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04/09/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
What Is This Thing Called Love?

ďLove withers under constraints: its very essence is liberty: it is compatible neither with obedience, jealousy, nor fear:
it is there most pure, perfect, and unlimited where its votaries live in confidence, equality and unreserve.Ē

Percy Bysshe Shelley

(4 Aug 1792 - 8 July 1822)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Despite the best efforts of three of my little chickadees to find another song for our April themes, we're taking a break from them, at least  for the moment.  The remaining good songs either have not been sequenced into midi form, or the midi is broken.  Sigh. 

   Thanks anyway, Sweetie-Pies!

    So we'll revisit Cole Porter in this entry from just over three years ago:   

   These videos are all incredible classics, each in its own way, but the first one is still my favorite.  Funny, I never really considered myself a big Sinatra fan.  I always thought I preferred Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Andy Williams, but it's Frank Sinatra who most often sings to me in my Magic Shower.

BONUS #1 - - Frank Sinatra

BONUS #2 - - Ella Fitzgerald, 1961

BONUS #3 - - Leo Reisman and His Orchestra, 1930 (rotating stills)

BONUS #4 - - Libby Holman (no video)

BONUS #5 - - Ginny Simms - clip from Night and Day (1946) with Cary Grant (That's an extra bonus - GIGGLES!!!) (This clip is incorrectly identified as 1940's Tin Pan Alley on YouTube.)


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Skip Wood ('65) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
11 - 
    Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA AND    Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA AND    Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA:
12 -
 Richard Rawls ('71) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


   Does anyone know how to contact Billy Carmines (Hampton HS - '65) (I think).  We've been searching for him for several years now  with no success, and we really most anxiously would like to find him.  Thanks!

  From Jerry ('65) and   Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 04/06/08 - "Friends and Balloons":

Have a wonderful week!!!

Have a great day, my Friend!

  Life is too short to wake up with regrets.

Love the people who treat you right.

Forget about the ones who don't.

Believe everything happens for a reason.

If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.  

If it changes your life, let it.  

Nobody said life would be easy.

They just promised it would be worth it.

Friends are like balloons.

Once you let them go, you can't get them back.

So I'm gonna tie you to my heart so I never lose you.

   Thanks, Sweeties, what great happy thoughts!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/06/08 - "I got you covered":

Just let me know if ANYONE messes up your day today!


   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Shari!  


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/07/08 - "The old days":

This interesting piece was sent to me and I thought you might be able to use it.  It cannot compete with the "brass monkey" article, as if anything could!  Haha!!  I really enjoyed that piece of information!  It makes you wonder about other "old sayings."  Like, how cold does certain parts of a witch get in the winter?  And who was that weather forecaster?  I'm sure it was a man and that he enjoyed his job!  I guess he had a part-time job as a well-digger too!!  I'm pretty sure you know what "old sayings" I'm referring to....or maybe not.  If not...........never mind!
 Joyce Cahoon


The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the1500s:

These are interesting...

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the bath water..

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying .. It's raining cats and dogs.

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old..

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat..

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer..

And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

   This is fascinating information! Thanks, Joyce!   I lived for several years in Southeast Missouri where such colorful idioms abound. The one I found most intriguing was "slicker than greased owl snot". This brings to mind a  most curious occupation:

   "What do you do for a living, Sir?"

    "I collect owl snot and grease it."

  From Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 04/07/08 - "Mistake":

Dear Carol,
I have just been reminded that all of my brother's things were "promised" to our nephew, Tommy's namesake.-- But the '58 Jr. and Sr. prom pictures I offer   Joe Drewry ('58 - of VA) are still offered to that class. So, Joe, let me know how I may get these things to you, if you want them. I am so sorry for this. My heart was in the right place, but my poor old mind just "ain't what it used to be".
 Tommy was born in Scottsville, VA on 9/28/38, and was in the Navy. 

Blessings, Elaine (Wilkinson) Bracken '61

   No problem at all, Elaine! I'm always delighted to see old yearbooks remain in their family!

   Thanks for the additional information on Tommy; I added it to that page:

   I've sent you Joe's contact information. Thanks again!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/07/08 - "My Heart":

My Heart

Give this heart to everyone you don't want to lose in '08 (including me, if you care).

Never take someone for granted. Hold every person close to your heart, because you might wake up one day and realize that you've lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones. 

   What a
day brightener! Thank you again, Joyce!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/08/08 - "Acie or Aries":

These were the pictures from the adoption site. He's cuter than the pictures show - such a cuddly little kitty. He had me worried, but saline drops seem to be working. Didn't really like cats until my twenties, misunderstanding them as uncaring and aloof.

Pets make life so much happier!

   So they do, and he's adorable, Shari! Thanks!  



  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 04/08/08:

Now Carol,
Iím going to ask one more favor. Can you tell me where I should send the $50.00 for        Raoul's (Weinstein  - '57 - of FL)    fundraiser in Lakeland?

I mentioned this to my Aunt in a telephone conversation over the weekend and she was very excited at the prospect. Not saying theyíll come but Iím sure the $50.00 will go to good use no matter.

Tell    Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64 - of VA) that if she will go, I will go!!! (Actually, not sure that I can but that would be extra incentive!)

Thanks so much, Carol, for all you do.

God Bless America and Americans.


   How super wonderful would that be?!? Thanks, Joe Sweetie!

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 04/08/08 - "Midomi":
Hey are you doing?

I saw this site and immediately thought of when you just can not pull up the name of that shower song, you can sing or hum (hoping hat you have some type of microphone) and this site will tell you the name of the mystery least that's what it CLAIMS to do.

   What a cool site, Janice, thanks so much! And it would no doubt solve the problem I have with that mystery song that's been bugging me for several years. Unfortunately, I don't have a microphone at the moment.    I know I had one five years ago, so I either broke it, or its Proper Owner took it with him when he (meaning one of my three youngest sons or another) moved out some time ago.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 04/08/08:


I scanned the teachers web site and noticed  Curtis Fooks listed.  Curtis graduated from Warwick High in 1958 and played football with me four four years at Warwick.  He was a very hard hitting tackle.  His wife, Nan Rae Marion, was in my class of 59.

   Oh, COOL! Thanks so much, Norris! I added your note to that page. 

I hope with all the contact information provided there by our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, that you've called, emailed, or written Curtis by now!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/08/08:

Hi, Carol:
We are indeed saddened to learn of the passing of     Ms. Emilie Crenshaw Holladay. She was a wonderful teacher, so mild mannered and so brilliant. She was so pleasant when she would come in to do her grocery shopping at H & B Grocery on 30th Street. For some reason, when she came into the store while I was working I felt a bit uncomfortable and still do not understand why except it was boyish shyness that kept me from saying a kind word or even to try to have a conversation. I would just smile and acknowledge her, but go back about my chores. It may have been that I was one of her marginal students with poor math skills.
Sure sorry to read that you are not feeling well. Please do not pressure yourself with the newsletters and website when you are struggling. I hope you know how much we appreciate your hard work in keeping the "Typhoon Nation" in touch.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan '57 of FL

   Thank you so much, Sweet Adonis!

   Perhaps it was indeed the shyness.  I invariably behaved the same way myself whenever encountering a teacher outside of school.

   I posted the first part of your note on both Miss Holladay's Memorial Newsletter and her teacher page: 



 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 04/08/08:


Your health is the most important!!!  If you have to whittle the newsletter down to once a week in order for you to be healthy, so be it!!!  Your being healthy is #1!!!   

Blessings, Sarah

   Thank you so much, Sarah Sugah! I'll see what I can do to simplify!

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; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal

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 (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups.....

6.   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - gallbladder surgery on 03/12/08

7. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again

8. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08; update of 03/22/08: recovering nicely

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

10. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"

11.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008; update of 03/17/08: still needing our prayers

12.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08; update of 03/10/08: still being sedated while not on the ventilator, but made it for nine hours on 03/09/08; "holding his own"; update of 03/17/08: not much progress, but no regression, either; update of 03/24/08: "some good days and some bad days; the doctors caring for Herbie are just taking a wait and see approach and playing it by ear day by day"; update of 03/31/08: stays awake longer, off the ventilator longer, now enjoying his beloved opera, card shower requested;  update of 04/07/08: "He is still about the same, but some days better, some worse; stays off the vent for as along as eleven hours."

13. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA - recovering from surgery on her ankle; update of 04/05/08: "has had a cast reapplied and then replaced in the past 2 weeks, and will have to have the pin in her ankle replaced on April 22nd.  She is in good spirits and gets around on a little scooter.  She can't use crutches because of back surgery fairly recently.  She has a lot of pain and discomfort with that, too."

14. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain; update of 03/13/08: "better, but still a bit away from 'good'"

15. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08; update of 03/13/08: "is doing very well.  She is taking some kind of cardio rehab therapy and she is feeling well enough that she has gone back to work.  She's only working 1/2 days..."

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

17. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!

18.   Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA - update of 03/30/08: emergency appendectomy caused by ruptured appendix; will be in the hospital 3 - 4 days

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

20. All of Us

1. Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 22nd Annual "Almost World Famous" Sertoma Sock Hop, Lakeland, FL  

2. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958: - 03/18/08

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

  From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC - 03/26/08 - "Good thoughts for 2008" (#12 in a Series of 12):


I just felt you'd like this today.

Thank you for being such a friend to so many of us.


Give this heart to everyone you don't want to lose in '08 including me. 


"Be kinder than necessary because everyone
you meet is fighting some kind of battle.


The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime! It is never too late
to become what I might have been.

Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you might not get them back. Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives and problems that we may not even notice that we've let them fly away. Sometimes we are so caught up in who's right and who's wrong that we forget what's right and wrong. Sometimes we just don't realize what real friendship means until it is too late. I don't want to let that happen so I'm gonna tie you to my heart so I never lose you.  Send it to some balloons that you think have flown away forever. You may be surprised to see it return. Send this heart to everybody you like.

   Thank you so much, Charlie! You were right - I did need this! What an uplifting series this has been!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/31/08 - "Don't do this" (#2 in a Series of 23):

I hope you get all the pictures!!!  Also notice that most all the pictures have men in them!!  And they say women are dumb!!!  These guys don't even have the "blonde" excuse.
 Joyce Cahoon

These are very good examples of things that we should NOT do at home, work, or any where else for that matter.

   YOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Joyce!

That CAN'T be right.

   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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What Is This Thing Called Love?

- Cole Porter

I was a hum-drum person
Leading a life apart
When love flew in through my window wide
And quickened my hum-drum heart
Love flew in through my window
I was so happy then
But after love had stayed a little while
Love flew out again

What is this thing called love?
This funny thing called love?
Just who can solve its mystery?
Why should it make a fool of me?
I saw you there one wonderful day
You took my heart and threw it away
Thatís why I ask the lord in heaven above
What is this thing called love?

You gave me days of sunshine
You gave me nights of cheer
You made my life an enchanted dream
ítil somebody else came near
Somebody else came near you
I felt the winterís chill
And now I sit and wonder night and day
Why I love you still?

"What Is This Thing Called Love?" midi courtesy of - 03/30/05

"What Is This Thing Called Love?" lyrics courtesy of - 03/30/05

Pink "I Give You My Love" Heart clip art courtesy of - 04/04/05

Pink Roses Bouquet clip art courtesy of - 04/04/05

Pink Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/04/05

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

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

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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!

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

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