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02/28/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Love Story

"Love is everything it's cracked up to be…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for."

- Erica Jong, O Magazine, February 2004
(b. 26 Mar 1942)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

  My Magic Shower strongly suggested we use this song for today because it's still February, and we're still singing love songs.  I personally prefer Andy Williams' version of this one; hear it sung by him here:

BONUS - - Andy Williams


   Happy Birthday today to
  Wayne Agee ('58) of FL!
   And a Happy Leap Year Day Birthday tomorrow to Bob Schweida ('54) of NH!

   Many Happy Returns to you both, Gentlemen!

       From Me ('65) of NC - 02/28/08 - "Taras Bulba":

   And speaking of love stories, I have a question.  The other day Taras Bulba (1962) **** came on tellybision, and I suddenly had a returned memory - well, almost.  I wondered if one of y'all might be able to help.

   Those of y'all with total recall (as I myself used to enjoy before my brain decided it would be more interesting to shuffle, scramble, fracture, and rearrange everything in my head), might not be able to comprehend my feelings of joy at this return of memory - even a partial memory.

   This Oscar nominated movie about the 16th century Cossack fight for independence (but with a Romeo and Juliet sub-plot), starring Tony Curtis and Yul Brynner, has always been a favorite of mine.  I think it must have played at the Palace rather than the Paramount, as it was an MGM production, released in the USA on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1962.  I remember waiting in line with my date in the cold to enter the theater.  I couldn't tell you the exact date - or even when it hit Newport News  - other than it wasn't on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but I really think that we saw it on Friday, December 21, 1962.

   So what I'd like to know is - does anyone else remember seeing this movie when it opened?  Was it indeed the Palace Theater, or could it have been some other?  Could this in fact be the correct date, or were movies delayed in reaching Newport News?

   And why is this so important, you may wonder??  Because it's for my Creative Memories scrapbooked albums.  Therefore it's uber-critical for the date and the place to be pinpointed!

   Thanks!!! (I really am serious, ya know...)

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/27/08 - "Are You Lonesome Tonight":

Just think, Elvis would have been 71 years old this year!

Did you ever stop to think that by this time, he could have re-written "Are You Lonesome Tonight" in the Senior Citizens version and it would have gone something like this:

   Wait a minute! Why am I laughing?!? This is waaay too painfully true to be funny! Thanks, Joan!

       From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 02/27/08 - "Postcard Virus - it's real!":

Forwarded in case it's true.
Eleanor Nowitzky
Hi All,
 I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this virus!
 I checked, and it is for real!!
 Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts ASAP.
You should be alert during the next few days Do not open any message with an attachment entitled "POSTCARD," regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. This is the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
If you receive a mail called" POSTCARD," even though sent to you by a friend, do not open it! Shut down your computer immediately.
This is the worst virus announced by CNN. It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus.  This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.

   Thanks, Eleanor! I double-checked this, and it is indeed true - and also a hoax.  Take your pick: - Real virus - Hoax

   Either way, it isn't a card, nor is it from anyone you know. I originally thought this whole scam was an effort to destroy the online greeting card business, but they will always identify the name of the person sending you your cards.  Bottom line - If you don't recognize the name, don't open the attachment!

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 02/27/08 - "Two Alternative Views of Fort Monroe - Which do you choose?":

Here's the latest information on the future of Fort Monroe. We are encouraging everyone from all over the country to write the National Park Service at the address in this e-mail to say that the only sure way to preserve Fort Monroe is for the NPS to become involved.
Adrian Whitcomb NNHS '67 
Civil War Preservation Trust declares
Fort Monroe
at risk (Read more)
APVA Preservation Virginia declares
Fort Monroe
most endangered (Read more)
We think the Fort Monroe Authority picture just below shows the wisdom in the alarms reported above. It shows a vision for a gated community without the gate -- on historically, recreationally, and environmentally precious land that has been publicly owned since the days of Jamestown. Recently the public expressed its will about this land overwhelmingly. If the public's will isn't ignored, everything on the foreground side of the moated fortress could well become green space -- more environmentally friendly for the health of our beautiful Chesapeake Bay, more fitting for the historic "viewshed," and much-needed public access to waterfront parkland, and for a solid plan by which all of Fort Monroe can become a self-sustaining "grand public place."  The second picture below -- cobbled together by CFMNP's Webmaster -- shows one possible alternative to the "new Hampton neighborhood" in the first picture. This alternative respects the will of Fort Monroe's actual owners -- "the American people," as Fort Monroe Authority Chairman L. Preston Bryant, Jr., wrote in a recent public letter.
ABOVE: Frame 13 from the viewgraph presentation titled "Fort Monroe Reuse Plan, February 13, 2008, Dover, Kohl & Partners," posted at the Fort Monroe Authority's new Web site. Although this plainly inappropriate treatment of a national historic landmark has been widely discredited since a handful of leaders in Hampton began asserting it in July 2006, it's still being considered today. 

BELOW: CFMNP Webmaster Dave Gurganus cobbled this alternative view together, just to give a sense of the possibilities for a "grand public place" that could enrich all of us in multiple ways -- including financial enrichment for Hampton.

NEW (2/18) PLEASE WRITE TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE  as requested and explained in the Feb. 18 update message that went to everyone on our e-mail update list (and please join our e-mail list if you are not already receiving occasional update messages).
Reminder from Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park ( It's not too late to join many who have written to the National Park Service. Last Monday's appeal re-appears at, but the core message is simple: in as little as a sentence or three, please just tell the NPS why you believe that NPS involvement is the only sure way to manage post-Army Fort Monroe appropriately. (For a reminder of why this belief is valid, look no farther than the new picture near the top at, also shown at the top of this e-mail.) The NPS knows Fort Monroe is historically precious. They must decide whether they believe NPS management would be clearly superior to some combination of the state, Hampton and private entities. We hope you'll tell them that it would be superior, and why. Thanks.

Mr. Terrence D. Moore
Chief of Park Planning and Special Studies
Northeast Region, National Park Service
200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


   Some things in life are just too important to ignore. Thanks for showing us how we can help, Adrian!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/08 - "BEACON - 17 MAY 63 - Part One of Two":

This was a particularly newsy edition, and I was stressing over how to include it all by the scanning method I had been using.  Well … I would like to offer my very belated, but very sincere thanks to the Beacon Staff for selecting a newsprint size in which each page is exactly twice the size of an 8 ½ x 11 sheet. As a result, I found it to be embarrassingly simple to scan the top and bottom of each page with a bit of overlap.

So, herein is the entire edition. Indeed, I plan to similarly scan future issues. No longer will I have to decide what the alumni get to see; now they will be able to see it all.


Friday, May 17, 1963 Friday, May 17, 1963 Friday, May 17, 1963 Friday, May 17, 1963 Friday, May 17, 1963 Friday, May 17, 1963
Page One - TOP Page One - BOTTOM Page Two - TOP Page Two - BOTTOM Page Three - TOP Page Three - BOTTOM

   WOWZERS! This new format is going to save us both - and particularly you, I should hope - a great deal of time! I can hardly imagine how many hours you've spent scanning these individual articles!

   Thank you, Brown Eyes! These are so much fun!

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. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to be released from hospital on 02/27/08

8.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008

9.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08

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

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

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

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

14.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08

15. 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" (#25 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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Theme from Love Story

(Andy Williams, 1970)

Where do I begin to tell the story
Of how great a love can be
The sweet love story that is older than the sea
The simple truth about the love she brings to me

Where do I start
With her first hello
She gave new meaning to this empty world of mine
They'll never be another love another time
She came into my life and made the living fine

She fills my heart
She fills my heart with very special things
Angel songs and wild imaginings
She fill my soul with so much love
That any where I go I'm never lonely
With her around who could be lonely
I reach for her hand
She's always there

How long does it last
Can love be measured by the hours in a day
I have no answers now
But this much I can say
I know I'll need her until the stars all burn away
And she'll be there

How long does it last
Can love be measured by the hours in a day
I have no answers now
But this much I can say
I know I'll need her until the stars all burn away
And she'll be there

"Love Story" midi courtesy of Yuko Ohigashi: - 01/02/06

"Love Story" lyrics courtesy of - 03/06/06

Image of Red Heart Gems courtesy of - 02/28/08

Heart Line clip art courtesy of - 02/16/06

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!

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

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

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