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05/23/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Rosemary Clooney's 80th Birthday

“So you see, you can't do everything alone.”

- Rosemary Clooney
(23 May 1928 - 29 June 2002)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We wanted to celebrate Rosie's birthday today; all we needed was a song:

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08:

Sorry. I searched for two of her more recognizable songs: Come On-a My House and From This Moment On.  No MIDI for either one.

   That's okay, Captain, thanks anyway!

I hate to give up. RC had another recognizable song, "Hey There". 

This is a nice jazzy lounge rendition. It should work well.

   OOOH, SUPER! That's it exactly! Thanks so much, David!

BONUS #1 - - Rosemary Clooney - Hey There, 1956 - watch the 78RPM spin

BONUS #2 - - Rosemary Clooney - Hey There, probably 1956

BONUS #2 - - Rosemary Clooney - Hey There, 1981



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to our Two-Fer -  Zoe Pappas Marcopoulds ('57) AND  Betsy Wilson Ellis ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

25 - Edna Martin Clemence ('57);

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

27 - Mary Johnson Weaver ('57);

29 -   Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA;

30 -    Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


  From Richard Rawls ('71) of VA - 05/22/08 - "Tommy and Fran Scott Update":


My church is reporting that Tommy and Fran Scott are still at home recuperating. If I hear anything new, I'll let you know.


J. Richard Rawls

   Thanks so much, Richard!


      From Me ('65) of NC - 05/23/08:

   Without boring you with the details, I was at somewhat less than my best yesterday - even my current best.  And I kept forgetting that I had a mandatory meeting in the evening (well, it was FUN, but I still had to leave my home and hearth to attend it).  In using a theme from two years earlier, I saved myself a great deal of time.  Just before posting it, I realized I had made no obligatory homework assignments (school is still in session, you know).  So looking frantically at the clock, I grabbed a handful, glanced at them (all too briefly), posted the newsletter, and announced it.

   First, I forgot to announce the Memorial Edition which I had I finished much earlier in the morning:

   But the worst was, I neglected to read the homework assignments myself.

   As I released the announcement, a thought flickered through my mind that Wagner had been Hitler's favorite composer.  Not a good thing, but I figured, hey, everybody's gotta like somebody, and besides, I didn't have time to think about it anymore.

   Bad choice.  BAD choice.....

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/22/08:

Hi, Carol:
May 22, 1864 was the beginning of the Battle of Cold Harbor. May I be so bold as to recommend you consider recognizing this date of the year as one important in the history of our nation, and forfeit any recognition of the birth of Wilhelm Richard Wagner who uttered the term "final solution" long before it became Adolf Hitler's official policy in the Third Reich. Wagner was a racist and a rabid anti-Semite and while a man of staggering genius made some pretty amazing claims about his revelations.
I realize how you strive to make allowances for all celebrations on your website, and far be it for me to give you any advice but Wagner crosses the line and maybe you will consider my recommendation as to how best remember May 22.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you so much for bringing this back to my memory, Joe! There's no way I can really make restitution for this until next year except to offer my profound apologies and to promise it won't happen again.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/22/08 - "The Cyclone":

"The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person."

~Norman Vincent Peale~

   Thank you, Shari - good point! Now if I can only remember to seek that calm while I'm freaking out.....

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08:

On Google Earth I can see clearly what I remember  as the softball diamond (1953-1955, 1961-1965) and the baseball diamond (1961-1965).  I am not sure if Norm and I are thinking of the same locations, so the annotated Google image is attached.

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! I just LOVE these annotated images! Thanks so very much, Brown Eyes!

I posted this around the site today:

Wednesday, May 21, 2008




     Thanks again, Captain!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 05/22/08 - "Magic numbers":

Carol and Typhoon Family....

Don't panic, don't call tech support, just use the magic numbers to see the Pix of the greatest Reunion anyone has ever enjoyed.  The the right side of the keyboard is the number box...yeah, that's it, now, start with 1 and continue counterclockwise as in  12369874 the pix should open !  If they don't let me tell you this....they were good ! 

   MAGIC NUMBERS?!?  I like magic numbers!  Hey, looky, this is cool!  WOW!  There's the first image, so I'll just make a new file.  I'll call it "NOBLE-GATHERING".  There, I've saved the first image. Now I'll go get some more.  HEY - the trick won't work anymore!!  Well, that's okay, now that I know the trick, I'll just publish the first image today, and catch the others later. HEY! Where did my saved image go?!

   IT'S GONE!!!  ARGHHHH!!!!


Now surely someone out their knows Edna Martin and where she is hiding, like Patsy Hancock maybe, and she will give Edna my e-mail address and once again I will be connected to my happy, delightful friend ! 

Sepi aka Dimples or
Dimples aka Sepi

  Thanks anyway, Dimples! I'll try again later.....

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - of VA - 05/22/08 - "Snapfish: Album":


I had the same problem as you did. Every time I would enter the information I could not get to the pics. So I opened an account, it only took a few minuets and WaLa I could see all of the pictures.

 Correction: if you have entered the information try clicking on the "I already have a Snapfish account" link at the top right of the page


   Wal, YABUT, then I would hafta admit that I prolly already DO have an account and I just can't remember it and - oh well, yeah, I'll do sumpin' like that - SOON!

   Thanks, Dicky Darlin'!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 05/23/08 - "ALMOST  TRUE STORY":

I hope you enjoy this, I did.
 Joyce Cahoon

   Thanks, Joyce. Especially because of the Rosemary Clooney connection, I ran this through

   I simply could not image the minister's refusal to pray for anybody - and he didn't. I'm offering it with the following corrections:

Back in the 50's there was a well known radio host/comedian/song writer in Hollywood named Stuart Hamblen who was noted for his drinking, 
womanizing, partying, etc. 
One of his bigger hits at the time was, 'I won't go hunting with you Jake, but I'll go chasing women.' 
One day in 1949 along came a young preacher holding a tent revival. Hamblen had him on his radio show, presumably to poke fun at him.
In order to gather more material for his show, Hamblen showed up at one of the revival meetings.
Actually, Hamblin encouraged his listeners to go - and attended himself - as part of a media push.
Early in the service the preacher announced, 'There is one man in this audience who is a big fake.'
Never happened!
There were probably others who thought the same thing, but Hamblen was convinced that he was the one the preacher was talking about (some 
would call that conviction) but he was having none of that.
Still the words continued to haunt him until a couple of nights later he showed up drunk at the preacher's hotel door around 2 AM demanding 
that the preacher pray for him!
(It was actually 4:00 AM, he was not drunk, he was accompanied by his wife, and he didn't demand, 
he begged!)   
 But the preacher refused, saying, 'This is between you and God and I'm not going to get in the middle of it.'
Never happened! Mr. Graham actually said, "We've been praying for you for weeks."
But he did invite Stuart in and they talked until about 5 AM at which point Stuart dropped to his knees and with tears, cried out to God.
But that is not the end of the story.
Stuart quit drinking, quit chasing women, quit everything that was 'fun.' Soon he began to lose favour with the Hollywood crowd. ???
He was ultimately fired by the radio station when he refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor.
Hard times were upon him. He tried writing a couple of 'Christian' songs but the only one that had much success was 'This Old House', 
written in 1954 for his friend Rosemary Clooney. 
As you see, the timing is off.
As he continued to struggle, a long time friend named John took him aside and told him, 'All your troubles started when you 'got religion. 
Was it worth it all?'
As hard times were NOT on him, John said simply, "What's this I hear - you got religion?"
Stuart answered simply, 'Yes.'
Then his friend asked, 'You liked your booze so much, don't you ever miss it?' 
And his answer was, 'No.' 
John then said, 'I don't understand how you could give it up so easily.'
And Stuart's response was, 'It's no big secret. All things are possible with God.'
Stuart answered, "It's no secret what God can do in a man's life."
To this John said, 'That's a catchy phrase. You should write a song about it.'
John really said, "Well, that sounds like a song" - planting the idea in Stuart's head.
And as they say, 'The rest is history.'
The song Carl Stuart Hamblen wrote in 1950 was, 'It Is No Secret.'
'It is no secret what God can do. 
What He's done for others, He'll do for you.
With arms wide open, He'll welcome you.
It is no secret, what God can do....'
 By the way... the friend was John Wayne and the young preacher who refused to pray for Stuart Hamblen?
 ..That was Billy Graham.
As I said, Billy Graham would never have refused to pray for anybody! 
 Share this with your friends ... I did!

   Thanks again, Joyce, I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight on this one!

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - of VA - 05/23/08 - "Games people play":

Gee I thought it was just me?


1. Sag, you're It.
2. Hide and go pee.
3. 20 questions shouted into your good ear.
4. Kick the bucket
5. Red Rover, Red Rover, the nurse says Bend Over.
6. Musical recliners.
7. Simon says something incoherent.
8. Pin the Toupee on the bald guy

1. You sell your home heating system at a yard sale.
2. You have to write post-it notes with your kids' names on them.
3. You change your underwear after a sneeze.

1. Going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of your face.
2. You don't care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don't have to go a long.
3. Getting a little action means I don't need fiber today.
4. Getting lucky means you find your car in the parking lot.
5. An all-nighter means not getting up to pee!

Thoughts for the weekend:
Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press 'Ctr Alt Delete' and start all over?
If raising children was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor!
Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.

I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
Garden Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?
In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird.. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here and drink whatever comes out?'
Who was the first person to say, 'See that chicken there? I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta its butt.'
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?
Why does your OB-GYN leave the room when you get undressed if he's going to look up there anyway?
Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
But Most Of All, Remember!
A Good Friend Is Like A Good Bra. Hard to Find, Supportive, Comfortable, And Always Close To Your Heart!
Thanks again, Dicky - I'm sure we all needed a good laugh!
Why am I laughing?!?

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 05/23/08:

Just wanted to wish everyone a safe holiday, the carnage has already begun here, even before the holiday officially started.  Please be safe and courteous, you will get there on time by driving the speed limit, and maybe less out of your wallet.  Remember, 75% of the police force are out there trying to make sure everyone gets there safely.  And that is the main concern, get there safely.  And, it goes without saying, do not drink and drive.  The area has already had seven fatalities.  Well gotta go, the dog says its time for our walk.
Take Care!
Jay Styles, '68

  Thanks, Jay Sweetie! Amen to all that!

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"; update of 05/22/08 - "still 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"; update of 05/22/08 - "still 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 - N

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

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

3. Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, 2008 - NNHS CLASSES OF FEBRUARY AND JUNE 1948:

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

5. 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 have a great - and SAFE - holiday weekend - and 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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Hey There

Words and Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross for "The Pajama Game", 1954

(Rosemary Clooney)

Hey there, you with the stars in your eyes
Love never made a fool of you, you used to be too wise
Hey there, you on that high-flyin' cloud
Though he won't throw a crumb to you
You think some day he'll come to you

Better forget him
Him with his nose in the air
He has you dancing on a string
break it and he won't care

Won't you take this advice I hand you like a mother
Or are you not seein' things too clear
Are you too much in love to hear
Is it all goin' in one ear and out the other

Hey there, you with the stars in your eyes
Love never made a fool of you
You used to be too wise

Will you take this advice I hand you like a mother
Or am I not seein' things too clear
Are you just too far gone to hear
Is it all goin' in one ear and out the other

"Hey There" midi (sequenced by Mel Webb) and lyrics courtesy of
 through the kind persistence of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks so much, Dave!

First Image of Rosemary Clooney courtesy of - 05/23/08

Second Image of Rosemary Clooney courtesy of - 05/23/08

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

Cityscape Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/27/06

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 the late 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 Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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

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