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07/26/06 - NNHS Newsletter
My Foolish Heart

"I watched my foolish heart expand
In the lazy glow of benevolence,
O'er the various modes of man's belief.”

- Robert Browning
(7 May 1812 - 12 Dec 1889)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I'm so rushed today (I'm going to Raleigh shortly after 4:00 PM) that if this Newsletter makes any sense whatsoever, well, I had nothing to do with it!  


   A very Happy Birthday today to my sister,    Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC, who is hitting a magical number even as we speak:

    Have a fabulous day, Lady!  I have a surprise.  I'm baking your favorite cake for you.


Frances' Fabulous Pineapple Cake

  2 beaten eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 (20-oz.) can undrained crushed    pineapple
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
   Combined ingredients, and mix until smooth. Pour into greased 9" x 13" pan.  Bake at 350 degrees approximately 45 minutes.  Frost while hot.  Chill.  Cake tastes much better when chilled.


  1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
   Beat softened cream cheese and butter with beater.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until smooth.

                                        - Frances Pratt Weatherford, Norfolk, VA


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 07/15
/06 - "Dear Carol, War Clouds and Gasoline prices !!!":

Dear Carol,

With War clouds looming and Gasoline prices skyrocketing a bit of humor goes a long way. I like to travel back in time with my thoughts in comparison with today's problems. You may have seen this before, but it's always worth another look. Enclosed is my "A Walk Down Memory Lane", Look back to 1941 when Gasoline was 10 cents per gallon, Cheap Gas "Joy" was 12 gal. for $1.00, Hamburgers were 10 cents each and Coke-a-Cola was 5 cents, Pepsi-Cola was also 5 cents.

  (Pepsi Cola hits the spot,
12 oz. bottle that's a lot,
Twice as much for a Nickel too, 
Toot, Toot,
Pepsi Cola is the drink for you,
Nickel, Nickel, Etc., Etc.)

To keep things in the proper perspective, wages were about 50 cents per hour.

Sunday, December 7, 1941    

Wake up, Dear Carol, That's about all for now unless you insist on hearing more ???

Your Friend, Herbie  

   Herbie Darlin', the first twelve times I read your note (not the attachment; I had read that previously on your web page -, I thought you were telling me to get my head out of the sand and awaken to world conditions (which is pretty much against my principles; I have quite enough to occupy all my Worrying Brain Cells).  But I just realized a moment ago that you were just teasing me, telling me to quit being bored by this whole conversation!  WILD GIGGLES!!!  You never bore me!

   And that is soooo cool that your memories received further exposure!  I'm delighted to learn of that - and that you've shared them with us again.  I was lying in bed cross-stitching last night and watching (for the umpteenth time) my Victory at Sea tape, which of course made me think of you.  Thanks again - for everything!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 07/
20/06 - "Dear Carol, A tribute to GOD and WOMEN":

Dear Carol,

This is a tribute to all WOMEN. God sure made a WINNER when he created WOMEN. I don't like to brag but, My MOTHER was a WOMAN.

Your Friend, Herbie


When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day, when an angel came by and said:
“Why spend so much time on that one?”

And the Lord answered:
“Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”

“She must be washable, but not made of plastic, have more than 200 moving parts which all must be replaceable and she must function on all kinds of food, she must be able to embrace several kids at the same time, give a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart and she must do all this with only two hands.”

The angel was impressed.

“Just two hands…impossible!”

And this is the standard model?!

“Too much work for one day…wait until tomorrow and then complete her.”

“I will not”, said the Lord. “I am so close to complete this creation, which will be the favorite of my heart.”

“She cures herself when sick and she can work 18 hours a day.”

The angel came nearer and touched the woman.

“But you have made her so soft, Lord”

“She is soft”, said the Lord, “But I have also made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”

“Can she think?” the angel asked.

The Lord answered:

“Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate.”

The angel touched the woman's cheek…

“Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her.”

“She is not leaking…it’s a tear”, the lord corrected the angel.

“What’s it for?” asked the angel.

And the Lord said:

“Tears are her way of expressing grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”

This made a big impression on the angel; “Lord, you are genius.
You thought of everything. The woman is indeed marvelous!”

Indeed she is!
Woman has strengths that amazes man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions.
She smiles when feeling like screaming.
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when she is happy and laughs when she is afraid.
She fights for what she believes in.
Stand up against injustice.
She doesn’t take “no” for an answer, when she can see a better solution.
She gives herself so her family can thrive.
She takes her friend to the doctor if she is afraid.
Her love is unconditional.
She cries when her kids are victorious.
She is happy when her friends do well.
She is glad when she hears of a birth or a wedding.
Her heart is broken when a next of kin or friend dies.
But she finds the strength to get on with life.
She knows that a kiss and a hug can heal a broken heart.

There is only one thing wrong with her

She forgets what she is worth…

   What a coincidence, Herbie!  My mother was a woman, too!  In fact, there is some evidence to suggest that I myself might also be a woman. 

   You're a hoot, Sweetie!  Thanks!   (I couldn't attach the lovely power-point show, so I just included the text.)


  From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 07/24/06 - "07/23/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Charmaine":

Oh - how I loved this one. I stood a many weekend night in line at the Palace Theater - and wonderful HERBIE MOREWITZ, I will ALWAYS remember
with great love.


   Thanks, Evelyn!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 07/24/06 - "New Discoveries":

   I was glancing at the Daily Press online when this image caught my eye - so of course I snagged it.
Dr. Sarah Forbes is negotiating with VDOT about selling her land at her medical complex to widen Warwick Boulevard.
(Joe Fudge, Daily Press)
Jul 19, 2006
   Taking a closer look, I spotted this - so I snagged it, too.
A fallout shelter sign is posted above a pay phone inside the U.S. District Courthouse & Post Office building in downtown Newport News.
(Kenneth Silver, Daily Press)
Jul 14, 2006
   Stay tuned until next time for the rest of these stories.........

    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/25/06 - "Class of 1966, Missing Classmates":

Like you need the extra work .......

But, if you would like to change from "X-Files" for the NNHS 66 Missing Classmates, I have the perfect MIDI replacement:

   And like I would ignore anything you suggested!


   Thanks, David - it is perfect!  And very little trouble at all; you already did all the work!

  From Paula Sturtevant Comstock ('62) of TX - 07/25/06 - "Hey Carol":

Hey Carol,
Goodmorning.  I'm checking to see if you got a large envelope from me a while back - it had a ____ _____ picture in it.  I hate USPS and HOPE they didn't lose it!
Love, Paula

   It arrived safe and sound, Pretty Paula, and is in my Treasure Book.  I was planning to surprise you and spotlight it in an upcoming Newsletter, and then my 'puter went nutsy, and then I went nutsy, and then the storms knocked off my power, and then that knocked off my brain power, and blah-blah and blah-blah and I am sooooo sorry I've not mentioned it before!  I absolutely love it!  It was an enormous boost to my spirits, and I very much appreciate it, all appearances to the contrary!

   USPS is okay here.  I'm the slacker......   I'm usually bad, but recently I've been worse.

   And that spotlight issue will be here soon!


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 07/25/06 - "Always remember the good...":


Thanks again for your outstanding newsletter.....I just wanted to mention something regarding David Peltz, '58, who recently experienced surgery...He graduated with my sister    Mary Anne Mays Davis, '58.....I was in Gym class with him when I was in the 8th or 9th grade.....probably the 8th grade.  I was very shy and small.  We had to dress on the stage of the old Gym.  I remember how kind and nice he was to me....this was so helpful as I had always battled a poor self-image.  He made me feel good about myself.  David was an outstanding track star and everyone respected him.  He would not remember me, I feel sure: however, we never know how what we say may brighten someone's day.  He was special to me and I shall never forget this...and this was 50 years ago!  He contributed much to his family name.

Now, about    Allen Foster, the great basketball star........He too was in the class with my sister, Mary Anne.  He has recently been through so much and I am so glad he has a new heart and I pray it will continue to serve him well for many years to come.  Allen is married to one of the finest ladies I know, Susan.  I worked with her in the Shipyard and she has recently retired as have I.   

For David, Allen and also Jack Tesh, my prayers are with them.

Take care, good friend, Fred Mays, '60

   Thanks, Fred.  I am reminded of the two ironies connected for any service we might render in life.  The first is that our opportunities to serve always arrive at the moment we are most pressed for time, and least likely to want to take on anything else.  The second is, the appreciation we receive for anything we do never seems to be in correct relationship to what we did.  We can do something super spectacular for someone else, and receive perhaps only a nod and an offhand, "Thanks".  Conversely, some tiny thing we might have said or done, something which cost us next to nothing, perhaps only a well-timed smile, might be remembered for a lifetime.  I've always considered these to be Divine Tests to see if we would actually continue to willingly and joyfully Be Nice.

   Thanks again, Sweetie!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/25/06 - "07/25/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Circle of Life (Wild Boar Herd Arrested)":

Hi, Carol:
Reading of all the animals roaming about brought to mind an update on a situation here in Florida.
Being nicknamed "Adonis" by the late   Kathleen Pilgrim Clark ('63) was certainly one of the finest light moments experienced as a subscriber to the Newsletter which you publish with such grace and humor.
   For those of you who may be new to our midst, the history of this is to be found here - along with some of the most side-splitting laughs you'll ever read herein:

It was the most complimentary nickname given to me, so I immediately began to study and read about "Adonis" for I admit not being one who studied Greek Mythology with any real interest. To my surprise, it seems Adonis was killed by a herd of Wild Boar, and I began writing about the Wild Boar herd roaming in my neighborhood and destroying the lawns of the residents, and keeping an eye out for them during my morning jog about the area.

One elderly lady who lives down the street had enough of them destroying her lawn on two occasions and notified the animal control officers to put a stop to this costly destruction of her property.
The officers dispatched to the area did set traps and caught seven Wild Boar who have lived in this area for some time before we invaded their territory with our urban sprawl. As she recounts the details, one very large Boar was much too large for the traps, but remained in the vicinity of the trapped animals. She tells us that it took three officers to place this Boar into their truck. Sorry I don't have any photos to share!!!
So, it is with a great deal of relief that I report the danger of being destroyed by Wild Boar is no longer so great in this growing community. Therefore, I will be honored to retain the nickname "Adonis" in loving memory of one of my finest Water Safety and Life Saving Students from Newport News.
Always, Adonis
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   I'm so very relieved to learn of your new-found safety, Adonis!  Wild boars on the loose still boggles my mind! 

   Thanks, Joe - for everything!


 From Linda May Bond Crayton '66) of VA - 07/25/06:

Carol, your last letter was a master piece of humor!  I laughed so much I had to take a break.

My dog is 17 years old this year. He is a Lab/Chow mix and even though he can eat a cow leg bone in one day, he's never bitten anyone.( Maybe talked back once or twice). So the story of the large cat and the raccoons was easy to picture for me. Although that cat did look part cougar,    Al (Simms - '60 - of VA) . My dog only knows one dumb dog trick. He unties my shoes, pulls them off, pulls off my socks and puts them in the shoes. I taught him that when I got too fat to reach my feet and there were no small children around to con.


And a million thanks to Judy (of IL) for locating the retired Bambi and Thumper gang. Like Old Yeller, I thought they where lost forever in the back of my memory. It is good to see them save from those nasty old hunters. Yea, I know you're out there!

It was particularly good for me to see Beaver in a more favorable light, much better than what I've been hearing on the TV these days. (cough) That they do have four legs (not two), are intelligent and are capable of self employment. Great letter!  Delightful.

As for    Coach Nuttycombe, I saw him several years ago when I was driving a school bus out of Menchville High School. He didn't look a day over 40, which was very disconcerting for me since I was over 50! I thanked him for being my hero and saving my life but I could tell he didn't remember so I let it go.

It happened back in 1963, when it was pouring rain outside and I was leaving school to catch a late bus home. The whole school was empty and so quiet you could hear echoes from deep in the school's sole. At the bottom of the stairs that lead to the front hall I saw barricades that went all the way down to the other end of the hallway. Strange. Must be doing some kind of work. I waited. Looked. Nothing. Stepping out, I began my walk down the corridors when out of the blue I was grabbed by the arm and swept into the alcove that held the doors to the auditorium! Next thing I know, I was looking up into the strong blue eyes of my savior, Coach Nuttycombe, while running past me at a very unsafe speed (!) was this ruffian who could have cost me my life!!!! had it not been for HIM. I didn't know they held track practice inside when it rained. I didn't know the Coach could be so cool when it came to a player getting endangered by a stupid girl. I know that track guy was very goal orientated. Oh well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

   The indoor track practices!!!  WOWZERONI!!!  I had quite forgotten them!  I believe I had a close brush with them once or twice myself, but I probably did it on purpose, knowing me......

Thanks for listening, Carol. Even we "nobodies" have memories. You need not print this, It's just me "talking" to you because I can.

Love and kisses, Linda May "66

   Now, Linda May Honey, there are no such thing as "nobodies" and certainly not here and certainly not you!    We're all family!

   Say, do you remember one day when you and your sister    Rosalie (Bond - '65) and I were walking downtown together?  We were leaving the main doors next to the Beacon Room (108), and I remember the two of y'all smiling and laughing.  We must have been going to lunch downtown.  I don't know, of course, because most of my memories are just snippets and images.  They form an interesting collage (montage?? whatever...), but I so wish I could remember the stories which accompanied the images.....

   Thanks, Lady!  And give Rosalie my love!


  From Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA - 07/25/06:

Hi Cuz, 

The  beaver dam story appears to be mostly true, but adapted from a Michigan event. 




Henry Hoyle

   WOWZERONI!!!  That story is THAT funny, and has even a particle of truth in it?!?  I had no idea!!!  Of course, I was too busy laughing to care, but I really thought the entire "true story" was completely concocted!  Thanks, Cousin Henry!


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 07/25/06 - "Small World Department!!":

Just been catching up on some back issues (been remodeling and getting Dad moved in with us).
I noticed that your son    (Dale Harty - American School - IL - '02) will be attending Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista.  It's a very beautiful school, located high on a ridge above the town. The people there are very "down-home" folks, and friendly. I think he'll like it.
For the "small world department":  that's my Dad's hometown -- and, we're heading there this weekend (7/28-30) for our annual family reunion!

   I love small world stories, Ronnie!  There's more to this one, but we'll pick it up next time, too!

   Thanks for sharing that with me - and have a great time at your family reunion!


  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 07/25/06:


I saw Mr. Harvey today    (Donald Harvey), one of my former homeroom teachers. He has changed his internet provider and therefore isn't getting your emails any longer. He asked that you add him back in as an addressee.

His email address is __________.

Thanks. Cookie

   YIKES!!!  That's not "posta" happen!!!

   Well, it's all fixed now!  Thanks so much, Cookie!  And welcome back, Don!


  From Danny Coleman ('63) of NC - 07/26/06:

Thanks for the daily update, Carol.

Couple things: If NNHS is now Huntington Hall, how is it being used ? I know the Navy had it once.

   Huntington Hall is used by the Navy to billet troops, and is protected by Pinkerton guards.    Jo Ann Stewart ('64 - of Northern VA) gave me the Real and True Information about who actually owns it, but I can't recall now.  It includes a USO and apparently a Navy Exchange, according to    Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL), who toured it recently.  The cafeteria is now an exercise gym.  The auditorium is gone.  Saunders Stadium is used for more exercise training.  Julie Conn Gym is owned by the city, and now serves as a refuge for the homeless, among other thing.
   When we toured in in October, one of the highlights was the band wing.  The flagtwirler dressing room (which I dearly wanted to see again) is now a large men's bathroom.  Rats.  The band room has been converted into several living quarters, and the choir room is missing altogether.
   The walls are now white, rather than cream or grey or whatever they used to be.  I dunno, maybe they were hospital green, but they're much brighter now.  Some halls have been narrowed, and dividing doors installed.  It was all very different, and yet just the same - quite a surreal experience.

..... Also, I had recent contact with    Charlotte Guilliams Krell ('63). She's in Dallas. Has she contacted you? If not, I'll give her the web info. Thanks.

   I've not heard from Charlotte, and don't know whether or not she's aware of our existence.  Her brother,   Ron, died before I began making individual Memorial Newsletters:

   Her younger brother, David, was in my third and fourth grade classes at Magruder, but later transferred to Warwick High.


   I'd love to hear from Charlotte again.  Thanks for your help, Danny!


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06 - "ATTENTION ALL CLASS

If you will require lodging, we have reserved a block of 15 rooms at the Point Plaza, 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News VA, for Saturday night, October 14th, at a special NNHS rate of $79 (Standard) or $99 (Suite) plus 12.5% tax. You must make your reservation NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2006. Call 1-757-599-4460 or 1-800-841-1112. In order to receive the special rate, you must clearly say "NNHS Class of 1964 Birthday Celebration" when making the reservation. Because of this requirement, it is recommended that you DO NOT make your reservation over the Internet.

   Thank you, David!  Y'all have fun!



   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:


The Great Open Reunion
sponsored by the NNHS Class
of 1966
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago
will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM
to 1:00 AM
RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA.

September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School
(now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,
the grand affair will be held
at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at


The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964

will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006, 7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events,
12672 Patrick Henry Drive, Newport News, VA 23602.


We all agree that the Class of 1964 throws the best parties, and we really were flattered that so many members of other classes attended our 40-year Reunion.  However, the Committee chose to invite only members of the Class of 1964
to our 60th Birthday Celebration.

But, the good news for all you High School Reunion "Junkies" out there
is that you can look forward to our 45-year Reunion in 2009.

CONTACT Dave Spriggs at


The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates
who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

They would love to have as many of their classmates
as possible to participate in the future as they plan
the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!! 
Please plan to join them at their next meeting.

If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address. 
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at
or Brenda Amos Williams at

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 07/13/06 - "Need A Laugh!?" (#4 in a series
of 12):

Hi Carol: 

Thought you might get a chuckle out of some of these, a friend of mine sent them to me. 

Catherine Hudson


   That's just hysterical!!!  Thanks so much, Cathy!  I think we're all always in the market for a good laugh!


 Speling iz knot imprtunt fir astranawts



   And yes, it's true; I've excised even more material for next time.

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

My Foolish Heart

Words and Music by N. Washington, V. Young

The night is like a lovely tune, beware my foolish heart!
How white the ever constant moon, take care, my foolish heart!
There's a line between love and fascination,
That's hard to see on an evening such as this,
For they give the very same sensation.
When you are lost in the passion of a kiss.
Your lips are much too close to mine, beware my foolish heart!
But should our eager lips combine, then let the fire start.
For this time it isn't fascination, or a dream that will fade and fall apart,
It's love this time, it's love, my foolish heart!

"My Foolish Heart" midi courtesy of
located for us by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/08/06
Thanks, Dave!

"My Foolish Heart" lyrics courtesy of
also located for us by
Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/08/06
Thanks again, Dave!

"Foolish Heart" Logo courtesy of - 07/23/06

Peach Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/18/04

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 Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

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

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

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