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11/19/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Never My Love

“Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.”

Vincent Van Gogh
(30 Mar 1853 - 29 July 1890)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

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

BONUS #1 - - The Association - Never My Love

BONUS #2 - - The Association - Never My Love, 1967


   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

23 -
  Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND    John Howard ('66) of VA AND  Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND    Fayetta Covert Stansbury (Ferguson HS - '72) of FL;

24 -
    Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA;

25 -
  Donnie Satisky ('56) of OR AND    Michael Sisk ('63) of CA;

26 - Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND 
  Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/15/08 - "Beacons":


I have scanned in their entirety the early Beacons which I only scanned selectively in the early days of placing them on the Newsletter.

... I will build a CD will all the Beacon images for anyone for a $2.00 donation to NNHS 64 Treasury -

NNHS Class of 1964
P.O. Box 6387
Norfolk, VA 23508-0387

   Thank you so much, Captain! I have not yet retrieved those earlier editions for the site, but I have added your terrific offer to TYPHOONMART (halfway down the page):

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/17/08 - "Bottle of wine ":

Bottle of wine

A woman and a man are involved in a car accident on a snowy, cold Monday morning; it's a bad one. Both of their cars are totally demolished, but amazingly neither of them are hurt. God works in mysterious ways.

After they crawl out of their cars, the man is yelling about women drivers.

The woman says, 'So, you're a man. That's interesting. I'm a woman. Wow, just look at our cars! There's nothing left, but we're unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should be friends and live in peace for the rest of our days'.

Flattered, the man replies, 'Oh yes, I agree completely, this must be a sign from God! But you're still at fault...women shouldn't be allowed to drive.'

The woman continues, 'And look at this, here's another miracle.. My car is completely demolished but this bottle of wine didn't break. Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune.'

She hands the bottle to the man. The man nods his head in agreement, opens it and drinks half the bottle and then hands it back to the woman.

The woman takes the bottle, puts the cap back on and hands it back to the man.

The man asks, 'Aren't you having any?'

The woman replies, 'No. I think I'll just wait for the police....'

MORAL OF THE STORY: Women are clever, evil, and smart. . Don't mess with them.

   AGREED! Thanks, Glenn!

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 11/17/08 - "Stores closing - watch the gift cards":

To my email buddies....I haven't checked this on the web to see if it's all true or not...but I am passing it on to my buddies ......


FYI � this came from a friend of mine.  Please be aware of gift cards.

I wanted to give everyone a heads up that if you tend to give gift cards around the holidays, you need to be careful that the cards will be honored after the holidays.

Stores that are planning to close after Christmas are still selling the cards through the holidays even though the cards will be worthless January 1. There is no law preventing them from doing this. On the contrary, it is referred to as 'Bankruptcy Planning).  Below is a partial list of stores that you need to be cautious about.

Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January

Cache will close all stores

Talbots closing down specialty stores

J. Jill closing all stores (owned by Talbots)

Pacific Sunwear (also owned by Talbots)

GAP closing 8 stores

Footlocker closing 140 stores mo re to close after January

Wickes Furniture closing down

Levitz closing down remaining stores

Bombay closing remaining stores

Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January

Whitehall closing all stores

Piercing Pagoda closing all stores

Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.

Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ ( New Brunswick )

Macys to close 9 stores after January

Linens and Things closing all stores

Movie Galley Closing all stores

Pep Boys Closing 33 stores

Sprint/Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January

Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.

Wilson Leather closing down all stores

Sharper Image closing down all stores

K B Toys closing 356 stores

Loews to close down some stores

Dillard's to close some stores

   YOWZERS! Thanks, Janice! I did check this, and sho' nuff!


Use Your Gift Cards Quickly from Companies Filing for Bankruptcy-Truth!

Summary of the eRumor:  
A list of U.S. companies that are going out of business---and a warning that you should use any gift cards from these companies quickly.
The Truth:  
This eRumor began circulating in April, 2008.

It is true that some of these companies are facing tough times financially, but not all of them are going out of business.  Bankruptcy sometimes means they are closing their doors.  But sometimes it also means that they are reorganizing and intend to continue.  Sometimes other companies may purchase them out of bankruptcy.

The Wall Street Journal said on April 28, 2008, that bankruptcy laws do not require companies to redeem gift certificates so a lot of consumers might end up with worthless cards.  Not all the struggling companies are handling gift certificates the same way.

Let's go through the list:

Hollywood Video
Hollywood Video's parent company, Movie Gallery, announced plans at the end of 2007 to reorganize through bankruptcy.  As of this writing
Updated 4/30/08) Hollywood Video is still operating although a lot of stores have been closed as a part of the reorganization.

Levitz Furniture
Levitz is currently in the process of liquidating assets and the only advice the company has had for holders of gift cards is to file a claim in bankruptcy court.  Consumers are usually the last in line when bills are being paid, however.

**actually Levitz has already closed its doors....

Sharper Image
Sharper Image filed bankruptcy in February, 2008, and for a while it stopped accepting gift cards.  It later began accepting them again but customers needed to buy something worth double the card's value and were required to use the full amount of the card.

Performance Team Freight
This company is not going bankrupt, does not do retail sales, and does not issue gift cards!  We don't know why it was included in this list.  The company describes itself as providing third party logistics services to retailers and their vendors. 

Linens 'n Things
As of this writing
(Updated 4/30/08), Linen's 'n Things has not filed for bankruptcy but there has been speculation about it because the company deferred an interest payment to lenders.

Circuit City
The company has not filed for bankruptcy
(Ooops - NOW it has...).  There was talk of selling the company to Blockbuster, in which case gift cards would still be usable.

The bottom line is that if you hear of a company going bankrupt, contact that company to find out the status of your gift cards.

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 11/17/08 - "Hi!":

Hi Carol,
Thanks for your kind note about our recent difficulties.
We survived yet another inferno here in Los Angeles, and our town of Granada Hills was once again featured in the news.
I found this website recently and thought what a lovely way to spend a few minutes each day.



Shakespeare Sonnet-a-Day


Sonnet #96



Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness;
Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport;
Both grace and faults are loved of more and less;
Thou makest faults graces that to thee resort.
As on the finger of a throned queen
The basest jewel will be well esteem'd,
So are those errors that in thee are seen
To truths translated and for true things deem'd.
How many lambs might the stem wolf betray,
If like a lamb he could his looks translate!
How many gazers mightst thou lead away,
If thou wouldst use the strength of all thy state!
But do not so; I love thee in such sort
As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.


   Thanks so much, Chris; this is indeed a day brightener!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/17/08 - "great story":

This is a great story with an inspirational message at the end! 

A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin.  The Lord explained that the man was to Push against the rock with all his might...

So, this the man did, day after day.  For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might!

Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.  Since the man was showing discouragement, the adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind: (He will do it every time)!

'You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn't moved.' Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure.  These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.

Satan said, 'Why kill yourself over this?  Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough.  That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of Prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to The Lord.

'Lord,' he said, 'I have labored long and hard in Your Service, putting all my strength to do that which You have asked.  Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter.

What is wrong?  Why am I failing?'

The Lord responded compassionately, 'My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done

Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it.  Your task was to push.  And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed.

But, is that really so?  Look at yourself.  Your arms are strong and muscled, your back shiny and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard.

Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.  True, you haven't moved the rock.  But your calling was to be Obedient and to push and to exercise your Faith and trust in My Wisdom.  That you have done.  Now I, my friend, will move the rock.'

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He Wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him.

By all means, exercise the Faith that moves mountains, but know that It is still God Who moves The Mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong...............Just P.U.S.H.

When the job gets you down..........................Just P.U.S.H.

When people don't do as you think they should...Just

When your money is 'gone' and the bills are due..Just

When people just don't understand you ............Just P.U.S.H.

P = Pray 
U = Until 
     S = Something
   H = Happens

Pass this on to all your loved ones and friends who may need it; they may get it just in time.  'Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.'

Friends are like quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.  May God Bless You.

Increase the Peace

 Just Hold ON!!!

   Thank you so much, Shari!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/17/08 - "Mrs. Hughes":

This is a large video file but well worth the wait...... - Mrs. Hughes Live at the Ice House

Some of you will enjoy this more than others. You know who you are.


   Thanks, David! This would be hysterically funny, were it not so pathetically and irrevocably sad.....

  From Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA - 11/17/08:

May all of the best of NNHS have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday, and be so thankful for what they have!  I know that I am thankful, as many of us are.  I have had a tough time this past year, and I am thankful every day that I get up and am able to go on and take care of my mother, and that I can do so!  I am so thankful for all that I do have, and that I have a wonderful husband who helps me through the difficult times that I have had in the past year.   
I wish the best of everything to all of my classmates of the class of '66, and may you be as blessed as I have been!  
Brenda (Eakes) Insley

   Thank you so much, Brenda! I do believe everyone I know - for one reason or another - has endured the Year from H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks. For many of them, I'm afraid that that for which they are most thankful is that 2008 is drawing to a close. Yet in the midst of it all, in even the most extreme cases, there have been shining glorious moments. If we can remember to concentrate on those, and even to be thankful for our trials (knowing that without opposition, there can be no growth or progression), I pray we can recognize our many blessings, and all celebrate this year with happier, more gratitude filled hearts.

  From Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - 11/17/08:

Hi Carol,

I wanted to pass along to Typhoons and others that our friend, Andy Shankland, Warwick '57 has written his second book. The book is Beyond the Grail and can be ordered at Barnes & Noble. It is based on true stories of Andy's Irish ancestors through many years including coming to America to work at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock. I highly recommend it. I could not put the book down once I started reading it. Would love to know if anyone else has read it!

Thanks again for all the wonderful newsletters.
Evelyn Casey Snead

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Evelyn! I found a direct link for ordering Andy's book:

   What a fabulous gift this would make!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/17/08 - "Baseball Quiz.....You Are Going To Love This One..":

This is a detective story

So Pay Close Attention!!!

Three elderly ladies are excited about seeing their first baseball game. They smuggle a bottle of Jack Daniel's into the ball park. The game is real exciting and they are enjoying themselves immensely, mixing the Jack Daniel's with soft drinks.

Soon they realize that the bottle is almost gone and the game has a lot of innings to go.

Based on the given information, what inning is it and how many players are on base?


Think some more!!

You're gonna love it.


It's the bottom of the fifth, and the bags are loaded!

GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/31/08 - "++++ MAXINE +++++" (#13 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, 2008, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve and John's Steak House, Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard, Newport News, VA - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN THE CLASS OF1955

2. April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson: 804-694-0346 or - 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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Never My Love

 - Don and Dick, the Addrisi Brothers

Don Addrissi
(14 Dec 1938 - 13 Nov 1984)

Dick Addrissi
(b. 4 July 1941)

(The Association, 1967)

You ask me if there'll come a time
when I grow tired of you;
never my love, never my love.

You wonder if this heart of mine
will lose its desire for you;
never my love,
never my love.

What makes you think love will end
when you know that my whole life
depends on you?

You say you fear I'll change my mind
I won't require you,
Never my love,
never my love.

How can you think love will end
when I've asked you to spend your
whole life with me?


"Never My Love" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Never My Love" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks again, Dave!

"First Love" Image courtesy of - 11/17/05

Pink String of Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/17/05

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

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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

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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