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05/26/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Memorial Day

"Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language?
Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people
with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?

Henry Ward Beecher
(24 June 1813 - 8 Mar 1887)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We celebrate this day every year (well, unless my computer's down.....):

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

At first I wanted to use "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", but that is inappropriate, because Memorial Day is dedicated to those who died in service, not those who returned.  If there were room, I would want to use an MP3 file of "Arlington" by Trace Adkins..... Brings me to tears no matter how many times I hear it.

However, in keeping with the solemnity of the Day, perhaps we should use "Amazing Grace", which is often played at military funerals. Again, I wish we could use an MP3 file. I have several, but I prefer the one performed by the "Pipes & Drums of the 48th Highlanders", which is attached.

Now for the MIDI. This one was the most bagpipe-like.

   Thank you so very much, Captain - for everything!

BONUS #1 - - Trace Adkins - Arlington

BONUS #2 - - The Royal Scottish Dragoon Military Band - Amazing Grace



   If you're not able to observe Memorial Day in any other fashion, tune in to Turner Classic Movies. They're continuing to run special tribute films all day:

   Please take a few moments to give thanks for the sacrifices of those who've served our nation.


   Happy Birthday today to      Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND    JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC;

01 - Dawn Yevak (Hampton HS - '6_) of VA;

02 -     Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


   Hit #73,500 was made on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 2:58 PM by an unidentified AOL user. 

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/21/08 - "       Herbie":

Hi, Carol and Sepi:
Since we recently initiated a new process to permit limited access to a Marine profile on the website Marines-Together We Served it is receiving positive feedback.
For those who enjoyed reading remarks and contributions from Herbie Hice, they may be interested in viewing his profile on the website, Marines-Together We Served.
Here is the URL, just left-click your mouse on this link to be taken to his profile. Rest in Peace, Marine.

Typhoon Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you so much, Sweet Adonis! It's a beautiful tribute. (Sometimes it works for me, and sometimes I must use:
I reserved it to use today as we honor all those we've lost, and I posted it on dear Herbie's Memorial Newsletter as well:


   As in the case of others I've so loved, it is taking me a very long time to come to terms with Herbie's passing. The card I found to send to  Heidi is still laid out, ready to be mailed - as though my not mailing it would somehow alter the reality:

Heidi H Mackay
15718 Howard Dr
Macomb, MI 48042-5715
(586) 677-2713

   I still cannot think of him or hear his name without crying - as indeed I am right now as I try to write this.

   Semper Fi, Herbie Darlin'!

From Mimi Weger Green ('40) of VA - 05/22/08 - "Beautiful - American Flag":

  The Flag is planted.  There are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies. It's a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB. Check out the dimensions of the flag. The Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions, as described in Executive Order #10834. This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter; each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants, with 4-5 flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers.
Aerial photo courtesy of Bill Morson

Soldiers' Prayer

For our soldiers....

Please don't break it

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen. There is nothing attached....

   Thank you so much, Mimi! That we will surely do!

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - of VA - 05/22/08 - "...THEY ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN ON EARTH !!!!!":

How great they are.



   Amen to that! Thanks, Dicky!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/23/08 - Memorial Day Sends":

   Thanks so much, Shari!

From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 05/23/08 - "The price of gas in Paris...":

"The Lord is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him will I trust."

- Psalm 91:2

A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre. After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van. However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas.

When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied, 'Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings.'

'I had no
Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh.'

See if you have
De Gaulle to send this on to someone else.

I sent it to you because I figured I had nothing

Thanks, Eva!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/24/08 - "^o^ the LIFT game ^o^":

Ironically I have been doing this and it does feel good for both giver and recipient.

   Thanks, Shari - it's true!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/25/08 - "Back to Wagner":

Hi, Carol:
I sure did not intend to create a firestorm over Wagner's work as shown in the reply from your #5 Son.
There is no hatred of Wagner here, but my memory of our military going off to war in Europe to stop the Third Reich is far too vivid for me, and knowing the influence he had in shaping the Third Reich.
Perhaps the most revealing of Wagner's works that I find most objectionable is how much Adolph Hitler and Himmler adored his work such as:

In his Nebelungenlied (Song of the Nibelungs), Wagner called for an awakening of the German Volk (people) and in the grand finale called Gootterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods), he dramatized the conflict by which this awakened, Germany would rule.

I do not find this entertaining, but of course I lack social graces and the intellect to appreciate the arts.

TYPHOON Regards,

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   I think I just discovered the underlying issue here.  It's a general ignorance - in this case, mine

   Often when I listen to music, I like to research it, to learn its history and meaning, or at least to translate it into English.  But sometimes, sometimes, I just like to listen to it, to hear it in its original language, to feel it, and not to search for deeper meanings.  Is this a good idea?  Well, often it is good not to tamper with original creations, to "fix" that which is not broken.  For example, to butcher a movie shot in Cinemascope - to "Pan and Shoot" is to alter it and destroy the vision of those who produced it.

   But sometimes, it is a great error not to look for what lies beneath.

   We have been having a family discussion for several months (or more precisely, I've been pestering everyone for the last several months) which I think closely parallels this.  The question is, if we say things without knowing the meaning thereof, have we said them nonetheless, regardless of what we thought we were saying?  I think we have.  For instance, there is a very coarse British idiom - "bloody".  It sounds none too attractive, and even sounds modern and trendy.  Its origin, however, is far more sinister.  The original expression - clearly evident even in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - is "Christ's blood".  Therefore, it is not simply vile, it is patently blasphemous.  If we in ignorance use it anyway, not knowing or meaning that ourselves at all, have we not used it nevertheless? 

   I think we have.  What is the power of each spoken word - and is it inherent in the words themselves, regardless of the meaning we think we are imbuing into them ourselves?  Does the fact that we deny that any such power exists negate the possibility that it might be so?  I personally think (and I know this is far from a widely-held opinion) the power contained in words is far greater than we credit to be.

   Perhaps then it is equally true with music.

   And, Sweet Adonis, the fact that you know and understand the background of Wagner's compositions - as opposed to my common approach of - "Duh, thass really COOL, I LIKE that" - clearly illustrates just which of us bears the greater deficiency here - and it certainly isn't YOU!

   Thank you, Major Madagan - and I do so hope we're all still smiling here. And, oh yeah, Nathaniel had originally asked me not to print his note just because he didn't want to start anything either:

I don't care if you post it, if you feel it appropriate.  I just didn't want anyone thinking I was being contrary just to raise a stink.

   I posted this just because the shorter my time on earth grows, the more need I find to have the last of my unanswered questions resolved.  And because in this instance I was still questioning my own motives from two years ago.  And now I think I've discovered them.  I think it's because as a little kid, I thought the sound of the "Dat-ta-da-DAH-da" in "The Ride of the Valkyries" was so very exciting.  Duh.

    From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 05/25/08 - "     Paul Dobie's E-Mail Address":

Good to see a posting from Dobie in this morning's newsletter.  What e-mail address is he using now that he's back in civilian life? 
   Let's ask him and see!

And by the way, at the rate you're going, I have no doubt we'll soon be getting Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner newsletters..  And when you do that, I'll start sending pictures of the best locations for cheeseburgers, steaks and seafood in and around Gooberville...  You'll be surprised by the exteriors of the buildings versus the menus...

Best, Bill

   Thanks, Bill!

    From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 05/25/08:


My email addresses+are+as+follows:

I still work with the Army as a contractor now and am loving my new wife, Jenine ... 3rd time is the charm and we are having fun...will try to stay in touch more trips to Iraq and Afghanistan have cured me of the need to go off  to a foreign land...I need to focus on a life at home now...Jenine and I were in DC about 3-weeks ago with her 83 year old father who is a WWII veteran ... Quite an experience at the Memorials...more later...


   Thanks, Paul!

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-REALLY! 

   Y'all have a great - and SAFE - holiday - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

T'was Grace that taught...
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear...
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares...
we have already come.
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...
and Grace will lead us home.

The Lord has promised good to me...
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be...
as long as life endures.

When we've been here ten thousand years...
bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise...
then when we've first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks again, Dave!

Memorial Day Title clip art  courtesy of - 05/25/08

Animated Military Seals clip art courtesy of - 05/26/06

Elaine's Memorial Day Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

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 the late 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

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Image of Crossed Flags courtesy of - 11/09/06

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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

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