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01/14/14 - NNHS Newsletter - It's Always You

“The most important things are the hardest to say,
because words diminish them.”

- Stephen King
(b. 21 Sept 1947)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   At times such as these, Frank always seems to arrive to sing to me.  There seems to be no midi file for this 1940 classic, so just let him sing to you, too.

BONUS - - It's Always You - Frank Sinatra


     Happy Birthday today to Ronnie Todd ('63)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to The late Skippy Weitz ('57) (deceased 22 Nov 2012) AND   Mary Markiewich Hux ('67) of VA!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

16 -   Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) AND Howard Smith ('63) of VA AND Steve Kiger ('66) of VA;

17 -   Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC;

18 - Eileen Rash Vaught ('57) AND    F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA;

20 - Ware Morrison ('63) of VA;

21 - Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 14, 1942 - The U.S. and Great Britain agreed to have the British Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. Joint Chiefs work together to advise their leaders on military policy during the war.

January 14, 1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt issued an order that required all aliens to register with the government.

January 14, 1943 - Operation Ke, the successful Japanese operation to evacuate their forces from Guadalcanal  during the Guadalcanal campaign, began.

January 14, 1943 - Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to travel via airplane while in office when he traveled from Miami, Florida to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill.

January 14, 1943 - Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt met in Casablanca, Morocco (Casablanca Conference), to discuss strategy and study the next phase of the war. This event was the first time an American president left American soil during wartime.


Tuesday, January 14, 1964 - Actor Mark Addy was born Mark Addy Johnson in Tang Hall, York, England.

Tuesday, January 14, 1964 - Wrestler and actor Ernest Miller was born Ernest Clifford Miller in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tuesday, January 14, 1964 - Journalist Shepard Smith was born David Shepard Smith Jr. in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

  From My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of AL - 01/13/14 - "           Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of AL)":

  Aww... He's handsome even when he's in the hospital.

   Ja, how's he DO that?!? Thanks, Laura!


   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 01/13/14:

...I just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year; and also to thank you for your support last year when I was dealing with the major surgeries and amputations. I recently had another hospital stay for amputation of the 4th & 5th toes from my remaining foot due to over pivoting and pressure from having to use one leg for everything! But all in all I feel confident I am on the rebound now. What I really wanted to say was how much my family and I appreciate the support we received from you and your family; along with our NNHS65 family during our medical problems last year.

As retirement for my wife approaches this year; and if my health continues to improve, Ethel and I plan on a nationwide tour of the USA in order to repeat a trip we made in 1981. This I guess would be our one chance to see all of this great nation that we have been unable to see prior to now, and also to revisit some of those areas we covered on our 1981 trip. If we can set it up during this trip I would like to see you and
        Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61) for perhaps lunch or something like that.

We also plan to complete a cross Canadian Trip from the Atlantic to the Pacific and include Alaska during that trek.

I just saw a response from my previous short email in which you state you are having computer problems again and appear to be sick again!

Carol! I am not a doctor and can't help with the illness! But I can pray for your speedy recovery! And you can be assured you are in my prayers right this very moment!

... God Bless you, young lady, and let me know if I can help in anyway!


   Thank you so much, Butch!

   YOWZERS! I'm sorry to hear about your toes; I knew that was a distinct possibility, but thought maybe it had somehow been averted...

... When someone with half a brain is awake (it was a rough night for one and all...) I'll tell you about the computers.
It was a cascading disaster.

   As I recall it began back in December when         Adrienne's (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) monitor began fading in earnest, and then her motherboard died. Then           Dale's (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) RAM conked out, but it was under warranty, so he's waiting for the replacement to arrive. Things were backed up and transferred around, but the bottom line is we have two computers serving four people right now.

   Many of my own personal problems were with Front Page, and Dale says that's because it's an antiquated program and I should convert to a blog, but we all know THAT'S not gonna happen!

   I'll get back with you as soon as I'm coherent. Thanks so much!


...I see what you are saying about the kids suggesting a blog! I am writing a book myself about: "The Life of a New Amputee"! I'm not working all that hard on it but I hope (if I ever finish) it will be some help to younger people who get hit with this same physical problem!

My kids keep telling me to do it in Blog Form; but I am not all that familiar with blogging and not all that sure if I can handle it! Old form writing I am perfectly at ease with! If blogging requires me to change form or learn something new, then I don't know. I am not all that sure I want to learn or change my way of doing things to learn blogging! Hum! Guess that could be called stubbornness also! You think?

Butch is a survivor; and as long as the good Lord allows me to remain on this earth, I will continue to do what I think I can to make some sense out of what I am dealing with! I don't know why I had to lose a leg and then a few toes and part of the remaining foot! But it happened! And I will learn to deal with it! I still love my Lord and Savior; and will leave it at that! That is why I feel I have to write about what I am going through. Even if it doesn't help anyone other than me, I will be able to look back and know that I finished what I started out to do!

I am just a regular person; with no special powers or anything like that; but I do have something that many people may not have! As I previously said, I am a survivor, and a fighter; and a person who does not like to be told he can't do something! I have always been self sufficient and hate to be waited on hand and foot by others! I have always lived thinking that I can do anything I put my mind to, and I doubt I will ever be any different! I am stubborn, opinionated, determined, and at this moment I am darn sure not going to let the loss of a leg or a couple toes stop me from doing what I feel I need to do!

Fortunately, although I am not rich, I am in pretty good shape financially or what I like to call "comfortable", so I feel I can afford to put a little into areas where I feel a need to invest financially. You have been investing your time and energy for years in keeping our little NNHS family together. If you can do that all these years, then I feel I can help a little, in whatever way I can, to help the cause! So, if I can help with equipment, or software, or anything along that line, let's get together and figure out how best to go about solving the problem.

See what I mean? Or, as my wife would say: You are just a hard headed old man; and bound and determined to do things your way! LOL!

... Get some rest and God Bless you, Paul, and the family!

I will be in touch with you later this week!

   Thank you so very much, Butch!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 01/13/14 - "AHA!": 

From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#24 in a Series of 28)": 

  May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more;
May nothing but happiness come through your door!!

   Thanks so much, George! These are cool!


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 01/04/14 - "Paws for a Smile (#10 in a Series of 17)":

  Paws for a smile.......

You can’t help but smile.

     AWWW! How adorable! Thanks, George!




From - 01/13/14:

During a robbery, the mask of one of the robbers slid down.

He looked at a man and asked, "Did you see my face?"

The man said, "Yes!"

The robber shot him. Then he asked a woman, "Did you see my face?"

She said, "No, but my husband over there did."


1. Thursday, February 6, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.  

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/13/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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                          Love to all, Carol





It's Always You

Lyrics by Johnny Burke (03 Oct 1908 — 25 Feb 1964)

Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (26 Jan 1913 - 06 Feb 1990)

Recorded by Frank Sinatra (12 Dec 1915 – 14 May 1998) with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, 1940

Whenever it's early twilight
I watch 'til a star breaks through
Funny, it's not a star I see
It's always you

Whenever I roam through roses
And lately I often do
Funny, it's not a rose I touch
It's always you

If a breeze, caresses me
It's really you strolling by
If I hear, a melody
It's merely the way you sigh

Wherever you are you're near me
You dare me to be untrue
Funny, each time I fall in love
It's always you

"It's Always You"  lyrics courtesy
of - 01/18/12

"Always You" Image courtesy of - 01/18/12

Beauty Multi-Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment.....

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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

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!

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!!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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