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02/13/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Unchained Melody

"Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve,
too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity."

- Henry Van Dyke

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme is a continuance of our love themes for February.  It is among the earliest music appearing on our site, the theme for the Saturday Night portion of the 35-Year Reunion of the Class of 1965:


   And here's your Valentine treat:


Happy Birthday today to     Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia!
  And a very happy Valentine Birthday to       Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA and to my niece       Renee Dick Wallace (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA.

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 02/12/08 - "       Herbie (Hice of MI)":

Hi Carol and Typhoon Family,

I spoke with Herbie's daughter
  Heidi (Hice MacKay of MI) this morning, and she has brought me up to date so far.

Herbie is comatose, but will come and go out of it if spoken to. Heidi, her husband and their children and other family members are exhausted from sorrow and many trips to the hospital. Herbie's vital signs are good and the physicians in charge are puzzled as to why his body is reacting this way. She asked for prayer, strong, uplifting prayer. Not just for Herbie, but to lift the spirits of the entire family and to supply them with God's strength and some peace of mind until our Herbie is out of the woods. I gave Heidi a message to give to Herbie....That he was needed, loved and missed very much and to quit slacking off and get back quickly because God was not finished with him....YET ! She laughed and said she would tell him just that and would say that I said so.

Herbie thought that a stint was going to be the end of it but the damage was far worse than feared. Herbie is 83, but is strong and the pillar of his family and a big part of ours, too. Heidi thanks all of us for our prayers and said it made her feel better just knowing that we cared enough to pray for her precious dad. Herbie needs all of us to pray, he helped make this Country a wonderful pace for us to live and did it so we could keep the freedom we enjoy. He did this when most of us were small children, babies or yet to be born, but he did it for us...we can pay him back through prayer.

Dimples aka Sepi

   Thank you very much, Dimples - DITTO!!!

  From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 02/12/08:

Hi Carol,

Just wanted to send a short note to say all us "Old Marines" are keeping
      Herb Hice (of MI) in our prayers during his hospitalization.  I was deeply saddened to hear he had not bounced back as we expected he would after his surgery. Those of us who have gone through bypass know the pain and problems that can confront us; but let Herb know that HE CAN DO IT, and we are all pulling for him!

We are all with you and our prayers will lift you up!

God Bless & Semper Fi!

Butch Ragland-'63'
Thank you so much, Butch! I forwarded your note to Herbie's daughter,   Heidi (Hice MacKay of MI)!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/10/08 - "BEACON - 21 NOV 1962":

Articles are attached. There were many worth scanning this time. You might spread them over several newsletters.


   That I shall, Brown Eyes! Thanks so much!

Friday, November 21, 1962 Friday, November 21, 1962 Friday, November 21, 1962 Friday, November 21, 1962
Boys' Gym and College Night Cows on Campus Editorial by "S.S.C." - Sandye Cohen ('64) ?? Girls Don New "Hair" - Susan Stalnaker ('64) 

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 02/10/08 - "Gratitude Campaign":


Just a short note to ask everyone to please look at this short film on YouTube. It is really a must to remember our troops. This is a super way to say "Thank you".

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

   Thanks, Sweetie! We've run this several times in the last month alone - and we'll run it again whenever we can!

  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 02/10/08 - "Giggles for the girls":

   Here are some Funnies that The Girls might want to SEE....

She's sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee.
Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties box.
Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week.
Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playgirl.
And her husband is on the back of the milk carton.

Keep reading-they get better!!!

'Cash, check or charge?' I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase.
As she fumbled for her wallet
, I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.
'So, do you always carry your TV remote?' I asked.
'No,' she replied, 'but my husband refused to come shopping with me,
and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally.'

I know I'm not going to understand women. I'll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, and still be afraid of a spider.

While attending a Marriage Seminar dealing with communication,
Tom and his wife Grace listened to the instructor,
'It is essential that husbands and wives know each other's likes and dislikes.'
He addressed the man, 'Can you name your wife's favorite flower?'
Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, 'It's Pillsbury, isn't it?

A man walks into a pharmacy and wanders up & down the aisles. The sales girl notices him and asks him if she can help him. He answers that he is looking for a box of tampons for his wife. She directs him down the correct aisle. A few minutes later, he deposits a huge bag of cotton balls and a ball of string on the counter.
She says, confused, 'Sir, I thought you were looking for some tampons for your wife?
He answers, 'You see, it's like this, yesterday, I sent my wife to the store to get me a carton of cigarettes, and she came back with a tin of tobacco and some rolling
papers; cause it's sooo-o oo--oo-ooo much cheaper. So, I figure if I have to roll my own .......... so does she.
(I figure this guy is the one on the milk carton!)

A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, 'Relatives of yours?'
'Yep,' the wife replied, 'in-laws.'

A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day... 30,000 to a man's 15,000.
The wife replied, 'The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men... '
The husband then turned to his wife and asked, 'What?'

A man said to his wife one day, 'I don't know how you can be so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time.'
The wife responded, 'Allow me to explain. God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me; God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!

A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning.
The wife said, 'You should do it because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee.'
The husband said, 'You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.'
Wife replies, 'No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee.'
Husband replies, 'I can't believe that, show me.'
So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says, 'HEBREWS'.

The Silent Treatment
A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:0 0 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, 'Please wake me at 5:00 AM .' He left it where he knew she would find it. The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.
The paper said, 'It is 5:00 AM . Wake up.'
Men are not equipped for contests of this nature.

God may have created man before woman, but there is always a rough draft before the masterpiece.

Typhoons Forever..

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Al!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/10/08 - "Good Ones":

----- Quickies

I dialed a number and got the following recording:

"I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call. I am making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your call, You are one of the changes."


Aspire to inspire before you expire.

My wife and I had words, but I didn't get to use mine.

Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.


Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.


The irony of life is that, by the time you're old enough to know your way around, you're not going anywhere.


God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.


I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one.


Every morning is the dawn of a new error.


The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, "Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"


For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us....go ahead and delete this.
For the rest of us....pass this on.  


Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ''I will try this again tomorrow".

   Thanks, Shari!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 02/11/08 AND    Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 02/11/08 - "Berkeley Vs. USMC":

Unable to verify, hope it is true and others follow.

Interesting ....!

BERKELEY, Calif.   Local officials in this liberal city say it's time for the U.S. Marines to move out.

The City Council has voted to tell the Marines their downtown recruiting station is not welcome and "if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome guests."

The measure passed this week by a vote of 8-1.,2933,327347,00.html

Contact the city council at Berkeley, CA via email:

Now check this out, here is a letter a businessman wrote to the Mayor of Berkeley.   Is this a great country or what?

Dear Mayor Bates,

In that you and your city have chosen to gravely insult the brave men and women, who have indeed bought you that right with their blood, I am informing you that my company will no longer do business with any of our current suppliers located in the Berkeley, California metro area.

In that my company is in international resort real estate development, and do business with and am associated with, developers and investors worldwide, I am informing all of my contacts, associates and patrons that we will no longer do any business of any sort with anyone living in the Berkeley area.

In that we/MDG Resorts are currently building a state of the art mega-yacht marina, all of the suppliers of Marina equipment, all owners of Yachts , all suppliers of Yacht materials & supplies, all yacht brokers and all tangential yacht business purveyors will likewise be informed that we will not do any business whatsoever with anyone from the Berkeley area.

Likewise all suppliers of building materials, both interior and exterior, currently associated with any of our several resort developments (Brisamar 300+ villas and 200+ condos:  Porto Hussong,, 500+ condos, 180 slip mega-yacht marina) both of which I might add have international recognition by virtue of glowing reports in Robb Report, Wall Street Journal, Yacht World, Forbes.

I will likewise inform all of our investors, most of whom are very wealthy yacht owners, casino owners, high net worth international businessmen, of our decision to essentially boycott all products and providers located in, or associated with in any way whatsoever, Berkeley, Ca.

Trust me when I say that having been in the real estate development business for over 35 years, our list of contacts and associates is long and very, very impressive.  We, and I personally, are going to recommend that they ALL along with us boycott your city, its purveyors, suppliers, and businesses and CHARITIES of every kind.

You have every right to choose to take the obnoxious anti-military stance you have taken, and as stated, that right was bought for you with the blood of better men than you.

I too have every right to do all that I can to insure that your city suffers consequences arising from that obnoxious, sickening stance.


Brian G Dennard

Principal Director
Meridian Development Group, LLC
619 807 2444

If you agree with Brian Dennard, pass this around.  Boycotting Berkley, CA., is something everyone can participate in from just informing everyone about the boycott to actually avoiding doing business with anyone or any business located there.

   Thank you, Gentlemen!

    From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 02/11/08 - "BEFORE YOU GO................":

The elderly parking lot attendant wasn't in a good mood!

Neither was Sam Bierstock. It was around 1 a.m., and Bierstock, a Delray Beach, Fla. , eye doctor, business consultant, corporate speaker and musician, was bone tired after appearing at an event.

He pulled up in his car, and the parking attendant began to speak. "I took two bullets for this country and look what I'm doing," he said bitterly.

At first, Bierstock didn't know what to say to the World War II veteran. But he rolled down his window and told the man, "Really, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you."

Then the old soldier began to cry.

"That really got to me," Bierstock says.

Cut to today.

Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach - a member of Bierstock's band, Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Band - have written a song inspired by that old soldier in the airport parking lot. The mournful "Before You Go" does more than salute those who fought in WWII. It encourages people to go out of their way to thank the aging warriors before they die.

"If we had lost that particular war, our whole way of life would have been shot," says Bierstock, who plays harmonica. "The WW II soldiers are now dying at the rate of about 2,000 every day. I thought we needed to thank them."

The song is striking a chord. Within four days of Bierstock placing it on the Web
, the song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around nine countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from veterans, their sons and daughters and grandchildren.

"It made me cry," wrote one veteran's son. Another sent an e-mail saying that only after his father consumed several glasses of wine would he discuss "the unspeakable horrors" he and other soldiers had witnessed in places such as Anzio, Iwo Jima, Bataan and Omaha Beach. "I can never thank them enough," the son wrote. "Thank you for thinking about them."

Bierstock and Melnick thought about shipping it off to a professional singer, maybe a Lee Greenwood type, but because time was running out for so many veterans, they decided it was best to release it quickly, for free, on the Web. They've sent the song to Sen. John McCain and others in Washington. Already they have been invited to perform it in Houston for a Veterans Day tribute - this after just a few da ys on the Web. They hope every veteran in America gets a chance to hear it.

GOD BLESS every EVERY veteran...
and THANK you to those of you veterans who may receive this !

If that doesn't work, click and keep clicking on "hear the song."
Then share it -- and send it to everyone you know!

   Thank you so much, Jennie! This is beautiful - and the timing is perfect!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 02/11/08 - "WE didn't start the fire":

This is pretty cool!!!
Whether you are a Billy Joel fan or not, you probably remember his great song "We Didn't Start the Fire."  Here it is, set to pictures---very very cool! Had to share this one. It's a cooool flashback through the past half century.

Turn up volume, sit back and enjoy a review of 50 years of history in less than 3 minutes!  Thanks to Billy Joel and some guy from the University of Chicago with too much time to Google!


   Thanks, Dimples - the images are not only fascinating, the compiler is a HOOT!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 02/12/08 - "valentines messages":


Do you think there is a need to put this in the Newsletter ?


   Yes'm, I surely do! Thanks again, Dimples!

Subject: valentines messages

This just came from a friend.    
A word to the wise.
There is a new surge of storm worms using Valentine messages to trick people into opening them.
Go here

  From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 02/12/08:

Again, thank you for your wonderful newsletters
Spent Sunday afternoon in Florida with     Joe ('57) and Eva (Ellis) Madagan and Gene and Libby (Whitcomb - '63) Ellis.  Eva, Gene and I were all in the same class, 61, and I hadn't seen Gene in over 40 years.  It was great to see them, and both Gene and I had a difficult time in saying good bye without getting emotional.  I really believe guys are more sentimental than the lady folks.  Maybe this is one thing we can do better than the ladies.
Gertrude and I have corresponded a few times and it was great to communicate with her.  Brought back more fond old memories and thank you for helping me find her address.
Now, I saw that you shared the birthdays of    Bernie and Bobby Helmer just a few days ago.  Thank you.  I was close friends with both in high school and have been trying to locate Bobby for several years without any success.  Any help from you or any of your readers on how to communicate with Bobby would be greatly appreciated.
Again, thank you.
George Helliesen, 61  

   I LOVE hearing reconnection stories, George! Thanks for sharing yours! 

   We'll need some help from the class in finding Bobby, though, I'm afraid. I do believe he's still living on the Peninsula, but I've had no contact with him. 

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/12/08 - "Stop Animal Fighting in the Commonwealth":

   Thank you, Shari! For those of you still living on the Sacred Soil, here's an easy opportunity for you to do something really important - and really good!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/12/08 - "Guess what today is?":

Today is in addition to Abraham Lincoln's birthday, the fourth anniversary of my mother's (Elsie Poole, HHS class of '40?) cancer surgery.  Mom was sent home to get her affairs in order...she has had four years of good quality of life, plus a new knee and a boyfriend!!!  She is still doing well...praise God from whom all blessings flow! 

  This is a photo of her at her 85th Birthday party this past summer.  The little boy is her great grandson, Jackson Poole.  The friend next to Jackson is Judy Richardson, the guy in the back is my brother Al Poole.

   That is just so fabulous, Jean, thanks! Please give your mama our love!

Sunday, August 19, 2007


  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 02/12/08 - "Breast Cancer Button":

Hi, Carol
The newsletters are coming through just fine.  However, I've noticed the breast cancer pink button has been missing for quite a while.

   WHAT?!? Well, this sounds like a computer trick to me, Renee! I just checked both our computers (which considering that they're linked together, seem to have very little in common), and the pink button is showing up just fine and dandy on both.

   So let's take a poll.  This button -  Provide free mammograms! - should be located right at the top of your Newsletter in the bar space above the title. Today's bar happens to be black. How many of y'all see such a button? Does it work? If you see nothing at all, does anything happen when you click into the center of the bar??

   Thanks, Renee - nothing like a good mystery!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/12/08:

This is too good not to pass on.

 Joyce Cahoon

   WOWZERS! This one really got to me, Lady! When       my daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25), died quite suddenly at the age of 52, I was still four months away from my 13th birthday. His funeral was held at the Chapel of the Veteran's Hospital at Kecoughtan where he was employed as Chief of the Domiciliary Clinic.  As we first entered the gates, we could see men everywhere - his beloved "boys" - most in pajamas and robes, openly weeping. The chapel itself was packed.

   I was holding together fairly well until I looked up beside me and saw that my sister,         Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) was crying. (She later told me she was okay until she looked up at his mama, our beloved Sudie, and was so touched by the thought of her having lost her first born that she broke down.)  I began to sob just as the minister was offering the benediction. Knowing ministers as I do, I thought that certainly would give me ample time to collect myself before I had to leave.  Unbeknownst to me, my mama           the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) had asked the pastor to keep the prayer short - and it was surely one of the briefest on record.

   Suddenly we were filing out in front of everyone just as I had hit full-throttle weeping, first my mama on the arms of an usher, and then me.  I ducked my head in a vain attempt to hide from the congregation.  My mama - who always had eyes in the back of her head - quietly said to me - actually, commanded me, "Keep your head up!"

   This song which I had sung with the Antiphonal Choir at Trinity Methodist Church burst upon my mind, and I sucked in my breath and lifted my head and straightened to full height and somehow made it out that door.  This poem set to that music certainly brought that memory back to me with full force.

   Thanks so much, Joyce!

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

2. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

3.      Me ('65) of NC - recent escalation of shortness of breath, heart and blood pressure problems plus the usual .....

4. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - continuing problems with advancing scoliosis

5.       Herb Hice of MI - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08

6. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08

7.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

8. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08


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" (#14 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!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





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

Unchained Melody

- Music by Alex North; Words by Hy Zaret; written in 1955 for the obscure prison film Unchained.

Oh, my love, my darling, I've hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time.
Time goes by so slowly, and time can do so much.
Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love,
God speed your love to me.

Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea,
To the open arms of the sea. 
Lonely rivers sigh, "Wait for me, wait for me,
I'll be coming home, wait for me."

Oh, my love, my darling, I've hungered for your touch,
A long, lonely time.
Time goes by so slowly, and time can do so much,
Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love,
God speed your love to me.

Lonely mountains gaze at the stars, at the stars,
Waiting for the dawn of the day.
All alone I gaze at the stars, at the stars,
Dreaming of my love far away.

Oh, my love, my darling, I've hungered for your touch,
A long, lonely time.
Time goes by so slowly, and time can do so much,
Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love,
God speed your love to me.

"Unchained Melody" midi courtesy of - well, I don't know who, but it's been in my files since 06/05/02,
before I started keeping track of such things.

"Unchained Melody" lyrics (probably) courtesy of - 06/05/02

"The Love Omen" Image courtesy of - 02/12/08

Black Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/12/08

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

Animated Heart clip art courtesy of - 02/12/05

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!

Booker T. Washington logo courtesy of - 09/25/07

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 Yehaa Typhoon clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks again, Al!

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

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

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