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05/30/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Mel Blanc's 100th Birthday

“That's all folks!”

- Mel Blanc
(30 May 1908 - 10 July 1989)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   For pure delight, Mel Blanc was a major figure in my youth and childhood.  Surely I am not the only one among us who kept a wake-up call for Saturday morning cartoons.

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

There are hundreds of MIDIs of Mel's voices; the difficulty is selecting one which is most recognizable. All his characters were under the LooneyTunes The solution is to use the Looney Tunes Theme. The WAV file is attached and runs 560 KB. Here is the MIDI: 

   Thank you, David!

BONUS - - Mel Blanc - How He Created the Warner Brothers Cartoon Voice



   Happy Birthday today to   Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to our Three-Fer: Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND    JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC AND Kathy Reece Burke (Warwick HS - '72);

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

02 -     Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA;

03 -     Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR;

04 -     
  Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND    Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA;

05 -     Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of NV;

06 - Robert Hemintoller ('57) AND Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57);
07 -
   Fred Field ('45) of CA AND   Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


  From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of FL - 05/30/08 - "Florence Monfalcone":

Hi Carol,

My aunt, Florence Monfalcone, of Newport News, died early Thursday morning at Sentara Careplex after being ill for a long time. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Riverside Funeral Home. This should be completed today.

Florence was a graduate of NNHS in the forties, not sure which year.  We have many family members in the area and I would really appreciate it if you could post this since the obit won’t be published until tomorrow. Your site has so many readers I’m sure this would expedite notifying as many as  possible.

Thanks so much for your help.  

   Oh, Jane, I'm so sorry to hear this! We'll watch for her obituary and create her Memorial Newsletter when it appears. Meanwhile, please accept our deepest condolences.


    From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL - 05/30/08 - "    Rachel":

Rachel's leg is healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that.


   What fabulous news! Thanks, Miss Mary! Please give Rachel a big ol' kiss for me!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 05/29/08 - "Wagner":

Carol and Typhoon Family......

  Al Simms and     Joe Madagan, you are both my heroes for standing your ground on Wagner.  My Dad, a Classical music fanatic, would never listen to Wagner, and I find I do not care for his music at all either, it is so "Dark !"

 " What is in the mind comes forth in your works !" was my Dad's comment on Wagner !  He didn't think much of Jane either !  As for me I ignore movies that she is in.  Why wasn't she sent to Cuba ?

Sepi aka Dimples

   Sent to Cuba?!? I always wondered why she was not hanged for treason!

   Thanks, Dimples!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 05/29/08 - "Liberty Bell March!!!":

Thanks for such an uplifting tune today..... 

Love, Jeanb

   You're welcome, Jean! Glad you liked it!

   From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 05/29/08 - "Obits.":

Hello Carol,        Thu. May 29, 08
I'm just back from a week-long visit with family at the new house in Loma Linda, CA.  I have had numerous delays in making mt major move, but have been taking carloads with each visit.
I got behind in reading the newsletters and started catching up today.  I was intrigued by the mention in your 5-21 about using the new on-line access to Daily Press obits.  I had heard scant reports about this but had not gotten clear details about the rules.  Reports mention the need to be a VA citizen - or to have a library card.  One source said that those not qualifying could order by paying a small fee for each obit. 
I have a personal need to gather obits for a history project.  On prior visits I gathered quite a few obits of those mentioned in the project, but it seems that visiting NN is a difficult task for me anymore.  The last trip was cancelled because of weather predictions, and the cost of fuel has cooled more recent thoughts of travel.  And now the endless task of moving!
I'd appreciate any leads you can provide that would enable me to access the obit. text.  I am familiar with the on-line DP obit. index and have used that for several years.  I'm also adept at using the SSDI to nail down death dates (and locations).  By the way, it appears that Civil Service employees were not on SS and therefore do not appear on the SSDI (unless they had post Govt. employment).  Also a few did not make the list for reasons unknown - probably because the family did not file for the death benefit.
I'll be watching for my name on the June birthday list.  Turning 80 produces mixed feelings - it is depressing in a way to grow so old - but still highly preferable to the alternative.
Keep yourself on board!
Fred W. Field
(still at) Fullerton, CA

   Thanks, Fred! I forwarded your note to Our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, who originally alerted me to the site.  I trust by now he has told you all things regarding it; I only know what I know - which isn't much.....

   Congratulations on your upcoming 80th Birthday!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/29/08 - "RE: 05/29/08 - Patrick Henry's 272nd Birthday":

Hi, Carol:
Upon reading the comments of Number Two Son,         Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of Ohio, and reviewing the website he suggested, he demonstrates intellectual honesty that is refreshing.
I am certain that many of the "TYPHOON Nation" subscribers do study the Civil War. It will be interesting to see how many responses will be submitted regarding their interest in this subject.
The late Burke Davis wrote a book "Why We Went to War" and before it went out of print I purchased several copies for my children who teach school. It enumerated the many grievances that led to the war.
We know a few of the Founding Fathers were opposed to slavery, one being John Adams. Although he was a slave holder in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson recognized the potential for conflict in his writing referring to having the "Wolf by the Ears" so without a doubt slavery was a contributing factor in going to war, but there were many other economic and political factors that gave rise to the conflict.
The strategy and tactics employed are still studied to this day by our Armed Forces and by the Armed Forces of most of our allies. It is one of the few wars where records were kept using the English language and where both sides had literate officers who submitted their plans and after action reports.
The impact of the telegraph, railroads, and rapid firing weapons, which outstripped doctrine make interesting study.
Field trips are still conducted at Gettysburg for commissioned officers undergoing training in our service schools to study the terrain and review the battle plans, and to try and understand why so many soldiers fired their weapons before they were within range of the enemy when the battles were engaged.
I look forward to reading the replies from others on this subject.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks so much, Adonis! So do I!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 05/29/08 - "05/29/08 - Patrick Henry's 272nd Birthday":


The speech made by Patrick Henry I first read in St. John's Church in Richmond.  I was young,  but not so young that I did not recognize it only as a great and wonderful speech, but also as a piece of genuine American Poetry !  Standing in the Church, it was not hard to imagine him standing up there and hearing his voice echo off the walls, so easy it was that I got chills and kept them until I went back out into the warm Spring air !

Sepi aka Dimples

   Thank you, Dimples! Right next to my computer is an oil painting of St. John's Church done by my beautiful late aunt, Barbara Schweitzer Buckley. It serves as a constant reminder to me of those ideals and principles.

    From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 05/29/08:

To   Judy Phillips ('66) and   Jerry Allen ('65):

Jerry, you are definitely in our  prayers…  Judy, what a great website! 

Bless you both…


   Amen to all that, Paul - and thanks!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/29/08 - "The Last of Old Riverside Hospital":

I know this will be painful to many readers, but the demolition must be documented.

I expect that we could fill the pages of several newsletters with the names of Typhoons who were born there or had kinfolk who were born or died there.

A good case could be made that Riverside Hospital and
North End Pharmacy and the entire intersection of 50th Street and Huntington Avenue constituted the social hub of North End. So much of what we recall of North End with such great fondness revolves around that intersection.  Without Riverside, it will never be the same.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

   Thank you so much for these superb images, David!  You're right. I had very limited connection with this end of town, nevertheless it grieves me to know that it is forever gone.

   I've posted the sad reality:


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"; update of 05/28/08: has chemo again on 05/29/08

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.       My Niece Shari of VA - 05/26/08 - dangerous abscess in mouth

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

6. 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.

7. 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; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that."

. 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"

9. 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)."

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

11. 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. "

12. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"

13. 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"

14. 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 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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Looney Tunes Theme


"Looney Tunes" midi courtesy of - 05/31/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

First Image of Mel Blanc courtesy of - 05/30/08

Second Image (1976) of Mel Blanc courtesy of - 05/30/08

Looney Tunes clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 05/30/08

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 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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Cheyenne High School's Desert Shields Logo courtesy of - 02/05/08

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

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

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