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03/17/13 - NNHS Newsletter

“St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.”

 - Adrienne Cook

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

     We celebrate this day together every year - because it's such fun!

   There must be hundreds of versions of this beautiful song available. As my holiday gift to you, I chose these seven (listed in no particular order) for their variety.  Hopefully there's something for everyone to enjoy:

BONUS #1 - - Charlotte Church

BONUS #2 - - The Muppets

BONUS #3 - - Andy Williams

BONUS #4 - - Liam McNally (age fourteen)

BONUS #5 - - Eva Cassidy

BONUS #6 - - Michael Londra - with breathtaking scenes of Ireland!

BONUS #7 - - Celtic Woman



  From Jane Monfalcone Simmons of FL - 03/17/13, 11:32 AM - "RE:   Wayne Goff ('61)":

Hi Carol,

Just saw that another 1961 classmate is battling multiple tumors. The most recent in the right temple proved to be cancer after biopsy. Deciding how to treat. His brother Ray Goff (1953) is requesting prayers. I believe our NNHS classmates are some of the best warriors around. Let's get started!

   Oh, Jane! I'm so sorry to hear this! I didn't know Wayne personally, but I remember that dazzling smile of his! And you're right - our Typhoon Nation is home to some mighty prayer warriors! Wayne is now added to our list; thank you for letting us know!


       From Me ('65) of IL - 03/15/13 - "Upcoming Two-Week Hiatus":

   If all goes well,          Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) and I are planning to leave here Wednesday morning (March 20) to drive out to Missouri to pick up        our daughter, Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) who will be completing her eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington.  She will be flying into St. Louis on Tuesday, March 26.

   We'll visit some with family in Missouri and Illinois, and at the moment we're thinking of returning home by Friday, April 5.

   My access to the internet will probably be non-existent during this time, so we will miss celebrating the First day of Passover, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, and the Last day of Passover together this year.

   If y'all could watch the obituaries on the Daily Press for those two weeks and send any relevant obituaries to me, I'd really appreciate it, as I doubt I'll be able to locate them upon my return.  Any volunteers??

   Thanks so much!


   Happy St. Patrick's Day Birthday today to   Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND   Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND  Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND     Wade Scott ('66) of MO!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

19 -    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA;

20 -     My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of CO AND  Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND   Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC;

21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND        My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL AND     My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents) Jane Mansfield of MD;

22 - Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA;

23 -   Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND    Mary Beth Sawyer ('63) AND    Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;

24 - A Beary Happy Birthday to   Olivia House Bricky ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 17, 1939 - Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan began.

March 17, 1942 - Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lviv Ghetto were gassed at the Belzec death camp in eastern Poland.

March 17, 1945 - The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany collapsed, ten days after its capture.


Sunday, March 17, 1963 - Mount Agung erupted on Bali killing 11,000.

Sunday, March 17, 1963 - Actor Alex Fong Chung-Sun (方中信) was born in Macau.

Sunday, March 17, 1963 - Composer Nick Peros was born in Canada.

Sunday, March 17, 1963 - Kannada film industry actor Jaggesh (ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್) was born in Mayasandra, Turvekere, Tumkur, Karnataka.


World Renown Photo Journalist           the late Chip Clark ('65) (20 Aug 1947 - 12 June 2010) Took These Images During Our Senior Year at NNHS:

St. Patrick's Day, Wednesday, March 17, 1965
Newport News High School - Room 108 - The Beacon Room - After School
Betsy Goodwin ('66),
 Dana Hinnant ('65), and
Chris Kypriandes ('65)
Chris Kypriandes ('65) Carol Buckley ('65) Ray Barnes ('65) Donna Windsor ('65) and
Chris Kypriandes ('65)
Robin Fordham ('67) and
Kim Lassiter ('65)

   Thanks again, Chippy Darlin' - R.I.P.!

From Stephanie Wilson Vassar - 03/16/13, 10:18 PM AND 10:36 PM AND 03/17/13, 2:06 PM - "    Mr. James P. Wilson, Jr. -- still living in Emporia":


I'm Mr. Wilson's oldest daughter, Stephanie. I was born in 1964, so I have fuzzy memories of NNHS and the band.

Mom and Dad still live at their home in Emporia. Dad has dementia now, and has had a rough couple of years. We have the picture at their house like the one you have posted (
  of him smoking his pipe wearing the "Beat Blair" ribbon). I brought it down to him the other day, and said, "Who is this young man?" He got a big grin on his face and said "J.P.!" He remembers those years well, and we listen to music a lot. My son is in band now, and I relay news of his competitions and such to Dad. He's proud of that, but I know any band nowadays would not hold a candle to NNHS.

Just wanted to give you an update. I'm sure Dad would love to hear from any of you, so if you want to sent me emails to this address, I will take them to him when I see him--I go every other week.

Stephanie Vassar <>

Thanks for this page. It's a nice, appropriate tribute to him!

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI! Thank you so much, Stephanie - what a delightful surprise! I was just going to bed when I saw your note! Tell him Hi for me, and prepare to be bombarded with emails! 

Hi, Carol!!!

I was so excited to see the page about Dad. I think I had seen it a number of years ago, but stumbling across is now is very meaningful. He always loved "his" Newport News kids! I will be honored to pass any messages on to him. If you would like to write him, their address is 4658 Brink Road, Emporia, VA 23847.

Thank you!

   Stephanie, I remember when you were born - Flag Day of 1964 - which all the band members agreed was only fit and proper for the first born child of our very patriotic band director! As I recall, a collection was taken, and your crib was bought by the members of the Typhoon Band.

   My second son was married on that day in 1996, and one my six grandsons was born on that day in 2008, but even after forty-eleven years have passed, when Flag Day rolls around, I still unfailingly remember that Mr. Wilson's baby girl arrived on this day in 1964.

You are exactly right! The band did purchase my crib! And yes, my birthday is Flag Day!

     AHA! How this teeny-tiny scrap of paper managed to survive the massive raid on my memorabilia of my oldest sons back in the summer of 1977 until it could be Xeroxed and safely mounted into my Creative Memories Album for my junior year of high school (which was not created until probably 2003), only the Lord and the ministering angels of Heaven could know, but here it is!

   We won't mention the names of the marauders, but my fourth son was only a tiny baby, and the three younger children had not yet been born, so.....

   Thank you again so very much, Stephanie! You've made my day! Give our collective love to your daddy!

         From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) - 03/16/13 - "Japanese Surrender - WWII": 


Japanese Surrender - WWII - 1945 News Reel

Some of you are history buffs, others lived at the time, but either way, you should find it interesting. Lest we forget!
A great historical clip worth keeping - the Japanese surrender, Sept. 2, 1945.
This film is believed to have never been seen before, only shots of the surrender were known.
If you are a history buff, you will enjoy this.
General MacArthur's voice is a rarity in this old film clip.
Japanese Surrender - Amazing Footage Sept 2, 1945....
This is a 'must see' for the WWII history buff or anyone interested in history .
Interesting the other signers to the document, from New Zealand/Australia, Europe/Russia .
This is an actual film made of the surrender ceremony of the Japanese to MacArthur in Tokyo Bay in September 1945.
We always saw the "stills" but never the film itself.

   WOWZERONI-RINI! As you know, I have a reasonably large collection of WWII documentaries - including a couple which show the opening moments of this - but I've never heard MacArthur's complete speech! Thanks so much, Haul Party!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/16/13 - "And they say we are the ones with dementia.":


Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets.

I asked for a half dozen nuggets.

'We don't have half dozen nuggets,' said the teenager at the counter.

'You don't?' I replied.

'We only have six, nine, or twelve,' was the reply.

'So I can't order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?'

'That's right.'

So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets

(Unbelievable but sadly true...)

(Must have been the same one I asked for sweetener, and she said they didn't have any, only Splenda and sugar.)


I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those 'dividers' that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed.

After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the divider', looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it.

Not finding the bar code, she said to me, 'Do you know how much this is?'

I said to her 'I've changed my mind; I don't think I'll buy that today.'

She said 'OK,' and I paid her for the things and left.

She had no clue to what had just happened.


A woman at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly.

When I inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM 'thingy.'

(Keep shuddering!!)


I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car. 'Do you need some help?' I asked.

She replied, 'I knew I should have replaced the  battery to this remote door unlocker. Now I can't get into my car. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenience store) would have a battery to fit this?'

'Hmmm, I don't know. Do you have an alarm, too?' I asked.

'No, just this remote thingy,' she answered, handing it and the car keys to me. As I took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied, 'Why don't you drive over there and check about the batteries. It's a long walk....


Several years ago, we had an Intern who was none too swift. One day she was typing and turned to a secretary and said, 'I'm almost out of typing paper. What do I do?'

'Just use paper from the photocopier', the secretary told her.

With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five 'blank' copies.


A mother calls 911 very worried asking the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid to the emergency room, the kid had eaten ants.

The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl and he should be fine.

The mother says, 'I just gave him some ant killer......'

Dispatcher: 'Rush him in to emergency right now!'

Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid!!!!

     This is sooo sad! Thanks, Ruthie!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 03/16/13 - "84 year old sniper 1000 yard shot":


Thought you might want to put this in the Newsletter to remind us all that the older Heroes are just as good as the younger ones !


84 year old sniper 1000 yard shot

For those of you who might be interested in long range shooting. The gear is getting better and better.

This is a good one. Heartwarming to see this great American hero recognized and treated with so much respect and honor. We're losing these guys by the hundreds on a daily basis. We have freedom because of them.

Look what can be done with the old '03 we trained with in Boot Camp 60 years ago - (Old Vets only)

For those who have been in the military and respect the bravery of our old vets, here is a great video of an 84 year old veteran sniper from the ETO (European Theater of Operations) of WWII when invited to come back to Ft. Benning, GA, to try his skills once more.

Click on link below:

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Dimples! I had to watch this a couple of times. I had trouble seeing it the first time.       Something must have gotten into my eyes.....

         From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) (from his distant cousin, Tom) - 03/16/13 - "Starry Night":

The few minutes it takes to watch this is so inspiring, and it brings back my memories of sitting at the café in Arles France where Van Gogh painted many of his paintings, and the inspiration for Starry Nights was born. Arles is a quaint, beautiful town on the Rhone river.


This is for all my friends that are moving on the down side of middle age. This is beautifully done – stay for the end!!!

Starry Starry Night, Secrets of Old Age -

      Thanks again, Dools!

 From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 03/16/13 - "40 Incredible Pictures of One World Trade Center":

One World Trade Center has officially reclaimed its title as the tallest building in New York City. Here's a collection of awesome pictures
   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you so much, Wayne!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/14/13 (but somehow misplaced...) - "Not All Theives Are Stupid":

This will certainly make you think!!!


A very interesting article. The electronic age has produced electronic criminals.


1. A friend of a friend left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people's home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should not leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener. This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

2. GPS. A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it... Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.


I never thought of this.......

This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.' When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the lesson:

a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc....

b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

c. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.

   SHEESH! Thanks so much, Joyce! Snopes has ruled that this one is Partly True, so I'll let y'all read their report:  

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 03/15/13 - "Winter Snow Humor (#1 to 5 of 15)":


From my sister-in-law in New Hampshire who is so snowed out she leaves tomorrow for New Orleans !

Thought you would get a kick out of this!

    These are delightful! Thanks, Dimples!

BONUS IRISH CROCHET PATTERN: - Jackie Karp's St. Patrick's Day Granny Square - "Show your love for the Irish this St. Patty's day by crocheting. Create your own granny square with this free crochet pattern. You won't need any luck completing this pattern!"

BONUS IRISH RECIPES: - Cranberry Irish Soda Bread - "This berry easy homemade bread is a cinch to make! And whether or not you're Irish, the fruity flavor of cranberries bursting from this bread will make it a favorite standard in your house. Oh - right after it cools, make sure to wrap and hide it well so a leprechaun won't eat it all up!" - Spuds 'n' Spinach Soup - "There is nothing better than a pot of homemade soup, and this one is no exception. It's highlighted by chunks of tender potatoes and vitamin-packed spinach." - Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage - "We're never too short on time when we have a slow cooker to turn to in our kitchen. This version of Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage literally cooks itself, and we come home to one of our favorite Irish dishes."

  From Bill Wynne ('63) of MD - 03/01/13 - "If Dogs Worked in Offices... (#16 in a Series of 17)":

      These are hysterical, Bill - thanks!


From - 03/16/13:

A wife went to the police station with her next-door neighbor to report that her husband was missing. The policeman asked for a description.

She said, "He's 35 years old, 6 foot 4, has dark eyes, dark wavy hair, an athletic build, weighs 185 pounds, is soft-spoken, and is good to the children."

The next-door neighbor protested, "Your husband is 5 foot 4, chubby, bald, has a big mouth, and is mean to your children."

The wife replied, "Yes, but who wants HIM back?" 


1. Thursday, April 4, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/02/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Danny Boy

Words by Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848-1929);
Music: The Londonderry Air


Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.

And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You'll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.

And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me
I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

"Danny Boy" midi courtesy of - 08/16/05

"Danny Boy" lyrics courtesy of - 03/17/06

St. Patrick's Day Puppy Dog clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII - 03/16/07
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day title clip art courtesy of - 03/14/08

Animated Happy St. Paddy's Day clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 03/14/06
Thanks, Al!

Small Shamrock Button plucked from Small Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/10/09

Animated Leprechauns and Shamrocks Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/12/09

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!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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!!

Teddy Bear clip art courtesy of - 03/23/05 (replaced 03/23/09)

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!

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

 Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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