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01/28/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Tennessee Waltz

"There's this place in me where your fingerprints still rest,
your kisses still linger, and your whispers softly echo.
It's the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me."

Gretchen Kemp
(b. 8 Dec 1909)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
Today's theme comes in answer to a suggestion on 01/23/08 from       one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWI:

One of my favorite tunes, The Tennessee Waltz.

   There ya go, Herbie Darlin'!

   As a special treat, here's the incomparable Patti Page singing it way back forty-eleven years ago:

   And then again in 1984:

   For a much more modern setting, see Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones in concert:

   By the way, lest you forget, in 1965, The Tennessee Waltz became the fourth official song of the state. It was adopted by Senate Joint Resolution 9 of the 84th General Assembly.  School is still in session.


   Happy Birthday today to our Four-Fer! Courtney Russ ('57),      Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC,   Rick Billings ('65) of NC, AND my Granddaughter,    Rebecca Harty of IL, who is celebrating her ninth birthday!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to the Sponsor of the Senior Class of 1965 and of the Senior Class of 1966,      Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX!
And Happy Birthday on Wednesday to  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN and on Thursday to Lynn Stewart Schroeder ('71) of NC!

   On February 1,     Paul Dobie ('66) of CO will be observing a Major Milestone!

   February 2 brings us not only Groundhog Day, but another Four-Fer of sorts: Porter Phillips Booker ('57), the late   Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 1939 (deceased - 08/26/05),     John Patterson ('59) of Northern VA , AND Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC!

   On February 3, Maynard Thweatt ('57) will be having a Super Bowl Birthday!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/23/08 - "To My Darling Husband":

To my darling husband,

Before you return from your trip I just want to let you know about the small accident I had with the pick-up truck when I turned into the driveway. Fortunately it's not too bad and I really didn't get hurt, so please don't worry too much about me.

I was coming home from Wal-Mart, and when I turned into the driveway I accidentally pushed down on the accelerator instead of the brake. The garage door is slightly bent but the pick-up fortunately came to a halt when it bumped into your car.

I am really sorry, but I know with your kind-hearted personality you will forgive me. You know how much I love you and care for you my sweetheart. I am enclosing a picture for you.

I cannot wait to hold you in my arms again.

Your loving wife.

P. S. Your girlfriend called.



    YOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Glenn!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/23/08 - "WHO KNEW ?":

Will these work?  I know not........but they sound interesting.
If you try these and they work, let me know.

Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear...Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Kills fleas instantly...Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

Rainy day cure for dog odor ...Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Did You Know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional 'pain relievers.'

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminat ing urinary tract infections almost instantly-- even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer ... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover. Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ...cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine. a powerful antiseptic.

Vinegar to heal bruises ... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief... It's not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

    Thanks, Shari! I'll try some of these very soon, I'm sure!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/23/08:


I guess there are no Rich's businesses open now. I remember when he was competing in everything - supermarkets, fast food, and all. I worked at one of his supermarket as a bagger in Stuart Gardens. He would come every so often and all the employees plus the manager, Mr. Hall, would start jumping   I got my points in with him when he would ask me to go next door to the coffee shop and get him a cup of coffee.


   Thanks, Glenn! We've not had any discussion on this for a couple of years now, but my understanding is that they're all long gone. I added your comments to the Rich's page:


    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/25/08 - "CHRISTIAN WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS":

Very thought provoking – and a nice reminder.

This is such a simple way to live our lives.  If only we could do some of the things every day!


An Angel says, "Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice."

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.    

15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting.

17. Get enough rest.

18. Eat right.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try to pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you, Jesus."

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh some more!

29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego.

33 Talk less; listen more.

34. Slow down.

35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

36 ... Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.


"If God is for us, who can be against us?"
(Romans 8:31)

    Thanks again, Shari! There is some mighty good advice in here - and most of it does not apply solely to Christians! 

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/25/08 - "Hope you have a safe trip.":

Hi, Carol:
Hope this finds you back in Fayetteville safe and sound, and exhausted from shedding so many tears.
Here is a song theme to cheer you up. "Oh, Carol" by Neil Sedaka. I know you would never select it on your own, so do consider it as a special request.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Adonis! You're right - such a thought would never have occurred to me! But finding it was an easy matter, as it's been on my personal web page for nearly five years now, thanks to        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA:

   The good news is that our beloved 1989 Cadillac DeVillle brought us home safely before it broke. It even carried        Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) to and from church safely Sunday {         Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) and    I ('65 - of NC) ride with my sister,       Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC}. But this morning it had other plans entirely.

   So now it's up at the Firestone dealership being repaired, awaiting about $1,000.00 (which of course we don't have...) for the water pump, the radiator, the thermostat, the system flushing, the windshield wiper blades (?!?), and probably some other things I've forgotten - which does not include the new tires we had previously thought were the priority, as they must be inflated before each and every outing.

   We had so hoped all this would wait until the tax refund (whatever it may be) arrived, but such was not to be.....

   But the good news there is that it takes my mind off worrying about my children, as my worries and stresses are much closer to home!

   Thanks, Adonis!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/25/08 - "Weekend lifts":

Web Movie
An old color test

   Oh, this is fun!



Po Bronson, in his book WHY DO I LOVE THESE PEOPLE? (Random House, 2005), tells a true story about a magnificent elm tree. The tree was planted in the first half of the 20th Century on a farm near Beulah, Michigan (USA). It grew to be a magnificent tree.

In the 1950s, the family that owned the farm kept a bull chained to the elm. The bull paced around the tree, dragging a heavy iron chain with him, which scraped a trench in the bark about three feet off ground. The trench deepened over the years, though for whatever reason, did not kill the tree.

After some years, the family sold the farm and took their bull. They cut the chain, leaving the loop around the tree and one link hanging down. Over the years, bark slowly covered the rusting chain.

Then one year, agricultural catastrophe struck Michigan in the form of Dutch Elm Disease. It left a path of death across vast areas. All of the elms lining the road leading to the farm became infected and died. Everyone figured that old, stately elm would be next. There was no way the tree could last, between the encroaching fungus and its chain belt strangling its trunk.

The farm's owners considered doing the safe thing: pulling it out and chopping it up into firewood before it died and blew over onto the barn in a windstorm. But they simply could not bring themselves to do it. It was as if the old tree had become a family friend. So they decided to let nature take its course.

Amazingly, the tree did not die. Year after year it thrived. Nobody could understand why it was the only elm still standing in the county!

Plant pathologists from Michigan State University came out to observe the tree. They observed the scar left by the iron chain, now almost completely covered by bark and badly corroded.

The plant experts decided that it was the chain that saved the elm's life. They reasoned that the tree must have absorbed so much iron from the rusting chain, that it became immune to the fungus.

It's said that what doesn't kill you will make you stronger. Or, as Ernest Hemingway put it, "Life breaks us all, but afterwards, many of us are strongest at the broken places."

The next time you're in Beulah, Michigan, look for that beautiful elm. It spans 60 feet across its lush, green crown. The trunk is about 12 feet in circumference.

Look for the wound made by the chain. It serves as a reminder that because of our wounds, we can have hope! Our wounds can give us resources we need to cope and survive. They can truly make us strong.

~ Steve Goodier ~

So Many Wonderful People                                   Story Editor:
by Jaqi                                                                   Joyce Schowalter
Texas, USA

In December of 2006, I moved away from my family and friends to Texas with my fiancé. When we broke off the engagement in June 2007, I decided to keep my job and stay in town, even though I still had trouble making any lasting friends. My ex-fiancé decided to let me use the car we shared (it was in his name) until I was able to buy my own car, hopefully in about a month.

However, three months later, the company I worked for cut the commission rates so effectively that my paychecks were half of what had been. I struggled to stay on top of my bills. Worst of all, I was still relying on my ex to drive me everywhere. He was understanding until one day I didn't pick him up from work. He stopped talking to me and refused to drive me to work the next day.

I set off on the 5-mile trek to my workplace at 6 a.m. the following morning. An hour later I was almost there, but tired and unsure if I would make it (my asthma and heart condition were not advantageous in the situation).

Suddenly a car pulled over and a friendly woman on the passenger side asked if I needed a ride. Hot, tired, and looking forward to eight hours at work, I agreed to get in. She and her husband drove me to work, and when I got out, thanking them over and over, they told me just to pay it forward. I told them I'd never forget their kindness and went in to work.

Two young girls fresh out of high school, Ashley and Chelsey, saw my sweaty face when I went to the bathroom to freshen up and asked if I'd just been in the exercise room. I told them no, I'd walked from home because I didn't have a car. I knew them because they sat a few desks over, but didn't talk to them much.

At once,  Ashley said it was unacceptable for me to walk to work and said she'd drive me to and from work from then on.

After I got home that day, I sat on my balcony contemplating the long walk to the grocery store and whether I had the strength for it. My neighbor, who shared the balcony, came outside and we started talking. He offered to take me to the grocery store that day, and every week until I had a car.

When I left for work that morning, I was unsure whether I'd be able to keep my job, and trying to decide whether to move back into my parents' house. By the end of the day, I had met so many wonderful people I knew I didn't need to move at all. I procured a car, and am now doing fine.

All that is thanks to one day where a group of people I barely knew all came together to help a disillusioned little me.

Identify God's emissaries
By the light in their eyes,
By the lilt in their song,
By the glow of their skin
And the joy within;
Not with the face of a dried-up peach,
And a voice that would teach
Of doom and sin.

Elias Penn-Smith

    Thanks so much, Shari! I especially appreciated that wounded tree story!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/25/08 - "Theme for Newsletter":

Hi, Carol:

Quite some time ago I sent you a copy of a CD recorded by Linda Ronstadt in her album, "Cry Like A Rainstorm" and I sure hope you are able to play it.

One of the songs on that album is a fine song entitled "Adios" where she is backed up by the Oakland Inter-Faith Gospel Choir and the Skywalker Orchestra. In the second verse there is an Oboe solo that is outstanding.

I hope you can find a midi of this song, but it is unlikely since it did not enjoy much popularity.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   I do love the CD, Joe, and I'll try to locate a midi file when I catch a moment. Thanks again, Sweetie!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 01/26/08 - "They Walk Among Us: 2008, Part 1":


This is scary: I witnessed this on CNN News around 8am EST on Saturday Jan 26, 2008.

A reporter was talking about and showing the flooding in southern California, caused by the last week or so of heavy rains.
The reporter interviewed a male, somewhere around 40-50 yrs old, who said something about like this:
"We pay enough taxes that this sort of thing shouldn't happen!"
They walk among us!  AND THEY VOTE!!!!  Very scary!
I encourage everyone to report such sightings immediately!!!

   YOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks for your report, Ronnie! We'll certainly keep our eyes open!


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" (#5 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!

   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

The Tennessee Waltz

Words by Redd Stewart
Music by Pee Wee King, 1947

"The Tennessee Waltz" is a song, belonging to both the country music and popular genres..... popularized by Patti Page and by Les Paul
and Mary Ford in 1950. Country legend Roy Acuff recorded the song before either of these artists, however. In more recent years,
a number of country artists have recorded the song, among them Emmylou Harris in 1981.

The Page recording was issued by Mercury Records as catalog number 5534, and first reached the Billboard pop music chart
on November 10, 1950, lasting 30 weeks and peaking at #1. [1] It also reached #2 on the Billboard country music chart.
The song became Patti Page's biggest hit and has received many awards.

The Les Paul/Mary Ford recording was issued by Capitol Records as catalog number 1316, and also reached the Billboard top 10.....

The University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Band plays the Tennessee Waltz at the end of every football game.

Like Roll Over Beethoven, "The Tennessee Waltz" is a self-referential metasong, i.e. a song about the song itself.

I was dancin' with my darlin to the Tennessee Waltz
When an old friend I happened to see.
I introduced him to my darlin' and while they were dancin'
My friend stole my sweetheart from me.

I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Now I know just how much I have lost
Yes, I lost my little darlin' the night they were playin'
That beautiful Tennessee Waltz

Now I wonder how a dance like the Tennessee Waltz
Could have broken my heart so complete
Well, I couldn't blame my darlin', and who could help fallin'
In love with my darlin' so sweet

Well, it must be the fault of the Tennessee Waltz
Wish I'd known just how much it would cost
But I didn't see it comin', it's all over but the cryin'
Blame it all on the Tennessee Waltz

She goes dancin' with the darkness to the Tennessee Waltz
And I feel like I'm falling apart
And it's stronger than drink and it's deeper than sorrow
This darkness she left in my heart

I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Cause I know just how much I have lost
Yes, I lost my little darlin' the night they were playin'
That beautiful Tennessee Waltz

"The Tennessee Waltz" midi (sequenced by Sal Grippaldi) courtesy of - 01/28/08

"The Tennessee Waltz" abbreviated history courtesy of - 01/28/08

"The Tennessee Waltz" lyrics - longer than most versions - courtesy of - 01/28/08

Dancing Figures clip art courtesy of
and - 03/20/05

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!!

Animated Blue to White Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/20/05

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

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

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

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

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

 Blue Diamond Blade Divider Line clip art courtesy of  - 03/20/05

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