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03/07/08 - NNHS Newsletter
ou Were on My Mind

“I think about you constantly, whether it's with my mind or my heart.”

 - Albany Bach Reid

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Despite the fact that this song is a sentimental favorite of mine, today's theme is also being rerun from over three years ago primarily because I'm a slacker, and it saves me a great deal of time!

   Here's a live performance from Saturday, October 2, 1965 for your enjoyment:

SPECIAL BONUS - - We Five - Live On Hollywood Palace - Introduced by Fred Astaire


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/05:

Some background:  The album containing this song was published while I was at USNA. It would be an understatement
to say that it took the Brigade by storm. Mids were standing in line at the Midshipman's Store to buy it. This was the only song you could hear emanating from every upper class room which had a turntable.  Mids hummed it on the way to class and in the shower.  It holds immeasurable nostalgia value for me.

  The composer was Sylvia Fricker. If you do not already
know this, she was half of the 50s/60s folkie group, Ian
& Sylvia:


The lead singer for We Five was Beverly Bivens. She had a voice to die for. On another cut on the album, she trails off a note to a slow moan/grown which gave me "impure thoughts" .... and still does.

This whole We Five "Thing" made me run down to the Library and excavate for my vinyl copy from my days at USNA.  Sorry for the blur -- bad digi-cam setting.  I got smarter for the next one.

The group never recaptured the fire of their first album and faded from the scene. I once did a "PeopleFinder" search on her name and got three hits. One was in Arizona, which seemed like a likely place for a now-forgotten star. Maybe I will call the number some day.

   Thank you so much, Captain - again!


   Happy Birthday today to    Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to: 08 -    Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs ('38) of VA - 1921 - deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA)  AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN;

09 - Patrick Burke ('57) AND   Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND    Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA;

10 -
  Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


1. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA:

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/06/08 - "THANKS!":

 I would like to extend my truly heart felt thanks to all of those whose prayers helped bring Linda (Lamb Stokes - Hampton HS - '66) through her surgery; THANK YOU!
Additionally, I send a big THANK YOU to those that inquired of me directly along with their best wishes. Linda is home now, and as I write this note fast asleep, catching up on all of the lost sleep she has experienced over these last few most painful weeks. "We" are now in a "healing pattern" and her discomfort should gradually fade away. I know from the first round in '04 she will be more than delighted when she is allowed to remove the neck collar she has to wear for at least the 2 weeks.
Again, I am most grateful to all of you, you know; Ya'll !!

   Thank you, Wayne Honey! Please give Linda our love and best wishes for a speedy and pain-free recovery!

2. Emily of VA:

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/06/08 - "Emily's Surgery & PRAYER REQUEST":

Dear Friends & Family,
I'm pleading for your prayers, in behalf of Emily. Her surgery is on Tuesday, the 11th. It requires the removal of they are thinking top to bottom 2 back incisions, the muscle being removed, a bone graft, rods, screws and pins being put in place, then the muscle put back in and incisions closed. It's so horrendous, it hurts me to think about it. Two years ago, when I had my back surgeries and bone removal I was in immense pain. Really wasn't feeling anything like myself, for 10 months.
Our bodies are not made to have hardware, yet this is the only methodology that is available today. Her curvature has reached a critical point, it is pressing on other organs. Unlike some surgeries there is no guarantee she will get correction, only halting the progression, although some receive great correction. She is leaning terribly to one side, so correction is badly needed! I'm so scared for her. Please pray for the surgeon to have spiritual assistance guidance, her safety, wonderful correction and that she be in as little pain, as possible.
I will be computerless for more than a week, after Sunday and will have to adjust my computer use, according to her needs, when we do get back. Let me know if I can ever pray for you or yours. *Prayer is a wonderful gift, we can give to another*. Please don't forget!
                                                                           Thank you!,

   Thank you, Shari! We're certainly keeping you and Emily and all those who attend her in our prayers!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/05/08 - "Woman":


This is written in the Hebrew Talmud, the book where all of the sayings and preaching of Rabbis are conserved over time. 

It says: "Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears. The woman came out of a man's rib. Not from his feet to be walked on. Not from his head to be superior, but from the side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved."

Pass this on to all exceptional women that you know..  and to men so they know the value of a woman.

   Thanks, Shari!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/05/08 - "Weird Things":

No, I did not check these out on Snopes.  That would be weird!!!  LOL

Weird Things You Would Never Know!! (But do now!)
A shrimp's heart is in its head.
The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
23% of all photocopier faults world-wide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.
Most lipstick contains fish scales.
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.
In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.
It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
Horses can't vomit.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to o take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
A snail can sleep for three years.
No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
All polar bears are left handed.
In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
"Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall.
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
Almost everyone who reads this email will try to lick their elbow.
Don't forget to pass these weird facts on to everyone you know. They will get a kick out of it.
 Joyce Cahoon

   Thanks, Joyce! But no, I did not try to lick my own elbow, delicious as it may be!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/06/08 - "An Interesting Perspective":

An Interesting Perspective

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten.

On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.

When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

Looking around, confused, they asked, 'Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?'

She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me what you have done to earn the right to sit at a desk.'

They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'

'No,' she said.

Maybe it's our behavior.' She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the desk-less classroom.

Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall.

By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'

By the way, this is a true story.... If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you read it in English, thank a soldier.

And YES, this is really a true story...check it out at: 

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/06/08 - "RE - Last Newsletter Announcement":

You are a HOOT!!!

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Adonis!

From Jennings Bryan (June '42) of VA - 03/06/08:

Hi Carol,
The June '42 class had our 65-year reunion last fall with seventy-five great folks attending.  Our committee has decided that we are too old for another venture.  If we were to have another reunion it would probably have to be a breakfast sausage biscuit at McDonalds. 

We depleted our reunion checking account with a contribution to the Ethel Gildersleeve Foundation at Christopher Newport University.  You will be surprised that the fund now has in excess of $220,000.00.  This year it is funding the education of a young lady at CNU, just from the interest generated.  You might mention to future reunions that they consider donating surplus funds to this worthy cause.

I have a few Beacon annuals from the 1940-42 era.  If you would like to have them I will be happy to mail them to you.
I read with great interest the story on Pam Pennington Cherry ('58 - of VA).  I had the ablation procedure, for atrial fibrillation, September a year ago.  I also have been diagnosed with an aneurysm of the lower aorta.  Unfortunately, it is right where the renal artery breaks off to go to the kidney.  The doctors say they cannot put a splint in as it would block the renal artery.  The abdominal surgery is rated 50/50.
After reading her story, I am convinced that somehow the ablation is connected to the aneurysm.  Thanks so much for information on something that is near and dear to my heart.
Jennings Bryan
June '42

   WOWZERONI-ROONI! I would be most delighted to receive those early yearbooks, Jennings! Thank you so very much! With images scanned from them I could greatly expand the value of the website.

   I'm relatively certain that some of the other classes have already made contributions to the Ethel Gildersleeve Foundation, but thank you for the reminder - particularly as reunions are beginning to be on our minds again.

   And isn't it strange that our medical information sometimes comes from the most unlikely of sources?!?  We wish you well, Jennings!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 03/06/08 - "Friend and Classmate":



It is distressing that you are suffering cardio-pulmonary challenges these days. Those of us who have endured those maladies [and been brought back from the dark tunnel] know the cause is any of a thousand diagnoses. Some are bad, some really, really bad! Reducing stress helps a lot, but sometimes you need help. Certainly we pray for healing of your body, mind and soul. The prayer roll is chock full of those in need of God’s mighty touch.


I don’t know the real reason why -- unless I’m that age, but reading the obituary of my classmate    SHIRLEY MARKOFF KLEIN (’61, Va.), seems to touched a nerve in me. She was such a nice girl, always alive, smiling, full of fun, and easy for all of us to get to know and appreciate. I’ve not written a condolence to her family because the context is difficult for me. We were brothers and sisters during school days and I haven’t seen her since probably June 1961. What a loss that is! She became the quality adult she was as an elementary and high schooler. As our lives went in different directions, we lost the bonds forged in the class rooms in Newport News.


Let me just say that I remember what a great girl Shirley was as we met in the hallways of NNHS, the classrooms, the gymnasium and Saunders Stadium as “Newport born and Newport bred …. “ May she rest in eternal peace.


Norm Covert (’61, MD)

   Thank you so much for your beautiful note and prayers, Normie!

   I really empathized with your feelings about Shirley.  When I first began reconnecting with old friends after 25 years apart, I was quite devastated to learn of the deaths that had transpired - some much more than others, of course.....  I always feel so sorry for people who are just joining us now and read all those In Memoriam sections at once.  That pain must be excruciating!  It was often more than I could bear finding out about each one on an individual basis.

   I've cross-posted the second portion of your note:

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/07/08 - "Baby Boomers":

I can identify!!,0,1036393.blurb

   WILD GIGGLES - so can we all! Thanks, Wayne Honey!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/07/08 - "BEACON - 03 SEP 63":

This is the first edition of school year 1963-1964. It is only two pages.


Friday, September 3, 1963 Friday, September 3, 1963 Friday, September 3, 1963 Friday, September 3, 1963
Page One - TOP Page One - BOTTOM Page Two - TOP Page Two - BOTTOM

   Thank you, Brown Eyes! I've so been looking forward to these!

 - brand new page!


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA -  03/06/08, 3:38 AM (sic) - "Update on Marriott room reservations for NNHS58 'Noble Gathering'":

Jesse Kersey has talked to the Marriott and they have agreed to increase the number of rooms available for our NNHS58 reunion group at the $119 special rate. 
Also, several classmates are planning to extend their stay.  The Marriott has agreed to add days before or after at the same rate. 
Please let me know if you have any problem getting the special rate and I will get Jesse to work it out.  Sometimes the reservation clerk on duty has not been informed about the flexibility.

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA -  03/06/08, 6:03 PM - "Another Update on making Marriott room reservation for NNHS58":

Several classmates have reported difficulty with making reservations at the Williamsburg Marriott at the $119/night rate for the NNHS58 Reunion.
We think the problem may occur when you call the 800 reservation number.
Try using the local number to get to the onsite reservation person: 1-757-220-2500
If you have made a reservation and were quoted an amount greater than the $119, email Jesse and he will run interference for you to get the rate corrected.  Only contact Jesse if you have actually made a reservation at the higher rate.
Jesse Kersey's email is (available upon request from Joe -


   Thanks, Joe!

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

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; 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. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain

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

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

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

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

13. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm

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

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

16. 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" (#31 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!


   There are some exciting new items, but in the interest of time and space, I'm reserving them for - next time!

   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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You Were on My Mind

Written by Sylvia Fricker, 1964

(We Five, 1965)

When I woke up this morning
You were on my mind
And you were on my mind
I got troubles, whoa-whoa
I got worries, whoa-whoa
I got wounds to bind

So I went to the corner
Just to ease my pains

I got troubles, whoa-whoa
I got worries, whoa-whoa
I came home again

When I woke up this morning
You were on my mi-i-i-ind and
You were on my mind
I got troubles, whoa-whoa
I got worries, whoa-whoa
I got wounds to bind

Hey, I got a feelin'
Down in my sho-oo-oo-oes, said-a
Way down in my sho-oo-oes
Yeah, I got to ramble, whoa-whoa
I got to move on, whoa-whoa
I got to walk away my blues

When I woke up this morning
You were on my mind
You were on my mind
I got troubles, whoa-whoa
I got worries, whoa-whoa
I got wounds to bind

"You Were on My Mind" midi, sequenced by Jesse Jocson, "dbassman", courtesy of,
located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/04
WOWZERONI!  What a fabulous arrangement!  Thanks so much, Dave!  Nobody does it better!

  "You Were on My Mind" lyrics courtesy of - 01/01/05
(Web site suggested by Albert Dorner - '66 - of VA - 08/19/04)
Thanks, Albert!

"Bust with Cranial Diagram" image courtesy of - 01/01/05

Kelp Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/07/08

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

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!!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

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

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!

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