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01/31/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Eddie Cantor's 117th Birthday

“Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast -
you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”

- Eddie Cantor
(31 Jan 1892 - 10 Oct 1964)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Oh, goody - another celebrity birthday celebration!


BONUS: - Eddie Cantor- If You Knew Susie


     Happy Birthday today to Lynn Stewart Schroeder ('71) of NC!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Paul Dobie ('66) of CO!


     Happy Birthday this week to:
02 - Porter Phillips Booker ('57) AND
 Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA (deceased - 08/26/05) AND   John Patterson ('59) of TN AND   Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC;
03 - Maynard Thweatt ('57);
04 -
      John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA AND Ronnie Sanders ('65)  (deceased - 10/08/06);

05 -  Dickie Krause ('57) (deceased - 12/27/99) AND Charles Braslow ('65) of the Virgin Islands AND    Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA;

06 -   Sue Miller Dearnley ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/29/09:

Hi, Carol:
Nice to hear from you. Hope you are finding peace in the move to Illinois. It will surely take a major strain off of you and        Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL).
His is          Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of TX)? I know he is busy. I wrote to him, but no reply to date via email. Is he on leave? How did the ceremony go at Fort Benning?

   Thanks, Adonis! I'm not sure if Brent is technically on leave, but he's definitely tying up loose ends connected with his recent transfer to Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. In fact, he will be here with us later this evening! He flew to Ohio where he rented a truck to reclaim their possessions which had been in storage, and will be stopping here to pick up many other items we had been keeping for him since July. So even though one of the great sadnesses we experienced lately was not being able to attend his commissioning ceremony at Fort Benning on January 8 as we had planned for so long, we'll be able to see him when he arrives tonight!

   And speaking of Brent.....

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX - 01/09/08 - "Congratulations!":

Here's a picture of him, after graduation, in front of the Officer Candidates School arch. Isn't he cute!

And here I am, pinning the bar on his uniform. After they're commissioned, and graduated, they have someone pin their 1st Lt bar on their uniform. Originally, his dad was gonna do one shoulder and I was gonna do the other shoulder, but since his parents couldn't make it, I got to do both shoulders. We had a friend take a few pics of us pinning on the rank.

#103 #78
Thursday, January 8, 2009 - Ft. Benning, GA

Graduation went AWESOME, and my hubby is now a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He's a new 2nd Lieutenant, low man on the totem pole in Officer Land, but IN officer land, none the less - hehehe. I think they decided that they now outranked 74% of all soldiers in the army. Hehehehe.

   Thanks so much, Sweet Bethany! Perhaps it's just as well (however devastatingly disappointing!) that we were unable to make it to the graduation. I might have popped all my buttons just from sheer pride!

    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 01/30/09:

These sentiments are so true!   .....I am sharing it with a few other friends.   

Frances Wang

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60's &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old. I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).



 Thanks, Frances! These are very nice sentiments to ponder and remember ! 

  From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 01/30/09 - "New Home":

Hi Carol,

Welcome back and I hope your move went well. I did not know how much I missed your daily mail until now.  Remember, variety is the spice of life and it also sounds like you have a lot of family and friends there to keep you happy.  We have never lived in the same place for more than 7 years and that is just how long we have lived in Park City.   We never know what is around the corner!

Take care,


Phil Hammond

   Thanks, Phil! I'm always happy, and we're all having great fun being with one another again!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 01/30/09 - "Tuned in Again":



It’s so great to see you back in the Ethernet. Something has been missing -- and it was you! It was like the nine-volt battery died on my transistor radio and I couldn't get WGH (1310), which we usually could get even on the braces! Sure hope you’ll get settled in with lots of love around the new hearth.


After reading your notice of relocation, I recalled my family research work in Illinois from Taylorville to Palmer, Bullpitt, Morrisonville and Virden, slightly northeast of your new neck of the woods, hard by St. Louie. It isn’t Newport News or Fayetteville, just colder (brrrr).   My dad (Harry M. Covert, Sr.) flew the windswept plains in 1930, but never forgot “Home.” I still have lots of relations there. They love it as you probably will in time.


I’d offer to store some of your “stuff” here in the basement or garage, but my children have beaten you to that. Tell me if you need your choice of bassinettes, dressing tables, simple-to-exotic cribs, assorted youth beds, mattresses, or boxes of “churren’s” clothes and assorted toys, with and without batteries. My old desk is somewhere under all that, too.


Warm wishes, Norm Covert (’61) MD (also brrr here)

 Thanks so much, Normie! I've always loved every place I've lived, and this one certainly has its charms and attractions. Our "stuff" has all been redistributed now, but thanks for your offer!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 01/30/09 - "From - interesting":

Hi, everybody.  Just passing along something interesting.  We can still send those fun things, just do it differently.
Advice from Snopes 

Here is a nice little tidbit of information. So if any of you are wondering why I didn't return something to you that said something like 'if I don't get this back I'll....or, 'See how many flowers you can get back', or 'Forward this to 10 people in the next 5 mins. Or something bad will happen to you', etc.

The following is why I don't send them back.

Advice from Snopes.Com

1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this on to '10' of your friends, or sign this petition, or you'll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward to.

The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' E-Mails to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.

If I opt to send this along, I will copy the body of the email, create a new email and send it to avoid sending along a tracking cookie.

2) Almost all E-Mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards.

All it was, and all any of this type of E-Mail is, is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - - to validate active E-Mail accounts for their own profitable purposes.

You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor (PLEASE) by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future!

If you have been sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail, now you know why you get so much SPAM!

Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(S) to those types of listings regardless how inviting they might sound! You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT in the long run. Instead, you will be inviting tons of junk mail later! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's don't make it easy for them!

Also: According to Snopes, E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition.

  Thank you and AMEN, Sarah Sugah! I've been harping on this subject for years!  

      From Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS) of FL - 01/30/09 - "You have got to hear this song.":

Hi All,
    This is an incredible song, very inspiring, and most appropriate.  I hope you  enjoy it as much as I have.
                                           God Bless,
                                                                It is by growing old that one
                                                                learns to remain young......

The song you are about to listen to is from a Las Vegas Diamond Rio Concert.  They received an immediate resounding standing ovation, and continue to do so every time they perform it!  Sadly, major radio stations wouldn't play it because it is considered 'politically incorrect'.   What a shame.....................

 Thanks so much, Don! This is beautiful, and we run it from time to time for that very reason!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/31/09 - "Welcome Back!!!":

I just want to send out an echo of "WELCOME BACK"!!!  We've all missed you so much and you have been in all our prayers.  You are a brave person, not to mention a strong person, to go through such a major move.  I think this will be a positive change for you and hubby.  Enjoy being close to your babies and grandbabies, and for goodness sake, stay warm!!! 
 Joyce Cahoon

 Thank you so much, Joyce! Weinius maximus biggus wimpus that I am, "brave" and "strong" are not really among the top 100 adjectives I would choose to describe myself, but I do appreciate the compliment and vote of confidence!

   And speaking of bravery.....

From - 01/30/09 - "Living With More Courage":

Goal Setting - Could You Being Living With More Courage!
By Margie Warrell - Mar. 14, 2007


Finish this sentence – If I had the guts I would…

What would you do? What issues that you’ve been silently brewing on would you speak up about? What changes would you make in your career, your relationships… your life? What goals would you take on and what commitments would you break off? Ahhh… if only you had the guts.

Of course it’s much more convenient to blame your woes or lack of opportunity on your spouse, your boss, genetics, the economy, your kids or ‘all the above’ but the truth is that you are alone are responsible for the shape of your life and the state of your heart. Yes, that’s right – you alone are responsible! Sure sometimes life throws curve balls your way but whist you can’t always choose your experiences in life, you always get to decide your experience of life. Sadly though too many people allow fear and doubt to determine their path and choose the certainty of mediocrity because they are so bloody terrified of the possibility of messing up or looking foolish. In ‘settling’, they sell out on their potential, on their dreams and on themselves.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Most people tip toe through life only to make it safely to death”. So what about you – where are you tip toeing? More to the point, what would you do if you weren’t afraid of speaking up, of messing up or of what people might say? Whether at home, work or beyond, your life is waiting for you to reclaim the power that your doubts and fears have been wielding and begin living it more purposefully, more passionately and more courageously.

Perhaps as you’re reading this you’re thinking, “But I’m different. Really. I’ve always been timid and never had the boldness and gutsiness that others do.” Well, I hate to burst your bubble but that’s just not the truth. Rather, it’s just a story you’ve become very attached to that lets you off the hook in taking ownership for all those things in your life that aren’t as you’d like them to be. Sure you may never have performed some extraordinary feat of bravery, survived some dreadful tragedy or overcome a life threatening illness but that doesn’t mean you don’t have all the courage you need to do whatever it is that tugs at your heart strings. You just haven’t been forced to draw on your courage for your survival. The fact is if you found yourself in similar circumstances you would realize that you too possessed more strength and courage than you ever imagined. The problem is that most we human beings go through life never realizing just how resourceful, how strong, how capable and how courageous we have it within ourselves to be.

Ultimately courage is not the absence of fear, self doubt, misgivings or uncertainty. Not at all! Courage is action in their presence; its feeling your fear and taking action anyway! Of course if it were easy to live with courage everyone would be doing it. The reality is, living the courage is likely the biggest challenge you will ever face. It’s also the most important, because when you tap into the courage that resides within you it opens up a whole new world of possibility.

Whilst no-one is born with a genetic bypass to fear, everyone is born with a heart and the ability to connect with what stirs it. By doing so everyone (and yes, that includes you) is able to tap into the reserves of spirit (from which the word inspire derives) to face their challenges with courage, to dream bigger, to live bolder.
As risky as it may feel to you to begin making changes and taking chances, the far greater risk is to take no risk at all. Choosing to stay in the safe, predictable, familiar confines of your comfort zone will take you down a path that will one day have you looking back on your life and wondering regretfully “What if?” As ordinary as you may think you are there are things that you, and only you, can ever do. So fear regret more than you do failure and don’t wait for “some day” to arrive when the moon and stars all line up and all your doubts have disappeared to step out boldly out into your life. Life is too short for such a long endless wait. Rather make the decision to embrace a renewed sense of adventure in the life you have right now and to begin fulfilling the only true mission you ever really have in your life – to do the best you can with what you have been given, to make changes to those aspects of your life that aren’t as you’d like them to be, to speak up about issues that concern you, or try to accomplish something you’ve never sought to do before...

Everyday opportunities arise for you to live with greater courage. Whenever you make the choice to express yourself more openly; to give up well worn excuses and dare to pursue something bigger; to open your heart and reveal your humanity more fully; to get up after a fall; to say no to something that doesn’t inspire you and yes to something that does; to step up to the plate of leadership in your workplace, in your family, in your life, you are being more courageous and expanding your ability to live a more meaningful, rewarding, successful and joyful life.

Never again do you need to say “If I just had the guts” because you do! All the courage you need is available to you right now. It’s just waiting on you to tap into your heart, to connect with whatever makes your spirit come alive, and to step boldly forward in living the life you aspire to live and being the extra-ordinary person you have it within you to become. Don’t let your life pass you by as you tip toe through it only to make it safely to death. Move out onto center stage, ask for more from life, dream bigger dreams for yourself and trust that wherever your dreams may take you, you have the courage to travel.
Don’t believe me? Your life is waiting on you to dare to try.

Author's Bio

Margie Warrell is a Coach, Speaker and Author who works internationally with individuals, teams and organizations to enhance communication, develop leadership and fulfill individual potential. Author of “Find Your Courage! Unleash Your Full Potential and Live the Life You Really Want”, Margie is internationally renowned as an expert on courage as it relates to communication, relationships, leadership and life! As a mother of four young (and noisy) children, Margie specializes in helping other women find the courage to pursue the goals that inspire them – personally and professionally - with greater success, fulfillment and balance. Together with John Gray, Richard Carlson, Jack Canfield and other internationally recognized success experts Margie has also co-authored “101 Ways to Improve Your Life, Vol. 2”. For free resources on how to live a more courageous and rewarding life, further information about Margie’s coaching and speaking programs or to subscribe to her free monthly eNewsletter “Your Greatest Life!” visit or email

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/19/08 - "Hey, try this !!!!":

Hi, I know you are sitting at your desk so without your BOSS seeing you, " TRY THIS."
Check this out!!


You have to try this, please; it takes 2 seconds. I could not believe this!!! It is from an orthopedic surgeon...........  

This will boggle your mind and you will keep you trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but, you can't.  It's pre-programmed in your brain!  

1. Without anyone watching you (they will think you are  GOOFY......) and while sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.  

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction.  

I told you so!!! And there's nothing you can do about it! You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are  going to try it again, if you've not already done so.  

Send it to your friends to frustrate them, too.
 Joyce Cahoon


   Okay, this is just weird! Thanks again, Lady!

    From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 12/20/08 - "Stuart Hallett III":

I want to pass along this message from Pat and Stuart ('60) Hallett. I know we will all keep their son, Stuart III, in our prayers and hope for a speedy recovery.

Karen, this is Pat Hallett, wife of Stuart Hallett, Jr.  We have recently found out that our son, Stuart Hallett III, 42, has been diagnosed with Large B cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He is undergoing the preliminary tests at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.  To better connect with our family  and catch up with the latest information, may I ask you to share with the class of 1960 (and anybody else) the website that  can keep us all in touch with Stuart's progress?  All we ask is that everyone keep us in their prayers and send a message to Stuart and his family: 
Thank you!
P. Hallett

   Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear this, Karen! I've added Stuart and his family to our Prayer Roll.

     From Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA - 12/20/08 - "note fr ev, NNHS '55":

Hi Carol,

Finally made it to my apartment after two months away, recovering from breaking two bones in right lower leg.  The MD said I have good bones, am healing well.  

I sent this photo to you (earlier); hope it was received.  Now, I'm sending this photo via email - it may be easier to add next to my '55 photo.  

Wishing you & your family a very Merry Christmas and much happiness in the New Year!

Love, Evelyn  (NNHS'55)

Evelyn Vretos

 Thanks so much, Evelyn! Glad to hear you're doing so well, and I really enjoyed speaking with you this morning!

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/20/08 - "The Shortest Day-- Susan Cooper Poem":

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.

 Thanks, Domi! I'm sorry I wasn't able to create a Winter Solstice Newsletter in December.....  

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 12/22/08 - "radio":

Try this on


   Thanks, Dicky! Um, this looks waaay cool, but I, ah, I couldn't make it actually do anything.  I must not be holding my mouth right or sumpin'..... I'll keep trying. :oD

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/25/08 - "SR-71":

I think you will enjoy this......
Some days I have trouble keeping up with all the great emails that I'm sent.  I try to be selective in passing things on.  This was one I found interesting. .

   Thanks, Norris, I really did enjoy this one!


From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 01/28/09 - "FIVE RULES FOR MEN TO FOLLOW TO A HAPPY LIFE:":


1. It's important to have a woman who helps at home, who cooks from time to time, cleans up, and has a job.

2. It's important to have a woman who can make you laugh.

3. It's important to have a woman who you can trust and who doesn't lie to you.

4. It's important to have a woman who is good in bed and who likes to be with you.

5. It's very, very important that these four women do not know each other.

      Thanks again, Norris!


The Class of '69 is planning its 40-Year Reunion.  If you have not received an email from Jean Baker Howell, she needs your email.  Please contact her at


1. 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 02/02/09
NNHS BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
764 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

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If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie

- Words by Buddy DeSylva, 1925
(27 Jan 1895 - 11 July 1950)

Music by Meyer

I have got a sweetie known as Susie,
In the words of Shakespeare she's a "wow".
Though all of you may know her too,
I'd like to shout right now. If

You knew Susie like I know Susie,
Oh, Oh, Oh what a girl. There's
none so classy as this fair lassie,
Oh, Oh, Holy Moses what a chassis.
We went riding, she didn't balk,
from the country, I'm the one that had to walk. If
you knew Susie like I know Susie,
Oh, Oh, what a girl.

Susie has a perfect reputation,
no one ever saw her on a spree.
Nobody knows where Susie goes,
nobody knows but me. If

You knew Susie like I know Susie,
Oh, Oh, Oh what a girl. She
wears long tresses and nice tight dresses,
Oh, Oh, what a future she possesses.
Out in public how she can yawn,
in a parlour, you would think the war was on. If
you knew Susie like I know Susie,
Oh, Oh, what a girl.

"If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/31/09

First Image of Eddie Cantor courtesy of - 01/31/09

Second Image of Eddie Cantor courtesy of - 01/31/09

Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/17/08

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

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

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

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

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!

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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