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08/01/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
William Clark's 238th Birthday

“Great joy in Camp we are in view of the Ocean,
this great Pacific Ocean which we been so long anxious to see
and the roaring or noise made by the waves braking on the rocky
shores (as I suppose) may be heard distinctly.”

- William Clark
(1 Aug 1770 - 1 Sept 1838)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter brings us back to the birthday observances.





   Happy Belated Birthday to Harry Horace (Crystal River HS, FL - '65) of FL, who celebrated without us on July 27!

   Happy Birthday today to        My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC AND    Betty Burton Gary ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND   Eddie Beasley ('64) in Ethiopia!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 - The United States Coast Guard - 1790;

05 -  Frank Friedland ('60) of VA;

06 -   Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX;

07 -   Kenny Branch ('62) of AR AND    Anne Davidson Matthis ('64) of NC;

08 - Virginia Deuell DeBerry ('46)
AND Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


    From Don Chaney ('66) of MD - 07/30/08:

..... Hope all is well.  I just saw my Birthday announcement in your latest newsletter.
Thanks again for all you do.

   Thank you, Donnie - for everything! 


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 07/31/08:

Hi girl,

Hope you are taking care of yourself.  All  is well here.  I keep forgetting to send you some info on myself and my family..  as in birthdays:

Sister - Mary Kathleen Reece Burke (Kathy) Newport News, VA, Class of 72, Warwick HS (not by choice), is May 31.
Brother -  William Dennis Reece (Billy), McCammon, Idaho, Class of 68, is Feb 22. 
Mine is Aug 17, and my sweet hubby Harry S. Horace, Jr., Class of 65, Crystal River HS, Florida, is July 27. 

For 3 weeks he is 2 years older than I am and I like to rub it in. Ha. 
Rainy weather this week.  Can't even get the boat in the water.

Take care and will keep you in my prayers,

   Thank you so much, Ruthie!  I've added your birthdays to our page: 


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/24/08 and 07/25/08 - "Why I Cruise EBAY":

Sometimes I go for weeks and nothing of interest comes up on EBAY. And then, one day ....  

Here is some additional content:
From that comes this image: Which has this interior photo:

Apparently this building was torn down in 1995.


However, there still exists a PBC in a new structure
at 1801 Atlantic Avenue, inside the HoJo:

PBC even has its own web site now:


   WOWZERONI-ROONI-RINI!!! Thanks so much for these jewels, David! 

   As you know, OOSG is my very favorite part of the entire site! Besides, I think I even remember going there myself. Maybe. Possibly maybe. Oh, who knows?!?

      - brand new page!


  From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 07/30/08 - "Obit for Jerry Smith":

NN Public Library has a lot of obits on file (microfilm of Daily Press issues) that go back pretty far. Can't access them on the Internet, but if you go to the following link, you'll see three listing in March 1975 for "Jerry Smith". I'm guessing they are all about the same person. 
If its important to you and/or your readers to actually see these obits, then perhaps        Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) can swing by the library on his next photo and info gathering trip to the Peninsula.

   Oh, thanks so much for this extra resource, Bill!


From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 07/30/08 - "Obituary for Jerry C. Smith":

I am not sure if this information I found on the Newport News Library web site is the Jerry Smith mentioned in your newsletters.  You can access this site to search for obituaries from 1898 through 1988.
Newport News Library web site has this listing.  You can order a printed copy of the obituary from their order form accessed from this site. 

Newport News Public Library System

Daily Press Obituary Index:

Smith, Jerry   Male   Daily Press   Mar 18, 1975  p. 8
Smith, Jerry C   Male   Daily Press   Mar 17, 1975  p. 19
Smith, Jerry C   Male   Daily Press   Mar 16, 1975
 p. e12
I have found several obituaries of my relatives and sent for them at a very nominal fee.  This is a great service the Newport News Library does.  Hope this is helpful.
June Collie

   WOWZERS - "Like minds..."! Thank you, June! I'll take care of this very soon!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/30/08 - "Three Men on a Hike":

** Three Men on a Hike **

Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large raging,  violent river. Needing to get to the other side, the first man prayed:

'God, please give me the strength to cross the river.'

Poof! . God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice.

After witnessing that, the second man prayed: 'God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river'

Poof! ... God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once.

Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed: 'God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river'

Poof! ... He was turned in to a woman. She checked the map, hiked one hundred yards up stream and walked across the bridge.


'If at first you don't succeed, do it the way your wife told you!'

      Thanks, Wayne Honey - although, yes, I'm sure that is a moot thought!


  From Billy Fitzgerald ('58) of VA - 07/30/08:

Carol,  FYI
I did not get your e-mails about the nnhs 58 reunion until after the fact. I sure would have had them taking care of bringing you here. I am so sorry; I just recently checked this e-mail. I thought someone had all my e-mails forwarded to (my new email addy).
Thanks for everything.
Billy F

   That's okay, Billy; it wasn't an open reunion and I wasn't invited, so no harm, no foul - but it's mighty sweet of you to voice your concern!

  I've added your new email addy to my files so you won't miss anything else. 

  YOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI - I certainly hope you didn't miss The Nobel Gathering yourself!


From Yahoo HotJobs - 07/30/08 - "10 Habits that Bosses Love":

10 Habits that Bosses Love

by Margaret Steen, for Yahoo! HotJobs

Every boss wants employees who do their jobs well. But even among highly competent employees, there are distinctions. Here are 10 tips for making sure you're on the boss's A-list:

1. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Especially at the beginning of your relationship -- that is, when either you or the boss is new to the job -- err on the side of giving your boss too much information and asking too many questions.

"There's no such thing as a dumb question," says Marianne Adoradio, a Silicon Valley recruiter and career counselor. "Look at it as information gathering."

Don't keep up the constant stream of communication unless your boss likes it, though. It's best to ask directly whether you're giving the boss enough information or too much.

2. Acknowledge what the boss says. Bosses appreciate "responsive listening," says John Farner, principal of Russell Employee Management Consulting. When your boss asks you to do something or suggests ways for you to improve your work, let her know you heard.

3. Collaborate. When your boss has a new idea, respond to it in a constructive way instead of throwing up roadblocks.

"Be willing to brainstorm ways to get something done," says Michael Beasley, principal of Career-Crossings and a leadership and career development coach.

4. Build relationships. You'll make your boss look good if you establish a good rapport with your department's customers, whether they're inside the company or outside. Bring back what you learn -- about ways to offer better customer service, for example -- to your boss. This is also helpful for your own career development.

"Everybody wins in the long run," Adoradio says.

5. Understand how you fit in. Is your boss detail-oriented, or someone who keeps his head in the clouds?

"The boss's personality is just incredibly important," says Norm Meshriy, a career counselor and principal of Career Insights.

Equally important is understanding what your boss wants in an employee. It may be, for example, that a boss who is detail-oriented will expect his employees to be as well. But a boss who has no time for details may actually appreciate an employee who does.

6. Learn the boss's pet peeves. If your manager has said repeatedly that she hates being interrupted first thing in the morning, don't run to her office to give her a project update when you first get in.

7. Anticipate the boss's needs. Once you have worked with your boss for a while, you should be able to guess what information he will want before approving your purchase order, for example.

If you provide it ahead of time, "that's a gold star," Farner adds.

8. Think one level up. You still need to do your own job, of course. But when managers consider who deserves a promotion, they look for people who understand the issues that their bosses face.

9. Open yourself to new ways of doing things. When your boss comes to you with a new idea, don't simply dismiss it. If you don't think it will work, offer to discuss it further in "a mature, responsible, adult-like way," Beasley says.

10. Be engaged in your work. Arguing with your boss over every request is not a good strategy, but neither is simply shrugging your shoulders and agreeing with everything your boss says. "The manager would like to see an engaged individual," Beasley says. That means both showing enthusiasm for your work and speaking up when you see room for improvement.


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/31/08 - "The ride of your life":

Ain't it true!

Enjoy the ride; There is no return  ticket!

George Carlin on aging!

(Absolutely  Brilliant)


George Carlin's Views on Aging?

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in  fractions.

'How old are  you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half.  You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You  get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16!  And then the greatest day of your life!
You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21.  YESSSS!!!?
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed??
You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are  gone.

But!  Wait!!!
You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!?

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and make it to 60.
You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70!  After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!?

You get into! your 80's and every day is a  complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I was JUST  ?  92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!?

   Thanks, Wayne Honey! Because "I'm still just a kid", a mere two days ago I made it to 60 and 11/12!

   As the everlastingly glorious     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) says, "I may be old, but I'm still immature!"


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

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - update of 07/25/08 - SEE: 07/25/08;  - update of 07/28/08 - "Jerry's HOME!!! He is ... feeling much better. He will still have to tackle some health issues, but we are getting there!"

2.   Julius Benton ('58) of VA - diagnosed years ago with Pick's Disease; update of 07/18/08 - SEE: 07/19/08

3.   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

4.   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

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

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

7. Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA suffered heart attack on 07/25/08, fell on sidewalk during attack, breaking his nose and cheekbone and losing a tooth; is in critical condition in Mary Immaculate ICU

8. Carol Cook Campbell ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - heart catheter; at home now and doing fine

9.       My Niece, Shari, of VA - hospitalized 07/19/08

10.     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; update of 07/26/08 - "went home July 10th and is doing GREAT; walking each night, having therapy a few times a week and progressing very well"

11.   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

12. 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; update of 07/27/08 - "has completed her physical therapy, and is now totally healed!"; update of 07/29/08 - SEE ABOVE

13.Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - hip surgery - at home now and doing fine

14. 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

15. 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

16.   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).

17. 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."

18. Marsha Rice ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - knee surgery - at home now and doing fine

19. 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

20. 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.

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

22. 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 - AND PERHAPS OTHERS:  - 07/23/08


   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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Charles Willson Peale's Portrait of William Clark courtesy of - 07/31/08

Image of William Clark's tombstone in Bellefontaine Cemetery (north of St. Louis, MO) courtesy of - 07/31/08

Clip art of Frontiersman used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 07/31/08

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

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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