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02/24/08 - NNHS Newsletter
The Rose

“O my luve is like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June; ”

Robert Burns, 1794
(25 Jan 1758 - 21 July 1796)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This is one of those songs like "You Light Up My Life" a couple of years earlier that played at least four times (a day!) too often for its own - good - and ours.  Almost did it become wearisome.....  But it's still February, and we're still singing love songs, and hey, look how easy the accompanying graphics were to find!

BONUS - - Bette Midler

Happy Birthday tomorrow to Peggy Wellington Craft ('57) AND   the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC!

   Happy Birthday on Wednesday to   Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA, and on Thursday to   Wayne Agee ('58) of FL!
   And a Happy Leap Year Day Birthday to: Bob Schweida ('54) of NH!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


  From Kathy Johnson Simms ('66) of VA - 02/22/08 - "Help For A Former Typhoon":

Hi..... Attention was brought to several of us that a former Typhoon was in need of our help.  We just feel so badly for    Connie Bloxom Thompson that we thought we might possibly be able to help in some way.  My greatest dream would be to have a former classmate that became an eye doctor volunteer an operation, but since to my knowledge there is no such person,  we wanted to check with you to see what you thought about passing along our letter.    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66 - of VA), who pretty much has a handle on our 1966 class roster, hopes to send the letter to our class also once she is able to get e-mail addresses updated.
A copy of the letter is attached that Bonnie Lee Rogers and I have signed, although I wonder if it should just be signed "Typhoon Family".  Please read through the letter and if this is something you feel comfortable with, I'd appreciate you considering passing it along. If you don't feel comfortable, please know that we won't be offended whatsoever.
Thanks for all the hard work that you do on the website.  You've got a lot more guts than I would ever have to tackle such an involved job.  Also, if you have some other suggestion that maybe we haven't thought about, we'd love to hear about it.  

Thanks again, Carol.


Dear Classmates, 

We hope that you were all able to have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. The New Year has begun and it has come to our attention that one of our classmates is in need of our help. 

We are sure you all remember Connie Bloxom (Thompson).  For those of you who grew up in Stuart Gardens, you will recall that she lived on 19th Street.  Connie was such a sweet and giving person.  Now we have the chance to return that love. Connie, who is divorced and was once an x-ray technician, is no longer able to work.  In fact, she has been sick for some time.  Her medical conditions are too numerous to name, but they include severe Osteoporosis, which caused cervical, thoracic, lumbar coccyx multiple fractures throughout the entire spine together with Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. 

Connie lives in Maryland and has been homebound since 2002.  She has a motorized wheelchair that assists her greatly in her daily routine. Her computer fills a much needed link to the outside world.  For the past two years, Connie has been in dire need of cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness.  The problem is she has no insurance.  The surgery, glasses and follow-up visits (to include wheelchair-bound transportation) will likely cost in the neighborhood of $7,000.  

We all know that at any given moment we could find ourselves in need. If you could find it in your heart to help Connie, we would ask that you send a donation (check, money order, etc.) payable to Connie Thompson at 2237 Hunter Chase, Bel Air, Maryland 21015.  Connie has a health aide several times a week that would assist with her banking needs.  A detailed itemized statement of eye health services can also be furnished upon your request. 

No amount is too small because together, we can give Connie the “gift of sight”.  When last we heard, she was having some difficulty with her e-mail system (CRT4LIFE@AOL.COM), but we know she would love to hear from any fellow TYPHOON be it e-mail or postal.  Individual donation amounts will not be disclosed but updates will be forthcoming to advise the status of our goal. 

Thank you all in advance for your kindness and may this New Year bring you good health and many blessings. 


   Ohhh, Kathy, I am so very sorry to learn this news! I remember those carefree days, playing with Connie when we were little girls together in Stuart Gardens!

   While I personally know of no ophthalmologist on the East Coast among us (proving nothing), I can certainly attest to the generosity of our entire Typhoon Family. Nor is it limited to an individual class, or to NNHS graduates, or even to former friends. Our Family has a heart of pure gold.

   Thank you for letting us know, and please give our collected love to Connie!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/23/08, 7:27 PM - "  Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66 - of MD)":

Hey Carol.

It seems to me that one or two typhoons might, just might, know a Lion or two.  That’s what the wonderful Lions’ organizations do, so with a mighty ROAR, let’s hope someone in their network can help Connie out. 

Thanks for all the work you do.


   What a splendid idea! Thanks so much, Joan! I've also been wondering what loophole must exist to prevent Connie from having disability Medicaid, which should pick up the entire tab.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/18/08 - "BEACON - 29 MAR 63":

Articles are attached.
Friday, March 29, 1963 Friday, March 29, 1963 Friday, March 29, 1963 Friday, March 29, 1963
Senior Spotlight - Forrest Powell and Sharon Lamberth (both '63) Spring Fashions Come on Scene Science Fiction Play
Chosen by Miss Crane
Top Tunes Relate Ideas
AND Can You Imagine?!


   Thanks, Brown Eyes! I'm enjoying these so much! I was especially delighted to see the Spring Fashions article, because I do happen to remember what I wore for Easter that year. It was all pale pink - slim, silk sheath dress, hat, shoes, gloves, purse - even my nylons!

From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ - 02/23/08, 1:01 PM - "Productive Soil of Arizona":

Hey Cuzz,

You amuse me with the "sacred soil of Virginia" thing. It's a nice place to be (during some seasons) like anyplace else and it can be a miserable existence at times (like anyplace else).  One of my former classmates with whom I once shared a rental house (and who shares my passion for western travel) once quipped that Virginia was a nice state to be from and to revisit from time to time.  With each passing year, I agree with that sentiment to a greater degree.

Here's another revelation associated with moving to Arizona from Virginia.  Little did I know how deeply Virginia had its hands in my wallet until I moved here.  If everything else had remained equal (income there vs. income here), I would still have realized a substantial raise moving from a high taxation state (Virginia) to a low taxation state (Arizona).  In fact the difference is so great (income, vehicle and real estate) that it continues to amaze and amuse me.

We got whacked on the other end too when we moved to Virginia from Washington back in 1992.  Washington had no state income tax. Oregon (which we lived near) had no sales tax.  The raise that we got when we moved to Virginia was immediately and entirely absorbed in taxes.  I miss some of the people and times there but good riddance to the high costs associated with being a resident in that state.

  As for the winter climate here, check out the attached photo from last weekend (Feb 17)...

As for Arizona summers, I hear that they're not for hot weather weenies.  I'll find out soon enough...

The history here is interesting too.  The state will celebrate its centennial in 2012, we get our "state quarter" this year, and Arizona has the OK Corral (Wyatt Earp) and the Chiricahua Apache (Geronimo). Also many sites associated with the Coronado expedition (1540s) among other events associated with the "not so old" west.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Jim and Jody Carpol Atkinson of AZ

Guess I've always been more into the "here and now" and the opportunities of tomorrow than I am into what happened yesterday.  Reptiles Rock!!!  Can't wait to sample some of the native critters that will start to emerge any day now.

Ajo is an interesting place of its own too.  Not really a town since it has no mayor, town council, etc.  Ajo is officially known as a "colonia" of Pima County.  The signs along the highway approaches simply read "Entering Ajo"

See you again someday...

Jim Atkinson

   Ahh, Jim, I think you've hit the heart of the matter six ways from Tuesday!

   Were it not for the high cost of living in Virginia today, I think I'd already be there - where my heart ever resides. Yet I must admit, I've always loved everyplace I've lived - Virginia, Utah, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina - even Illinois. Each has its own wonderful characteristics and benefits. More than likely it's a long-departed romantic notion for which I yearn. I dream of things which cannot be and mourn for things which are gone.....
   Your approach to life is far more realistic than mine; I've always considered reality to be highly overrated,

   And though you find joy in snakes and reptiles and the Great Outdoors, while I would rather stay inside by my computer (or scrapbooking or crochet or cross-stitching or television or books or anything!), I think there's little question that I am far, far weirder than you!

   I'm so glad you're happy in your new home, Jim! Thanks for the fun - and please give my love to Jody and the boys!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 02/23/08, 1:29 PM:

Hey sweetie, how have you been doing?  I must admit I have been away from the NNHS site for a while - life gets busy, but glad to see that you are still alive and well and able to keep the group going. A lot of time and love goes into each edition.  I know you were having those old financial issues a while back and hope you and yours are in a better place and stable!?!  Just wanted to touch base, as you truly are a giving person and worry about us all like a mother hen, but at times you need looking over too :-)
Love ya'...
Eric S. Huffstutler
BHS '75

   Eric - there you are, Sweetie! I've missed you!

   Well, no, the "stable, better place" didn't quite turn out as I'd planned..... Maybe I should have called today's Newsletter, "The Neverending Story." Actually, the problem is that our monthly net income falls short of our main monthly expenses by $586.00 or so - and that doesn't include any wild extravagances such as paper towels. milk, juice, fabric softeners, vitamins, hand lotion, etc.

   At the moment we're seriously considering a couple of solutions which are less than thrilling. One is for me to get some sort of job - which raises problems such as transportation (not easily available in this area of Cumberland County).  Considering that my health took a sharp downward curve exactly one month ago, this idea rather terrifies me.  It would also severely restrict the time I devote to the Newsletters, which is now a minimum of eight hours a day, and usually more. The idea of losing that fills me with deep sadness.

   Another possibility is to give up living independently and move in with someone else. As you might imagine, this is not a happy thought to anyone.

   I keep thinking if I could just simply turn this over to the Lord, all would be well, but I must confess this is the one weak area of my faith. I quote scriptures to myself on a regular (generally of the "Fear is the absence of faith" variety), but fear and I are old if reluctant acquaintances. I learned to cower in the corner at a very early age, and it's often difficult for me to extract myself from it.

   But other than all that, Eric, yes, all is well! I'm teaching a Sunday School class of delightful older teenagers, and singing in a large choir at the moment - and even been given a small solo part in the Easter Cantata!

   I hope you're well and happy now, too, Sweetie! Thank you so much for your love and concern!

   From Henry Hoyle('65) of Northern VA - 02/23/08, 1:52 PM:

Hi Carol, just a quick note to say that our son, Phil, and his unit are back from Iraq.  We're very thankful they all returned safely.  


   What fabulous news! Thanks so much for letting us know, Cousin Henry! Please give our thanks to Phil and our love to your entire newly-reunited family!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 02/23/08, 3:27 PM - "for the Vets":

Receiving this email this morning I felt our Essex Members should be able to read it.  I checked this on Urban Legends and found it is true.


Here's a 'today' Yule story that occurred several weeks ago ~ AND NOW, after the holidays, I bring you the best Christmas story you never heard.

Click Me! 

It started last Christmas, when Bennett and Vivian Levin were overwhelmed by sadness while listening to radio reports of injured American troops. "We have to let them know we care," Vivian told Bennett. So they organized a trip to bring soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital to the annual Army-Navy football game in Philly, on Dec. 3.

The cool part is, they created their own train line to do it. Yes, there are people in this country who actually own real trains. Bennett Levin - native Philly guy, self-made millionaire and irascible former L&I commish - is one of them.

He has three luxury rail cars. Think mahogany paneling, plush seating and white-linen dining areas. He also has two locomotives, which he stores at his Juniata Park train yard. One car, the elegant Pennsylvania, carried John F. Kennedy to the Army-Navy game in 1961 and '62. Later, it carried his brother Bobby's body to D. C. for burial. "That's a lot of history for one car," says Bennett.

He and Vivian wanted to revive a tradition that endured from 1936 to 1975, during which trains carried Army-Navy spectators from around the country directly to the stadium where the annual game is played. The Levins could think of no better passengers to reinstate the ceremonial ride than the wounded men and women recovering at Walter Reed in D. C. and Bethesda, in Maryland. "We wanted to give them a first-class experience," says Bennett. "Gourmet meals on board, private transportation from the train to the stadium, perfect seats - real hero treatment."

Through the Army War College Foundation, of which he is a trustee, Bennett met with Walter Reed's commanding general, who loved the idea. But Bennett had some ground rules first, all designed to keep the focus on the troops alone:

No press on the trip, lest the soldiers' day of pampering devolve into a media circus.

No politicians either, because, says Bennett, "I didn't want some idiot making this trip into a campaign photo op"

And no Pentagon suits on board, otherwise the soldiers would be too busy saluting superiors to relax.

The general agreed to the conditions, and Bennett realized he had a problem on his hands. "I had to actually make this thing happen," he laughs.

Over the next months, he recruited owners of 15 other sumptuous rail cars from around the country - these people tend to know each other - into lending their vehicles for the day. The name of their temporary train? The Liberty Limited.

Amtrak volunteered to transport the cars to D. C. - where they'd be coupled together for the round-trip ride to Philly - then back to their owners later.

Conrail offered to service the Liberty while it was in Philly. And SEPTA drivers would bus the disabled soldiers 200 yards from the train to Lincoln Financial Field, for the game.

A benefactor from the War College ponied up 100 seats to the game - on the 50-yard line - and lunch in a hospitality suite.

And corporate donors filled, for free and without asking for publicity, goodie bags for attendees:

From Woolrich, stadium blankets. From Wal-Mart, digital cameras. From Nikon, field glasses. From GEAR, down jackets.

There was booty not just for the soldiers, but for their guests, too, since each was allowed to bring a friend or family member.

The Marines, though, declined the offer. "They voted not to take guests with them, so they could take more Marines," says Levin, choking up at the memory.

Bennett's an emotional guy, so he was worried about how he'd react to meeting the 88 troops and guests at D. C.'s Union Station, where the trip originated. Some GIs were missing limbs. Others were wheelchair-bound or accompanied by medical personnel for the day. "They made it easy to be with them," he says. "They were all smiles on the ride to Philly. Not an ounce of self-pity from any of them. They're so full of life and determination."

At the stadium, the troops reveled in the game, recalls Bennett. Not even Army's lopsided loss to Navy could deflate the group's rollicking mood.

Afterward, it was back to the train and yet another gourmet meal - heroes get hungry, says Levin - before returning to Walter Reed and Bethesda. "The day was spectacular," says Levin. "It was all about these kids. It was awesome to be part of it."

The most poignant moment for the Levins was when 11 Marines hugged them goodbye, then sang them the Marine Hymn on the platform at Union Station.

"One of the guys was blind, but he said, 'I can't see you, but man, you must be f---ing beautiful!' " says Bennett. "I got a lump so big in my throat, I couldn't even answer him."

It's been three weeks, but the Levins and their guests are still feeling the day's love. "My Christmas came early," says Levin, who is Jewish and who loves the Christmas season. "I can't describe the feeling in the air." Maybe it was hope.

As one guest wrote in a thank-you note to Bennett and Vivian, "The fond memories generated last Saturday will sustain us all - whatever the future may bring."

God bless the Levins.

And bless the troops, every one.

    Thank you, Bill! I checked this on, and it is indeed True:

       From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 02/23/08, 3:44 PM - "NNHS Class of 1970":

I need to request some help!!  I am looking for search engines to locate former classmates, preferably "No charge".  If anyone knows of any sites, please email me at
Thanks, Carol Comer Cutler

   We wish you well in this noble endeavor, Carol Anne!

   One of the very first links I placed on the website seven years ago was this one, which contains five such sites:

   This resource will probably be more fun and productive, and it's certainly free:

    Thanks, Carol Anne!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/23/08, 4:33 PM - "  Jerry Allen ('65)":

Hey, Carol and other prayer partners!
To update you on Jerry, he did not start radiation on Wednesday as planned.  He developed pneumonia which was diagnosed on Wednesday .  He has been in severe pain for the past 4 days.  He has been receiving daily IV antibiotics as well as oral and is improving.  He feels much better today.  He is upset that we can't celebrate our 40th Anniversary this weekend as planned.  We'll make up for it later, though.  Just keep him in your prayers so he will continue to improve and "get on with the plan".  The doctor will let him know on Monday when radiation will start.  I will keep you posted.
Again, many thanks to all!

   Sigh - I'm so very sorry your sweet husband has been so ill, Judy! Please give Jerry our best wishes; you both already have our love and prayers.

   Thanks so much for keeping us posted - and Happy Ruby Anniversary!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/23/08, 5:29 PM - "Empowering":

Set aside a few minutes of quiet time to watch this video. You won't regret it.

Hello Friends & Family

We all have challenges everyday in all aspects of our life. Here is a video that is worth watching:

   Judy Dear, I don't know what I was expecting before I watched this, but it certainly wasn't this extraordinary presentation which I found! Thank you - so very much!

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 02/23/08, 6:25 PM:

I'm cleaning out my mail now that my new email will be


   Thanks, Lady! I'm sorry I'm not able to attach that cool powerpoint slide show, but I've already changed your email addy everywhere I could think to do so: 



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

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - begins radiation for cancer soon; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP

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

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

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

6. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - continuing problems with advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08

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

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

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

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

11.   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - recent surgery on right knee

12. All of Us


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" (#22 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!

   Remember, there's much more to come - next time - REALLY! 

   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  
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The Rose

Words and Lyrics by:
Amanda McBroom, 1979

(Bette Midler)

Some say love,
it is a river that drowns the tender reed.
Some say love,
it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love,
it is a hunger, an endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
and you it's only seed.

It's the heart, afraid of breaking,
that never learns to dance.
It's the dream, afraid of waking,
that never takes a chance.
It's the one who won't be taken,
who cannot seem to give.
And the soul, afraid of dyin',
that never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely,
and the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snows,
Lies the seed, that with the sun's love,
in the spring becomes The Rose.

"The Rose" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 02/23/08

Image of Red Roses courtesy of Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA - 05/21/06
Thanks, Stacy!

Red Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of well, I just don't know - but it's been in my files since 02/01/05

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

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 again, 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

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06
Thanks, Eric!

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

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

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