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01/08/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Elvis Presley's 73rd Birthday

   "You only pass through this life once, you don't come back for an encore."

- Elvis Aaron Presley
(08 Jan 1935 - 16 Aug 1977)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today would have been Elvis' 73rd Birthday.  We generally try to celebrate this event each year:

HOMEWORK (repeated from last year): - the official site - the unofficial site


   And speaking of birthdays, Happy Birthday today to    Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND Pat Branch Coltrane ('57)!

    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 01/06/08 - "NNHS Class of '57 - Birthdays for January":

Hi Carol,
It seems I left off one Classmate's birthday.  Please add this to your list for January.
Jan. 8 - Patricia Branch Coltrane
Her hubby (Richard Coltrane - '57) wrote to inform me that I left it off and added this interesting tidbit as well.
Pat Branch Coltrane was born on January 8, 1940 during a blizzard in Providence Forge.  She arrived early, which has not happened since, and because of the snow, she was delivered by her father.  Fortunately, he was a farmer and had experience birthing animals, if not humans.
Sorry for causing you extra work.  I'll try to do better next time.
Pat Beck Letzinger

   I love this story! Thanks, Pat - and Richard!
But you didn't really omit Pat's name from your list.  In fact, it's been on our Birthday Page for quite some time, as the lovely    Thelma Spade Roberts (02 Feb 1939 - 26 Aug 2005) gave it to me before her untimely passing:

   I think the confusion arises because you post your birthdays a month in advance, whereas I normally (if that word can ever be used in conjunction with my name) post mine roughly a week in advance, refreshing them on the first Monday of the week.

  Happy Belated Birthday to   Bill Bost ('61) of NC, who celebrated a Major Milestone on January 4:

  From Bill Bost ('61) of NC - 01/06/08 - "BIRTHDAY":





   Thanks, Bill!    As I was but a wee mousie during your senior year, I remember you quite well. I'm so sorry we missed your Big Day.  I even ran a mail check to find where you had notified me of your birthday before, but found nothing, so I must assume it was lost in cyber-space. I've added it on now. If you'll send me your sibling's birthdays, I'll add them as well.

   I'm glad you and your father are enjoying the website; please give him our best regards!

   Happy Birthday later this week to our other friends:

09 - Joan Burcher Green ('57);
10 - Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND
   Bob Parrish ('68) of VA AND My #3 Daughter-in-Law,    Brandy Beger Harty of IL;
11 - My Brother-in-Law, the late
   Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) (01/11/32  - 05/07/05) AND      Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD AND Ron Haney ('65) of VA AND    Ron Smith ('65) of VA AND Barbara Dye Hensley ('69) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


1.   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA - 12/30/07 (but not discovered until 01/07/08):

Sunday 12/30/2007 6:40:04pm
Name: Kathie (Avant) Taylor
Marital Status Married
Favorite Teachers Miss Kanter
Hobbies Golf, Tennis, Cooking
Comments Sorry I have not been to a class reunion to this point but now that I have found the NNHS newsletter, it is great to hear about classmates. Thank you for you your efforts.

   Thank you, Kathie! Sorry I missed this for so long!  


  From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 01/05/08 - "SUSPENSE For Ft. Monroe: please send brief e-mail to Army":

Note: To reach any of the Web or e-mail addresses mentioned in this message, it might be necessary to copy and paste the address into your browser or e-mail message.)  

This is a special update from Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park ( asking you to help protect Fort Monroe by writing an e-mail note to the U.S. Army at by January 9 (if you have not done so already). Your note will help ensure that Fort Monroe, i.e. all of its 570 acres, is protected in its entirety as a "Grand Public Place" for everyone.

Because privatization, i.e. the selling off of the land to developers, at Fort Monroe is the greatest single threat to Fort Monroe’s historic character, we believe that the most important opinions that anyone can express to the Army are:

The guidelines that the Army sets up must provide for positive, effective steps to ensure that all of Fort Monroe's 570 National Historic Landmark acres, not just the moated fortress, is respected and protected from any and all adverse effects, including privatization.

* The "adaptive reuse" of any current Fort Monroe properties, though highly constructive and beneficial, must take place through leasing, not sales, because leases will allow significantly greater and more effective protection over the coming decades and centuries -- as opposed to conservation easements and covenants which, among other things, have the drawback of being a one-shot attempt to forecast the kind of protection needed years in the future, and may miss the mark.
* The best way to ensure the permanent well-being of Fort Monroe will be to designate a high-level steward, likely federal in some way, that is insulated from day-to-day local politics and that would oversee all of Fort Monroe's 570 acres.
The Army doesn't make decisions about whether Fort Monroe will become a park or be developed, but under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Army does set up guidelines that must be followed in the future by any entity having ownership or jurisdiction.
With involvement by citizens and interested organizations including Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park, the Army is now writing those guidelines. There have been public meetings, as announced in an earlier update message.
The public is encouraged to submit comments by e-mail ( or by regular mail (Directorate of Public Works, Attention: Jennifer Guerrero, 318 Cornog Lane, Fort Monroe, VA 23651-1110). The deadline is January 9. A brief note is all that's needed, though brevity isn't mandatory.
If you like, you can instead answer the Army's questionnaire, available at . This requires some familiarization with the process. (However, you might like to see and make use of the response submitted by Alec Gould, a former superintendent of Colonial National Historical Park who advises CFMNP and who really understands what needs to happen at Fort Monroe. In our own submissions, some of us are deliberately echoing what he wrote, which is posted at .)  
But brief comments in your own words will do fine. The most important part is that you do make some kind of response. The Army has already shown that it really does hear every voice.
We respectfully ask friends of Fort Monroe to consider that all 570 acres of Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort , not just the moated fortress, is historic. That's why a half-century ago, our nation designated all 570 acreas of Fort Monroe, not just the moated fortress, a National Historic Landmark. (And if you haven't seen the new Fort Monroe documentary "Kingdom by the Sea," it's available online at .)
Today, however, inappropriate and financially unnecessary private development threatens this precious land. That's why the Civil War Preservation Trust, the largest organization dedicated to preserving Civil War sites, declared Fort Monroe "at risk." And that's why APVA Preservation Virginia included Fort Monroe among eleven "Most Endangered Historic Sites in Virginia."
By sending an e-mail note to the Army, you can help ensure that the National Historic Landmark in its entirety is respected, and that it is protected from inappropriate, financially unnecessary residential and commercial development.
Thanks very much. Soon during January we will also be asking people to write letters -- not e-mail, but letters -- to the National Park Service.
If you shouldn't be receiving these updates, or if you have a comment, please let me know by reply e-mail. Thanks.
-Steve Corneliussen
Vice President, Communications
Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park (

   Thank you, Sandra!

   Time grows short, Sweetie Pies! Please take time out of your busy schedules to write a few lines about this! It's so important, not only for ourselves, but for future generations!

    From Johnnie Bateman ('67 / '70) of VA - 01/06/08 - "Best Commercial":


You may want to post this:


   Thank you, Johnnie! I would really love to post this, as it is indeed in my opinion one of the best commercials ever. Unfortunately, you overestimate my computer skills. I've no idea how to post such a file.  I can post .jpg or .gif files very easily.  I can even modify and compress them.  I can add .mid or .wav files - one per page - to our pages. But the rest are beyond my capacity and knowledge.  I break out in hives when I see a .pdf file, because I think surely I should be able to somehow convert it, so I'll mess with it (to no avail) for 30 to 40 minutes before crying "uncle".  But movies, unless I have a .html link, I cannot do, and I know it full well.

   This particular commercial opens in a busy unnamed airport.  One person is heard clapping.  Soon the applause spreads, as we see a group of servicemen and women enter the terminal, fresh from a Middle-East deployment.  People are on their feet, reaching out to shake the hands of those who have served them so well and faithfully.  No words are spoken.  Only at the end of the commercial do we see it was produced by Anheuser-Busch.

   I will be delighted to forward it to anyone who wishes to see it; it's a real tear-jerker.  But I don't know how to attach it - sorry!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 01/06/08 - "Dogs and combinations thereof":


While I have nothing else to do, I thought I would send you and the Typhoon world the correct spelling of SHIH TZU.  It is Chinese, I could be wrong, but it's not likely, for Chrysanthemum !  So if you cross breed a Shih Tzu with a Rhodesian Ridge Back, you would get a pretty flower faced dog that doesn't bark, but smells bad (like a dog), and wags its tail when it sees you !  Chrysanthemum refers to the Shih Tzu face which amazingly enough, looks like a Chrysanthemum if they are clipped properly.

My flower's name is Ben; warning - these flowers have teeth.  No, he is not blind, just really close to the flash !

Dimples aka Sepi

Christmas Eve, Monday,
December 24, 2007
Benny Boy

   Thanks, Dimples! He's a cutie!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/06/08 - "StUfF 4 MoNdAy":

Have A Happy Start Of The Week.,
A rather cool bike stunt.
Animax-Tic Tac Toe A thinking version. Answers questions right to get to put in your x.
 This is so weird.

Don't worry if you're a kleptomaniac, you can always take something for it.
I took an IQ test and the results were negative.

I wanted to go the Paranoids Anonymous meeting, but they wouldn't tell me where it was.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.

Household Tips

Sharpen your own scissors by using them to cut fine grade sandpaper. About a half dozen cuts should do it! This will save you the cost of sending them out to get sharpened...  

Wall Outlets:  

Outside air comes in around the openings of the wall outlets. Install foam precut pads behind the plates. Most hardware stores carry them. 

 Health tip

Title: Have a splinter?

Don’t use the sewing needle! Just cut a small piece of fresh onion and place it on the padded part of a bandage, wrap it around the splintered skin and leave it overnight. By morning, the onion will have drawn the splinter to the surface, making it easy to remove with a pair of tweezers.


Behind every great idea,
every significant achievement,
every important accomplishment
is a full wastebasket.

Or a cluttered blackboard.
Or a doodled-up legal pad.

Is scribbling all it takes?
Are you just a cramped writing hand away
from changing the world?

Probably not.

But no one ever led a revolution of any kind
with his hands in his pockets.

Think About It.

~from a HYUNDAI magazine ad~

   Thanks, Shari!

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OH - 01/06/08 - "New Civil War Videos":

Hey Carol,
I thought that you would enjoy these new videos that I made tonight.  The kids were watching TV, and their dad
        (Brent Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of OH) was playing (online) video games with his brothers.  I couldn't find anything online to watch, so I made my own movies :)  Here's the link to watch the three I made tonight.  They're from May, June, July and August of 2007.  Hope you enjoy!


P.S.  Here's a funny quote I received in an email from      Tom and      Eme's official teacher. 

"Never teach a pig to sing.  It just wastes your time and annoys the pig."

- Anonymous

   Bethany, you are so awesome! I've no idea how you do all that you do, but as always, I'm totally impressed! Thanks, Lady! Kiss my babies for me!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 01/06/08 - "Nancy and the Mardi Gras Kings":

I was elated this evening to see the ever perky    Nancy Mitchell (Wynne) ('64) of MD, who was in charge of the new Kings of Mardi Gras (Rex, Proteus and Comus) presented by the Frederick (MD) Women's Civics Club this Twelfth Night.
I can report that Nancy is as beautiful and energetic as ever, hubby    Bill Wynne ('63) was nowhere to be seen, probably at home in Myersville. We talked about children and grandchildren briefly and caught up on where the kids are now. I'm a few years ahead of her retirement plans, apparently this year. She was there in 1992 when I was King Proteus and she made this evening a greater joy. We renewed acquaintance some years ago at a staff meeting at the U.S. Army's Fort Detrick, where we served as public servants. Thanks, Nancy.
Norm Covert ('61)

   This does my heart such good, Norm! Reconnections always give me a thrill, but even more so when they involve some of my favorite people! Nancy once paid me one of the best compliments of my life, and you - well, you're YOU! Thanks, Sweetie!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/07/08 - "BABY QUEEN":


 Whoever made this is very clever.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks again, Shari!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Can't Help Falling in Love

- George Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, a pop song based on "Plaisir d'amour" by Jean Paul Egide Martini,
rewritten for the 1961 film Blue Hawaii

(Elvis Presley, 1961)

Wise men say only fools rush in
But I can't help falling in love with you
Shall I stay
Would it be a sin
If I can't help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can't help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can't help falling in love with you
For I can't help falling in love with you

"Can't Help Falling in Love" midi courtesy of - 01/08/08

  "Can't Help Falling in Love" lyrics courtesy of - 01/08/08

First Elvis Image courtesy of - 01/07/05

Second Elvis Image courtesy of - 08/06/04 - I think....

Musical Bar clip art courtesy of - 02/05/04

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 - 05/29/06

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

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

Siuslaw High School Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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