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08/21/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Count Basie's 104th Birthday

“Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues,
but it will still be the blues.”

- Count Basie
(21 Aug 1904 - 26 Apr 1984)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

I think it's time for some good old fashioned jazz - and isn't it nice that it coincides with Count Basie's birthday??

BONUS - - April in Paris - Count Basie and His Orchestra and the Mills Brothers



   Happy Birthday today to     Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 -  Charles Allen ('57) AND         My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA;

27 - Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND   My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ;

28 - Tony Lapides ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

   Due to
continuing computer problems, the page originally suggested by      Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD on 01/22/04 has been reactivated:

   Hopefully, this will help address the problem in a number of ways. Just don't forget to click on it each time!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/19/08 - "RE: 08/19/08 - Today":

Thank you for my (and
    Jimmy's) birthday Newsletter.

And it got me thinking ....

Have a look at this image. It is my mother ca. 1921. Note the rocking chair.    
And here is    Mildred (Linkous Spriggs - '38 - 8 Mar 1921 - 4 July 2007) in August 1946 and very pregnant with me. Note the rocking chair.    

When my grandparents died, we obtained two things from the estate. One was my grandfather's 1952 Dodge, a tank of a car which I drove to NNHS for nearly 2 years.

It looked just like this, only not so clean ... and did not have the tricked-out wheels.    

The other thing was that rocking chair, which remained in my mother's home. With her death, it has now come to me, and while it is only a small piece of no antique value, you can understand that it holds great significance to me. I can recall as a tot, sitting at my grandmother's feet in that rocker, helping her shell sweet peas. My cousins also have similar memories surrounding that rocker. When something has come down through the Family over so many years, you cannot say that you own it. All you can say is that you are the temporary steward of it, and it is your responsibility to ensure its safekeeping and its eventual bequest to the Family.


   Thank you so much for these charming images and lovely story, David! I didn't want to lose it, so I posted it here:

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/19/08 - "Never Tick Off a Nurse":

Never Tick Off A Nurse!


A big shot attorney had to spend a couple of days in the hospital. He was a royal pain to the nurses because he bossed them around just like he did his staff. None of the hospital staff wanted to have anything to do with him. The head nurse was the only one who could stand up to him. She came into his room and announced, "I have to take your temperature."

After complaining for several minutes, he finally settled down, crossed his arms and opened his mouth.

"No, I'm sorry," the nurse stated, "but for this reading, I can't use an oral thermometer." This started another round of complaining but eventually he rolled over and bared his behind.

After feeling the nurse insert the thermometer, he heard her announce, "I have to get something. Now you stay JUST LIKE THAT until I get back!"


She left the door to his room open on her way out. He cursed under his breath as he heard people walking past his door, laughing.

After a half hour, the man's doctor came into the room.

"What's going on here?" asked the doctor.

Angrily, the man answered, "What's the matter, Doc? Haven't you ever seen someone having their temperature taken?"

After a pause, the doctor confessed.....

"Not with a carnation."

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce!

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 08/19/08 - "The Mormons Meet the Metro Narcotics Unit":

The Mormons Meet the Metro Narcotics Unit
By Daryl Zadok Budd - Clearfield , Utah

The Elders Quorum President and I were visiting some lost souls, when they were found by the long arm of the law. As we were preparing to say the closing prayer at the conclusion of our visit, we heard someone pounding on the door and yelling, 'It's the police! Open the door!'

I thought, 'Oh, that old joke.' Then there was more pounding, 'It's the police! We have a search warrant!'

Before this lady's boyfriend made it to the door to open it the police opened the door for him, into the house stormed ten police officers dressed from head to toe in black body armor. Each gentleman had a submachine gun. When I saw the door burst open, read the word POLICE across the first officers Kevlar vest and saw the large gun that he had I thought, 'This is going to make a great story.'

The Officer only got to 'Get on the...' and I was face down on the carpet with my hands above my head in full view. 'Get down on the ground!' The friendly officer again shouted at the President. The only trouble the President had was that the room was very small and had a coffee table in the center of it. There was no available space remaining on the floor, as the rest of us had already 'hit the deck.' There was no room left in the Inn , if you know what I mean. The Elders Quorum President therefore made the mistake of standing up from where he was sitting on the couch and trying to explain who we were. The kind officers did not seem to like this action, and one very large officer stepped toward the President who then found himself looking directly into the muzzle of the gun with a bright light shining in his eyes. As the officer placed his finger over the trigger and shouted, 'I said get on the ground!!' the President decided to do so. As there was nowhere else to go, he laid on top of me, his first councilor. I never thought I would need to 'support the President' like that I assure you. I really felt the 'weight of my calling.'

We were instructed not to move or speak which was difficult to say the least, as I had eaten a little too much for supper and the President is not exactly a small man. After a time the President whispered, 'Are you O.K. down there?'

I didn't dare answer. But a few seconds later the humor of the whole situation hit me full force and I started laughing, silently mind you, which made my body shake and the President being on top of me was well aware that I was laughing and thought, 'What in the world could he possibly be laughing at?'

After they got done handcuffing the two closest to us they were ready for us. 'Stand up and keep your hands above your head!' We arose and the officers searched us for weapons. The heroic officers did a much more extensive search of the President's person due to his earlier 'non-compliance'.

'Who are you?!' asked the large officer who had gently persuaded the President to get down on the floor.

'We are the Elders Quorum Presidency from a local Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,' replied the President in one breath.

The officers looked at each other and their weapons lowered a little bit. 'Do you have any church I.D.?' one officer asked.

They gave us back our wallets and we showed them our Temple Recommends and drivers licenses. Big smiles came onto their faces and they soon escorted us out to our car, wished us a good night, and allowed us to drive away with a great story to tell.

I knew that my Temple Recommend could help me get into the Lord's House, but I never dreamed it could help me avoid going to the 'Big House.' This time the lost sheep that we were hoping to bring back to the fold sadly ended up going to a different pen.

Daryl Zadok Budd

P.S. Feel free to forward this story on to anyone that you'd like. It's too funny not to share it, because it's a true experience that really happened to me.

   That's hysterical, Jude! Thanks!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/20/08 - "A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime":

To all the special people in my life-----

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a Godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.

They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.  They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life. . . . . . .   
. . . . . . ..  Whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

   Thank you so much, Joyce!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 08/20/08 - "Your Angel In There?":

Gotta love kids!  I'm looking forward to all those new little faces next week.

This is precious...


I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Harold.
~~~Gregory, 5

Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it.
~~~Olive, 9

It's not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to Heaven, and then there's still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.
~~~Matthew, 9

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else.
~~~Mitchell, 7

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not much good for science.
~~~Henry, 8

Angels don't eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!!! 
~~~Jack, 6

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath, somewhere there's a tornado.
~~~Reagan, 10

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter.
~~~Sara, 6

Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who's a very good carpenter.
~~~Jared, 8

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn't go for it.
~~~Antonio, 9

My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth.
~~~Lynn, 9

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the animals get better, they help the child get over it.
~~~Vicki, 8

What I don't get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.
~~~ Sarah, 7

Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven. The main subject is where you went wrong before you got dead.
~~~Daniel, 9

   AWW! How sweet! Thank you, Dearest Judy!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/20/08 - "RE: 08/20/08 - The End of the World":

I wondered how many people knew that Skeeter Davis used to be married to Ralph Emery who was a DJ on WSM radio in Nashville and had a TV show, Nashville Now? Now he is on the RFDTV, if you have a dish to see him.

   Well, I myself certainly did not know that! Thanks, Glenn!

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 08/20/08 - "RE: 08/20/08 - The End of the World":

Thank you, darlin' Carol. 

lv, ev 

   You're very welcome - and thank you, Ev!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/05/08 - "We've All Been There!!! " (#13 in a series of 15):

We've All Been There!!!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!



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 good 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

April in Paris

Words by E. Y. Harburg; Music by Vernon Duke, 1932

(Count Basie)

 April in Paris
Chestnuts in blossom
Holiday tables under the trees

April in Paris
This is a feeling
No one can ever reprise

I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face
I never knew my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace

Till April in Paris
Whom can I run to?
What have you done to my heart?

I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face
I never knew my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace

Till April in Paris
Whom can I run to?
What have you done to my heart?

"April in Paris" mid courtesy of - 08/19/08

"April in Paris" lyrics courtesy of - 04/05/08

First Image of Count Basie courtesy of - 08/19/08

 Second Image of Count Basie courtesy of - 08/19/08

Musical Symbols Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/28/05

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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