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01/23/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Till We Meet Again

"Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow."

- William Shakespeare,
Romeo And Juliet Act 2, scene 2, 176–185

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This is probably the last of our themes of songs that my mama             the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25), used to sing to me.  I was never able to locate even a close rendition of the song she most often sang, "There's a Long, Long Trail".  Do not be deceived and breathe a collective sigh of relief; this is no guarantee that I won't find another such lullaby!

   It struck me that today marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of    Dennis Holbrook ('64).  Sigh.....



1.  Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ - 01/22/08 - "Class of 1961 NNHS":

I've viewed this site on several occasions, thanks to     Jean Poole Burton ('64 - of RI) for letting me know about it.  It's very well done, thank you.  It's also interesting to see where fellow classmates are at this time in their lives.  Keep up the good work.
I would like to be added to the list.
Mary Massey Lyle  
Voorhees, NJ

Class of 1961

   Added you are, Mary - thanks! Welcome aboard! And thank you, Jean!

   Oh, Mary - your email addie can be posted on both these pages if you desire, but not without your permission!



   Happy Birthday today to the ever gorgeous     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD (who has THE coolest birthday ever: 01/23/45!) AND  to My Newest Daughter-in-Law,   Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of VA (who is turning 21 today and moving to MA on Friday)!

   And Happy Birthday on Friday to one of the first friends I made when I moved to Newport News 54 years ago this month,      Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!



      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 01/21/08 - "Jackson":

In late October,  just after your visit to Lexington, I was returning from a seminar in Charleston, WV, and spent a wonderful afternoon roaming in Lexington.  I would highly recommend the town for a nice weekend if you're a history buff.  The entire downtown area still has many buildings pre-dating the War of Northern Aggression, and VMI and Washington and Lee are within an easy walk.  It's easy to picture Jackson walking to VMI for his lectures.

Dave Arnold

   Ah, Dave, I was trying to show some uncharacteristic restraint, but you force my hand. I took hundreds and thousands of pictures while we were there.  Well, okay, maybe not, but I did take quite a few.....

Saturday, October 20, 2007,
3:03 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007,
3:07 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007,
4:05 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007,
4:40 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007,
4:41 PM
West Main Street
Lexington, VA 24450
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery Office Virginia Military Institute Washington and Lee Lee Chapel
Saturday, October 20, 2007,
5:03 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007,
5:06 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007,
5:15 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007,
5:17 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007,
6:08 PM
Traveller's Grave Bethany, Jacob, Joe, Paul, Eme, Adrienne, Brent, Jimmy, and Thomas Washington and Lee Washington and Lee Brent on the Long Boat at Jordan's Point

   Thanks for this opportunity to share them, Dave!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/21/08 - "Stonewall Jackson's 184th Birthday":

Hi, Carol:
Thanks for providing this theme and especially for the photo images that you took while in Lexington, VA. I am confident that you found an assortment of lemons near the gravesite of General Jackson. Each time I have visited this site, some thoughtful person leaves a lemon there.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Actually, Adonis, if the General's lemons were there, they were covered up by all those flowers, Confederate flags, and fallen leaves. But I'll try to take him one on my next visit. Thanks for the reminder!


    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 01/21/08 - "Lexington and Heroes":

      Dimples' (Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard - '58 - of NC) suggestion to display a Virginia flag at half staff was good, except that you have enough work to do. Adding to your burden (albeit to "gild the lily") was probably not her intent. As Dimples notes, we are proud of our Virginia heritage and no matter where we call home today, here is lower case, not Home.
Thanks, too, for remembering the birthday of Stonewall Jackson. I was particularly interested because 50-plus yards off in the distance in your view of Stonewall's monument in Lexington is the grave of my great-great-grandfather Walter C. J. Wev. A native of Natchez, Miss., he served in the 16th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the Crystal Spring Rifles.

Here is a picture of his grave with Stonewall in the distance.

Walter C. J. Wev Grave
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery
West Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450

Walter and the 16th Mississippi arrived by train at the critical moment to save the day at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run. Walter went on to fight at major battles including Antietam, Gettysburg and Chancellorsville. He is storied as the bugler who played a spontaneous concert of carols along the Rapidan River on Christmas Eve 1862 for combatants on both sides of the river. He was captured by Union soldiers between Ely's Ford and Germanna Ford in November 1863 and was sent to the old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C. After the war he was trumpeter, bandmaster and senior carpenter at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. He was murdered Nov. 29, 1887, and was buried at VMI. His remains were re-interred at the Lexington Cemetery beside several other Confederate veterans in the shadow of Stonewall. He was survived by my great-great-grandmother Bettie Mahon (Neill) Wev, my great grandmother Mary Elizabeth (Wev) Barker and her four siblings. Bettie died in Newport News in January 1929, Mary in 1952.
Norm Covert ('61) MD ("Carry Me Back ....)

   WOWZERONI!!! I've heard that story many times! The ending(s) I had not heard. Might you you persuaded to tell us the rest of the story?? Thanks, Norm!


  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OH - 01/21/08 - "Birthday Party":

Hey you

After seeing your
newsletter today, I thought that you would enjoy our party that we had today!

love you guys!

bethany :)
Monday, January 21, 2008

   SO COOL!!! Sorry we missed it! Thanks, Bethany - love y'all, too! (Mmmm - pies!)



      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS -'73) of VA - 01/21/08 - "Michael Maguire":

Hi Carol ...

Checked the '71 Anchor ... no Michael Maguire listed.

See ya ...


   AWWW! :o( Thanks for checking, Tom!


  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 01/21/08 - "Michael Maguire":


Michael Maguire lived on 54th Street. His mother still lives there. I heard that he went to Warwick High School.

Edna Harrison

   Oh, WOW! Thanks, Edna!


  From Barbara Brewer ('69) of VA - 01/22/08 - "Mike Maguire":

Was a student at Warwick High, probably class of '70 or '71.  I used to give him rides home from youth things at Calvary Baptist.  His mom lived in Newport News and he visited her.  He did a few concerts at LAFB, but I never made it to any.  I found him in and he emailed a nice reply.  He was living in LA and is an internationally known artist.  He was doing something in England that year.  I do not know if his mom is still alive.  I think that she lived on 51st Street or thereabouts. 

Hope your daughter-in-law is feeling better. 

Barbara Brewer NNHS'69.

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Barbara! And I'll give Diana your regards!


    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/20/08 - " ~ * ~ For Monday ~ * ~ ":

Thanks a bunch for all the prayers. Getting a little better, just going to take a little more time, I guess.
                            Have a nice Monday,
E-bay parody. by Weird Al.
5 towards fighting Autism.
A short clip of a guy showing how the brain interprets illusions.


Handy Tip

Remove permanent marker stains on your counters or Tupperware by using hand sanitizer. It will take that permanent marker right off the surface.


   Thanks, Shari!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/21/08 - "Family":

With the exception of a guaranteed miracle at the end of this statement, I have no doubt that God does indeed bless us all, but I don't think He uses email to get the job done; but then?
Anyway, regarding the point of the story, I think most all of us can remember such an episode in our own family? At times we take for granted those that we hold most precious. End of sermon!


I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply.

He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.

But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.

When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,

"While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse.

Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.

He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."

By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.

I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.

I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."

He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway."

I said, "Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."


Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company
that we are working for could easily replace us in
a matter of days.
But the family we left behind will feel the loss
for the rest of their lives.

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more
into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you think?
So what is behind the story?

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?

Pass this message to 7 people except you and me.
You will receive a miracle tomorrow. Don't ignore and God will bless you.

   Thanks for the reminder, Wayne Honey! This is one of those simple truths that should be so simple to incorporate into our lives, but seems to be so easy to forget.

   And if there's a miracle in the works for spreading the simple truth called "BE NICE", well, that's fine, too!


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/21/08 - "your life span":

Life Explained in simple terms  

On the first day, God created the dog and said: ‘Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.’

The dog said: ‘That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?’

So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the
monkey and said: ‘Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.’
The monkey said: ‘Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?’

And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and said: ‘You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.’

The cow said: ‘That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?’

And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created man and said: ‘Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.’

But man said: ‘Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?’

‘Okay,’ said God, ‘You asked for it.’

So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I’m doing it as a public service.

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Ah, but thanks anyway, Joan!


From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) - Newly of AZ - 01/21/08 - "Winter 'Officially' Ended On...":

....January 10, 2008 when we arrived in southwestern AZ.  The coldest day so far has been mid 50s but most days have been low to mid 60s.  Really nice vistas here with the mountains, sunrises, sunsets, etc. over the Sonoran Desert.  In about 3 months, the reptiles will emerge from winter dormancy and I will be in my element in pursuit of all.....

Temporary quarters in a rental house with a pool and a remarkable view.  This area will likely be home for a while - just like the other places we've lived.

The trip across was great. Exited Virginia via I-81 at Bristol.  Dropped south through Tennessee, through a corner of Georgia, crossed Alabama, Mississippi, northern Louisiana, about all of Texas, through southwestern New Mexico and into Arizona.  Overnighted in Knoxville, TN, Vicksburg, MS, Weatherford, TX, Pecos, TX and Tucson, AZ.  Easier, faster, more direct, etc., to get to the Phoenix area from here than Tucson. What a ride too, especially early and late in the day.

See you all again some day (perhaps)...

Jim, Jody, Tim & Joe

   YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI!!! I still can scarcely believe we were not able to get together once more before your move, Jim. :o( Thanks for the update; glad your trip was a good 'un. Blessings on you in your new home - and DO keep in touch, please! Our love to all of y'all - till we meet again!



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


    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/12/08 - "Gas Stations Of Yesteryear-------------------------this IS REAL Americana" (#3 in a Series of 37):

Carol, do not know if you would like to show these or not. Just brings back a lot memories from yesteryear. Hope you like them. 

Jerry Blanchard (62) of Va.

Gas Stations Of  Yesteryear

Back when life was much simpler and gas was 18-25 cents a gallon!!

(or there about) and as low as 17 cents during gas wars.


Old American Gas Stations from all around the country  
Some are abandoned, some are restored and many are still in use.  


Yeah . . .  I remember!

 And with a fill-up you got the gas pumped for you, your windshield cleaned, oil and fluids checked, tires checked,
a free map, if you wanted it, and greeted in ENGLISH !!!

Yeah! I remember!!!

Enjoy Your Days & Love Your Life.... Because...."Life is a journey to be savored."

  Thanks, Jerry, I remember them quite fondly, too!


  We're leaving this evening to return to Lexington to help           My #6 Son, Dale (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02)  and   Diana (Lyons Harty - Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) pack for their move to Massachusetts on Friday, so I'll be out of touch briefly.  It will be quite some time before we meet them again, and at the moment, I can think of absolutely nothing sweet about the sorrow of this parting..... Who's crying?!?  Everyone who knows me even slightly knows that I never, ever cry!

   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


Till We Meet Again

Words by Raymond B. Egan
Music by Richard A. Whiting, 1918

There's a song in the land of the lily
Each sweetheart has heard with a sigh
Over high garden walls
This sweet echo falls
As a soldier boy whispers goodbye.

Smile the while you kiss me sad adieu
When the clouds roll by I'll come to you
Then the skies will seem more blue
Down in lover's lane, my dearie
Wedding bells will ring so merrily
Every tear will be a memory
So wait and pray each night for me
Till we meet again.

Tho' goodbye means the birth of a tear drop
Hello means the birth of a smile
And the smile will erase
The tear blighting trace
When we meet in the after awhile.

Smile the while you kiss me sad adieu
When the clouds roll by I'll come to you
Then the skies will seem more blue
Down in lover's lane, my dearie
Wedding bells will ring so merrily
Every tear will be a memory
So wait and pray each night for me
Till we meet again.


"Till We Meet Again" midi, lyrics, and Image of Sheet Music courtesy of - 01/09/08

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

Animated Marine Corps Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Aqua Flake Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/22/08

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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!!

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

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

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05

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