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05/19/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
On the Good Ship Lollipop

If you want instant gratification, go suck a lollipop.

- Dr. Philip Mogul

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I personally had forgotten this little detail concerning this song:

From :

On the Good Ship Lollipop" was the trademark song of child actress Shirley Temple. Temple first sang it in the 1934 movie Bright Eyes. Contrary to popular belief, the ship in the song is an aircraft. In the song, the "Good Ship Lollipop" travels to a candy land. There is a direct reference to an airplane in the song: "Someday I'm going to fly/I'll be a pilot, too...".

   I'm so embarrassed!!!

BONUS #1 - - On the Good Ship Lollipop - Shirley Temple - From the movie Bright Eyes (1934)

BONUS #2 - - On the Good Ship Lollipop (with more complete introduction) - Shirley Temple - From the movie Bright Eyes (1934 - colorized version)



   Happy Birthday today to         David Whitley ('67) of VA!

   David, our friend,     Johnnie Bateman ('67/'70) of VA, specifically requested that you have flames, in honor of your being "the 67 Class Hottie", and who am I to disagree with him?!? So here you are, Gorgeous, because you are indeed Freakin' HOT, some bright red flames, just for you!


    My own mama             the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) would have turned 100 years old today. My, my, my - how time flies!  Happy Birthday, Baba!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

20 -    Chuck Ragland ('66) of VA;
21 -   Faye Merritt Houk ('66) of VA;

22 - Judy Blechman Morenoff ('57);

24 -  Zoe Pappas Marcopoulds ('57) AND  Betsy Wilson Ellis ('57);

25 - Edna Martin Clemence ('57);

26 -
    Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


      From Me ('65) of NC - 05/18/08 - "More Updates":

   There is an 18-year old boy in my Sunday School class who seems to be able to read my mind.  He can give the exact answer to questions I ask, quotes passages of scripture I'm seeking, even finish my sentences.  Those of you who best understand the strange workings of my mind can readily see what a scary situation this is.  "Be afraid.  Be very afraid."

   This phenomenon appears to be spreading.

   For the third time this week, one of y'all has sent me something site-related when I was either in the midst of working on it, or thinking about  working on it.  Here are the latest two:

   I spent Saturday morning working on this: - With the new resource available of the Daily Press articles after 1989, I 'm trying to make the In Memoriam pages more complete by adding full obituaries wherever possible.  I didn't want to reinvent the wheel, so if a Memorial Newsletter already exists, it will be linked in the third column.  Generally speaking, deaths which occurred between mid 2000 and early 2005 will have the person's name written in blue and underlined, indicating the obituary is already linked there.

   I still have not yet begun the Classes of 1954 to 1959, 1968 and 1969, and I'm not finished 1967, but I have completed 1960 through 1966, and 1970.  Just as I had begun 1971, the following note arrived:


From Terri Larsen ('72) of Northern VA - 05/18/08 - "Pictures for 1971 Memoriam Page":

Dear Carol,
Wanted to send these pictures to you for the Memoriam Page.  I was in the class of 72 (which I am sure you know had to attend a different school our senior year), but I knew all of these classmates from the class of 71.  Sorry to hear of their passing.
Take care,
Terri Larsen

   Thanks so very much, Terri! I hope by now I have the images unscrambled and placed properly!


   Then later Saturday evening I began feeling guilty (not to mention a sense of urgency to complete them while yet I can) for the many other sections on the site which have been long-promised but never brought to fruition.  The first one one which popped into my mind was the Stage Crew Homerooms.  And sure enough, the following note arrived, right on cue:

  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 05/17/08 - "Stuff":

Hi Carol.  

Even though it has been months since I last corresponded I want you to know again just how much I appreciate what you do on the website and what you do for all NNHS's and others.  You have literally become a part of us!

This may be old news but the Little League baseball field was NN National Little League which was later named Lem Wheeler Field I believe.  Mr. Wheeler started Little League baseball on the Peninsula and thus was recognized by naming the field after him.   I think this is correct info.  If not,   Bobby Hilling ('62 - of VA) will know.
I too played for the Exchange Club for three years in the mid 50's.  A less than stimulating career in Little League made me quickly realize my life's calling was elsewhere.

   GIGGLES - thanks for being the first to solve that mystery, Ed!

I was saddened by the passing of   Miss Holladay, my algebra teacher in the 11th grade.  She was a no-nonsense teacher but I felt a really fine teacher.  She surprised us all in 1960, the final game of the World Series.  I had her in F period and everyone knew it was a 9 to 9 game in the nine inning.  We had thought no way would she let us listen to the game.  But surprise, surprise, she asked, "Who has a radio?" and of course, someone did.  Soon after Bill Mazeroski hit his famous walk-off home run and the Pirates won and Miss Holladay had scored many points with her students.

   Thank you, Ed!I've posted you memory in two places:



Being the Stage Manager at NNHS my senior year, 1961-62 I am looking forward to the stage crew homeroom page that you are working on.  Alvah Campbell and I were in the homeroom for 3 and 1/2 years and George "Biddy" Whitehurst and Larry Robertson were HR members and graduated with us in 1962.  All HR members considered themselves one of Ms. Crane's boys.   Having her in your corner was a huge asset.

   AHA! Eddie, by now you know of course that when I say that I'm "working on" something, it could mean practically anything - it could be moments away from completion, or I could be assembling images and memories, or I could have begun a file, or I could just be waiting to catch the vision of what I want to create.  I really thought this one probably had a file with a few images inside, really I did.  But then I checked.  Nada.  There was absolutely nothing in my files, and even less in my head.  But surely it's moment had come, so I simply began.  I changed the concept several times throughout the process, but when it really was almost complete, I asked our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, for some accompanying music.  As I knew he would, he had just the perfect song, so at long, long last, here's that page: - brand new page - several years late, but basically completed!


Carol, I know many of your website readers daily keep you and your family in prayer as I do.  Our hearts go out to you with your health issues and other concerns.  Just raising seven children was a huge task in itself.  And from what I see they are all fine, fine people.  You and        Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) have much to be proud of.
Ed Nichols, NNHS Class of 1962

   Thank you so much, Sweetie! I deeply appreciate those prayers, and can feel their power.

   My own (completely unbiased) opinion of our children is that they're simply the greatest. They've always brought us joy, delight, and laughter, and filled our lives with love and wonder. I miss them when they're far away, but distance is a relative thing, and they're never far from my heart.


"When I think of happiness or joy in this life, I begin with some experiences that are simple and basic. I see the expression on the face of a one-year-old taking those first steps. I think of a child loving a puppy or a kitten. If the more mature have not dulled their physical or spiritual sensitivities by excess or disuse, they can also experience joy in what is simple and basic."

-Dallin H. Oaks, "Joy and Mercy", Ensign, Nov. 1991, p. 73


    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 05/11/08 - "Snopes";


Wouldn’t it be nice if all of us would run these home fixes and other strange, “I said she said” emails through snopes before sending them on to you. They are tying up a lot of your time trying to find out if it is true or not. You should not need to be the TRUTH detector.

It would be so easy for us to check out the TRUTH and send the link along with the “WOW have you heard this” email.

I cannot understand why we believe every email that someone sends us, and just pass it on as factual.  BUT then again, we do think our own Congressman is great and it is all of the rest that are crooks.


   Thanks so much, Dicky! You know, I don't really mind checking the veracity of those reports if it will help someone. I can readily understand why many of us are all too prone to accept even the most outlandish things as truth simply because someone said so.  I myself am extremely gullible (I prefer to think of it as "childlike").  I carry such reports in total - and add corrections in red - in an effort to educate, as I think that's one of our prime purposes here.

   What disheartens me is that after I do make this effort, in another day or two, the very same faulty emails will come to me from some of our regular readers, and I realize that my efforts have been totally in vain.  Nothing whatsoever has been accomplished, and I wonder why I took the time, and what I'm doing here in the first place.

   Thanks again, Sweetie! I do appreciate your catching the ones which I invariably miss!


"I believe many of us are overnourished on entertainment junk food and undernourished on the bread of life."

- Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, May 2001, p. 84)


        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 05/16/08 - "Wilson School Area":

Hi Carol,
Here are a few more people or businesses that were located within the confines of that Virtual Earth photo. There isn't enough room on the picture to write all of these because you wouldn't be able to see any of the picture.

  Bruce Sims (NNHS '56) lived a few houses behind Buddy's Place at 321 Pine Avenue.

Saturday, May 10, 2008
- Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 05/11/08
Thanks, Sydney!

 Directly across 25th Street from Buddy's and next to    Helen Avant (Neal) (NNHS '57) was the Chesapeake Cleaners.  Helen had a younger brother Bobby and I think one or two sisters, all probably NNHS grads but I don't know when.  
I do believe at least one of them is on our mailing list -    Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA.  Another sister is Lynda Avant Lasswell ('50) of ID  Beverly Avant Russell ('54)  passed away last October:

Directly across Pine Avenue from Buddy's was the Wythe Tire Co. where some years later I crumpled the front fender of my car in their parking lot.  Directly across Maple Avenue from my Great-Aunt Lizzie Sims' house lived Faye Allred (NNHS '58).  Of no interest to anyone but me but down Maple Avenue two houses past Hampton Avenue on the left lived my piano teacher Mrs. Wycke.  This memory's a little fuzzy but I think that on Pine Avenue directly across from the Wilson School building on the corner lived Gene Wolfley (NNHS '55).  His name is spelled wrong on his Senior picture.  Also fuzzy, I think next to the Wolfleys lived the Fowlers, brother and sister Bobby Fowler (NNHS '56) and Yeardley Fowler (NNHS '56).  On Hickory Avenue about midway between my house and the DQ (I can't remember exactly which house) lived Lawanna Crocket (NNHS '55).  On the same side of the street across 25th Street on Hickory Avenue lived       Dimples Dinwiddie ('58).  I think it was the 2nd or 3rd house from the corner.  Almost directly behind Dimples on Pear Avenue lived one of the three best friends I had in High School, Billy Ford.  Billy didn't attend NNHS.  He might have gone to Hampton High even though he lived on the Newport News side of Pear Avenue but thinking on it now, I believe he went to a private school.  Gaye Hogge (NNHS '56) and Jerry Hogge (NNHS '54 or '55),    Donnie Satisky (NNHS '56) and Joel (J. D.) Webster (NNHS '56) all lived within a few blocks west, off of 19th Street, off of this map but within easy walking distance of the school.  There are I'm sure some others (people and businesses) that I can't recall right now.

If I am wrong about any of these or left somebody out I apologize, but I think most are correct.  If I zoom in on the picture, especially on 25th Street there are a few businesses I don't remember.  They might or might not have been there during the fifties.
Typhoon forever,
Sydney Dearing

   WOWZERONI!!!  Your recall of all this after so many years boggles my mind, Sydney! Thanks so very much! I see we still need to add a few places to Our Old Stomping Grounds - which suits me just fine, as I enjoy it more than anyone other section within the site!!

      - brand new page!

      - brand new page!

      - brand new page!


"If we choose the wrong road, we choose the wrong destination."

- Dallin H. Oaks, "Be Not Deceived," Ensign, November 2004, p. 44


    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 05/16/08 - "Emails":

I'm sorry AOL doesn't like your missives from Dixie. Please try my alternate web addresses: _______________ or ____________________.
Warm regards,
Norm Covert ('61) MD

   Thanks, Normie! We'll see if we have a better shot with that second one!


“Well taught doctrines and principles have a more powerful influence on behavior than rules.”

-Dallin H. Oaks


  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 05/16/08 - "Sad News":

Brenda Williams
Typhoon Forever
Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance

--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Maggie Barnes, wife of Michael Barnes ('62) of VA:

Michael's mother, Dorothy Moore, died late Thursday night (May 15). Dot had been a resident of Riverside Regional Convalescent Center since last November and suffered from diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and other health problems.

Funeral arrangements are not final as yet, but there will be a graveside service (probably on Monday) at the cemetery adjacent to Tucker Swamp Baptist Church near Zuni, VA where her twin sister is buried. If you are inclined to send flowers or other expressions of sympathy, please consider making a donation to your local Humane Society or animal rescue organization in Dot's memory.

   I'm so sorry to hear this sad news, Brenda, but thanks for letting us know. Our hearts go out to Michael and Maggie at this difficult time. I've searched the obituaries to find a posting of this so that I can create a Memorial Newsletter, but to no avail.....


"If we knew that we would meet the Lord tomorrow—through our premature death or through His unexpected coming—what would we do today? What confessions would we make? What practices would we discontinue? What accounts would we settle? What forgivenesses would we extend? What testimonies would we bear? If we would do those things then, why not now?"

- Dallin H. Oaks, "Preparation for the Second Coming", Ensign, May 2004, p. 7


  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 05/16/08:

Dear Carol,

Please convey my deepest appreciation to    Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65 - of VA) for submitting her “age meter”.

It made my day to discover that I’m only 46! If I can now only convince my body of this I’ll be real happy!!

Cool site. 

Best to everyone.


   GIGGLES - CONGRATULATIONS, Joe Sweetie - and thanks for your report!


"When we give thanks in all things, we see hardships and adversities in the context of the purpose of life... We are meant to learn and grow through opposition, through meeting our challenges, and through teaching others to do the same... the Lord will not only consecrate our afflictions for our gain, but He will use them to bless the lives of countless others."

- Dallin H. Oaks, "Give Thanks in All Things," Ensign, May 2003, p. 95


       From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 05/17/08:

The National Little League "stadium", located in Huntington Park, for years was named after Lem Wheeler, whose daughter Joy attended Stonewall Jackson <I don't remember her being at NNHS>, that's not news, I don't remember a lot of things. That's where I played and I hope answers     Norm's (Covert - '61 - of MD) memory's quest for an answer well short of 3am!

   Thanks, Wayne Honey! I'm glad to see you and   Ed (Nichols - '62 - of Northern VA) share the same recollection!


    From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL - 05/18/08 - "    Rachel":


Rachel broke her ankle/leg in 3 places yesterday. After sitting at Anderson Hospital for 5 hours, they called and told us the radiologist and the orthopedic surgeon disagreed about the reading of the x ray and they asked us to take her to Children's Hospital where we sat for another 8 hours. It broke over the growth plate in her ankle. They are concerned that it may not heal correctly. It looked ok last night. So they did not do surgery. She has to stay on the couch with her foot elevated for a week. Please pray that it heals correctly for her.


   YOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! That does not sound like fun at all, but we're so thankful no surgery will be required! Thanks, Miss Mary - take good care of her!


"In light of the ultimate purpose of the great plan of happiness, I believe that the ultimate treasures on earth and in heaven are our children and our posterity."

- Dallin H. Oaks, "The Great Plan of Happiness", Ensign, Nov. 1993, p. 75


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"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good.  The PET scan will be in the next few weeks.  We are expecting good results." update of 05/05/08 - "scheduled for two more chemo visits; will have the first chemo on Thursday, May 8th followed up by an injection on Friday to boost his immune system"; update of 05/08/08 - "did pretty well with the chemo today in spite of the risky business with the procedure without the pic line that was removed due to a clot"

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; update of 04/28/08 - SEE ABOVE

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

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

4.      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..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08

5. 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; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08.

6. My second granddaughter,      Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential

7. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08;  update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"

8. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston)."

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; 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!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated. "

11. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"

12. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"

13. All of Us


1. . Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 AND OTHER NNHS ALUMNI  

2. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1961:

Mini reunion at the home of    Buddy and     Libby Blechman David of VA

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


   Remember, there's so much more to come - soon - 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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On the Good Ship Lollipop

Words by Sidney Clare
(15 Aug 1892 - 29 Aug 1972)

Music by Richard A. Whiting
(12 Nov 1891 - 10 Feb 1938)

(Shirley Temple)
(b. 23 Apr 1928)

I've thrown away my toys
Even my drum and train.
I wanna make some noise
With real live aeroplanes.

Some day I'm going to fly.
I'll be a pilot too.
And when I do, how would you
Like to be my crew...

On the good ship lollipop.
Its a sweet trip to a candy shop
Where bon-bons play
On the sunny beach of Peppermint Bay.

Lemonade stands everywhere.
Crackerjack bands fill the air.
And there you are
Happy landing on a chocolate bar.

See the sugar bowl do the tootsie roll
With the big bad devils food cake.
If you eat too much ooh ooh
You'll awake with a tummy ache.

On the good ship lollipop
Its a night trip into bed you hop
And dream away
On the good ship lollipop.


"On the Good Ship Lollipop" midi courtesy of - 05/18/08

"On the Good Ship Lollipop" lyrics courtesy of - 05/18/08

Lollipops Image courtesy of - 05/18/07

Airplane clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 05/18/08

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated Red Flames courtesy of - 05/19/08

Animated Flaming Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 07/06/04

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

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

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

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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