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06/12/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Vic Damone's 80th Birthday

"One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place."

- Emily Dickinson, "Time and Eternity"
(b. 10 Dec 1830 - 15 May 1886)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

     Today marks our first celebration of this birthday!

BONUS - - An Affair to Remember - Vic Damone - with surprise subtitles!


Vic Damone (born Vito Rocco Farinola)
(b. 12 June 1928)


   Happy Birthday today to  Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57) AND       My #3 Son,  Randolph Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '92) of IL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
14 - The United States Army - 1775 AND  Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX AND Cindy Konstant of VA (wife of   George Konstant - '65 - of VA) AND    Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66) of PA;

16 - Jane Hoffman ('57) AND Kay Walker Gray ('57) AND        Nancy Dearing Berry ('62) of TX;

17 - Dino Vretos ('57) AND   Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA;

18 - Tim Whitt ('66) of VA AND Mike Leonard ('68) of VA AND Kathy McDaniel Adams ('71);

19 - Jill Douglas Schumacher ('57) AND  Doris Landon Lewis ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 06/10/08 - "RE: Prostate Cancer Exams":

Here is a fact that you may address any way you choose. PSA shows the numbers, and an elevated PSA indicates a problem. I know for a fact that if a man makes love within 48 hours before having his PSA level checked, the numbers will show a false high. Family doctors are not often aware of this. My husband (the late    Miles Nowitzky - Granby HS - '50 - (11 Jan 1930 - 7 May 2005) and I learned it from a specialist.

   I remember that incident, Eleanor. Thanks for the reminder! Even physicians may make faulty assumptions, and clarifications are always in order!


      From My Niece Shari of VA - 06/11/08 - "Complications":

For those of you who has asked that I write, I am living but this has been most unfun, The highest dosages of pain medication and Advil combined do not work but to cut the edge off the pain. Medicines tend to make me hyper verses sleeping, thus getting some things accomplished. I so appreciate your prayers. One day I'll look back on this and laugh......... (maybe), but I have a very large piece of bone left in it. Now I think I may have to find another oral surgeon. I may attempt self surgery at this point, as this has taken such a long time. The narcotics family of medicines are health robbing and I want off of them, plus just one night's sleep would be great! The oral surgeon here did not allow me to get up when the Novocain was not working.  I do not plan on going back. That was inhumane and I told them also. Anyway, we forget pain quickly, thankfully. Within an hour or so, I was sore but okay, but last night the pain got worse again.....
 Anyway the lesson to pass on: Replace old fillings. Thank you again for the prayers and have a great week. I have to get this fixed.

   YOWZERONI-RINI - intense pain plus lack of sleep - EEEK! We certainly hope you'll feel better soon, Shari!

      From My Niece Shari of VA - 06/12/08, 5:33 AM - "Emergency":

It appears either a tooth or large piece of tooth is coming through the roof of my mouth. This must have been what causing the problem, not the tooth. I am going to the Charlottesville ER, if I do not hear from either place by 8:10. My face is much more swollen, now, with my right eye nearly shut. The pain is unreal.

 I just am going to have to ask a neighbor to watch Emily, or else take her with me.  Her respite care worker comes Saturday, but that doesn't help this morning. I am much worse now. I was told this may have affected my heart by now. Emily really needs me, to live.

 *  Prayers please, they are gravely needed!  *

   YOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!!  We'll re-double those prayers, Shari!

       From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 06/09/08 - "For Yankees Wantin' to Become Southern":

Here is a short tutorial on being "Southern". Being a Virginian, and some might suggest a "northern southerner", I must take exception to "Y'all" being used in the singular. That would be "Ya" and on occasion "you".
Of course there's much more to being a southerner than is listed here, but it can be considered an introduction to the "skill"! I know this has made the rounds previously, but it takes a great deal of study and review to do it right! I'm in a hurry and that's the best "cover story" I can come up with rite( same word as right) now.
Y'all take care now, ya hear?

If you run your car into a ditch, don't panic. Four men in a four-wheel drive pickup truck with a tow chain will be along shortly. Don't try to help them, just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.

Don't be surprised to find movie rentals and bait in the same store. Do not buy food at this store.

Remember, "Y'all" is singular, "all y'all" is plural, and "all y'all's" is plural possessive

Get used to hearing "You ain't from round here, are ya?"

Save all manner of bacon grease. You will be instructed later on how to use it.

Be advised that "He needed killin." is a valid defense here.

If you hear a Southerner exclaim, "Hey, y'all watch this," you should stay out of the way. These are likely to be the last words he'll ever say.

If there is the prediction of the slightest chance of even the smallest accumulation of snow, your presence is required at the local grocery store. It doesn't matter whether you need anything or not. You just have to go there.

Do not be surprised to find that 10-year olds own their own shotguns, they are proficient marksmen, and their mammas taught them how to aim.

In the South, we have found that the best way to grow a lush green lawn is to pour gravel on it and call it a driveway.

If you do settle in the South and have children, don't think that they will be accepted as Southerners. After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven, you wouldn't call 'em biscuits.

   Thanks, Wayne Honey!

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 06/10/08 - "RE - 06/10/08 - Frederick Loewe's 107th Birthday":

Thanks for the beautiful song with its fantastic melody and lovely words. Music has the ability to reach emotions in a most unique way. This one is great.

   It is a tear-jerker, isn't?!? But then, they've always been my favorites! Thanks, Eleanor!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 06/10/08 - "love Camelot...":

Did I ever tell you that I saw Camelot in NY when I was 14 years old...Robert Goulet, Julie Andrews, and Richard Burton when they were young!!!

   WOWZERONI-RINII!!! If you did, Lady, I had forgotten it! What an exciting life you've had! Thanks, Jean!

From Johnny Holland ('61) of VA - 06/10/08 - "Teacher Marie Suttle":

Marie Suttle was at Thomas Jefferson School and is now (bedridden, but still in her home).  I was in her 3rd grade class. She would be glad to receive cards, I'm sure.    

Johnny Holland

   Thanks, Johnny - what a great idea! I checked with Dimples, and she said that while Marie is not up to receiving either guests or phone calls, cards would very much be appreciated.

   Her address is: Miss Marie Suttle, 707 Riverside Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 06/10/08 - "Fort Monroe Poll & Comments on Reuse Plan due by June 15, 2008":

Here's a poll that you can take part in by clicking on Kimberly's Hampton Roads, VA Blog
(  ).

Please vote for a national park for Fort Monroe.
Here's a comment on the poll from Steve Corneliussen of Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park:
"What's advocated by my organization, Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park -- the URL for which ( is not given in your article -- is a revenue-generating, self-sustaining, innovatively structured national park akin to the one at San Francisco's Presidio. I hope that people taking your poll will think of the national park option as the self-sustaining national park option, and I hope they will realize that that includes real dynamism. We are not asking for a place that is a taxpayer burden, and we actively advocate a dynamic, evolving, living, working place!"
The June 8, 2008 Virginian-Pilot editorial supporting a national park at Fort Monroe can be found at:   or

FMFADA (Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority)
A copy of the Fort Monroe reuse plan is available at or at the Hampton and Phoebus public libraries.
If you don't have time to comment on the whole plan, then please consider at least using some of the suggestions at the end of this message in your comments!
From Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park website:
Links to the Reuse Plan's Introduction and other sections appear in the left column on the Fort Monroe Authority's home page. Public comments will be gathered through June 15.
[Comments can be sent online at ]

Some Basic Principles:
(You may include these in your comments)
(1) All of Fort Monroe should remain in public ownership. There should be no sale of any part of the 570 acres.
(2) A federal trust should be established with an ongoing relationship with the National Park Service, which because of its expertise and ability to draw more visitors can do much more to fulfill Fort Monroe's potential.
(3) Fort Monroe can be made self-sustaining as a park by leasing out many of its buildings for residences or offices.
(4) Any new construction should be limited to areas already developed and to primarily providing services to those living in leased residences and visitors to Fort Monroe with the goal to increase its desirability as a place for people to go. There should be no development for development's sake!
(5) The Wherry Housing area should become part of the park and recreation area. In time nonhistoric structures not supporting recreational purposes should be removed and open space should be increased.
(6) Hampton's  short term gain should not be a factor in deciding the future of Fort Monroe. Hampton will greatly benefit in the long run if Fort Monroe is saved as a public place and not sold off for development.
(7) Strict guidelines are needed to protect Fort Monroe from future development.
(8) Fort Monroe was built by the American people and should continue to serve the American people.
These basic principles were written by me after spending many hours attending meetings and studying this issue. For additional comment suggestions go to:

Adrian Whitcomb, NNHS '67
For more information go to
Please Pass on This Information to Other People!

   Thank you so much, Adrian! This is critically important, y'all, so go blog in and make a difference!

  From John Murden ('60) of VA - 06/10/08 - "Newport News Video":


Have you seen this video?

Regards ...


   OOPS - Yes, I have, John! I really meant to include the following note in Tuesday's Newsletter. I think I thought about it so much I forgot it completely!

  From  Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA to     the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX and Her Daughter,    Susan Keller Beers - 06/07/08 - "Newport News Video":

Hi Evelyn & Susan,

You may have already seen this but, if not, please click on the link below.  I don't know who put this together but it has been sent to me by several people - so, you probably have seen it.  Just want to make sure.

Susan, you will not have the memories of growing up in Newport News that your Mom and I have, but I do think you will enjoy it as there is a picture of your Dad in it.  None of us made the video but, he sure did!

Hope all is well in Texas.


   Thanks, John - and Evelyn - and Nancy!

   I recognize the YouTube submitter as Bill Sasser of VA.  I'm sure that y'all recognize many of those images Bill used as originating on eBay as well as on our website.  In addition to the number I scanned from various Anchors (including those of the great      Bucky Keller - '58), I saw more than one image captured by our own Wizard of Wonderment,          Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, and by    F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - and even one I personally snapped of Kay Eggleston ('66) in Ferguson Park way back on Saturday, May 11, 1963!

   Bill did a great job of setting these to music and presenting them to the world at large!  I've linked his video to its logical spot, the open page of Our Old Stomping Grounds:

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/11/08 - "Famous Marine":

Hi, Carol:
Thank you for posting   Bobby Hedrick ('58 - of VA) in your Famous Marine page. He was born in Massachusetts, but I do not know his birth date.
He served also in 2nd Recon Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp LeJeune, NC.
He is going for Chemo today, hopefully his last one.
You may recall his father had about the only brick house in Stuart Gardens. He owned his own masonry business and Bobby worked for him while attending NNHS. Then he went into the USMC, and later worked for the US Navy as a Contracting Officer at Naval Station Norfolk.
Here is a brief bio of his business:
"Bob Hedrick is among Virginia's leading advocates for small business, even though his own business has long since outgrown that classification. Hedrick, CEO of Sprinkle Masonry, Inc., in Chesapeake, employs between 200 and 400 employees and has seen revenues of close to $20 million in a single year, but he remains a staunch believer in the values and principles that govern small business and the role it plays in the United States."



   Thanks so much, Joe! I added this additional information to Bobby's listing:


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; update of 06/06/08 - back right upper tooth has to be cut out on 06/09/08, as it dangerously impacted; update of 06/11/08 and update of 06/12/08 - SEE ABOVE

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."

8. 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"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends. "

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

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"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends. "

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

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. Jim Wilson ('58) of VA recovering from prostate surgery on 06/02/08

15. All of Us


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

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

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

   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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An Affair to Remember

Words by Harold Adamson and Leo McCarey
Music by: Harry Warren

(Vic Damone, 1957)

Our love affair is a wondrous thing
That we'll rejoice in remembering
Our love was born with our first embrace
And a page was torn out of time and space

Our love affair, may it always be
A flame to burn through eternity
So take my hand with a fervent prayer
That we may live and we may share
A love affair to remember

Our love affair is a wondrous thing
That we'll rejoice in remembering
Our love was born with our first embrace
And a page was torn out of time and space

Our love affair, may it always be
A flame to burn through eternity
So take my hand with a fervent prayer
That we may live and we may share
A love affair to remember

"An Affair to Remember" midi (sequenced by TGLHOWIE) and lyrics courtesy of - 06/12/08

First Image of Vic Damone courtesy of - 06/12/08

Second Image of Vic Damone courtesy of - 06/12/08

Animated Fiery Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/06/04

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

Animated Army Flag courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tommy!

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of 10/04/05

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

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

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!

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

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