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07/02/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Ken Curtis' 92nd Birthday

"Of course, Western is my native music."

 - Ken Curtis
(2 July 1916 - 28 Apr 1991)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I personally always thought that with his handsome looks and that beautiful voice of his (what an incredible range he had!), Ken Curtis should have played the romantic lead, but I suppose his talents as a character actor were just too powerful to ignore.

BONUS #1- - Ken Curtis and The Sons of the Pioneers, I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen

BONUS #2 - -  Ken Curtis and The Sons of the Pioneers, Bold Fenian Men

BONUS #3 - - Ken Curtis and The Sons of the Pioneers, Home on the Range

BONUS #4 - - Ken Curtis and his Golden Voice: I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen AND Lead Me Gently Home, Father

   If you're not crying by now, slow down and listen to to that last one again.  If that doesn't work, telephone your physician.....


   Back in late August of 1979, Mr. Curtis came to a Schnuck's Supermarket in Arnold, Missouri to meet the public and pass out autographed pictures.  We happily loaded up our four young sons and drove up to meet him.  Even though Gunsmoke had been out of production for four years (though of course it continues in syndication to this day), his doting fans had turned out in droves.  We waited in a line which snaked all through the supermarket for hours.  No one seemed to mind the waiting at all, but chatted happily with each other.  None seemed happier than Ken Curtis himself; rarely have I seen a man so thrilled to be somewhere.  He was simply radiant - warm and wonderful, delighted to be with those who returned the love, and happily posed for individual pictures with the crowd, and greeted each one personally.  If we loved him before, we adored him afterward.    


Ken Curtis' Farewell Note - 1991

If there are to be prayers said for me, let them be said in the hearts of my friends and those whose lives I may have touched during my lifetime - by all means let there be no sadness or grief - I want my family and friends to remember only the happy times we were together, my attributes (if any) and try to overlook all of my faults - (That should keep you busy until the time we all meet up again!!)

Ken Curtis


Happy Birthday today to     Fred Mays ('60) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -      Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC;

09 - Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/01/08 - 07/01/08 - "It Takes A Big Man":

I just read today's newsletter and I know you must be proud of your dear friend and old sweetheart,        Jimmy Parker ('62 - of VA).  It takes a big man, a honest man, and a good man to publicly say he was wrong and apologize.  I didn't know him personally but I now feel like if I had known him, he would be someone I would be proud to call friend.  Cruel unthinking words hurt long and heal slowly.. if ever.  Good job.
 Joyce Cahoon

   Actually, Joyce, I am - but then I always have been. Thank you so much!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/01/08:

Hi, Carol:
Boy, it was sure a relief to read the update and the apology by      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA.

Let me eliminate the possibility of   Coach Charlie Nuttycombe from the list posted in the update, for he arrived in Newport News during the summer of 1956 where he was Head Life Guard at the World War II Memorial Municipal Pool and began coaching at Newport News High School during the 1956-1957 school year.

Based on my relationship with Coach J.C. "Cowboy" Range I seriously doubt he would hurl an insult, unless he was addressing a football player on the playing field for not giving it his all during a game or practice.
It was not in the make up and character of   Coach Pete Robinson to hurl an insult. The only bantering he engaged in to my knowledge was with Woody Hudson, and it was to compliment Woody by calling him "Hurtson" for his aggressive play on the football field.
  Coach Bill Chambers was never known to hurl an insult or speak unkindly to a student or player even under stressful times in basketball games. He never blew his cool in the three years that I observed him day in and day out, long evening in practice and during road trips.
The insult Jimmy received stung, and it was most offensive since it involved a put-down towards his brother.
There is a balm in Gilead, but it only works when we are willing to forgive those who hurt us. Hopefully, the healing process has begun now.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks so very much, Sweet Adonis, I believe it has!

  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 07/01/08 - "Two ways to look at it":

Only a woman would see it this way.
My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a
drunken woman swigging her drink, as she sat alone at a nearby table.

My wife asked, "Do you know her?"

"Yes," I sighed. "She's my old girlfriend. I understand she started drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since."

"My Glory!" says my wife. "Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?"

Thanks, Cookie!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 07/01/08 - "Up on My Soapbox":

Dearest Carol,
Hope this finds you doing well and certainly better.  I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Fourth of July celebration.  The holiday hasn't officially started and we're already  keeping the helicopters busy, flying victims in wrecks to UVa. Hospital.  The common thread connecting causes seem to be alcohol and speed, surprise, surprise.  Just a reminder, we will be out there in force (75% of the force in fact) trying to keep somewhat of an order to the madness.  Hopefully, none of you get to meet one of my fellow "bears"!  At $4.00 per gallon, that ought to be incentive enough to slow down,  but then I know better. 

I'll pass on a tip to all of the motorcycle riders out there.  It seems that if one shows up at a dealership with a VIN they are most happy to make a key for you, no questions asked, then they just return to where the motorcycle is parked and off they go.  Matter of fact, last month I made just such an arrest for just that.  You can't drive a vehicle without a VIN number, but you can hide part of it, or use a chain and lock to slow them down. Being slowed down, they do not like. 

If anyone finds themselves in need of our services, remember, dialing 911 will get you the nearest emergency operations center, and on the cell phone, #77 will get the nearest VSP HQ.  Slow down, and be SAFE!

Jay Styles, '68

   Thank you, Jay Sweetie! It's always good to hear from an expert!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND        Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/01/08 - "Keepers":

I don't remember seeing this in any newsletters, but I could have missed it.  Typhoons are definitely KEEPERS.  Print this only if you see fit.
Love You!  You are a Keeper!
A Keeper
Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a housedress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.
It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.
But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.
Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So... While we have it... it's best we love it... And care for it.... And fix it when it's broken.... And heal it when it's sick.
This is true.. For marriage..... And old cars.... And children with bad report cards..... Dogs and cats with bad hips.... And aging parents.... And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.
There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.... And so, we keep them close!
I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper', so I've sent it to the people I think of in the same way.. Now it's your turn to send this to those people that are 'keepers' in your life.
Good friends are like stars.... You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

   Thank you so much, Dear Judy and Wayne Honey!

   You're right! Whereas I've received this beautiful selection many times, I think I always opted not to post it, for fear it might cause someone (who may not have been able to 'keep' all they wished) some unnecessary pain. But when it's viewed in the light you mentioned, Judy, I think we can all agree that we're ALL 'keepers' here!

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   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: 04/28/08; update of 06/23/08 - surgery on right eye -  07/01/08; surgery on left eye to follow several weeks later as financial goals are met

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

2.   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - broken hip - early this year; still recovering and in pain; update of 06/17/08 - SEE: 06/18/08

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

4.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08

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; update of 06/15/08 - SEE: 06/17/08

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; 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"; update of 06/14/08 - Her leg is healing much faster than the doctor had expected. She is in a waterproof walking cast now for 3 weeks, then this cast will come off and she will have physical therapy.

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"; 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

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. 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. "

10. 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

11. 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"

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

13. All of Us


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

2. 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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I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen

Words and Music by Thomas Westendorf, 1875
(1848 - 1923)

I'll Take You Home Kathleen is not, in fact, a tune of Irish origin. It was written in 1875 by Thomas Westendorf, a public school music teacher in Plainfield, Illinois, and was the first public performance of the tune was in Plainfield's town hall. Westendorf wrote the tune for his wife Jeanie, while she was visiting her home town of Ogdensburg, New York.

"In 1876 it was one of two most popular songs in America - the other being Grandfather's Clock."

I'll take you home again, Kathleen
Across the ocean wild and wide
To where your heart has ever been
Since you were first my bonnie bride.
The roses all have left your cheek.
I've watched them fade away and die
Your voice is sad when e'er you speak
And tears bedim your loving eyes.

Oh! I will take you back, Kathleen
To where your heart will feel no pain
And when the fields are fresh and green
I'll take you to your home again!

I know you love me, Kathleen, dear
Your heart was ever fond and true.
I always feel when you are near
That life holds nothing, dear, but you.
The smiles that once you gave to me
I scarcely ever see them now
Though many, many times I see
A dark'ning shadow on your brow.


To that dear home beyond the sea
My Kathleen shall again return.
And when thy old friends welcome thee
Thy loving heart will cease to yearn.
Where laughs the little silver stream
Beside your mother's humble cot
And brightest rays of sunshine gleam
There all your grief will be forgot.


"I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" midi (sequenced by Barry Taylor), lyrics, and history courtesy of  - 07/01/08

First Image of Ken Curtis courtesy of - 7/01/08

Second Image of Ken Curtis courtesy of the Webmistress' Private Collection (since 1979)

Gold Rope Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/26/07

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

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

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

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
Thank, Al!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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