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01/07/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Crazy

Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.”

- Robert Anton Wilson
(18 Jan 1932 - 11 Jan 2007)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 
   I love this song, but maybe that's because I'm - well, you know, crazy.

   We first visited this theme exactly five years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Crazy - Patsy Cline, 1962

BONUS #2 - - Crazy - Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Costello


      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC (but currently recuperating in Northern VA) - 01/06/10, 9:01 PM - "Germs":

Isn't it funny how plans sometimes change? I drove to (my daughter)         Renee's (Dick Romulus - Booker T. Washington HS - '80 - of Northern VA) on December 31 and arrived about 7 or 8 pm. We watched the ball drop in NYC to celebrate New Year's Eve and laughed and had fun. Unfortunately, I had been getting sicker since the previous Wednesday, but I foolishly thought I would either get better or drive home Monday to visit my doctor. By Monday morning the infection was so bad I couldn't function or breathe properly. My lungs rattled and I coughed and wheezed nearly nonstop...
Monday morning (Renee's oldest daughter) took me to an Urgent Care in Fairfax, the one where Renee and girls go when they are sick. I knew I couldn't drive myself. My lungs were so congested I had to have two nebulizer treatments, two x-rays, and a steroid shot... The doctor prescribed an antibiotic, a steroid, and an inhaler with Albuterol. I think I may be able to drive home tomorrow, but it is a little iffy. The doctor called me today to see if I could breathe better, and if the wheezing had subsided. I can breathe better to some extent. She also said the s-rays showed that I did not have pneumonia, just asthmatic bronchitis.
(A health care professional) told me that as people get older they cannot fight things like this without medicine. He also said that something concerning lungs stops functioning as well, and that condition puts additional stress on the heart. I know that mine hurt, and my blood pressure showed the stress...
Take care of yourselves.

   YOWZERONI! I'm so sorry you're so sick, Eleanor! I know it's against your principles to slow down any, but this time try to do nothing, stay put, and GET WELL!  And remember what old Dr. Stone used to say (You remember our pediatrician in Richmond, doncha - the one who always kept insisting that I go outside to play when I was trying to enjoy The Great Indoors?!?), "Keep 'em inside one full day AFTER all symptoms have gone!"

   If it was good advice for little kiddles, it ought to apply equally well to us now.....

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC (but currently recuperating in Northern VA) - phone call of 01/06/10, 9:30 AM - "         (Our Cousin) Cheryl (White Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA)":

Cheryl called me this morning from her hospital bed where she's been since Sunday with the same thing I have! I was supposed to have stopped off at her house for a visit on the way home from Renee's , but now we're both too ill.

I'll be staying here a while longer.....

Maybe you could put us both on the Prayer Roll?

   YOWZERONI-RINI!  You betcha, Lady! You and Cheryl BOTH GET WELL!


    Happy Birthday today to     Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57)!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND    Pat Branch Coltrane ('57)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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 07, 19
- French Foreign Minister Pierre Laval and Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini signed the Franco–Italian Agreement

January 07, 1942 - The siege of the Bataan Peninsula began.

January 07, 1945 - British General Bernard Montgomery held a press conference in which he claimed credit for victory in the Battle of the Bulge.


Thursday, January 07, 1965 - Nothing. Nada. Go figure.


  From Richard Cantor ('65) of KY - 01/06/10:

Hi Carol!
Was there a way I could update my birthday? It is the same as 
      Wayne Stokes' - Oct. 8th, 1946.

   No, Sweetie, you just have to send everything to me first and I take care of it. Other than the blog, the site is not interactive because I'm a control freak of the first order.  In the last ten years or so, I have learned that I'm a spoiled, bratty, manipulative, queen of guilt trips - "which thing I never had supposed."

   In retrospect, I liked myself better when I didn't know myself so well.....

   Thanks, Richard! I've added you to the Happy Birthday page; I never knew that you and Wayne were "twins"!


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/06/10:

   Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) commented on Carly Simon’s song “Let The River Run” (not misspelled). See Carly’s own web site:  et. al.

She wrote the music and lyrics as part of the soundtrack for the film, “Working Girl”. It won an Academy Award in 1988 for Best Music (Original Song).

Read all about it on Wikipedia:

If Joe enjoyed the song on the radio, he really should rent the DVD of the film. As the film ends and Tess (Melanie Griffith) finally finds success in the NYC business world, after beginning as a lowly high school educated “gofer”, this song erupts and punctuates her joy. Oh, yes, she also gets Harrison Ford in the bargain. Very inspiring.

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Brown Eyes! I really do like that song; it's rather addictive or mesmerizing or something or other!


      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 01/06/10 - "  Richard Cantor ('65 - of KY)":

Hi Carol,

I trust you're surviving the frozen north.  

   If by "surviving" you mean perfecting my hermiting skills, why then, yes, Dave, I'm doing quite well. We received about 2" - 4" inches of snow after midnight and sprinkles throughout the day, so I, ah, stayed inside.....

I was surprised yesterday with a telephone call from Richard Cantor.  He found the site and signed in and was very pleased to begin catching up with the Typhoon Nation.  Richard would like to get in touch with   Skip Wood ('65 - of NC).  If you have email info or a telephone number let Richard know.

Thanks again for everything you do.

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."  
Thomas Jefferson

   Thanks, Dave! I've forwarded Skip's contact information to you both!


  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 01/06/10 - "RE:     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA and     Freddie McDowell ('56 - of ID) 1955-56 NNHS State Championship Basketball Team":

Carol and Bobby,

I think I can come up with an address for Freddie McDowell.   He is elusive on purpose, I believe.   Bobby, this is a very kind thing you are doing.   Freddie will flip out!   I would love to see his face when he opens it.   I am going to tell my sources to kept it a secret and Bobby you can handle it as you please.   Mr. Turpin, you are and have always been a cut above.   It is my pleasure to know you and Carol.   You are at the top of Typhoon Nation.   Give me a few days and I will get back to you.

Ed Nichols,  NNHS Class of 1962

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks so much, Eddie - and of course, Bobby!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/05/09 - "Signs":

What do you mean, ego problem? Hey, truth is truth!! It's about time someone wrote the truth about yours truly. :-)

A smile - is a sign of joy.
A hug - is a sign of love.
A laugh - is a sign of happiness.


And a friend like me??
Shucks...that's just a sign of good

   Well, I quite agree, I must say! Thanks for being my friend, Wayne Honey!


        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 01/05/10 - "This Made My Day" - "#1 in a Series of 12":

There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.

 For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is 
that wrinkles don't hurt....

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Gorgeous!




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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 01/06/09:


A duck walks into a bar and orders a beer and a sandwich.

The bartender looks at him and says, "But you're a duck."

"I see your eyes are working," replies the duck.

"And you talk!" exclaims the bartender.

"I see your ears are working," says the duck, "Now can I have my beer and my sandwich, please?"

"Certainly," says the bartender, "sorry about that, it's just we don't get many ducks in this pub. What are you doing round this way?"

"I'm working on the building site across the road," explains the duck.

So the duck drinks his beer, eats his sandwich, pays and leaves. This continues for 2 weeks. Then one day the circus comes to town. The ringleader of the circus comes into the pub and the bartender tells him about the incredible talking duck.

"Marvelous!" says the ringleader, "get him to come see me."

So the next day, the duck comes into the pub. The bartender says, "Hey, Mr. Duck, I lined you up with a top job paying really good money!"

"Yeah?" says the duck, "Sounds great, where is it?"

"At the circus," says the bartender.

"The circus?" the duck enquires.

"That's right," replies the bartender.

"The circus? That place with the big tent? With all the animals? With the big canvas roof with the hole in the middle?" asks the duck.

"That's right!" says the bartender.

The duck looks confused and asks: "What the heck do they want with a plasterer?"


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 01/07/09

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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Written by Willie Nelson
(b. 30 Apr 1933)

Recorded by Patsy Cline, 1962
(08 Sept 8 1932 – 05 Mar 1963)

I'm crazy for feelin' so lonely...
I'm crazy,
Crazy for feelin' so blue...
I knew you'd love me as long as you wanted,
And then someday, you'd leave me for somebody new.
Why do I let myself worry?
What in the world did I do?
For thinkin' that my love could hold you...
I'm crazy for tryin',
And crazy for cryin',
And I'm crazy for lovin' you...
For thinkin' that my love could hold you...
I'm crazy for tryin',
And crazy for cryin',
And I'm crazy for lovin' you...

"Crazy" midi courtesy of - 01/04/05

  "Crazy" lyrics courtesy of - 01/04/05

Flashing Eye clip art courtesy of - 01/04/05

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

Animated Goofy Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Booker T. Washington logo courtesy
of - 09/25/07

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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

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

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!

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

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