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07/22/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Alex Trebek's 68th Birthday

“Don't tell me what you believe in. I'll observe how you behave
and I will make my own determination.”

- Alex Trebek
(b. 22 July 1940)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

  Back to the birthdays!

BONUS #1 - - Double Dare with Alex Trebek, December, 1976

BONUS #2 - - Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek - A contestant faints

BONUS #3 - - Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek - Ken Jennings scores the highest ever in one show - On the 20th season's finale on Friday, July 23, 2004, Ken Jennings scores the highest amount ever won in a single day of Jeopardy!


Happy Birthday today to      Bryce Bartel (Brighton High, UT - '04) of UT!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

26 -       My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1.  Jerry Allen ('65) of VA:

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/22/08:

Jerry is doing fine after his knee surgery.  He is doing his exercises and putting more and more weight on it.  Thanks for all the prayers and concern.

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! Thanks, Dearest Judy!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/21/08 - "Stonewall Jackson School":

You may recall that years ago I found a site listing the schools designed by architect, Charles M. Robinson.

It indicated that he designed Stonewall Jackson School in January 1923, which we assumed was the year it was originally built. 

We may have to rethink that notion. I recently purchased this PC on EBAY:

1910 Thursday, August 11, 1910 about 1954  

There is no doubt that it is Jackson School, based on the appearance of the school and the caption.

And there is no doubt that the message was written in 1910 and the postmark also indicates 1910. Without a doubt, the school existed in 1910. I was disinclined to believe that, because I could not imagine enough residences in North End at that time to support an elementary at that location. Apparently, there were sufficient students to warrant the construction of the school. So, it would seem that Charles M. Robinson designed the expansion in 1923

The card was signed by G.B. McAlpine. The 1910 census shows a Gilbert B. McAlpine (with daughters Annie and Mary) living at 251-47th Street, so he would have been able to see Jackson School from his home.

This photo matches the PC, so that cinches it.

And it gets even better. If you could see the home to the viewer's left of the school on the postcard, my grandfather (J.P. Linkous) was a lodger in that home. It is the one visible next to the school in the newspaper clipping above. That home was later moved to 47th Street (to the vacant lot seen in the lower left corner of the clipping and sat next to my grandparents' home, which had been moved to 47th Street from a lower numbered street.

Also, the enumerator of the 1910 census on 46th Street and 47th Street was Thomas M. Ware. His son, Thomas R. Ware married my great aunt, Ida Evans. To confirm that, I just got off the phone with my 2nd cousin, who is a granddaughter of Thomas M. Ware.

Small town, huh??

   I LOVE your tenacity in tracking down the small details and inter-relating them, Captain! Such fun things you find! Thanks so much, David - and CONGRATULATIONS on your "new" postcard!

   This has all been added here:

From ArcaMax Health and Fitness - 07/19/08 - "Lifelong Health: Cardiac Arrest Can Occur Even With Few Risk Factors":

Lifelong Health: Cardiac Arrest Can Occur Even With Few Risk Factors

Dr. David Lipschitz

We are all saddened by the untimely and sudden death of Tim Russert, a true American legend. Russert's fatal cardiac arrest was particularly surprising because he had very few risk factors for heart disease: He did not drink or smoke, he paid attention to his diet, exercised and had just taken a vacation. Even more alarming, Russert had a normal stress test just a few weeks ago. Now Americans everywhere are seriously confounded -- how is it that you can do all the right things and still have a heart attack?

Even with a healthy body, there is no lifetime guarantee. You can eat right, exercise and live a teetotaler lifestyle and still be struck down by a sudden, surprising and out-of-the-blue heart attack. Stress tests and CT scans to identify coronary artery disease do not predict sudden cardiac arrest. All we really know is that increased awareness and living a heart-healthy lifestyle can dramatically decrease your risk of cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs because of an acute blockage of a blood vessel supplying a small area of the heart. This makes the heart muscle hyper-irritable, leading to an uncontrollable electrical impulse that rapidly increases the rate and regularity at which the ventricle beats. As a consequence, no blood is pumped into the aorta, and within seconds the patient is comatose. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, immediate access to a defibrillator, and the use of certain medications can return the heartbeat to normal in a fraction of cases. Although Russert received immediate attention, it was ineffective.

Who is at increased risk? Sudden cardiac arrest occurs most frequently in men between the ages of 58 and 62. It is more common in those with a strong family history of heart disease, those who lead stressful lives, and in anyone who has had a heart attack, has evidence of coronary artery disease or is at high risk of having a heart attack. This includes elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle.

Most importantly, cigarette smoking increases the risk of a heart attack and, if an attack occurs, the risk of sudden death is fourfold higher. Sudden cardiac arrest can also occur because of an abnormality of the electrical conduction system that controls the heart rhythm. This is usually the cause of sudden death in young adults and in athletes.

Based upon these facts, it is important that by age 20 every adult be screened for elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure and learns the importance of diet, exercise and stress in preventing heart disease. For individuals with a strong family history of elevated cholesterol, heart disease can be seen at a young age. Anyone who has a history of an irregular heart rate or palpitations should see a doctor and be examined to exclude a heart murmur and should have an electrocardiogram to identify any problems with the cardiac conduction system that can lead to irregular heart rates. Medications can reduce the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

In general, cholesterol should be measured every 10 years until age 50 and more frequently thereafter. Blood pressure should be monitored at least four times a year (the supermarket is a good place), and symptoms of chest discomfort should never be ignored. People who have a large number of risk factors should have an EKG and a stress test at age 50.

If an abnormality is identified, be wary of considering an angioplasty or open-heart surgery, as there is essentially no evidence that life expectancy can be prolonged or heart attacks prevented in totally asymptomatic individuals. Screening for and treating diabetes, if found, and for smokers, entering a smoking cessation program, are very important.

If you have coronary artery disease, it is critical that treatment to prevent a heart attack and sudden death be implemented. This includes lowering the bad, or LDL, cholesterol to below 70, maintaining the systolic, or top, blood pressure below 130, and taking medications (beta blocker and ACE inhibitor) that decrease the risk of heart attack and help prevent irregular cardiac beats. In some patients an implantable defibrillator may be recommended. Finally, remember, a heart-healthy lifestyle from a young age is the key to preventing sudden death and assuring a long and independent life.


Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book "Breaking the Rules of Aging." To find out more about Dr. David Lipschitz and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at . More information is available at .

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/22/08 - "How to tell if you are Mom's favorite":

  AWWWW - poor baby!

Thanks again, Judy!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/22/08 - "OBITUARY OF THE LATE MR. COMMON SENSE":


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

Knowing when to come in out of the rain.

Why the early bird gets the worm.

Life isn't always fair.

Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies: Don't spend more than you can earn.

And reliable strategies: Adults, not children, are in charge.

His health began to deteriorate when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Tylenol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when it became punishable for you to defend yourself from a burglar in your own home but the burglar could sue you for assault. 

He began to lose ground rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6 -year- old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement by a jury of her peer.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his Daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing...

"The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."

---Abraham Lincoln---

   BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Joyce!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 07/22/08 - "R U A Geezer?":


 I'm passing this on as I did not want to be the only geezer receiving it. 

 Actually, it's not a bad thing to be called as you will see....

'Geezers' are easy to spot: At sporting events, during the playing of the Star Spangled BANNER. Old Geezers remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.

Old Geezers remember the Depression, World War II, Pearl Harbor , Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War 1950-55, The Cold War, the jet age and the moon landing, the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005 the Jet Age and the Moon Landing, not to mention Vietnam.

If you bump into an Old Geezer on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Geezer on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old Geezers trust strangers and are courtly to women. Old Geezers hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection. Old Geezers get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don't like any filth on TV or in movies or in e-mails.

Old Geezers have moral courage. They seldom brag unless it's about their grandchildren.

It's the Old Geezers who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

This country needs Old Geezers with their decent values.

We need them now more than ever.

Thank Heaven for Old Geezers!

   AMEN! Thanks, Glenn!

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

1.   Julius Benton ('58) of VA - diagnosed years ago with Pick's Disease; update of 07/18/08 - SEE ABOVE

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: 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

3.   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

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

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 Niece, Shari, of VA - hospitalized 07/19/08

7.     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

8.   Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - knee surgery with complications on 07/01/08 - update of 07/10/08 - SEE: 07/12/08; update of 07/20/08 - SEE: 07/21/08

9. 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; update of 07/06/08: SEE: 07/07/08

10. 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

11. 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

12.   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).

13. 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. "

14. 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

    Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - "I WENT BACK INTO THE HOSPITAL TUESDAY (07/15/08)"

16. 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"; update of 07/19/08 - finished her radiation treatments and is now cancer free !!!!!  - will be having reconstructive surgery in August.

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

18. All of Us


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

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us

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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Thanks again, Herbie!

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