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11/20/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Virtual Insanity

ďThe thoughts written on the walls of madhouses
by their inmates might be worth publicizing.Ē

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
(1 July 1742 - 24 Feb 1799)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   I asked  my beautiful daughter,
        Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) for a cool song and video to use for today's Newsletter, and she gave me this.  Hmmm.  I wonder if she's trying to tell me something?!?

   Thanks, Baby Girl! I love it - but then, I would.....

BONUS - - Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity, 1996


   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;

27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND  Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


1.   Jack Harty (Bushnell HS, IL - '66) of IL, brother of       Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) - request of 11/06/08: Jack was diagnosed three weeks ago with malignant melanoma. In the surgery that followed, the doctors believed they were able to remove it all successfully, but because they delayed examining him for some time after he initially complained of the symptoms, they can't be certain, so another surgery will follow soon; update of 11/19/08 - during second surgery more tissue plus a lymph node were removed, and doctors are optimistic they caught it all;

2. Tommy Singleton - next-door neighbor and close friend (as in near family) of       Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - request of 11/19/08: suffered brain aneurysm on 11/18/08 and rushed to hospital by friends; physicians optimistic for recovery; being transferred to Duke University Hospital on 11/21/08;

   Both of these outstanding gentlemen are in our prayers.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/14/08 - "EARLY THANKSGIVING WISH":

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

      Thanks, Joyce!

   From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 11/18/08 AND My Friend, Judy, of IL - 11/19/08 - "Happy Thanksgiving":

   Jacquie Lawson's animated holiday cards are always so beautiful! Thank you so much, Mark and Judy!

  From Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL - 11/18/08:

Thanks for such a great job with the NNHS communications.  Sad to read so many obits. 

   It is sad, Norman.  It's always sad, but when they arrive in such numbers as they have within the last two weeks, it's nearly overwhelming.

Here's some positive news. 

For all of my old and not so old classmates, please look me up if you are ever on the West Coast of Florida.

Still working but enjoying the sun, water, beach, tennis and of course.....grandchildren here in Sarasota.  Tommy Flax ('64 - of VA) was in the area and we got together. Would love to connect with others.
One of my children lives in the area near me with her husband and two children.
Photo below of my last fishing outing with my granddaughter.

I'm looking forward to our next reunion.
My best wishes to all,
Norman Olshansky-Class of 64

   OHHH, thank you for the photo, Norman! What joy you must have, living so near to your "babies"!  Camryn reminds me so much of her great uncle Eddie ('69) when he was a little boy - what a cutie pie!  Those three fish are HUGH - almost as big as she is!

   Keep finding the joy, Norman - and thanks again!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 11/18/08 - "Serious Pancake Mix Warning":

... WARNING IN THE KITCHEN -- Please Read: A student at HBHS had pancakes this week and it almost became fatal. His Mom (registered nurse) made him pancakes, dropped him off at school and headed to play tennis. She never takes her cell phone on the court but did this time and her son called to say he was having trouble breathing. She told him to go to the nurse immediately and proceeded to call school and alert the nurse. The nurse called the paramedics and they were therein 3 minutes and worked on the boy all the way to the hospital. He came so close to dying.

Evidently this is more common then I ever knew. Check the expiration dates on packages like pancakes and cake mixes that have yeast which over time develop spores.. WARNING ABOUT Pancake Mix (and other boxed mixes) (maybe you already know this, I DID NOT !!) Talk about frightening. ....Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix you have in your home, PLEASE! If you don't believe me, read this article and then follow the 'Link' below to SNOPES. Sorry to be the Grim Reaper of bad news, but I would rather have you ALIVE, besides a $2.00 box of pancake mix is NOT worth your life. P. S. You might want to tell this to your children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and anyone else who keeps pancake mix in the cupboard.


From Snopes: cause of death due to an aphylaxic shock reaction to molds. I recently made a batch of pancakes for my healthy14-year-old son, using a mix that was in our pantry. He said that they tasted 'funny,' but ate them anyway. About 10 minutes later, he began having difficulty breathing and his lips began turning purple. I gave him his allergy pill, had him sit on the sofa and told him to relax. He was wheezing while inhaling and exhaling.

My husband, a volunteer Firefighter and EMT, heated up some water, and we had my son lean over the water so the steam could clear his chest and sinuses. Soon, his breathing became more regular and his lips returned to a more normal color. We checked the date on the box of pancake mix and, to my dismay, found it was very outdated.

As a reference librarian at an academic institution, I have the ability to search through many research databases. I did just that, and found an article the next day that mentioned a 19-year-old male DYING after eating pancakes made with outdated mix. Apparently, the mold that forms in old pancake mix can be toxic! When we told our friends about my son's close call, we were surprised at the number of people who mentioned that they should check their own pancake mix since they don't use it often, or they had purchased it sometime ago. With so many people shopping at warehouse-type stores and buying large sizes of pancake mix, I hope your readers will take the time to check the expiration date on their boxes. Also, beware of outdated Bisquik, cake, brownie and cookie mixes.

   YIKESARONI!!! Thanks, Dimples!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 11/18/08 - "re-weight":

Your daughter-in-law (   Bethany Winona Harty - Siuslaw HS, OR - '94 - of OR) does look GREAT!! I love looking at pictures of your family, they really are so special------like you!

   OOOOH, thank you so much, Linda May! I think they're all exceptional people, but I will admit to a slight bit of bias - maybe!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 11/18/08 - "Vick's VapoRub":


If Vick's on the feet doesn't work, someone needs to tell my eight year old grandson, Nick.  Last winter he had a horrible cough and this was a last resort.  I coated his feet and rubbed it in, put on his socks and within ten minutes the cough left and he slept soundly all night.  I guess he didn't know it wasn't supposed to work !  I'm not telling him, because for him it did and still does work !

Dimples AKA Sepi

   GIGGLES! I'll never tell! Thanks again, Dimples!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 11/19/08 - "Actress Trivia":

I was watching a rerun of "Airplane" recently, and noticed Joyce Bulifant was playing the role of the mother with the sick child.
I remembered that somebody had said long ago that they thought she was a native of the Newport News area, so I looked up her bio on Wikipedia. Sure enough, she is listed as having been born 12/16/37 in NN, with the birth name Joyce Boulifant.
So now I'm curious: does anybody remember having gone to school with her? If she grew up in the area, she would have been about the class of '55 or '56.
Of course, there's the distinct possibility that she's a military brat, and never went to any school in the area.

   Hmmm.  I thought Joyce did not attend NNHS, but I wondered if she might have attended Warwick High, so I tried some checking myself:

From :"1958 graduate (of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts) Joyce Bulifant" -

From - Teenage Review (June 1957) - "Jim MacArthur Talks to You":

".....Such is the case of James MacArthur. Jim is the young son of Helen Hayes and the late Charles MacArthur, the well-known playwright and producer...... Besides the aforementioned objectives, Jim has another one which could hardly be classified in the archaic category. She is a young, vibrant, pretty blonde girl by the name of Joyce Bulifant, who at the present time is studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

Jim and Joyce have been ďgoing togetherĒ since their high school days. Their tastes are similar and when Jim comes in from college, they attend football games, a play, movie, or a rock and roll show."
  I'm relatively certain that James MacArthur never attended high school anywhere in Newport News, so I would have to say that Joyce did not either.  Rats.  Thanks for the chase, Ronnie!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/19/08 - "LAW OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK":

aw of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.  We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.
My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!  The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.
My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.  And I mean, he was really friendly.  So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'  This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks.  They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.  As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.
Don't take it personally.  Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.
Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.  Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so...Love the people who treat you right.  Pray for the ones who don't.
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!


 Joyce Cahoon

   Thanks so much for this reminder, Joyce!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/17/08 - "I know, booooooooooo":

1. The roundest knight at king Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

 3. She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still.

 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.

 5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

 6. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

 7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

 8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

 9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

  10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

  11. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

  12. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

  13. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, 'You stay here, I'll go on a head.'

  14. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

  15. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

  16. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital.  When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, 'No change yet.'

  17. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

  19. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.   

  20. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

  21. A backward poet writes inverse.

  22. In democracy it's your vote that counts.  In feudalism it's your count that votes.

  23. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

  24. Don't join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects!

      Thanks, Billy!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/31/08 - "++++ MAXINE +++++" (#14 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 11/20/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 11/17/08

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Virtual Insanity

- Words and Music by Jason "Jay" Kay and Toby Smith

(Jamiroquai, 1996)

Oh yeah, what weíre living in, let me tell ya
It is a wonder man can eat at all
When things are big that should be small
Who can tell what magic spells weíll be doing for us
And Iím giving all my love to this world
Only to be told
I canít see, I canít breathe
No more will we be
And nothingís going to change the way we live
íCause we can always take but never give
And now that things are changing for the worse
See, whoa, itís a crazy world weíre living in
And I just canít see that half of us immersed in sin
Is all we have to give these

Futures made of virtual insanity now
Always seem to be governed by this love we have for
Useless, twisting, of the new technology
Oh now there is no sound, for we all live underground

And Iím thinking what a mess weíre in
Hard to know where to begin
If I could slip the sickly ties that earthly man has made
And now every mother can choose the colour of her child
Thatís not natureís way
Well thatís what they said yesterday
Thereís nothing left to do but pray
I think itís time to find a new religion
Whoa, Itís so insane
To synthesize another strain
Thereís something in these
Futures that we have to be told

Futures made of virtual insanity now
Always seem to be governed by this love we have for
useless, twisting, of the new technology
Oh now there is no sound, for we all live underground

Now there is no sound if we all live underground
And now it's virtual insanity
Forget your virtual reality
Oh, there's nothing so bad
As a man-made man, oh yeah, I know yeah

Futures made of virtual insanity now
Always seem to be governed by this love we have for
Useless, twisting, of the new technology
Oh now there is no sound, for we all live underground

Now this life that we live in
It's so wrong
Shout out the window
Do you know that
There is nothing worse than a man-made man
Still there's nothing worse than a foolish man, hey

Virtual insanity is what we're living in
Yeah, it is alright

"Virtual Insanity" midi courtesy of - 11/19/08
at the suggestion of my daughter, Adrienne Harty of NC - 11/19/08
Thanks, Adrienne!

"Virtual Insanity" lyrics courtesy of - 11/19/08
also at the suggestion of my daughter, Adrienne Harty of NC - 11/19/08
Thanks again, Adrienne!

"Virtual Insanity" Image courtesy of - 11/19/08

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Black Spider clip art used to form Divider line courtesy of - 05/20/06

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!

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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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