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09/19/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Talk Like a Pirate Day

“When I was about five, I think, I desperately wanted to be a pirate
and have the hat and everything.

- Keira Knightley
(b. 26 Mar 1985)

"Suddenly you're like a pirate, you're 65 years old and you've got an earring.”

- Fred Willard
(b. 18 Sep 1939)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Holiday Celebration - repeated from last year - is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  That's right, Matey, so CELEBRATE! YARRRRR!!!




The NNHS Class of 1963
is planning its 45-Year Reunion on
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008.

Please provide your current email and mailing address to Barbara Fritsche Barnes at 
to receive YOUR reunion registration info. The reunion committee has prepared a reunion registration brochure,
which we hope to have available here for you soon.

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).



All events of the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1968 are open to everyone.
It will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008.
For further information, call Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally at (757) 874-1666 or e-mail her at   


Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us
will be held Saturday, September 27, 2008, 2:00 P.M. at the Canepa Cottage, 760 North 1st Street, Buckroe Beach, VA.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Barry Stutt ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 - Maxine Petty Ramey ('57);
22 -
  Curt Overman ('59) of VA;
23 -  
    My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - 2009) of IL;
24 -
Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58) of VA;
25 - James Comer ('57) AND Jimmy Stroup ('57) AND 
Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA AND   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 09/17/08 - "To All My Keepers ":


One day a mother died.
And on that clear, cold morning,
in the warmth of her bedroom,
the daughter was struck with
the pain of learning that sometimes
there isn't any more.
No more hugs,
no more lucky moments to celebrate together,
no more phone calls just to chat,
No more 'just one minute.'
Sometimes, what we care about the most goes away.
never to return before we can say good-bye,
Say 'I Love You.'
So while we have it . . it's best we love it . .
And care for it and fix it when it's broken
and take good care of it when it's sick.
This is true for marriage .... and friendships ..
And children with bad report cards;
And dogs with bad hips;
And aging parents and grandparents
We keep them because they are worth it,
Because we cherish them!
Some things we keep --
like a best friend who moved away
or a classmate we grew up with.
There are just some things that
make us happy, No matter what.
Life is important,
and so are the people we know.
And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone today who thought I was a 'KEEPER'!
Then I sent it to the people I think of in the same way!
Now it's your turn to send this to all those people who are 'keepers' in your life!

Thank you very much for being a special part of MY Life! 

   Thank you so much, Janice!

    From John Murden ('60) of VA - 09/18/08 - "Comments made in 1955":

Life is more than surviving the storm, it's about learning to dance in the rain!

Comments Made in the Year 1955!
That's only 53 years ago!

'I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $20.00.'

'Have you seen the new cars coming out next year?  It won't be long before $2,000.00 will only buy a used one.'

'If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit.  A quarter a pack is ridiculous.'

'Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?'

'If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.'

'When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon.  Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.'

'Kids today are impossible.  Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed.  Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls.'

'I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more.  Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL of DAMN in it.'

'I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century.  They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.'

'Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball?  It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President.'

'I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.  They are even making electric typewriters now.'

'It's too bad things are so tough nowadays.  I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.'

'It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.'

'Marriage doesn't mean a thing any more, those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat.'

'I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.'

'Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes.  I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to Congress.'

'The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.'

'There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel.'

'No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $35.00 a day in the hospital it's too rich for my blood.'

'If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it.'

If you know any friends who would get a kick out of these, pass this on!
Be sure and send it to your kids and grandkids too...

   Sad but true! Thanks, John!

From Motivational Newsletter - 09/17/08 - "POSITIVE THINKING -- The Currency of Life: Energy - By John Ryder, Ph.D.":

The Currency of Life: Energy
By John Ryder, Ph.D.

The Laws of Energy are actually coded directly into our bodies. You don't need to learn anything to know what they are. It is a currency of life because we are constantly exchanging energy with everyone; so are you rich or poor?

The simplest description of energy is movement, the motion of something. A light bulb illuminates the room because of the movement of electricity (electrons) through the wires. You may light up a room when you enter it because of your smile, the cheerful tone of your voice, the bounce in your step, and the good news you bring -- all of which are various forms of movement. We were all born extremely sensitive to energy in every form it comes in; our lives depend on it. We are very quick to "read" a person's energy, whether we like the way they move, sound, and express themselves. We often refer to this energy as the person's vibration. I like to call it their "vibe" for short. What's your vibe like?

Energy or vibration appears in countless ways. In general, there are three major groups of human energy: the physical, emotional, and analytical. Each person learns to master at least one of these groups; a few individuals are so talented that they excel in all three. Your area of mastery reflects the ability to do many things with that form of energy. For example, some of us become very athletic, some get intellectual, and others excel in some artistic way. Whatever is happening, we all "feel" the energy we are exchanging with another person. In particular, we are aware of how much we are getting in relation to how much we are giving. Our bodies have an internal score sheet system.

This exchange of energy becomes the currency of life. Since there is an abundance of energy, we can all get our fair share, but in reality most people feel they do not get enough. The sense that life is unjust comes from this imbalance of energy between people. What is causing the imbalance? There is plenty of energy, so it is not a shortage. It is because of the generosity-challenged individuals, who have unfortunately learned that greed may serve them in some way. Naturally, greed does not do anyone any good, but there are many people who believe that hoarding their energy may give them more. The truth is that greed creates an imbalance of energy and stress. Paradoxically, it is those people who become very generous with their energy that feel the best and never feel that life is unfair.

The reason generosity produces such a positive balance of energy is because the most important factor about energy is that it continues to flow! When energy stays still, it loses power and value. The moment energy is flowing, it increases in power and value. The best form of energy exchange is when it is voluntary, pleasant, and reciprocal, giving and receiving similar amounts of good energy. This is called a balanced exchange. Commonly we all encounter situations where most of the energy is not flowing back and forth. It may be blocked or it can be leaking, where one person is taking more than giving or remains completely unreceptive. If the energy cannot flow, then we ultimately experience a sense of poverty, regardless of which side of the equation you are standing on. Those who are able to promote the flow of energy will always experience a sense of prosperity and abundance.

To make the most of your currency of life, keep your energy flowing. The more generous you are to others with whatever you have got, the greater will be the experience of your wealth in life! Curiously, generosity creates greater abundance, so you never need to worry about running out of energy. Giving and sharing your talents and vibe are the best assurance of prosperity!

Author's Bio

John Ryder, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Manhattan. After earning his doctorate in psychology at the City University of New York, he served as an Assistant Professor at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Traveling around the world, he has studied the secrets to a healthy and successful life with many of the most respected leaders of both Western and Eastern traditions. He has become known as "The Mental Fitness Guru" because he knows what goes wrong with the mind and shows you how to make your mind stronger and more flexible. Dr. Ryder has been a consultant to many successful individuals, corporate executives, athletes, and celebrities. He has shared his expertise on a variety of radio and television shows. A highly requested speaker and workshop leader, he travels and lectures widely.

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 09/18/08 - "Tough love vs spanking (comedy)":

Hey! If you ain't tried it, don't knock it!!

Tough Love vs. Spanking - Good Argument

Most of America's populace think it improper to spank children, so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they have one of 'those moments.'

One that I found effective is for me to just take the child for a car ride and talk.

Some say it's the vibration from the car, others say it's the time away from any distractions such as TV, Video Games, Computer, IPod, etc.

Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our car ride together. 

I've included a photo of one of my sessions with my son, in case you would like to use the technique.

I think this will work with grandchildren, nieces, and nephews as well.

Your Friend


     Wayne Honey, you are so baaad! Thanks for the laugh!

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/19/08

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

NNHS BLOG: - updated 09/19/08


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

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us


4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND ALL TYPHOONS ON FRIDAY NIGHT (if pre-registered):  - 08/29/08

The Pirate Song

- Lesley Nelson-Burns

My boat's by the tower, and my bark's on the bay,
and both must be gone at the dawn of the day.
The moon's in her shroud, and to light thee afar
On the deck of the daring's a lovelighted star.
So wake, lady wake, I am waiting for thee,
Oh, this night or never my bride thou shalt be,
So wake, lady wake, I am waiting for thee,
Oh, this night or never my bride thou shalt be,

So forgive me my rough mood unaccustomed to sue;
I woo not, perhaps, as your landlubbers do.
My voice is attuned to the sound of the gun
That startles the deep when the combat's begun.
So wake, lady wake, I am waiting for thee,
Oh, this night or never my bride thou shalt be,
So wake, lady wake, I am waiting for thee,
Oh, this night or never my bride thou shalt be,

The Frenchman and Don will flee from our path,
and the Englishmen cower below at our wrath,
And our sails shall be gilt in the gold of the day,
And the sea robins sing as we roll on our way.
So wake, lady wake, I am waiting for thee,
Oh, this night or never my bride thou shalt be,
So wake, lady wake, I am waiting for thee,
Oh, this night or never my bride thou shalt be,

A hundred shall serve - the best of the brave,
And the chief of a thousand shall kneel as thy slave,
And thou shalt reign queen, and thy empire shall last
Till the black flag by inches, is torn from the mast.
So wake, lady wake, I am waiting for thee,
Oh, this night or never my bride thou shalt be,
So wake, lady wake, I am waiting for thee,
Oh, this night or never my bride thou shalt be,

"The Pirate Song" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 09/11/06

Image of Pirate Man courtesy
of - 09/11/06

Image of Pirate Woman courtesy
of - 09/11/06

Pirate Flag and Cutlass clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy
of - 09/12/06

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

Collinsville High School Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

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

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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   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
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