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01/23/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Stranger in a Strange Land
“What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
- William Wordsworth,
Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood, Stanza X
(06 Apr 1770 - 23 Apr 1850)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 
   Today's theme comes to us by request of
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL on 01/14/10:

This evening while reading the latest Newsletters one of your subscribers mentioned a love one deploying to Afghanistan. I had intended to write down the subscriber's name, but deleted it before doing so, and I could not find the Newsletter on your website to retrieve the information.
Perhaps you might consider using "Stranger In A Strange Land" performed by Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb from their "Guilty Pleasure" album. The DVD that came with the album features combat equipment laden American Troops deploying and loading on a cargo aircraft to go to war, and is very moving. It will have special meaning for those with loved ones serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

   Certainly, Major Madagan - Thanks!

   Unfortunately, I was once again unable to locate a midi file for it, so just watch the video clips:

BONUS #1 - - Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb - Stranger in A Strange Land

BONUS #2 - - Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb - Stranger in a Strange Land (video remix)


    Happy Birthday today to the gorgeous     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD AND My Daughter-in-Law,   Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of MA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

25 -     Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA;

26 -      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC;

28 - Courtney Russ ('57) AND      Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC AND    Rick Billings ('65) of NC AND My Granddaughter,   Becca Harty of IL;

29 - Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX;

30 -  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!  


     From Me ('65) of IL - 01/20/10 - "Site Renewal":

As you know, our website is up for renewal in three days (01/26/10). Because 00FreeHost has become increasingly problematic in the last year or so, and because we have been able to locate another server who offers far more services for far less money, I cannot in good conscience throw another $150.00 to However, switching sites is both tedious and time consuming, and we anticipate there will be some downtime involved - not just for the Newsletters, but possibly for the entire site. We will try to make this transition as painless as possible for all of us, and I will not only add a feature which will automatically transfer you to the new page, but I'll keep you posted with the progress if there are any unforeseen problems.
Thanks for your patience.


January 22, 1941 - British and Commonwealth troops captured Tobruk from Italian forces during Operation Compass.

January 22, 1944 - The Allies commenced Operation Shingle, an assault on Anzio, Italy.


January 23, 1943 - The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse on Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal campaign ended.

January 23, 1945 - Karl Dönitz launched Operation Hannibal.

January 23, 1945 -     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD was born on the coolest birthday ever - 01/23/45!


Friday, January 22, 1965 - Drummer Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses) was born in Cleveland, Ohio.

Friday, January 22, 1965 - Rapper and actor DJ Jazzy Jeff was born Jeffrey Townes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Friday, January 22, 1965 - Actress Diane Lane was born in New York City, New York.

Friday, January 22, 1965 - Actor Brian McCardie was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

Friday, January 22, 1965 - Singer and songwriter Andrew Roachford was born in London, England.

Friday, January 22, 1965 - Actress Chintara Sukapatana was born in Bangkok, Thailand.


Saturday, January 23, 1965 - Drummer Louie Clemente (Testament) was born.

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/21/10 - "Site Renewal":


If you kept what we have as far as the web site do you think enough of us could chip in to cover the expense?

   Well, yes, Glenn, we have enough to cover it now, and that's still a last resort option, but I really feel that switching servers would be a far better stewardship. We'll find out for certain on Tuesday.

Also I need to get a message to    Steve Pullen ('65 - of VA). If my memory serves me right I think he is related to a cousin of mine Carey Dye in Greensboro N.C.. Steve, if you see this note let me know if this is correct.

Glenn Dye

   Thanks, Glenn! I sent your note on to Steve!

  Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA - 01/21/10:

Thanks so much and just some brief info. I do still live in Virginia, the town of Stanley (pop 1380) in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I moved here last year after retiring from civil service.
Take care and thanks again for all you do.
Haven't been called a Newbie since my Army days!!!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Tommy!

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 01/21/10 - " Robert Fulcher's ('64 - of VA) 1-18-10":

Hello Carol,        Jan. 21, 2010
I think I can identify the interesting NNHS football star that Robert Fulcher describes in the 01-18-2010 newsletter. He is probably (Franklin) Grayson Williams, Class of Feb. 1943.  Perhaps confusion over the class year stems from Grayson's discussing his last football season, Fall of 1942.
I knew Grayson personally from about 1934 when he briefly lived at 813-30th Street.  This was next door to my grandmother's house at 817 (813 would also be   Joe Madagan's ('57 - of FL) home a couple of decades later). 
Page 47 of the Feb. 1947 Anchor has brief bios. on the 8 graduating lettermen.  Grayson's bio. describes him much as I remember:

"This Newport News High School Typhoon Squad will lose one of its most valuable players when Grayson Williams graduates.  He is credited with three years' service on the Varsity, and is a three-year letterman.  His pleasing personality and cheerful disposition are familiar to everyone of the players on the team.  He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 176 pounds."
I am glad to hear that Grayson is still around and living on the Peninsula.  I hope someone in NN is able to contact him and let him know that his fame is perpetuated.  And also that the little kid from next door still has fond memories of him.

Nostalgic best wishes, Fred
Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Fred!

       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 01/22/10 - "Typhoon Tribute":


Appropriately, another Typhoon,         Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA), helped me to find some of the materials utilized in the attached tribute to a NNHS grad that passing time is rapidly removing from our collective memory. I hope you'll add it to your extensive collection of 'famous folks'. 

Bill Lee 

   WOWZERONI! Great job - thank you so much, Bill and David! Actually, I don't think we have a place for Famous Alumni per se yet, but as soon as we're all re-connected later this week, I will certainly add one - and this will be a starring feature in that section!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 01/22/10 - " USAF activities":

Well, this is more than just the Air Force in action (some Army weapons in action Apaches/UAVs), but most of the big hitters are the Air Force.  Anyway, all our guys taking out the bad guys with alarming precision.  It is a neat thing to watch, that's for sure.  Glad I'm not a terrorist...enjoy! 


Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Brent! Unfortunately, I was once again unable to locate a version I could use of the incredible video you sent me; this is really not the same thing at all..... Rats...


      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 01/22/09 - "Ralph and Edna":

Ralph and Edna

Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna's heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, 'Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love... I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead.'

Edna replied, 'He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry... How soon can I go home?'

Happy Mental Health Day!

You can do your bit by remembering to send an email to an unstable friend..

Done my part!!!

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Paul!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 01/21/10 - "The economy is so bad that . . . .":
The economy is so bad that . . . .

1.  I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

2.  I ordered a burger at McDonald's and the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"

3.  CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

4.  If the bank returns your check marked  "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

5.  Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

6.  McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

7.  Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

7.  A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico .

8.  Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

9.  Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.

10. The Mafia is laying off judges.

11. Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

12. Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh, Great!!  The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!

And, finally...
13. I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Lifeline. I got a call center in Pakistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.

   Thanks, George!


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 01/22/09:


The shipwrecked mariner had spent several years on a deserted island. Then one morning he was thrilled to see a ship offshore and a smaller vessel pulling out toward him.

When the boat grounded on the beach, the officer in charge handed the marooned sailor a bundle of newspapers and told him, "The captain said to read through these and let us know if you still want to be rescued."


One More Wish

A man was sitting alone in his office one night when a genie popped up out of his ashtray and said, "And what will your third wish be?"

The man looked at the genie and said, "Huh? How can I be getting a third wish when I haven't had a first or second wish yet?"

"You have had two wishes already," the genie said, "but your second wish was for me to put everything back the way it was before you made your first wish. Thus, you remember nothing, because everything is the way it was before you made any wishes. You now have one wish left."

"Okay," said the man, "I don't believe this, but what the heck. I wish I were irresistible to women."

"Funny," said the genie as it granted his wish and disappeared forever. "That was your first wish, too!"



1. Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:00 PM - The NN/Hampton Breakfast Bunch will hold their Annual Valentine's Dinner at the Hampton Yacht Club. Those interested can call Mickey Marcella at (757) 249-3800.

2. 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

3. 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 01/08/09

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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Stranger in a Strange Land

Recorded by the Bee Gees

You may be someone else's sweetheart
Fighting someone else's war
And if you suffer for the millions
Then it's what you're fighting for
Someone believes in only light of day
Someone strong enough to show the way
Someone everyone believes in
Someone who
Will stand by you
And I will be your heart in mind
My love is on the line
I know it's how I'm gonna stay
For a stranger in a strange land
Far away
And love will make your spirit shine
I feel your hand in mine
I write a letter every single day
To a stranger in a strange land
Far away
May we share the most tomorrows
I will hear you when you cry
Should we let it come between us?
Never knowing how we live or die
I will walk you through the pouring rain
I will help you learn to live and love again
Give 'em hell before you go to heaven
But send you home again
And I will be your heart in mind
My love is on the line
I know it's how I'm gonna stay
For a stranger in a strange land
Far away
And somewhere in the lonely night
Your flame is burning bright
I know it's how I'm gonna stay
For a stranger in a strange land
Far away
And just to see your spirit shine
To feel your hand in mine
I write a letter every single day
To a stranger in a strange land
Far away

"Stranger in A Strange Land" lyrics courtesy of - 01/22/10

First Image of US Soldiers in Afghanistan courtesy of - 01/2210

Second Image of US Soldiers in Afghanistan courtesy of - 0/22/10

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!

Pen Writing Words Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 09/20/04

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

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

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

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

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

Valentines clip art courtesy of John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 10/09/09
Thanks, John!

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