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01/04/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
From a Distance

Life is a tapestry: We are the warp; angels, the weft; God,
the weaver. Only the Weaver sees the whole design.

- Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book
by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

 This is the second time we've used this Newsletter theme; the first was exactly five years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - From a Distance - Bette Midler with slide show

BONUS #2 - - From a Distance - Bette Midler at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards, 1991

BONUS #3 - - From a Distance (Christmas version) - Bette Midler - a clip from NBC's Today show with fun interview, 2008


    Happy Birthday today to Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC AND           My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND   Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

06 -       Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA AND    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD;

07 -     Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57);

08 -    Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND    Pat Branch Coltrane ('57);

09 - Joan Burcher Green ('57) AND    Joe Dickson ('66) of VA;

10 - Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND     Bob Parrish ('68) of VA;

11 - My Brother-in-Law, the late   Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) (deceased  - 05/07/05) AND     Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD AND   Ron Haney ('65) of VA AND   Ron Smith ('65) of VA  AND Barbara Dye Hensley ('69) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


January 04, 1944 - Operation Carpetbagger: The U.S. began dropping arms and supplies to guerrilla forces throughout Western Europe.


Monday, January 04, 1965 - United States President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed his "Great Society" during his State of the Union address.

Monday, January 04, 1965 - Actor and director Yvan Attal was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Monday, January 04, 1965 - Tennis player Guy Forget was born in Casablanca, Morocco.

Monday, January 04, 1965 - Singer Beth Gibbons (Portishead) was born in Exeter, Devon, England.

Monday, January 04, 1965 - Musician Cait O'Riordan (The Pogues) was born in Nigeria.

Monday, January 04, 1965 - Actress Julia Ormond was born in Epsom, Surrey, England.

Monday, January 04, 1965 - Writer and Nobel laureate T. S. Eliot (b. 26 Sept 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri) died in London, England at the age of 76.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 01/03/10 - "YOU WERE ON MY MIND":


This brings back some memories.  I first heard this song in 1964 during spring break in the student union at the University of Tulsa.  I had to go out and buy the album in the 78 style by "Ian and Sylvia."  I still have it and a tape  as well.  The bass speakers in Tulsa were very impressive .  A very nostalgic song, now.

   Thank you, Norris - so it would seem to be for many people!



       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/05:

Some background:  The album containing this song was published while I was at USNA. It would be an understatement to say that it took the Brigade by storm. Mids were standing in line at the Midshipman's Store to buy it. This was the only song you could hear emanating from every upper class room which had a turntable.  Mids hummed it on the way to class and in the shower.  It holds immeasurable nostalgia value for me.

The composer was Sylvia Fricker. If you do not already know this, she was half of the 50s/60s folkie group, Ian & Sylvia:

The lead singer for We Five was Beverly Bivens. She had a voice to die for. On another cut on the album, she trails off a note to a slow moan/grown which gave me "impure thoughts" .... and still does.

The group never recaptured the fire of their first album and faded from the scene. I once did a "PeopleFinder" search on her name and got three hits. One was in Arizona, which seemed like a likely place for a now-forgotten star. Maybe I will call the number some day.

   Thanks again, Captain!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/03/10 - "   Freddie McDowell":

Hi, Carol:
A note of "Thanks" to
  Ed Nichols ('62) of VA for providing an update on the condition of Freddie McDowell (56) of ID.
Freddie was Coach Bill Chamber's "Secret Weapon" for he could handle a "Fast Break" as well as any guard, and with his fake and two hand "Underhand" bank shot off the board at a full run he was a man of action. As the "Floor General" he had the "Green Light" to shoot his classic two-hand set shot from what is now beyond the three point line, and set the TYPHOON fans in a frenzy with his "nothing but net" deadly shot.
When the opposing teams would double team Horace Williams ('55) of VA  and Slade Dunn ('56) of NC and try to control the offensive board, Freddie would fire off one of his set shots that opened the boards.
Freddie was quiet, a student of the game, and provided strong leadership for the NNHS Basketball Teams of 1954-55 and 1955-56 Seasons. Who can forget his dependable performance on the foul line.
Recommend a USAF Flag attached to his name!!!
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

     YES, SIR! Thank you, Major Madagan!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 01/03/10 - "Bubble Bath with a twist ....don't forget sound":

  AWWW! Thank you, George - you, too!

From the Daily Press - 01/04/09 - "Let It Snow...":


Newport News in the snow, 1966

( Daily Press Archive, Daily Press / January 24, 2006 )
A snow scene in downtown Newport News along Washington Avenue Christmas day, 1966.

   What a great image for our archive!

Christmas Day,
Sunday, December 25, 1966
Washington Avenue



  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 01/03/09:

Sherlock and Watson

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go on a camping trip, set up their tent, and fall asleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes his faithful friend.

"Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Watson replies, "I see millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?"

Watson ponders for a minute. "Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?"

Holmes is silent for a moment, then speaks. "Watson, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent."


1. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/27/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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From a Distance

Written by Julie Gold, 1985
(b. 03 Feb 1956)

Recorded by Bette Midler, 1990
(b. 01 Dec 1945)

From a distance, the world looks blue and green
and the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream
and the eagle takes to flight.
From a distance there is harmony
and it echoes through the land.
It's the voice of hope, it's the voice of peace,
it's the voice of every man.
From a distance, we all have enough
And no one is in need.
There are no guns, no bombs, no diseases,
No hungry mouths to feed.
From a distance we are instruments
Marching in a common band
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace
They're the songs of every man.
God is watching us
God is watching us
God is watching us from a distance.
From a distance, you look like my friend
Even though we are at war.
From a distance I cannot comprehend
What all the fighting is for.
From a distance there is harmony
And it echoes through the land.
It's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves.
It's the heart of every man.
God is watching us
God is watching us
God is watching us from a distance.

"From a Distance" midi courtesy of,
located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/02/05
Thanks, Dave!

"From a Distance" lyrics courtesy of - 01/02/05

Image of Phillip Kenton's Painting, "From a Distance," courtesy of - 01/04/10

Multi-Colored Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/04/10

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

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