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02/11/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Thomas Edison's 162nd Birthday

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

- Thomas Alva Edison
(11 Feb 1847 - 18 Oct 1931)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Ahhh, Edison - one of my very favorite inventors!

BONUS #1 - - Thomas Edison

BONUS #2 - - Thomas Edison: A Life of Invention

BONUS #3 - - Thomas Edison talking about the development of his light bulb

   Today's deliciously schmaltzy theme song was suggested by our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/09:

OK, I suggest this with some reluctance .... due to the degree of schmaltz of the selection.

Still ..... isn't it just tooooo perfect? Instantly recognizable. Listener immediately hears the lyric and makes the connection.....

   OHHH, absolutely perfect, Captain, thank you so much!

   And if there is perhaps one soul among you who does not know every single word to this song, I can only surmise you were not old enough in 1977 when it was played at least six times every day to have it indelibly burned into your memory!

BONUS #4 - - Debby Boone - You Light Up My Life, 1977 - The 20th Annual GRAMMY Awards



      From Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS) of FL - 02/10/09 - "Carl Jett ('52 - of VA)":

Hi Carol,
My brother, Charles C. Jett, Jr. (Carl) NNHS '52 is in Roanoke Memorial Hospital ICU after an accident at his home in the mountains of Virginia near Buena Vista.  He is recovering from broken ribs, broken collar bone and punctured lung, along with many cuts and bruises.  I am in Virginia with him and his wife Sally Evens Jett, NNHS '52 and we ask for prayers for Carl's recovery.  I will keep you updated on his progress.
Don Jett, WHS '60

   YOWZERONI!!! I'm so very sorry to hear this, Don! I've added his name to our prayer roll, and we'll keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!


   Happy Birthday today to    Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorow to Jon Pearl ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
13 -
   Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia;  
14 -
     Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND My Niece,       Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA;
18 -
    Bill Sawyer ('57) - 1939 (deceased 05/16/06) AND    Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


   Hit #81,500 was made on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 9:14 AM by an unknown user from who Googled us.


    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09 - "Birthdays and Seals":

My thanks to you for remembering my 66th "birthday anniversary," as my 1958 Journalism teacher at Warwick High School (Mrs. Roberts) insisted it was to be written.
With your journey north of the Mason-Dixon line, your computer archives could not recall the important U.S. Army Seal that once you so graciously accompanied any mention of this old guy. It is important that U.S. Army veterans honor the "This We'll Defend" seal. I have made you a new copy and hope it will suffice, since my uniform has grown much too small.

   Thank you so much, Norm! I've been trying to replace them everywhere I can!

I add the following in sharing the pride you feel in your handsome son         2d Lt. Brent Harty's (U.S. Army) (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX commissioning. 
Charles Karmosky, my old editor and dad of my late classmate  Charles Karmosky, Jr. ('61), received regular updates on my basic combat training progress at Fort Benning (Aug-Oct 1968). My letters mirrored the style of the great British four-minute mile record holder Roger Bannister's narratives. I recently found Charlie's first reader update from those reports in his "Sportscope" column August 21, 1968 in the Daily Press.  
Wednesday, August 21,1968
Daily Press

My grandson, Nicholas, must now help me blow out all those candles!
Norm Covert ('61) MD

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks again, Normie! Old news clippings are always a delight!

  I trust your birthday celebrations were splendiferous!

From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 02/09/09 - "First Grade Picture - Thomas Jefferson School":

Glad to see you back.  I hope things are going well in Illinois.

A couple of years ago I wrote you that my sister    (Mary Sue Nelson - '52 - of VA) had a photo album that contained my first grade class picture from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.


When I went to visit my sister at Thanksgiving I remembered to scan that picture, using her computer, and uploaded it to Google Photos so that I could access it when I got home.  I now have it so that it should be accessible to anyone who would like to see it (at least I hope so).  I think it is also downloadable if anyone would like to do that.

The link to the photo is:
           First Grade Picture
The picture is in pretty good shape.  There is a limited enlargement capability.  To view the picture:
1) Click on the above link.  Your browser should display a web page with a small image of the photo.
2) Click on that small photo.  The larger picture will appear.
3) To enlarge that picture, do the following:
     a) In the upper right of the web page, there is a small tab with a double arrow in it [>>].  Click on that.
     b) Also in the upper right there is a small icon of a magnifying glass.  Click that.  The picture will enlarge
          to the extent that it will no longer fit completely within the web page.
     c)  The picture then can be moved, or dragged around by putting the mouse cursor over the picture,
           holding the left mouse button down, and moving the mouse.
I hope these instructions make sense.
My comments and memories of the picture.  I have learned from experience that sometimes even vivid memories can be false.  Nevertheless, these are what I think I remember:

There should be at least two people in the picture that anyone who went to NNHS in the first half of the Sixties should recognize:
    Nancy Mitchell (Wynne - '64 - of MD) and      Jimmy DeBerry ('64 - of VA) are sitting next to each other at the center-left of the picture.  They look like small versions of their high-school selves.  I remember Nancy better from the first grade than I do from high school.  I am not sure our paths ever crossed in high school.  Oddly enough, I don't remember Jimmy being in the first grade with me.
Mrs. Brockley's First Grade

The woman on the left in the back of the classroom is Ethel Taylor, the principal.  She also happened to be the sister of my Aunt Eunice. The woman on the right was the teacher, Mrs. Brockley (I think it was Mrs.)  I am that small boy just to her left.

There are two others in the picture that I remember pretty well:

The small girl just to Miss Taylor's right is Elsie-Louise Carter.  Her family attended Chestnut Avenue Methodist Church on 25th Street, where my Grandmother went to church.  On those occasions that I went to church with my Grandmother I would look for Elsie-Louise in the congregation.  When I saw her I would wave in the middle of the service and she would wave back.  The last time I saw her I was either in late high school, or early college.  I ran into her in Leggett's where she was working.   She did not attend NNHS.

The other is the girl with her arms folded, sitting behind the potted plant near the window.  Her name was Lolly Adelman.  The last time I saw her was in Mrs. (Thelma) Hudgins' third grade class at Magruder.  We both transferred to Magruder after the second grade.

I have some memory of a couple others.  The large red-headed boy all the way to the right of the picture was named William Vick, I believe.  The first name of the boy in front of him was Kenneth, if my memory serves me.  I think, but am not absolutely sure, he did attend NNHS.
The boy in the center of the picture in the cowboy shirt with his arms folded -- he was called "Jimmy P".  (His name is on one of the cabinet doors under the window.)  Last week I looked through the senior pictures of my 1964 Anchor and there was Jimmy Pearce.  There can't be much doubt that they are the same.
I could say more about the picture, but this is getting kind of long.

Looking forward to browsing your coming Newsletters,  Doug, '64.

   WOWZERONI!!! This is waaay cool! Thanks so much, Doug!

NOTE: The image I posted on the TJ page has been resized and compressed, so for those who wish to print a copy of the picture, I recommend following Doug's instructions:

      From Me ('65) of IL - 02/10/09 - "The Harty Household Kitty Cats":

Sunday, February 1, 2009 Mon., December 29, 2008 Monday, February 9, 2009 Wed., December 31, 2008
Tumbles Butters Austin Ziggy-Piggy

   Here they are: Tumbles, Butters, Austin, and the previously pictured baby of the group, Ziggy-Piggy.  They are all quite intelligent, of course.  Tumbles clearly remembered me from our last visit two years ago; the other three had not yet joined the household.  She and I were alone in the kitchen one morning, and when I asked her where the paper towels were, she began staring at them to a degree that would have put a hunting dog to shame.  Butters would seem to be the most vocal of the four cats; I have heard him on many occasions clearly say, "No!" in no uncertain terms.  Ziggy-Piggy is obviously adorable beyond words, and will agree to be held like a baby if she likes you.  At 14, Austin is by far the oldest.  He was inherited following the death of his owner, and is clearly the least sociable of the four, but as he is old like me, I like to spoil him terribly.  He comes running every time he thinks I'm headed for the bathroom, as he's reasonably certain I'll give him a drink of water from the sink, as         Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL) is doing in the above photo.  He's believed to be a Turkish Van, as he is as soft as a bunny rabbit, and his fur tends to repel the water in which he delights in playing.  And look at that wonderful look of disdain he's showing me in that second picture!

   I think they're all quite charming, but once again, I will admit to a possible bias.  Maybe.  Naaah!!!

  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 02/10/09 - "Safety Thought":

Hi Carol,

Hope you are getting all settled in. I received this the other day and I thought that is a good idea, and it would be worth sending to you for all our other Typhoon readers.

Catherine Hudson


Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents your doctor's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:

It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar or rapist won't stick around... After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there ..... This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

P.S. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My mom has suggested to my dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.

Please pass this on even IF you've read it before. 
It's a reminder and it might save your life.

   WOWZERS!!! What a great suggestion - thanks, Catherine!

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 02/10/09:

..... The 1948 Anchor was the first to cover both the Feb. and June graduates in a single issue..... the '42 Beacon "Annual" - the last one published with that name.  The June '42 was the first to be call Anchor....."

   Thank you so much, Fred! These two questions arise from time to time, and it's great to have a definitive answer at last!

  From Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - 02/10/09 - "My Son!":

Hi, Everyone,
Not one to brag (much) - and politics aside (please!), I thought y'all might like to see my son and his wife.  Boston's CBS-TV affiliate interviewed them last night, and David (Atkins) sent me the link:
It takes about 1 minute to actually get to them, and then the interview is just about 2 minutes long.
Please forgive Mama for being proud of her boy!

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Betty - and our very best wishes to you son and his beautiful family!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/10/09 - "Quote":

"You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who cannot repay you."
--Ruth Smeltzer

   Thanks, Shari!

From - 02/09/09 - "Expressing Your Self Worth":

Self-Esteem and Self Confidence - How Do You Express Your Self-worth?
By Cheryl Saban, Feb. 6, 2009

How do you express your self-worth? Are you going after your passions? Are you achieving your goals? How would you make your life better? These are some of the questions I have been pondering during the past couple of years as I wrote my latest book. I gathered insightful comments from women and men too, about how to better express ourselves, and how to establish a healthy, contented, well-ness oriented way of life.

Basically, I've discovered that in order to express self-worth, we need to learn to take care of ourselves. The following are some action-items I am trying to apply to my life. See if any of these ideas resonate for you:

1. Each day I will be grateful for what I have, and show compassion and kindness to others. I'll do something that makes me feel good. I'll tell my loved ones that I love them. I'll actually say the words, and mean it. And I'll make sure the recipient of my love hears the words and believes them.

2. Every week I will take myself on a special outing. I'll realize that I'm worth the time and effort. I'll make sure I get enough exercise, eat sensibly, and spend time in nature. I'll also do something fun with my husband/partner, and my children.

3. Every month I will go over my finances and stay aware -- I'll set priorities. I'll give some of my time, talent, or treasure to a charitable organization. I'll stretch my mind to learn something new. And I'll practice doing math, which was always my toughest subject.

4. Every year I will be proud of the person I am. I'll celebrate my birthday, and treat my life as though it is a very precious gift - which it is. I'll save some money in a retirement fund. I'll evaluate my career choice and set new goals. And then I'll remember to enjoy the here and now, for it is truly all I have.

Our sense of self-worth and learning how to express it with humility and love, is vitally important. Not just for our own well-being, which I think is rather obvious, but for those we care about as well.

Express your Self.

Author's Bio

Cheryl Saban PhD writes extensively about women, children, and social issues. She devotes a great deal of attention to philanthropic endeavors with a focus on pediatric health and research, education, relationships, empowerment of women, and the eradication of poverty. In addition to What is Your Self-Worth; A Woman’s Guide to Validation, she has written: New Mother’s Survival Guide, Recipe for Good Parenting, Recipe for a Good Marriage, 50 Ways to Save our Children, Sins of the Mother, Griffin’s Play Day, and Miracle Child.


From My Friend, Tina of NC AND       My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 02/10/09 - "Food storage funny":

Loved it!

This was sent from someone in my ward (congregation), and it is funny and a little gross.

   EEEWWWWW!!!! Thank you, Ladies!


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 02/11/09
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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You Light Up My Life

- Joe Brooks
(b. 11 Mar 1938)

(Debby Boone, 1977)
(b. 22 Sept 1956)

So many nights I sit by my window
Waiting for someone to sing me his song
So many dreams I kept deep inside me
Alone in the dark but now
You've come along

You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song

Rollin' at sea, adrift on the water
Could it be finally I'm turning for home?
Finally, a chance to say hey,
I love you
Never again to be all alone

You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song

You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song

It can't be wrong
When it feels so right
'Cause you
You light up my life

"You Light Up My Life" midi courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/09
Thanks, Dave!

"You Light Up My Life" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/09
Thanks again, Dave!

OK, I suggest this with some reluctance .... due to the degree of schmaltz of the selection.
Still ..... isn't it just tooooo perfect? Instantly recognizable. Listener immediately hears the lyric
and makes the connection.

Images of Thomas Edison courtesy of - 02/10/09

Animated Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/10/09

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

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

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!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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!

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

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