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07/04/08 - NNHS Newsletter -

"We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic
not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls."

 - Robert J. McCracken

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   There's not much homework for today.  It is a major holiday, after all.  But here are some things you might not want to forget: 

   And of course, it repeats every year:

2004 -

2005 - Well, we WOULD have had one, had my computer not gone down.....

2006 -

2007 -

BONUS #1 -  - Star Spangled Banner - Trace Adkins, World Series Game 3 on 10/24/06

BONUS #2 - - Star Spangled Banner - Clay Aiken, Carolina Hurricanes Hockey game

BONUS #3 - - Star Spangled Banner - The Cactus Cuties

BONUS #5 -  - Star Spangled Banner - Sandi Patty - AWESOME!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 07/04/08:

   Because today is the Fourth of July and we are celebrating liberty, I'm going to print a couple of items with which we do not all agree.  I do not even necessarily agree with them myself.  I'll defend to the end your right to hold such opinions and express them, and today, being Independence Day, I'll even post them.

   Tomorrow is NOT the Fourth of July, so I'm NOT going to print the opposing viewpoints.  I discovered I do not feel nearly as well as I thought I did, and I completely overdid it yesterday, cooking, cleaning, and other such nonsense.  In fact, when I went to bed last night, I wasn't at all certain I was going to awake this morning.

   So please, gimme a break here and do not start squabbling amongst yourselves, because I simply do not feel equal to the exhausting task of soothing all the ruffled feathers.  In fact, Mama's gonna give you a time-out before you even get started, because as I've told you before, I'm not really a nice guy; I only try to pretend to be nice when I'm feeling well enough - and dat fer shure ain't now.  Thanks!


13 CROCHETER'S BONUS PATTERNS - one for each of the original colonies!:

Americana Place Setting - - designed by Marilyn Coleman

American Pride Bandana - - with music! - designed by Bonnie Batten

American Pride Flag - 

Fourth of July Coaster - - designed by moonglow

Fourth of July Fridgies - - designed by Priscilla Hewitt

Fourth of July Potholder - - designed by Priscilla Hewitt  

Freedom Pin - - designed by Christine Daugherty

Patriotic Beach Bag -

Patriotic Layette - - designed by Patti Pierce Stone

Patriotic Toddler’s Hat - - designed by Claire Bojczuk

Red, White & Blue Star Chair Pad - - from Donna's Crochet Designs at

Star Earrings -  - designed by Cylinda Mathews

Stars & Stripes Toilet Tissue Cover -


   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 Norris Perry ('Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 06/29/08 - "  Gun Wisdom":

Says a lot of how I think but says it more eloquently.

I thought you'd enjoy this.

Semper Fi.

  Gun Wisdom

The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

As John Steinbeck once said:

1. Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.

2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

3. I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.

4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.

5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him, 'Why do you carry a 45?'

    The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46 .'

6. An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.

7. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?'

    'No, Ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle.'

8. Beware the man who only has one gun. HE PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!!!

But wait, there's more!

I was once asked by a lady visiting if I had a gun in the house. I said I did. She said 'Well, I certainly hope it isn't loaded!'

To which I said, 'Of course it's loaded; it won't work without bullets!'

She then asked, 'Are you that afraid of someone evil coming into your house?'

My reply was, 'No, not at all. I am not afraid of the house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around, and they are all loaded, too.' To which I'll add, having a gun in the house that isn't loaded is like having a car in the garage without gas in the tank.

If you believe in the 2nd Amendment , please forward.

'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.'
- G. K. Chesterton

   Thank you, Norris!

  From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 06/30/08 - "Check out A Tribute to our Flag":

Have a safe and wonderful 4th and remember "Who you are and Whose you are".
And the truth of this tribute is one of the greatest tragedies in America today. Our ever growing population of 'imported Americans' simply don't get it !!!

   Thank you so much, Sweetie-Pies!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of OH - 07/01/08 - "4th of July - 1863":  - The Battle of Helena

   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Brent! In addition to your interesting text, you have some great old images there on your blog!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 07/02/08 - "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier":


    Thought you may want to use this in the Newsletter for Our Nation's Great Birthday this year. 

   Happy Fourth of July......Dimples aka Sepi

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and why?
   21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.
2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk, and why?
    21 seconds - for the same reason as answer number 1.  

3. Why are his gloves wet?
     His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle. 

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and if not, why not?
      He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?
      Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' an d 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.'
Other requirements of the Guard:
-They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.
-They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way.
-After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

-The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

-There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

-The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor
watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
  A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.

-Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.


In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , DC , our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, 'No way, Sir!' Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7,  since 1930.

God Bless and keep them.

   Thank you, Dimples! We've run this item several times over the past few years, but it seems uniquely suited for today as a reminder of the many blessings we enjoy - or even choose not to enjoy - in this great land.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/02/08 - "Happy 4TH of JULY!!":

This is really beautiful and just so perfect for 4TH OF JULY!!

Moves fast so only lasts a minute or so.
Pretty neat.

Turn up your volume!
 Joyce Cahoon

   Thank you so much, Joyce!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 07/03/08 - "50th Reunion Memory Book, NNHS Class of 1958":

Those who attended our 50-Year Reunion Weekend received a copy of the "Memory Book".  Several of you who were unable to attend have indicated a desire to order a book.  A cost for producing and mailing additional books has been determined to be $15.
The Memory Book includes our original anchor photos, the responses received to our questionnaire, and additional photos and information collected by the design and production committee.
If you want to purchase a Memory Book, send your contact information via email by July 31st as noted below.  Payment information will then be provided and once your check is received, your book will be mailed.
 Contact information required:
Mailing address:
If you desire to purchase a book, please return your contact information ASAP, but no later than 7/31/08, to:

   Thanks, Joe!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 07/03/08 - "Great Note":

I'm forwarding the note I sent to     Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) this morning.  Joe is one of those great people who know how to say the right thing at the right time. 

Dear Joe:
I want to compliment you on your magnificent response to the   Bill Helms story (fiasco) on Carol's website.  I believe without contradiction, we had the finest teachers and coaches -- with personal integrity, honesty and loyalty -- during our wonderful days at Newport News High School.  I have nothing but the fondest and greatest memories.  Even after our graduation in 1957, I was able to maintain friendships with Coaches   Conn,   Robinson Range Nuttycombe, Chambers and Helms -- and  Mr. Scooter Huller -- and others too numerous to note here.  We were a fortunate group of young people at NNHS.  All of these people, including    Mr. McIntosh,   Mr. Keesee and   Ms. Gildersleeve, and the list goes on, played such important roles in our maturity and education.  They were true examples of the nation's finest teachers. 
NNHS '57

   Thank you, Harry! Joe's note was indeed a masterful piece of diplomatic writing - as is this one of yours!

   In all this discussion no one has mentioned Coach Jack Powers - probably because he was teaching history classes instead of P.E.  I'd just like to add that he often said some wildly outrageous things, and in spite of that - or maybe even because of that - we loved him anyway.  I for one purely adored the man.

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 07/03/08 - "      Mr. Harry (Covert - '57 - of Northern VA)":

Mr. Harry, a special report, my take....

You have very impressive numbers there, fellow, but I wonder of what use they are? It was like that commentary about "fleeing America"; the numbers are there, the facts, but who's going to fix it? It is obvious, no one.

Is the evidence that of being lulled and dulled, or is it more opaque and runs more into being controlled by what the media says, we think.?
Even the Bible can prove a point if it is edited and "rearranged".

Two things have occurred to me about our status quo and that is, we got into trouble when watermelon started being sold by the pound (after all, isn't that like bottled water?) and when actors started "playing" the White House.

What is needed is an a fixed term limit of six years to all senators and congress people, never to be allowed to run again. This will allow a true cross section of America to express the people. ( and hopefully keep down the graft from sheer limitation).

So Mr. Harry, who's going to fix it?

There well may be another Civil War here and I was so proud that our country was the only one in history who had to do that but... ONCE.

Linda May '66

   Thanks, Linda May!

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/03/08 - "3rd of July":

The Commissioner decided that those working today should have pre-Independence Day celebration lunch at his expense. The employees committee, of which I am a part, had already announced there would be cake in the afternoon.
The huge gas grill was borrowed and brought over from Fraternal Order of Eagles.
The Commissioner had bought lots of 1/3 lb Angus beef patties, Kayem and Oscar Mayer hot dogs.... Ardyth had made her marvelous baked beans, Robin made a huge pasta salad, Amy made a huge tossed salad, Mary brought watermelon; there was potato salad and cole slaw from Sam's Club, and chips (crisps to those who speak English instead of American) and rolls, and condiments, and of course the huge cake, decorated in red, white and blue, and chilled soda and water bottles. The Commish had to run off to a meeting, and Marty took food to Liberty House, the Manchester residence for homeless veterans. Just before 11:30 we fired up the grill and I started cooking-- when I say big grill 50 burgers and 40 hot dogs could cook at one time..
I was busy flipping burgers (90 in all) when the Commish returned.. he threw off his blue blazer, putting it on the hedge, and put on a baseball cap, and he joined in the cooking...
The staff lined up happily for food...
Everyone happily cleaned up after....
When I got back to my desk I returned calls, and there were several last-minute callers who had to be given immediate assistance with some things and told other issues would need to wait until next week. One caller was being insistent until I told him firmly that we were now CLOSED and we cannot be paid overtime, at which he meekly wished me a happy holiday and said he would call the staff member I'd told him might be able to solve his problem, on Monday.
When I came home I had a hot shower and shampoo to get the smoke and grease off me. I now smell of Pantene and lavender rather than ground beef and smoke.
I just had a dozen large shrimp, with curry-orange dipping sauce, and I'm drinking a modest but pleasant and well-chilled savignon blanc.
My eldest, Ragnar, and his wife Daniela are en route to Bulgaria to visit her parents. My friend Julia is in Zagreb, touring with her church choir. I am tired. I think I'll tuck myself into bed with a book.

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Domi!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 07/04/08 - "American Pie":

   I used to always make my own pie crust as this recipe made them so tasty.  Having become quite lazy in recent years, I've been opting to buy the pre-made frozen variety.  While much easier, they lack the flavor of this one.

   I made it again yesterday, and heartily recommend it.

   I made the pie filling because I seemed to be lacking in ingredients for much else.  It's super easy, and makes two pies.  It requires at least an hour to bake, and is much better if it chills for an hour or so after that.


Foolproof Pie Crust Butter Pie

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; update of 07/02/08 - SEE: 07/03/08

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.   Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - knee surgery with complications on 07/01/08 - SEE: 07/03/08

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"; 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.

8. Bitsy Heath ('57) of VA - 07/02/08 - abdominal aneurysm requiring surgery; also having other issues with breathing and pulmonary output;  SEE: 07/03/08

9. 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

10.   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).

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. 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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The Star Spangled Banner

- Francis Scott Key, 1814

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

"The Star Spangled Banner" midi courtesy of - 03/02/06

"The Star Spangled Banner" lyrics courtesy of - 03/02/06

Animated "Happy Independence Day" Title clip art courtesy
of - 06/29/06

Fourth of July Bouquet and Stars clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 07/02/08

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!

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

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 Army and Navy Flags courtesy of - 06/18/03

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