they are not from around here) are going to turn it into an old peoples home.

I figure they intend to make it so remarkable that we will flock there by the dozens only to be gassed and our bodies throw into the bay (oysters are poorly these days).

Kinda reminds me of that movie, Soylent Green (1973) with Charlton Heston and that short fat 1940's gangster with the big lips (Edward G. Robinson), "Yeah, take that". In the end you just walk in and watch pictures of nature's peaceful earth while they slowly inject poison in your arm. Than they reprocess your body into food.

They're probably going to ship in more old people because I do not think the ones around here could afford it. We are surrounded by water on three sides and can not afford to look at it.

There you have---don't get old!!

Linda May "66

   Ummmm, yeah, I myself have often thought that many People in Charge have such hidden agendas to eliminate people they deemed to be undesirable and expendable......

   You reminded me of my mama           the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25), a.k.a. The Beautiful Baba, a.k.a. The Hoot.  After she become well advanced in years and would shuffle rather than scurry, as she would pass some sweet young thing somewhere in public, she would suddenly stop and say to her, "Don't get old!".

   Sooooo, old folks home, eh?  Thanks, Linda May!

4.   From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 01/03/08 - 7:02 PM - "RE: The Chamberlin":

I am sure     Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) has been told by now that the Chamberlin is undergoing renovation in order to become a Senior’s home.  At least, that was the last thing I read about it in the Daily Press. 

   Thank you, Dee!

   So there you have it, Chandler! The Chamberlin is safe and sound, and is in the process of being converted, either into condos, or into a Retirement Home (and I remember now reading both such accounts):

  Either way, it'll be expensive and delightful for the residents - unless of course Linda May's theory is correct.....

From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 01/03/08 - "50's Stuff":

This was one of the best that I have seen on the 50's.  Merry New Year!

Cute little multimedia presentation about life in the 1950's.  Be sure you have the sound on.

   Ohhh, how cool! Thanks so much, Eva!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/03/08 - "Read Worthies":

A nice oldie--web movie. New Beginning 
       A Golden Chain
Friendship is a Golden Chain,
The links are friends so dear,
And like a rare and precious jewel
It's treasured more each year...
It's clasped together firmly
With a love that's deep and true,
And it's rich with happy memories
and fond recollections, too...

Time can't destroy its beauty
For, as long as memory lives,
Years can't erase the pleasure
That the joy of friendship gives...
For friendship is a priceless gift
That can't be bought or sold,
But to have an understanding friend
Is worth far more than gold...
And the Golden Chain of Friendship
Is a strong and blessed tie
Binding kindred hearts together
As the years go passing by.

- Author Unknown
The Echo
You hear so much about memories at this time of year. From Thanksgiving Day on we are bombarded with the idea that we are not only making memories but somehow building upon them.

It is the sites, sounds and smells of the holidays that trigger vivid flashbacks for me. The turkey taking center stage, the cranberries and sweet potatoes all make me think of mom.

The first Christmas bell, carol, or even laughter I hear, readies my mind for a long journey home and the loving sounds only family can provide.

But, oh how a whiff of chocolate, peanut butter cookies or pumpkin pie can set my soul a dancin' down memory lane!

It's easy for me to venture back to things I hold close to my heart. It takes very little to find myself remembering people, places and things which somehow mixed in with the very essence of who I am today.

I swear if they checked my DNA, they'd come up with elements of chocolate chip cookie mixed with genetic traits of dancing when the spirit moved me and smiling when I hear my wife's voice.

Memories are as much a part of who I am as today's choices become a part of all I will become.

But what about this new years eve thing?

Just below the sound of horns tooting and bubbly bubbling, lies the stark reality of the passing of another year. Many struggle with all they wanted to do and didn't. Some struggle with all they think they can never accomplish and still others bask in the glow of success beyond measure.

For the first time in my 57 new year celebrations I have discovered the real truth about time.

"The Echo."

If I take away all the fond, sweet feelings of the past and remove the element of regret from things I wanted to do right or things I did wrong, I am left with the facts.

Everything I do in 2008 will be reflected in how I see my life on new years eve that year.

Thus, my theory of "The Echo."

If you stand in a canyon and shout, "Hello!" "Hello" comes back to you.

You can't yell, "How are you?" and get a reply, "Fine. Thanks for asking!" 2008 is like a canyon. You stand on the edge on new years eve and what you put into it will come back to you. The more you put in, the more will come back. If you love more, you will get more love back. If you fear more, fear will come back.

So, this new years eve when you find yourself reflecting on 2007 remember, it has nothing at all to do with memories.

It's "The Echo."

What will you get back next year?

Bob Perks


      *---- Quotes For The Week ----*  

"If you follow no other truth, follow the truth that within your being is called joy. If you follow that, you're always going to be right where you need to be, and you will always have life within your being."

-Sheradon Bryce

"Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there."  

--Norman Vincent Peale

   Thanks so much, Shari!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 01/03/08 - "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows":

Dear Carol,
Thank you for the song. It was my father's favorite! (Although his rainbows often did bite him in the leg...)
Speaking of dogs, I have another one for your niece, Shari. Here's a very very popular cross-breed dog:  Bulldog + Shitzu.
Loving 2008, so far!
Typhoons Forever,


   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Chris!

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 01/04/08 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, a sign of thank you.":

Dear Carol / Dimples

Click onto the website and enjoy !!!

A sign of thank you.


   This is such a good reminder! Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII 01/04/08 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Here is a copy of My Living Will":

Dear Carol / Dimples
Laff a little, Love a little and be Happy !!!


Last night my sister-in-law and I were sitting in the den and I said to her, "I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle to keep me alive. That would be no quality of life at all. If that ever happens, just pull the plug."

So she got up, unplugged the computer, and threw out my wine.

She's such a bitch.

   WILDEST GIGGLES! Thanks again, Herbie Darlin'!


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

   Remember - there are still in backlog 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





God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You

('N Sync, Alabama)

Can this be true? Tell me, can this be real?
How can I put into words what I feel?
My life was complete, I thought I was whole
Why do I feel like I'm losing control?
I never thought that love could feel like this
Then you changed my world with just one kiss
How can it be that right here with me
There's an angel? It's a miracle

Your love is like a river, peaceful and deep
Your soul is like a secret that I never could keep
When I look into your eyes, I know that it's true
God must have spent a little more time on you
(A little more time....I'm sure he did....yes he did, babe...)

In all of creation, all things great and small
You are the one that surpasses them all
More precious than any diamond or pearl
They broke the mold when you came in this world
And I'm trying hard to figure out...just how I ever did without
The warmth of your smile, the heart of a child
That's deep inside, it leaves me purified

Your love is like a river, peaceful and deep
Your soul is like a secret that I never could keep
When I look into your eyes, I know that it's true
God must have spent a little more time on you

God must have spent a little more time on you
On you
A little more time on you.

"God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" midi courtesy of - 01/03/08

"God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" lyrics courtesy
of - 01/03/08

01/22/05 Photo of "LOVE" Sculpture courtesy of - 01/03/08

Animated "L-O-V-E" chain courtesy of - well, I can't find it, but it's been in my files since 02/24/05

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!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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!

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

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