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08/30/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
If Tomorrow Never Comes

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose
which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.”

- Groucho Marx
(2 Oct 1890  - 19 Aug 1977)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme is a first for us here.

BONUS #1 - - If Tomorrow Never Comes - Garth Brooks

BONUS #2 - - If Tomorrow Never Comes - Ronan Keating


Happy Birthday today to       Me ('65) of NC AND    Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA AND      Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA AND    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA AND     My Grandson, Jacob Harty of OR - who will be turning 11!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

1 - Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA;

2 - Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND   Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA;

3 - Morton Binder ('57);
5 -
  Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA  AND
       My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL;

6 -  Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


   As of 08/17/08, the page originally suggested by      Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD on 01/22/04 has been reactivated: - updated 08/26/08

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


1.           From My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - 06/01/08 (sic):

Hi Mummy,

Just FYI, I made a blog for you last night.

Whatcha think?

   Sweetie-Weetie, that is gorgeous! You are so cool - thank you so much!  And just as I'd been wondering how best to implement it.....

  From Jim Dossett ('66) of FL - 08/27/08 - "suggestion":

Hi Carol

The last couple of letters have had stories or articles about either    Coach Conn or  Coach Nuttycombe.  I know that Coach Conn wasn't the most politically correct person in the world and that perhaps some of the things he said may have been harmful to a fragile 8th grader.  HOWEVER, he was a great coach and he did produce champions.  In additions, his behavior and "speeches" have given me and hundreds of others many stories to share.  And yes, upon my first meeting of "the Coach" he asked if I was related to the other "Dossett" that had gone to NNHS in the 50's.  When I answered yes he made some similar comment that others have lamented about.  With me that lasted about as long as it to me to get out of his office with my new gym suit in hand.

At one of    Dee (Hodges) Bartram's ('66 - of VA) gatherings earlier this year,        (Al) Dorner ('66 - of VA) and I were telling those sitting at our table about our "first marathon" that Coach Conn made us run ---- from W&M back to NNHS.  We talked about stories ...  how Ronnie Timberlake became known as Doonie and how it was Al's responsibility to call (Bill) Douthat ('66 - of VA) to make sure he was awake for meets.  People seemed to enjoy the stories.  I'm sure that many of your other readers can share stories (nice, lessons learned, funny stories) about Coach Conn and some of the others.  Funny, nobody ever mentioned that      Lefty Driesell (Granby HS - '50 - of VA) coached at NNHS. 

So what about creating a "coaches corner" link for such stories to be shared, perhaps grouping them under each coaches name or each sport.  You already have a "coaches" link ... just that it would be nice to have one with the good stuff about these important men and women that influenced us in so many GOOD ways.

If you do, a side note to Coach Al Dorner ---  I've got dibs on the telling of the "marathon", "Doonie" and "Hate to lose prayer".

Attached is my first contribution ---  actually second.  You have already published "My four D's" story when I last saw Coach Conn.
... and yes ...  when referring to "the Coach"... the  "C" is always capitalized.


Last Quarter 

At one time or another, most of us had to do the 600 yard “run-walk” as part of our phys-ed evaluation.  I had a bit of talent even in elementary school and could actually run.  My brother accredited it to growing up on 37th street and having to run through the alleys in order to avoid a tail kicking by some of the meaner guys. So, the 600 wasn’t all that bad, especially if “Butch P” or “Junior M” weren’t on my heels with a stick or a piece of a brick in hand.  600 yards … not all that bad. But add another 280 yards and you had a killer distance.  Too long to haul tail all the way, but too short to pace yourself, saving for a “kick” at the end.  I hated the ˝ mile race.  Fortunately Coach Conn had tagged me a distance runner which meant that I only saw 880’s when running ups n downs during practices. That is UNTIL that unfortunate track meet some time in my senior year. 

“Dossey” … (Dossett was too formal and Jimmy was too friendly for the Coach) …”Dossey, stop screwing off and get your ass over here”.   

If you ever heard Coach when he was upset …  oh hell, who am I kidding…  if you EVER heard/saw Coach Conn talk to one of his “boys” at any time you can envision him stooping over cocking his head to the side as if listening to the ground, gritting his teeth as he spoke and squeezing his fists as he walked in a tight circle. 

“Dossey, damn it … come here.”  He was standing with Coach Nuttycombe  near the goal post at the south end of the field.   

“Yes Sir,” I panted, afraid that he had discovered that I had cut out on practice the day before to go see my girlfriend at Warwick.    

“You’re running the half.”  

“W..W..What?”  I stuttered.    

“Damn it, are you deaf as well as slow?” he yelled …  Nuttycombe smiled and walked away. 

“Two of our half milers are out and your two mile event is later in the meet …  get out of your sweats, you’re running the half.” 

“Coach, I have no idea how to run it ---  how to pace myself.”   

“Pace yourself, pace yourself?  I don’t expect you to win ---  just run the damn race.”  He turned away to head across the field.  Then without even looking back at me, he waved his hand for me to go to where he had stopped to speak with Nuttycombe at about the 20 yard line. 

“OK ---  this is what you do.  First quarter give it everything you got, haul ass around that track.  I want you to be at the front of the pack at the end of the first quarter …  so haul ass the first quarter.” 

“What do I do for the second quarter?” I asked. 

“Pick it up.” was his reply.  Nuttycombe broke into a laugh and walked away as I stood there with mouth open. 

Surprisingly to all, I took a third place. But more importantly, Coach Conn had given me another one of his lessons that applied in life as much as on the cinders …  

Even when you think you have given it everything you can …  you can still reach deep down and pull out just a little more. 

Thanks so much, Jim! I've posted this for you on our brand new blog! 

   There is currently a slight delay before postings actually appear, but I think we can correct that soon - and then y'all can at last - after only eight years - post items DIRECTLY! WHOO-HOO!!!

From Barbara Fritsche Barnes ('63) of VA - 08/29/08 - "NNHS Sock Hop Flyer":

Hi Carol
Please post this flyer on the front page of the NNHS website until further notice. A comment from you encouraging folks to sign up asap would be great.....
Thanks for all you do to keep NNHS students connected.

We’re Going Back!!!! 

The NNHS Class of 1963 invites all former NNHS students and their guests to join them
at an upcoming class reunion event:

A 60’s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym!!! 

What:  Sock Hop with DJ in the Newport News High School Gymnasium 
When:  Friday night, October 17th, 2008 
Time:  7:00pm - 10:00pm 
Cost:  $15 per person

Event Details 


Capacity is Limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  No sales at door.

Names of all members in your party must be provided with payment. 

Send check or money order payable to: Barbara Barnes, 4891 Parthenon Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23462 


  • All participants must travel to/from NNHS via shuttle bus from Newport News Omni Hotel
    and sign a release of liability form enroute to the event.

  • Shuttle bus will depart every half hour from The Newport News Omni Hotel, 1000 Omni Boulevard
    (off  Diligence/J. Clyde Morris Boulevard) starting at 6:30 PM. 
    Last bus will depart the school enroute to The Omni at 10:30 PM.

  • Hand stamps issued on shuttle bus will be required for entry.

Socks only, (no shoes of any kind or bare feet) will be permitted in the gymnasium.  

Soft drinks & snacks will be sold at the event. 
No alcoholic beverages allowed on the premises, (some things never change).


   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! That is unbelievably stupendous!!! "Encourage" them?!? I think you're gonna hafta fight them off with a stick!

  But okay, Sweetie-Pies - Y'ALL COME! Uh, just remember - you MUST pre-register - and quickly, too! SEE YOU THERE!!! Thanks so very much, Barbara!

   This will be carried on the main page, the Reunion Page, and in each Newsletter from now until you notify me that PRE-REGISTRATION is FULL!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/28/08 - "NNHS BEACON - 11 May 1964 (Part two of two)":


Attached is the long awaited final edition of the BEACON for Academic Year 1963-1964 and the final one in the collection, which was anonymously sent to me many months ago.

Now, I will go back to those BEACONS from 1961 and 1962 from which I scanned only articles of interest … MY interest … and rescan them in their entirety for newsletter publication.

Once that is complete, I plan to donate the entire hard copy collection to 
  Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) for safekeeping and proper display into the future.

Friday, May 11, 1964 Friday, May 11, 1964 Friday, May 11, 1964 Friday, May 11, 1964
Page Three - TOP Page Three - BOTTOM Page Four - TOP Page Four - BOTTOM


   What a delight this has been, David!

   Thank you so very much, Brown Eyes!

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 08/28/02 - "Wine for Seniors":


I hope this will be of interest to some of our classmates.

Jerry B. Class of 62

 I  kid you not...
New Wine for Seniors

California vintners in the Napa Valley area, which primarily produce Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir
and Pinot Grigio wines, have developed a new hybrid grape that acts as an anti-diuretic.
It is expected to reduce the number of trips older people have to make to the bathroom during the night.

The new  wine will be marketed as



I  just could not help it.
That's funny , I don't care who ya  are.

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Jerry!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/29/08 - "Nozzle Rage":

   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Glenn!

From Bill Gross (February '48) of VA - 08/29/08 - "Binder":


I notice in your birthday listings a "Morton Binder 57".  Do you have an e-mail address for him?  A Mildred Binder was in our Feb 48 class and we have lost track of her and I was wondering if by chance, he might be a brother or cousin that might help me locate her.  Or you can give him my e-mail address to pass on some information.


Bill Gross

   I'm sorry, Bill, I do not have that addy - but I've passed your note on to those that might, and wish you well in your search!

  From Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - 08/29/08 - "Happy Birthday!":

Hi, Carol,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you tomorrow!  I hope you have a wonderful day.  My husband, Doug, turned 61 on July 30, and, as I told him, y'all are just kids (I'm 67)!
I was going to suggest that you remove me from the Prayer List, since I had become pain free.  However, two weeks ago, I carried a 25-pound bag of cat litter into the house, and since that time, I've been in quite a lot of pain again.  So stooopid of me!  I am so thankful for and send love to anyone who's been praying for me.  I know how much it helps.
Your card is in the mail!  Like most things these days, I'm late with that, too!
Thank you again for all you do for us Typhoons.  I pray that your health is improving and that your life is happy.
Betty (Brockwell McClure-'58)

   Thank you so much, Betty! I hope that nasty pain goes away soon!

    From John Murden ('60) of VA - 08/29/08 - "Birthday wishes":

Happy birthday, Carol!

Your newsletters continue to brighten the day!  I especially like the computer-directed (or directed-at-the-computer) cartoons.  I enjoy the puns and wish I could forward them to my brother who loved them.   

I was thinking of sending you an email for each of your years of age, as I did to my son when he turned 30, but since your mailbox is likely to be full anyway, I'll suffice with this one message.

Happy birthday, Carol! 

Love and best wishes today and everyday!


   Thank you so much, John!


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 EVERYONE ON FRIDAY NIGHT (if pre-registered):  - 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
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If Tomorrow Never Comes

Written by Brooks and Blazy

Sometimes late at night
I lie awake and watch her sleeping
She's lost in peaceful dreams
So I turn out the lights and lie there in the dark
And the thought crosses my mind
If I never wake up in the morning
Would she ever doubt the way I feel
About her in my heart

If tomorrow never comes
Will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way to show her every day
That she's my only one
And if my time on earth were through
And she must face the world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past
Gonna be enough to last
If tomorrow never comes
'Cause I've lost loved ones in my life
Who never knew how much I loved them
Now I live with the regret
That my true feelings for them never were revealed
So I made a promise to myself
To say each day how much she means to me
And avoid that circumstance
Where there's no second chance to tell her how I feel

So tell that someone that you love
Just what you're thinking of
If tomorrow never comes

"If Tomorrow Never Comes" midi courtesy of - 07/18/08

"If Tomorrow Never Comes" lyrics courtesy of - 07/18/08

White Rose clip art courtesy of - 10/15/05

Animated Waving Piggie courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII - 01/05/07
Thanks again, Herbie!

White Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of -  well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 02/24/05

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

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

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

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