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11/09/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Think of Me

"When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who
I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are.
It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless
years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again,
you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see
my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart."

 - Frederick Buechner
(b. 11 July 1926)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This Newsletter theme is being repeated from exactly two years ago today: 

BONUS - - Think of Me - Emmy Rossem, Phantom of the Opera, 2005


   Happy Birthday today to  Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL!
   Happy Birthday tomorrow to The United States Marine Corps - 1775 AND Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57) AND David Wittan ('57) AND   Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA AND   Steve Pullen ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

12 -   Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL;

14 -   Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA);

15 -    the late Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) of VA (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA;

16 -    the late George-Morewitz ('57) (deceased 06/09/08)!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/03/08 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION DATES":


Could you post this in each newsletter until Monday, 10 November?

   Certainly, David!


NNHS 1964 Classmates,

At the first meeting of your 45th Reunion Committee, it was decided that October 2009 was the best month in which to schedule our 45th reunion. We initially selected the weekend of 10 and 11 October, which is a holiday weekend (Columbus Day). Our thinking was that you would prefer to travel and attend over a 3-day holiday.  If a suitable venue is not available for that date, our alternate date is the following weekend, 17 and 18 October.

Thanks to the internet and e-mail, we have the opportunity to poll all of you about your date preference.

We are asking you to reply by e-mail with your preference for one of these two possible dates.  If you have already replied to an e-mail which you received, then your preference has been recorded.

Please reply  no later than Sunday, 9 November 2008, to:

Once the responses are tallied, we will arrange a venue for your  preferred date.

TYPHOON Regards,


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/08/08 - "Homework":

  Always check your children's homework:

(Mommy works at Home Depot; she was selling a shovel.)

   YIKESARONI-GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce!


     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/08/08 - "RE: 11-07-08-NNHS-Pop-Richardson":

The obituary said that his father's name was Thomas. In the 1954 Hills Directory for North End, which I extracted for the web site some years ago, Thomas Richardson was listed at 333 -47th Street. This was next door to my grandparents' home at 337. You may recall my comment that this home once stood next to Jackson School on 46th Street and that my grandfather was enumerated as a roomer there in the 1910 census.

If all that is true, then
  Pop Richardson was known to me in 1953-1955 as Randy Richardson, and our connection is so much more than mere proximity. You see, those two houses shared a driveway, and it was in that driveway that Randy taught me how to throw and catch a baseball at my tender age of 7-9, when I visited my grandparents from my home in Ferguson Park.  My vivid recollection is that he threw very hard, and I learned to catch more out of a sense of survival than one of athleticism. It seems to me that he spent many hours over many days over many months, patiently showing me the fundamentals, which stood me in good stead during a stellar Little League career in Glen Burnie, MD, during the summers of 1956/57/58.  Just two years ago I confirmed all of this with    Richie Allen, NNHS 1966, who lived nearby on then-Virginia Avenue, and also played catch with Randy.

Like most boys of that time, my father taught me to play baseball. But, I have to say that Randy was a very close second in instilling in me a love for the game and the skills to play it.

I also have a recollection of spending hot summer afternoons in Randy's home, sprawled on a cool linoleum floor, learning the surgical precision of playing Pick-Up Sticks. My visual memory, even after all these years, is that I rarely saw Randy in that driveway without a bottle Pepsi and a foil bag of Snyder's potato chips.

This is an old tune:  I had planned to look him up, plan a quick visit, and reminisce about those days of innocence, hot summer days and baseball. Sadly, I will never have that chance, now.

Here is an image showing that driveway and a portion of the Richardson home.

   AWWW - I've mentioned before what an exceptionally adorable little baby you were, David.  Speaking as the mother of seven and the grandmother of ten (plus a few other babies I pretend are my grandchildren), in all modesty I consider myself an expert in the selection of adorable babies.  My judgment of this old photo is prime evidence that I am.

Summer of 1947
Art and Davey Spriggs

   Your story is a poignant reminder that we should never let opportunities slip through our fingers. If a gathering or a reunion or a meeting comes our way, what could possibly be more important?  As humans, we often seem to fritter away our lives on matters of "earth-shattering" trivialities, while the weightier matters of an eternal nature - such as friendships and family - pass us by.

   Thank you so much, David - both for the precious image and the reminder! I've added your remark to Randy's memorial Newsletter:

From - 11/09/08 - "Being More Effective":

Self-Help General Topics - 10 Tips for Increasing Your Effectiveness (No Matter What You're Trying to Do)
By Melissa McCreery, PH.D., Nov 4, 2008

No matter how big our dreams, our time and resources are limited. Moving forward effectively is key. Once you've committed to accomplishing something and putting in the effort, you'll want to get the biggest return on your investment that you can, in the most efficient way. Here are ten of my best tips for increasing your effectiveness and achieving your goals–whatever they may be.

1. Be clear on your final outcome.

This may sound obvious, but it's surprisingly easy to skip this step. Be as clear as you can about what it is that you are working to accomplish. Be sure you know exactly what success will look like and how you will know when you get there. Being "more" of something is not a clear goal–no matter what you're trying to be more of (more healthy, more patient, more relaxed, more productive . . .). Set a concrete measurable goal and you'll know when you've arrived.

2. Create a timeline and set milestones along the way.

Set a date for achieving your outcome. Schedule "milestones" for yourself. In other words, identify the dates that you plan to achieve specific steps towards your goal. This will help you stay on track and recognize the need to make adjustments (if you are having difficulty achieving the milestones you have identified) as you go along.

3. Use deadlines to stay on track.

Eliminate as much uncertainty and vagueness as you can. If you have a difficult step to take or are finding yourself procrastinating, set yourself a deadline. You might decide to write three pages of your novel before 3pm, get to the gym three times before the weekend, or get your holiday card list organized by a certain date. Deadlines can be particularly useful when you are struggling to make a decision and are feeling stuck. Set the deadline and commit to simply moving forward by making a decision before the deadline arrives.

4. Rein in your perfectionist.

Nothing will get us off track faster or derail us entirely like our inner perfectionist. Perfection is something we can rarely achieve and it's often not necessary. The belief that we have to get something perfect before we can consider taking another step is a great way to never get anywhere. Work at developing an awareness of when your desire for excellence is working for you and when it has surpassed any definition of usefulness. There is a concept called the Pareto Principle you might want to consider. The Pareto Principle states that 20% of our efforts produce 80% of our results. The additional 80% of our efforts will only yield an additional 20% of results. According to the Pareto Principle, the first thrust of our effort is the most productive use of our time. Spending time on the back end working to make something "perfect" is often time intensive and nonproductive.

5. Create an environment for success.

Surround yourself with what you need to stay on track, believe in yourself, and stay focused on your goal. If you are trying to lose weight, don't fill your kitchen with junk food. If you are starting a new business, carve out the office space you need and surround yourself with people who encourage and believe in what you are doing. If you are cutting back on spending, don't spend your free time at the mall. Instead make sure you have frequent reminders of why your hard work is going to pay off for you.

6. Get support.

Perhaps the most important part of your environment is the people in it. Create a support system. Find people who know about your goal and believe in you–a cheering section. Ideally you'll want to include people who are working toward the same or a similar goal. This isn't about creating competition but support. You want to have someone in your corner who will remember why your goal is important to you on those dark days when you can't. You want a support system who believes in your ability to succeed and will remind you of that when you need it the most.

7. Be accountable.

I don't know why, but many of us do better when we are accountable to someone else. Telling someone else that you have committed to do and knowing that they will check in on you and ask you how it went is a POWERFUL motivator.

8. Be flexible.

Life happens and things don't always go the way you planned. Sometimes what you learn from taking action is that you are going to have to try a different plan. If something doesn't go well, don't view it as a failure, view it as data. Use what you learned to readjust, realign, and remap your course if necessary.

9. Find a mentor. 

There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Chances are, whatever you are trying to do, someone has succeeded at something similar or knows something you don't. Even Olympic athletes–the best in the world at what they do –have coaches. Finding someone who has the expertise to help you soar can often help you achieve what you want to more quickly and with more ease.

10. Celebrate.

High-achievers can be tempted to skip this step. It's easy to get so used to having your nose to the grindstone that you've planned your next project before you've completed your current one. DO NOT skip celebrating the milestones and goals you achieve. The pause you take to congratulate yourself and let the good stuff sink in is part of what will energize you, motivate you, and grow your confidence for your future endeavors. Plus, standing on the mountain top and really seeing how far you've climbed, is an incredible, soul-feeding experience.

Author's Bio

Melissa McCreery, PH.D.

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.

     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/09/08 - "FW: Anchors for sale, correct price":


 Please correct any newsletter and web page entries regarding Marcus’ asking price for old Anchors.


    From Marcus C. Higgins of AZ to        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/09/08 - "Anchors for sale.":


Please correct my mistake on the price of the Anchor yearbooks I have for sale. I should have written book $15, shipping $ $25. I hope this helps someone purchase a long lost memento.

Thanks again, Marcus

   Oh, certainly!  The corrected passage in that issue - - now reads:


I am Marcus Higgins, class of '65, NNHS. I have Anchor yearbooks for sale, from 1961, 62, 63, and 1964. I am asking just $25 total for each book - $15.00 for the Anchor, and the ten dollars it costs to ship from Phoenix, AZ where I live to VA or wherever because the books are heavy. The books are in good condition, just a little signing inside the back cover. Ha.

I can be reached at or 623-386-4286 after 6 pm VA time. Hope someone out there is searching for a replacement book. There are not many left. Last year I sold a '65 and had 4 requests for it. I don't get into a bidding war, just first buyer gets the prize.     Thanks,

Marcus Higgins

  Thank you again, Gentlemen! I've added this to TYPHOONMART:

  From My Friend, Leo, of NC - 11/05/08 - "CLEAN Joke":

Two brooms were hanging in the closet and after a while they got to know each other so well, they decided to get married.

One broom was, of course, the bride broom, the other the groom broom.

The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was lovely.

After the wedding, at the wedding dinner, the bride-broom leaned over and said to the groom-broom, "I think I am going to have a little whisk broom!"

"IMPOSSIBLE !" said the groom broom.

(Are you ready for this? Brace yourself; this is going to hurt!!!!!!)





Oh for goodness sake... Laugh, or at least groan.  Life's too short not to enjoy... Even these silly .....little cute............. And clean jokes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sounds to me like she's ....... ! .......been ....sweeping around!!!

   Thanks, Leo!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/31/08 - "++++ MAXINE +++++" (#6 in a Series of 15):

..... More from the gal everyone loves and admires.....

Whatever pops into her mind, Maxine says. Ordinarily, folks might be offended. But instead, millions of Americans have identified with the crabby, irreverent Maxine, the popular Hallmark character that lambastes everything from holidays to aging, and does not hesitate to tell it like it is - or as she sees it.....

   Thanks, Ruthie!



1. Thursday, December 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/06/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 11/04/08

   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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Think of Me
(Phantom of the Opera)

- Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1986

Think of me
think of me fondly,
when we've said
Remember me
once in a while -
promise me
you'll try.

When you
that, once
again, you long
to take your
heart back
and be free -
if you
ever find
spare a thought
for me

We never said
our love
was evergreen,
or as unchanging
as the sea -
but if
you can still
stop and think
of me . . .

Think of all the things
shared and seen -
don't think about the things
which might have been . . .

Think of me,
of me waking,
silent and

trying too hard
to put you
from my mind.

Recall those days
look back
on all those
think of the things
we'll never do -
there will
never be
a day, when
I won't
of you . .

We never said
was evergreen,
or as unchanging
as the sea
but please
promise me,
that sometimes
will think of me!

"Think of Me" midi courtesy of - 10/19/06

"Think of Me" lyrics courtesy of - 11/01/06

Image of the Phantom and Christine courtesy of - 11/01/06

Pink 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!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Coast Guard Flag courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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