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02/07/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Charles Dickens' 196th Birthday

"Never, never, before Heaven, have I thought of you but as the single, bright, pure, blessed
recollection of my boyhood and my youth. Never have I from the first, and never shall I
to the last, regard your part in my life, but as something sacred, never to be lightly thought of,
never to be esteemed enough, never, until death, to be forgotten."

- Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son (1846-1848)
(07 Feb 1812 - 9 June 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme, I'll admit, caught me by surprise, which is really too bad, considering that Dickens is one of my very favorite authors.



   Happy Birthday this week to:

08 - Bob Hines ('66) of VA;
09 -
  Tina Burroughs Farmer ('62) of VA,       the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA, Elliott Smith ('65) of TX?? AND Mary Frances Southall Waller ('66) of VA;
10 -
    Norm Covert ('61) of MD, Bobby Helmer ('61) of VA,  Bernie Helmer ('61) - 1943 (deceased) AND    Mike Miller ('65) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/05/08 - "BEACON - 22 Nov 1961":

Articles are attached. 

The size and formatting on the original Beacon page on TWINS made it impossible to scan it “neatly”. As a result, you have to use your imagination to determine which image/text logically follows the other.

Friday, November 22, 1961 Friday, November 22, 1961 Friday, November 22, 1961 Friday, November 22, 1961 Friday, November 22, 1961
  Mary and Martha Timberlake ('62), Linda and Leslie Decell ('63) and Dean and Darlene Sides ('65)   Waverly and Beverly Rosser ('63) and Jerry and Perry Soesbee ('65)  
Friday, November 22, 1961 Friday, November 22, 1961 Friday, November 22, 1961 Friday, November 22, 1961 Friday, November 22, 1961
Calvin ("Bubba") and Carolyn Hanrahan ('62) Letter to the Editor
from Calvin ("Bubba") Hanrahan ('62)
Junior Varsity Flagtwirlers - Janice McCain ('65), Mary Lou Staton ('65), Nancy Horne ('65), Gail Watkins ('64), Brenda Keatts ('64) Karen Wilks ('64) and Becky Goolsby ('64) Mr. William Sharpe Mrs. Roberta Schilling

   Thanks so much, Brown Eyes! I certainly hope everyone else is enjoying these gems at least half as much as I am!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 02/06/08 - "Walmart cat":

Why does it always have to be a blonde?

A blonde was weed-eating her yard and
accidentally cut off the tail of her cat, which was hiding in the grass.

She rushed her cat,
along with the tail over to WAL-MART!



is the largest retailer in the world!!!


   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Dimples!

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC -  02/06/08:

Dear Carol.
I just wanted to compliment
  Phil ('64) and    Sylvia (Hall - '66) Hammond on the beauty of Park City. It truly is pretty country and I envy them!

A friend of mine from my Wall Street days moved out there about 18 months ago. He was a native New Yorker but this is where he wanted to raise his family and now I see why. He absolutely loves it there.

All the best to Sylvia and Phil. I may be asking for some assistance on becoming another ski bum Phil. I’m getting the bum part down now that I’ve retired!!

I assume real estate prices are thru the roof now that “foreigners” have discovered Park City.

Best wishes to all.


   Thanks, Sweetie! It is a gorgeous place to find yourself awakening each morning!

From Bill Sauer ('70) of VA - 02/06/08:

Yes, please add my email address wherever... 
Bill Sauer

   Thanks, Bill - I've added your addy to both those pages! 



   By the way, Bill, way back in 1925 when my mama           the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) was fresh out of high school, she was employed at C.F. Sauer Company at 17th and Broad Streets in Richmond as Mr. Sauer, Sr.'s personal secretary for several years.  

   Isn't that just too, too fascinating?!?

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 02/06/08 - "RE: Why me?":

Thanks, Carol.

I am going to see if I can fix it on my end. The security system with is really different from anything I have had in the past. Really secure.


   I certainly hope you're able to do that, Jerry - thanks for letting me know!

    From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 02/06/08 - "Find out who is your choice":

   Thanks, F.A - this is cool!

        From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) - of NC - 02/06/08 - "taxes":

   Thanks, Baby Girl! "The Tax Man cometh!"

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 02/06/08:

Another tidbit of American history:
After the Civil War/War Between the States, there were many young women who had lost their intendeds in the war, whether North or South. Their chances of finding a husband were scant.
A man named Asa Mercer, who is remembered in many NW families with great fondness, had gone to the new town of Seattle, where he became the President of the new University of Seattle. He soon realized that while the East had a surplus of marriageable women, and an excess of women qualified to teach,  the West had a surplus of unattached men, and an excess of openings for teachers and other occupations for which women were deemed fit.  Traveling first to Lowell, Massachusetts, he enlisted the support of clergy and educators, and presented his case at the Unitarian Society, offering employment and potential marriage prospects to women of good character who were at least 8th grade graduates or lacking that had a teaching credential or other useful skills.  He gathered his first group of 11  "girls", ranging from 15 to 35, carefully screened, with references as to their good character from teachers, clergy, and employers.  They traveled to Seattle, where jobs awaited, and  hundreds of men, scrubbed and shaved and dressed in their best, greeted their arrival, and were allowed under careful chaperonage to present the ladies with evidences of their property, employment, character, and potential affection. All the ladies were promptly employed, and fairly soon thereafter  married.
Asa Mercer returned to the East, where he continued to recruit women up and down the cities of the East Coast.
Over 1000 "Mercer Girls" traveled West and married.
Asa Mercer prospered, and found a wife of his own as well.

   Thanks so much for the continued history lessons, Domi! Some of y'all might remember the 1968 ABC television show, "Here Come the Brides", which was loosely based on this event:

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 02/06/08:

I second    Christine Wilson Starkman's ('68 - of CA) recommendation of Howard Zinn for US history, also Page Smith's Daughters of the Promised Land,  and Stephanie Coontz, The Way We Never Were.  I also highly recommend, for  accuracy of western European history as it pertains to women, Dr. Olwen Hufton, The Prospect Before Her. 


   Thanks again, Domi - and Chris!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/07/08 - "A Bad Day":

I guess that we can add to the old adage; "Two wrongs don't make a right", the additional saying of : "Two idiots don't make a genius"!"? No doubt one is a more committed idiot then the other, but as a team they exceed their singular ignorance!!.

Oh yeah, "Truth is stranger than fiction", is still a safe saying if this article is any indication.

Now this is a 'BAD' Day!!


   I'm sorry, Wayne Honey, I know it's rude and impolite to laugh at anyone's stupidity, so please don't tell anyone that I think I just hurt myself laughing at this one!

  Thanks so much - I needed that!


1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/12/08 - "Gas Stations Of Yesteryear-------------------------this IS REAL Americana" (#10 in a Series of 37):

Carol, do not know if you would like to show these or not. Just brings back a lot memories from yesteryear. Hope you like them. 

Jerry Blanchard (62) of Va.

Gas Stations Of  Yesteryear

Back when life was much simpler and gas was 18-25 cents a gallon!!

(or there about) and as low as 17 cents during gas wars.


Old American Gas Stations from all around the country  
Some are abandoned, some are restored and many are still in use.  


Yeah . . .  I remember!

 And with a fill-up you got the gas pumped for you, your windshield cleaned, oil and fluids checked, tires checked,
a free map, if you wanted it, and greeted in ENGLISH !!!

Yeah! I remember!!!

Enjoy Your Days & Love Your Life.... Because...."Life is a journey to be savored."

  Thanks, Jerry, I remember them quite fondly, too!

  As I mentioned several times, there is still much more yet to come!   Keep the faith!  

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Where Is Love?

From the Broadway Musical Oliver, based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist (1837-1839)

Whe-e-e-e-ere is love?
Does it fall from skies above?
Is it underneath the willow tree that I've been dreaming of?

Whe-e-e-e-ere is she?
Who I close my eyes to see?
Will I ever know the sweet "Hello" that's meant for only me? Who can say where she may hide?
Must I travel far and wide
Till I am beside the someone who I can mean something to?
Whe-e-e-e-ere, whe-e-e-e-ere is love?

Every night I kneel and pray
Let tomorrow be the day
Till I see the face of someone who I can mean something to
Whe-e-e-e-ere, whe-e-e-e-ere is love?

"Where Is Love?" midi courtesy of - 02/07/07

"Where Is Love?" lyrics courtesy of - 02/07/07

First Charles Dickens Image courtesy of - 02/07/07

Second Charles Dickens Image courtesy of - 02/07/07

 Grape Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/15/05

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

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

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

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

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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