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11/28/08 - NNHS Newsletter
There's a Kind of Hush

Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them.

Miguel de Unamuno
(29 Sep 1864 - 31 Dec 1936)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This Newsletter theme is being "rerun" from exactly three years ago today:

BONUS # 1 - - There's a Kind of Hush -  Herman's Hermits, 1967

BONUS # 2 - - There's a Kind of Hush - The Carpenters, 1976

BONUS # 3 - - There's a Kind of Hush -  Herman's Hermits, 1999

BONUS # 4 - - There's a Kind of Hush -  Herman's Hermits, September 20, 2008


   Happy Birthday this week to:

29 - Jimmy Key ('57);

30 -      Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

02 - Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA;

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) AND    Howard Williamson (HHS - '63) of VA;

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND Gene Peters ('57) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


    Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA:

     From Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 11/27/08:

Dearest Carol,

I hope you are feeling better today, and the flu symptoms have left you.

It's been a while since I have updated you on Jimmy.  I wanted you to know he has worked half days since September and yesterday was his last day at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.   He went back to work after his stroke to finish out his time until his retirement, and has retired after 41 years at the shipyard.

He is doing well, but still has some weakness in his right hand and arm.  He truly is a miracle, because he has made a remarkable recovery. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed him and encouraged him and prayed for him.

Now that we are both retired and I have him with me 24/7, I am asking for your prayers for ME!!!!!!

I am so thankful on this Thanksgiving Day for Jimmy's recovery.....and for his Typhoon family.

Take care of yourself, Sweet Carol.

Melody Clendenin DeBerry

   and GIGGLES!!! Thank you so much, Sweet Melody! I posted Jimmy's update:

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 11/27/08, 7:39 AM - on finding I had announced two Newsletters at 5:40 AM:

Girl, you are getting up too early.

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Knowing I might be busy Thanksgiving morning, I prepared the Holiday Edition ahead of time, and knowing also there would be a Memorial Edition that morning, when I awoke in the middle of the night at 0-dark-thirty, I prepared it and released and announced them both then.

   Of course, reading the obituaries in a state of grogginess - even reading them twice - I somehow missed another Memorial Edition and had to prepare it for the next day.

   But one of the many things for which I was grateful that Thanksgiving morning was that I could return to bed and sleep in as long as I wanted - so I slept until (GASP!) nine-thirty AM - which I rarely if ever do!  I wasn't planning on serving our Big Dinner until 5:30 PM, so it all worked splendidly - especially when (with just the three of us) we decided to prepare and spread dinner over three or four days.  Hey, if you can celebrate TWO Days of Halloween (as we always did back in mid-Illinois), and TWELVE Days of Christmas, should there not be FOUR Days of Thanksgiving?!?   Ja, that's what we thought - so we've begun a new - and amazingly stress-less - tradition.  I heartily recommend it!

   Thanks, Sweetie!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/08 - "Joyce Bulifant":

In 1930, the Bulifant Family lived at 341 - 48th Street:

1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Harry A Bulifant
Home in 1930: Newport News, Newport News (Independent City), Virginia (341-48th Street)
Age: 35
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
Birthplace: Virginia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Florence M
Household Members:
Name Age
Harry A Bulifant 35
Florence M Bulifant 30
Harry A Bulifant 9
Florence M Massenburg 58 (Mother-in-law)
Mae F Massenburg 5 (Niece-in-law)

I also found an query online from a lady seeking information about the Massenberg line:

She was aware of much info, but not about Joyce.

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Captain!

From ArcaMax Publishing - Health and Fitness - 11/27/08 - "Psychopaths attuned to vulnerable people":

Psychopaths attuned to vulnerable people

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (UPI) -- Researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, suggest psychopaths are deeply attuned to vulnerable people.

"It's like what you'd see on the cable TV show 'Animal Planet,' the lion goes after the most vulnerable, the one they have the best chance of getting," lead researcher Kevin Wilson, a fourth-year science student, said in a statement. "This type of aggression is referred to as predatory ... it's a perceptual system geared to getting the easiest prey."

The researchers with Stephen Porter's Forensic Psychology Lab at Dalhousie showed slides of different faces to a sample of young men. The faces were either happy or sad, male or female, and described as being in either a high- or low-paying job.

The study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, found men who scored high on a psychopathic personality questionnaire -- a series of 187 questions probing emotional reactions and impulsivity -- possessed the unusual ability to recall sad females in low-paying jobs. At the same time, they also had an unusual inability to recall females who were happy or in high-paying jobs, nor were they good at putting names to faces.

"What we concluded is that psychopathy is associated with a kind of 'predatory memory,'" Wilson said. "They may use this to actively select their victims."

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

   Larry Armstrong:

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/27/08:

Hi, Carol:
Larry Armstrong is operating a restaurant and tavern in Annapolis, MD. Sorry I do not have the name of the establishment or the phone number.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Major Madagan!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/08 - "Larry Armstrong":

I managed to access one old Baltimore Sun Article from 1990:

McGarvey's bartender inducted into trade Hall of Fame
[ZONE FINAL Edition]
[]  []
The Sun - Baltimore, Md.
Author: Arthur Hirsch
Date: Nov 15, 1990
Start Page: 2
Text Word Count: 927
[]  []
 Document Text

[]  []

"You talk like an old man yourself. He can buy a bottle and drink at home."

"It's not the same."

-- "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," Ernest Hemingway

Jim Lerro was new in Annapolis and looking for a home away from home, something with a comfortable stool, a full glass of beer and a lively line of banter.

He found it at the southwest end of the bar at McGarvey's Saloon, bartender Larry Armstrong presiding.

"This is his corner of the bar. They call it the `Caustic Corner,' " Lerro said yesterday, seated before a noon glass of Budweiser, recalling that first look at the Armstrong congregation two years ago. "People were crowded all around here. He wasn't tending bar, he was holding court."

Armstrong, a 20-year bartender who has worked at McGarvey's for five years, is known far beyond this coterie. Lerro recalled mentioning to some barkeeps in New Jersey that he was from Annapolis. He asked if they knew of McGarvey's. Of course, they said, "Larry's bar."

And now, Armstrong's name goes national as he is among 25 barkeeps across the country selected this year to the Bartender Hall of Fame by Bartender magazine and the House of Seagram. Since the national trade magazine established the award in 1985, 250 bartenders have been chosen from 5,000 applications.

"I have a different attitude about this job than most people would think," said Armstrong, sitting at the back room bar over coffee yesterday morning. "I think it's a very important job. There's got to be a reason why people come to a bar other than to get drunk. Someone can buy a whole bottle of whiskey for $11. To come and pay $3 for an ounce-and-a-half of it, there's got to be some reason there."

With that, Armstrong suggested a short story: "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" by Ernest Hemingway, "If you want to find out why people come to bars."

The English teacher has not died in Armstrong. He holds a master's degree in English from the University of Virginia and went much of the way toward a doctorate. He taught high school and college for 18 years and for part of that time tended bar on the side. Then he tried nursing school, then went full-time into a healing profession of another sort, bartending.

"It's one of those wonderful situations where you start to do something and you realize `This is what I should be doing.' "

Armstrong reports his age as "57 going on 17." He's a native of Newport News, Va., a father of four children and son of Thomas Armstrong, a Phi Beta Kappa mathematics major who dropped out of college in his senior year to play baseball. Tommy "Shorty" Armstrong made it up to the Cardinals for a year but had the misfortune of playing second base, backup to Rogers Hornsby. He didn't get much major-league playing time. Tommy left baseball to work as a crane operator at a Newport News shipyard. A frustrated man, said Larry Armstrong.

Not so the son.

"I'm just very fortunate," he said. "I just have this wonderful attitude. I'm generally a pretty happy man."

And that shines across the bar, where Armstrong is ever-ready with a quip and an encouraging word.

"I tell you, he's got some good jokes," said a member of the Armstrong congregation who gave his name only as Nick.

Oh, are these jokes printable?

"Probably not," said Nick. But "he's probably one of the finest men I ever met. . . . If he's feeling down, you never know it."

Armstrong has made his peace in bartending, which he views as a compromise between "putting on a tie and making $200,000 a year and going to the islands and being a bum. This is kind of right in between."

Armstrong got word of the Hall of Fame selection two weeks ago. Early next year he'll receive the big Super Bowl-style Bartender Hall of Fame ring. The award comes as the result of an application sent to Bartender magazine by McGarvey's last year. The application lists Armstrong's 20 years of bartending experience, plus his donations of time and money to local charities.

Magazine editor Jaclyn W. Foley said it takes more to make the Hall of Fame than a knack for the perfect Fuzzy Navel. The judges, Hall of Famers themselves, look also for contributions to the community.

"He's the sort of person if he went somewhere else people would follow him," said Foley in a telephone interview from her office in Liberty Corner, N.J. "That's a sign of a good bartender. He has a following."

By 12:30 p.m. several of the flock were gathered round the "Caustic Corner." There was Nick, making quick work of the meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas. There was Steve Adams, a Naval Academy sailmaker who is addicted to Armstrong's three-bean salad. There was Armstrong's wife, Barbara, whom he met at this very bar, whom he said he married despite the fact that "it cost me $100 a week in tips."

"You could have married Steve," said Lerro, pointing at Adams. "It would have cost you $5 a week."

And Armstrong presided, looked out over the bar and saw that all was well.

"As you can see, I don't have a job," he said. "This isn't a job. This is a position."

Larry was a long time fixture at McGarvey's, which is near the Annapolis City Dock. I know this not from personal knowledge, but from online research.

However, he would be pushing 72 these days and may have retired.

There seems to be a McGarvey's web site, but I cannot access it:   and   

If I could, it may have photos of such a notable bartender. It may even have a "Contact Us" feature, through which we could ask if he is still working and how to contact him.

A Google search turned up a number of articles in the Baltimore Sun, lauding Larry's bartending skills. One announced his induction into the Bartender Hall of Fame, ca. 1991.

One indicated that it was a color photo of Larry "holding court" at McGarvey's. I tried to purchase the archived article and photo, but was unable to so.

There are several L------ Armstrongs listed in the Annapolis area phone books. No way to know which, if any, is our Larry.

The answer to this is very simple: call McGarvey's and ask if he is still tending bar.  In fact, I am trying to do that as I draft this e-mail, but it is Thanksgiving, and their phone is indicating "busy", which could mean any number of things. My guess is that they are not open today.

So, I will send this and keep trying to call.  If I find out anything, I will publish it.


   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much for all your research, Captain!

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 11/27/08 - "RE: Larry Armstrong":


Thanks for the help...

Jerry B.

   It was our pleasure, Sweetie!

From ArcaMax Publishing - Health and Fitness - 11/27/08 - "Most having a stroke don't know it ":

Most having a stroke don't know it

ROCHESTER, Minn. (UPI) -- Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., say most stroke patients don't think they're having a stroke -- and as a result, delay treatment.

Lead author Dr. Latha Stead studied 400 patients who were diagnosed at Mayo Clinic's emergency department with either acute ischemic stroke or a transient ischemic attack, a temporary interruption of blood flow to part of the brain.

Forty-two percent say they thought they were having a stroke, but most did not go to the emergency room when symptoms appeared.

The median time from onset of symptoms to arrival at the hospital was over 3 1/2 hours. Most said they thought the symptoms would simply go away. The delay in seeking medical help was the same among men and women.

Stroke symptoms include:

-- Sudden numbness, weakness, or paralysis of your face, arm or leg.

-- Sudden difficulty speaking.

-- Sudden blurred, double or decreased vision.

-- Sudden dizziness, loss of balance.

-- A sudden, severe "bolt out of the blue" headache or an unusual headache.

-- Confusion or problems with memory, spatial orientation or perception.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 11/27/08 - "Check out YouTube - Arlo Guthrie/Alice's Restaurant":

   OHHH, GIGGLES, so waaay cool! Thanks, Chris!

  From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 11/26/08 - "New idea for Windex":

  I haven't checked to see if this actually works or not . . But they say,  

If you ever get the sudden urge to run around naked,
you should sniff some Windex first.  It'll keep you from streaking.

Have a Great Day!

   MORE WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Mark, I'll try to remember that!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/17/08 - "TWELVE WONDERFUL COMMANDMENTS" (#4 in a Series of 12):


   Thank you so much, Shari! These seem to take most of us an entire lifetime to learn.....

And don't forget to always be THANKFUL!

And Thank God for today!


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 & 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 11/23/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 11/24/08

   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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There's a Kind of Hush

Written by Les Reed & Geoff Stephens

Originally recorded by Herman's Hermits, it went to #4 on the Top 40 charts in 1967;
it was their last song to reach the Top 10.

The song was remade in 1976 by The Carpenters, who took the song to #12
on the Top 40 chart and to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

There's a kind of hush all over the world, tonight
All over the world, you can hear the sounds, of lovers in love
You know what I mean
Just the two of us, and nobody else, in sight
There's nobody else, and I'm feeling good, just holding you tight

So listen very carefully
Closer now and you will see what I mean
It isn't a dream
The only sound that you will hear
Is when I whisper in your ear
I love you forever and ever

There's a kind of hush, all over the world, tonight
All over the world, you can hear the sounds, of lovers in love

La-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la

So listen very carefully
Closer now and you will see what I mean
It isn't a dream
The only sound that you will hear
Is when I whisper in your ear
I love you forever and ever

There's a kind of hush, all over the world, tonight
All over the world, people just like us, are fallin' in love
Yeah, they're fallin' in love
Hush, they're fallin' in love

"There's a Kind of Hush" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks, Dave!

"There's a Kind of Hush" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks again, Dave!

First Whisper Image courtesy of -11/28/05

Second Whisper Image courtesy of - 11/28/05

Peach Zigzag Divider Line courtesy of - 11/28/05

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

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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