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11/14/08 - NNHS Newsletter - 409

“Auto racing is boring except when a car is going
at least 172 miles per hour upside down."

Dave Barry
(b. 03 July 1947)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's theme is being repeated from three years ago today: 

BONUS - - 409 - Beach Boys


   Happy Birthday today to    Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA)!
  Happy Birthday tomorrow to    the late Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) of VA (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

17 - Ronald Creech ('57);

18 -   Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND    Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND   Ann Allen ('65) of FL;

21 -   the late Rose Woodard Davis Ficocello Groff ('65) (deceased 10/14/84)!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


  From Judy Fertitta Gibson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA - 10/28/08 - "You're invited to view my photos!":

I'd like to share my photos with you! When you're done, you can even upload and share your own photos.

   OKAY - I still have not had time to do basically anything with the many, many gorgeous images Judy sent, but I did want y'all to see at least these three!

   Thanks again, Judy!

Friday, October 17, 2008 - Sock Hop in the Old Gym
Forrest Powell ('63) of VA Forrest Powell ('63) of VA Forrest Powell ('63) of VA; Glen Davenport ('63) of VA, and Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA

 I've at last begun the section which will eventually house all these images:

    From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 11/10/08 - "Too much truth to be funny":

Cute, huh?   But I can't think of anybody to send this to.   Matter of fact, I can't think of anybody at all...    Maybe after I've had some coffee, someone's name will come to me.  Maybe I'll remember to send this to someone this afternoon. 
Hey... What's that annoying little arrow doing, zipping around the little TV screen on my desk?   When I jiggle the remote control in front of the screen, it jiggles, too.  Amazing!  I think I'll swat it when it gets to the upper left corner, and send the little pointer somewhere else.

Forgetter Be Forgotten

This is really cute.

My forgetter's getting better,
But my rememberer is broke
To you that may seem funny
But, to me, that is no joke

or when I'm 'here' I'm wondering
If I really should be 'there'
And, when I try to think it through,
I haven't got a prayer!

ft times I walk into a room,
Say 'what am I here for?'
I wrack my brain, but all in vain!
A zero, is my score.

t times I put something away
Where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from
Is, generally, me!

hen shopping I may see someone,
Say 'Hi' and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself, 'who the hell was that?'

es, my forgetter's getting better
While my rememberer is broke,
And it's driving me plumb crazy
And that isn't any joke.

ELATE??? ? ?
Please send this to everyone you know because



   WILD GIGGLES!!! I can certainly relate to this one - thanks, Bill!

From Yahoo Finance - 11/10/08 - Laura Rowley - Money & Happiness - ""Budget-Trimming Tips for a Down Economy"":

Budget-Trimming Tips for a Down Economy

by Laura Rowley

Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 12:00AM


There's plenty of advice out there to help slash your spending -- get rid of your car, throw out the television, grow your own vegetables, rent out the attic to a college student. But maybe you need a car to drive to work, have no time to garden, enjoy relaxing in front of the tube occasionally, and don't want to bump into an 18-year-old stranger in your bathrobe.

Here are eight ways to tweak your budget and save $500 by the year's end -- with minimum hassle, and without radically changing your lifestyle.

1. Cable TV: If you pay for premium cable services -- extra channels, HBO, etc. -- call your cable company and put your service on "vacation mode" between now and the end of the year. You'll still receive basic service, but save temporarily on the extras.

We did this recently because we were having work done in the basement/TV room. We eliminated the "preferred tier" for two months (we don't get the movie channels), saving $15.99/month. (Comcast charged $1.99 for the change, so the total savings was $30.)

2. Prescriptions: Only about one-third of prescription drug purchases are mostly or fully covered by insurance, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey, and prices can vary by as much as $100 for the same drug. Always ask your physician for a generic equivalent, which can cost up to 40 percent less, then shop around.

About a dozen states sponsor websites that help you compare prescription prices. Discount stores such as Wal-Mart and Target offer the most popular generic drugs, including antibiotics and medications for asthma, arthritis, diabetes, and high cholesterol, for as little as $4 a month.

I tested out comparison-shopping on the web and phone to save on a common antibiotic, Amoxicillin (250mg, 30 capsules), and it took about five minutes. First I searched New York State's drug comparison website for amoxicillin at local pharmacies in New Rochelle, which charged from $13.64 to $17.09. Then I called Wal-Mart in nearby White Plains, which charged just $4, and Costco, which offered the drug for $6.90 (no membership required). Savings from highest to lowest pharmacy: $13.09.

3. Cell phones: Take a look at your actual usage, and make sure your plan matches your behavior -- are you using all your minutes? Wasting money on extra services or old ringtones?

For example, I used to pay $40 for unlimited megabytes to check email on my phone. But I realized I wasn't actually checking email that way very often. I called and asked for the cost of my actual megabyte usage the previous month: $6. By paying for the bytes used (and eliminating text messaging altogether) I save $30 to $35 a month.

If you tend to go over your allotted minutes (at a cost of 40 to 45 cents a minute), register for free with a service called OverMyMinutes. It will alert you by text or email when you're at your limit.

4. Food: This one takes a little more effort, but with about an hour of planning, I typically cut my grocery bill by one-third. I start at my grocery store's online circular, creating five to seven dinner menus based on what's on sale and in season (click on the item and the site creates your shopping list for you).

Then I head over to CouponMom or MyGroceryDeals (both free, registration required). Click on your state and local grocery store, and the sites tell you specific bargains available that week so you can stock up. CouponMom also tells you whether a coupon is available and exactly where to find it (i.e., "Smart Source insert 10/5"). I just pull the coupon inserts out of my Sunday paper every week, date them, and throw them in a drawer. I only cut a coupon when CouponMom tells me where to find it; but you don't have to do this at all to save money.

In the store, I check the price of the sale/coupon item against the generic brand to make sure it's really a deal, and then use the store's loyalty card. Using this approach, I cut a recent grocery bill from $174 to $114 for a week's worth of groceries for a family of five. (I also do a monthly warehouse club run for low-cost staples like skim milk, which freezes pretty well.)

5. Drycleaning: "Wool, cashmere, silk, rayon, polyester, and spandex can all be laundered," says Lindsey Wieber, of The Laundress, a collection of specialty fabric care products. Manufacturers actually wash the fabric before they construct it into a garment, she explains, and add the "dry clean only" label to avoid liability issues. Wieber and co-founder Glen Whiting, both Cornell University graduates, work with one of their former professors (who has a doctorate in fiber science) to create new enzyme formulas that clean without damaging clothing.

Hand-wash or use a mesh bag in the washing machine (delicate cycle on cool). Lay wool and cashmere flat to dry; everything else, including cotton and linen, can be thrown in the dryer on a low-heat setting, then pressed. Hang up and air out suits immediately; use a lint-free cloth and a stain-removing product to eliminate perspiration or other stains on the inside lining, and spot clean exterior stains. Using this method, Wieber says, suits only need to be dry cleaned two to four times a season. (Savings in our household: About $30 a month.)

6. Utilities: You can get a basic programmable thermostat for as little as $23 at the hardware store, but can save as much as 25 percent on your energy bills by turning down the heat (or air conditioning) when you're away from home or asleep. For the average utility payer, that works out to about $250 a year, or $21 a month (so ideally, you roughly break even in November, and save $21 in December and thereafter).

In addition, water bills can be cut back 25 percent by replacing your old showerheads and faucets with low-flow aerating models. Look for 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) or less; Home Depot sells showerheads at 1.6 gpm for as low as $12. (Savings in our household after the initial investment: About $10/month.)

7. Taxes: The market's steep decline this year offers many investors the opportunity to save by harvesting tax losses before Dec. 31. An investor can sell downtrodden securities held in taxable accounts to offset either capital gains elsewhere or as much as $3,000 in ordinary income. (Meanwhile, additional losses can be carried forward to future years. See this IRS publication for details.)

A study of 185,000 households by Fidelity found that only 10 percent of taxpayers took advantage of the full $3,000 deduction allowed under the tax code. Most of the households surveyed would have gained $500 in additional tax savings. Consider this example from the study: An investor buys a stock for $30,000, and sells it for $27,000, taking a $3,000 loss. If the household had $100,000 in adjustable gross income, harvesting the loss would have cut their tax bill by $450 if the position was held more than a year and $750 if it was held short-term. Click here for more year-end tax tips.

8. Money rituals: In their book "The Power of Full Engagement," authors Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz suggest that change is a matter of adopting new rituals rather than demanding we be more disciplined. "Building rituals requires defining very precise behaviors and performing them at specific times," they write.

Save money by creating quirky rituals: Save all the $5 bills from your wallet at the end of the day. Bring your lunch to work every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until the end of the year. Boost your 401(k) contribution by 1 percent every time you get a raise. Comparison shop for your auto or homeowner's insurance the day after your birthday each year.

Small rituals become habits -- and take a lot less time and energy than watching every penny you spend. (For more savings tips, see my blog.)

From My Friend Bill, a Lt. Col. in he US Army currently stationed in AL - 11/11/08 - "Veterans Day 2008":

I believe this is the one best patriotic emails that I have ever sent...please take the time to read the words and think about them... it is really worth your time!  Everyone needs to see this, so pass it on.

   Thank you so much, Bill, this is excellent!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 11/12/08 - "Join the NNHS Class of 1958 for a Holiday Gathering and Dinner - 12/17/08":

Friends and classmates of the Newport News High School class of 1958 are invited to join together for fellowship and dinner
at one of the finest Italian restaurants on the Virginia Peninsula.
We look forward to sharing an evening with you during the Holiday season.  All information you need to be a part of this festive
evening is provided below.


NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Gathering and Dinner

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Al Fresco Ristorante


11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA, 23606 (between J. Clyde Morris Boulevard & Pilot House Drive)


NOTE: Al Fresco is considered by many to be the finest Italian restaurant on the Peninsula, and it is very reasonably priced.


Please let Joe Drewry know how many will be in your party so the restaurant will have an estimate of the number of guests to prepare for.


Call or email Joe (, 757-244-4443 ext 4)


Social begins at 6PM (cash bar)


Dinner served at 7PM


Orders will be placed at the dinner from the limited menu selections listed below. 

Main courses are priced between $15 & $25 and include a salad. 

Desserts are available for about $5 (Tiramisu is the signature dessert of Al Fresco Ristorante). 

An extensive wine selection is available, by bottle or the glass.


Guest will be responsible for their checks payable by cash or credit card.


Choose from the following menu selection (vegetarian selections available). No need to decide now -you will make your choice at the dinner.


·         Fettuccini Al Fresco: Shrimp & diced chicken, garlic, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes in a marinara sauce.

·         Vitello alla Marsala: Veal scaloppini sautéed with mushroom finished in a marsala wine sauce.

·         Polo Rustco:  Chicken breast, sausage, sun-dried tomato, red pepper & olives in white cream sauce.

·         Salmon salsa Bianca: Sautéed with artichoke hearts, mushrooms & Julian carrots in a white wine sauce.

·         Flounder Francese:  Filet of flounder dipped in a light egg batter, sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms & capers, finished in a white wine lemon sauce.


   Thank you, Joe, this sounds fabulous! I've posted an abbreviated version of your notice in a couple of places:

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 11/11/08 - "THE DASH - PLEASE READ":

In July 2006, a short 3-minute movie was launched on the Internet called The Dash.  Since then, over 40 million people from around the world have watched it; and over 20,000 a day continue to watch it as a result of people passing it along.

The movie has been more successful than we could have ever imagined.

More importantly, however, it has inspired many, many people to reflect on their lives and ask that all important question, "Are my priorities where they should be?'

I hope you enjoy this movie and share it with those who are important to you.  I just did!

   Thanks so much, Sweetie!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/10/08 - "Gator shoes":

A young blonde woman is driving through the Florida Everglades while on vacation. She wants to take home a pair of genuine alligator shoes in the worst way, but is very reluctant to pay the high prices the local vendors are asking.

After becoming very frustrated with the attitude of one of  the shopkeepers, the young blonde declares, 'Well, then, maybe I'll just go out and catch my own alligator and get a pair of shoes for free!'

The shopkeeper says with a sly smile, 'Well, little lady, why don't you go on and give it a try?'

The blonde headed off to the swamp, determined to catch an alligator. Later in the day, as the shopkeeper is driving home, he spots the same young woman standing waist deep in the murky water, shotgun in hand.

As he brings his car to a stop, he sees a huge 9-foot  gator swimming rapidly toward her. With lightning reflexes, the blonde takes aim, shoots the creature and hauls it up onto the slippery bank.

Nearby are seven more dead gators, all lying belly up. The shopkeeper stands on the bank, watching in silent amazement. The blonde struggles mightily and manages to flip the gator onto its back.

Rolling her eyes heavenward, she screams in frustration, 'RATS!........ THIS ONE'S BAREFOOT, TOO!'

     Thanks, Joyce!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/31/08 - "++++ MAXINE +++++" (#9 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!



The NNHS Class of 1958 Gathering and Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606 CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)


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 11/10/08

   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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(The Beach Boys)

She’s real fine my 409
She’s real fine my 409
My 409

Well I saved my pennies and I saved my dimes
(giddy up giddy up 409)
For I knew there would be a time
(giddy up giddy up 409)
When I would buy a brand new 409
(409, 409)
Giddy up giddy up giddy up 409
(giddy up giddy up 409)
Giddy up 409
(giddy up giddy up 409)
Giddy up 409
(giddy up giddy up 409)
Giddy up 40...

Nothing can catch her
Nothing can touch my 409
409 ooooo
(giddy up giddy up oooo)
(giddy up giddy up oooo)
(giddy up giddy up oooo)
(giddy up giddy up)

When I take her to the track she really shines
(giddy up giddy up 409)
She always turns in the fastest times
(giddy up giddy up 409)
My four speed dual quad posi-traction 409
(409, 409, 409, 409)

Giddy up giddy up giddy up 409
(giddy up giddy up 409)
Giddy up 409
(giddy up giddy up 409)
Giddy up 409
(giddy up giddy up 409)
Giddy up 40...

Nothing can catch her
Nothing can touch my 409
(409 409 409 409)
Giddy up 409
(409 409 409 409)
Giddy up 409
(409 409 409 409)

The Beach Boys' "409" midi courtesy of Gary's Midi Paradise,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA -
Thank you, Dave!

The Beach Boys' "409" lyrics courtesy of - 11/12/05

 409 Images courtesy of - 11/12/05

Chevy Logo clip art used to from Divider Line courtesy of - 11/12/05

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

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

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

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

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

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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

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