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02/10/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Leontyne Price's 82nd Birthday

“For a long time the only time I felt beautiful -- in the sense of being complete as a woman,
as a human being -- was when I was singing.”

- Leontyne Price
(b. 10 Feb 1927)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I personally believe that people who are not fond of the opera simply have not taken enough time and care and/or been exposed it in the proper setting.  I realize that this may not be a very commonly held opinion.....

   A midi of "O Patria Mia", arguably a signature song for the great Leontyne Price, wasn't readily available, so I chose to attach the Triumphant March from Aida (which is probably more widely recognized anyway) instead.

BONUS #1 - - Leontyne Price - "O Patria Mia" from Verdi's Aida

BONUS #2 - - Interactive Sheet Music - "O Patria Mia" from Verdi's Aida

BONUS #3 - - GIGGLES!!! Having had similar nightmares myself, I feel her pain!

BONUS #4 - - Leontyne Price - "Summertime" from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" - at the Jimmy Carter White House



  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 02/09/09 - "Put Joe Tolly (NNHS56) on prayer list":

Hey Carol,
Margaret was very receptive to having her husband Joe Tolly on the NNHS Prayer List.
Margaret Elmore Tolly (NNHS58)
Joe Tolly (NNHS56)
Joe has been battling throat cancer since 1992.  He was able to work up until a couple of years ago.  As a result of damage from radiation treatments, he has had to use a feeding tube since April of 2008.  Joe and Margaret recently moved from NN to Suffolk to be near their oldest daughter and her 2 children.  Joe and Margaret continue to enjoy each day.

   Thank you, Joe!  We've added him to our Prayer Roll, and will keep Joe and Margaret in our thoughts:


 Happy Birthday today to   Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf ('58) of VA  AND     Norman Covert ('61) of MD  AND Bobby Helmer ('61) of VA  AND  Bernie Helmer ('61) (deceased 03/12/99)  AND   Mike Miller ('65) of NC!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA;

   Happy Birthday this week to:

12 - Jon Pearl ('57);
13 -
     Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia;

   And a very happy Valentine Birthday to       Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA and to my niece,        Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


1. Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 02/09/09:

Monday 02/09/2009 1:05:46pm
Name: Billy Turner
Marital Status Married (Bonnie)
City/Country: Ovilla, TX
Favorite Teachers Mr. Loving, Mr. Nuttycombe, Mrs. Thomas
Hobbies Avid Bowhunter
Comments Have served as the Mayor of Ovilla, Texas since May, 2001. After 8 years have decided to not seek re-election in May. Looking forward to spending more time with my family and friends and of course chasing the elusive whitetail deer with stick and string. Hope to return to the tidewater area sometime in 2009 for fun and relaxation. May God bless each and everyone of you responsible for this site. Carol, you are truly an angel.

   Billy Turner - I was just thinking about you! Thanks for signing!

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 02/09/08 - "SAY WHAT ???":

Ziggy-Piggy ??????? LOL !


   GIGGLES!!! That's right, John!
    Ziggy-Piggy, an adorable little fluffy Himalayan Persian, is the youngest of the four kitty cats here. I'll introduce you to the other three tomorrow.

  From Jean Baker Howell ('69) of VA - 02/09/09 - "reunion":

Hi Carol,
Jean Baker Howell here. Could you please add to our reunion announcement that we are opening it up to other NNHS graduates?

   What fabulous news! It is so added! Let me know when you have a date set!

Also, please tell     Sandi (Bateman Chestnut - '65 - of VA) I am thinking about     Johnnie (Bateman - '70 - of VA) in prayer.

   I will do that, Jean!

Again, thank you for all you do for us.
   Thank you, Lady!

  From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ - 02/09/09:

Dear Carol,

I just finished watching & listening to   Fuzzy's (Turner - '63 - of NC) suggested video of "Born Again American", please tell him that it is awesome.  Thanks so much for sharing it with us.  I have sent it to everyone on my email list.

   Wasn't that spine-tingling?!? Thanks, Mary - and Fuzzy!

Thanks again, for all that you do.  I can't imagine going through with your recently BIG decisions & here you are back 'takin care of business'.  We missed you & all that you do.  I hope life is getting more settled for you & yours.  I lived for 2 years in Chicago, so I know what those winters are like that you are now experiencing!  Certainly not your Tidewater winters!
I realize it's a bit late for Happy New Year's, but since I haven't made those wishes to you or our fellow Typhooner's~HAPPY NEW YEAR~MAY WE ALL BE BLESSED WITH GOOD HEALTH~LOTS OF LOVE~HUGS & KISSES.
Mary Massey Lyle    Class of 1961  NNHS

   Thank you so much, Mary! It all happened so very fast, only now do I occasionally stop and look around and wonder, "Wha' happened?!?" And really, it wasn't so much a decision as an act of obedience. It was quite clear from the git-go that that was Heavenly Father's plan for us at this very moment. In addition to the reminder that people are more important than things, the timing was the most difficult part, but I learned long ago not to counsel the Lord. His will is not always necessarily my will.

There are two fabulous items - one from
    Norm Covert ('61) of MD and the other from Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - which were supposed to be inserted here, but my computer has decided to play a "funny" game with me (strangely, I'm NOT laughing!!!), so I'm going to reserve them for tomorrow after I've had time to play a few games of my own.

   Sorry, Gentlemen! Thanks so much - and keep the faith!

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 02/09/09 - "5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake":


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.  Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
 Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Tina!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/09/09 - "True Lawyer Story":

It ain't over till it's over! 

True Lawyer Story

Charlotte, North Carolina - A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire.

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company.

In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost "in a series of small fires."

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued, and WON!

(Stay with me.)

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable "fire" and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars lost in the "fires".


After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!

With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This is a true story and was the First Place winner in the recent Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.



   INCREDIBLE!!! Thanks, Wayne Honey! (No, I didn't check this; it's just too funny!)


The Class of 1969 is planning its 40-Year Reunion - which will be open to ALL NNHS Alumni!  If you're a member of the Class of '69 and have not received an email from Jean Baker Howell, she needs your email address.  Please contact her at


1. April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/10/09
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  

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O Patria Mia

- from Act III of the Italian opera, Aïda by Giuseppe Verdi
  Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni

Qui Radamès verrà!
Che vorrà dirmi?  Io tremo!
Ah! se tu vieni a recarmi, o crudel,
L'ultimo addio,
del Nilo i cupi vortici
Mi daran tomba e pace forse,
e pace forse e oblio.
Oh patria mia, mai più ti rivedrò!
Mai più! mai più ti rivedrò!
O cieli azzurri o dolci aure native
Dove sereno il mio mattin brillò
O verdi colli o profumate rive
O patria mia, mai più ti rivedrò!
Mai più! no, no, mai più, mai più!
O fresche valli, o queto asil beato
Che un di promesso dall'amor mi fu
Or che d'amore il sogno è dileguato
O patria mia, non ti vedrò mai più.
Oh patria mia, mai più ti rivedrò!
Radames will come here!
What will he want to say to me? I tremble!
Ah! If you come to bring me, cruel one,
your last farewell,
the dark whirlpools of the Nile
will give me a tomb, and perhaps peace,
and perhaps peace and oblivion.

O my country, never more will I see you!
Never more, never more will I see you!
O blue skies, O sweet native breezes,
where the morning of my life shone peacefully,

O green hills, O fragrant river-banks,
O my country, never more will I see you!
Never more! no, no, never more!
O cool valleys, O calm refuge
which one day was promised to me by love,

Now that the dream of love has vanished,
O my country, I will see you never more.
O my country, never more will I see you!

Midi of Verdi's Triumphant March (Aida) courtesy of  - 02/08/09

Lyrics of "O Patria Mia" with English translation by Rebecca Burstein (
courtesy of
- 02/10/09

First (AP) Leontyne Price Image (during rehearsals for Aida at the Staatsoper in Vienna, Austria - 05/24/58) courtesy
- 02/09/09

Second Leontyne Price Image courtesy of - 02/09/09

 Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/09/09

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!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Coast Guard 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 served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

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

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks again, Al!

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

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