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03/21/07 - NNHS Newsletter
All by Myself

"Unless we love and are loved,
each of us is alone,
each of us is deeply lonely."

- Mortimer Adler
(28 Dec 1902 - 28 June 2001)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I chanced across some great Frank Sinatra midi files, and this seem to be the logical sequel to Monday's "On My Own" theme.  I hope you enjoy it, too.


   Happy Birthday Wishes to:

21 -
Bob Morgan ('56) of MA - 1938
22 -
 Cookie Phillips ('64) of VA - 1946
23 -   Richard Marshall ('66) of VA - 1948
24 -
  Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA - 1947
25 -   Billy Williams ('57)
25 -
  Joan McKenna Ward ('60) - 1942
25 -
  Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 1948
26 -
  Gene Collins Glave ('60) of SC

   Today is also my MIDDLE CHILD'S 30th Birthday!  WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT?!?  Oh, I mean, Happy Birthday, Joshua (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '95 - of IL!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!

   By the way, I've been horribly screwing up the birthday announcements all week.  I may have finished "amending history" by now, but if you found your birthday was not listed previously when it should have been, well, uh, GULP, I'm so very sorry! 


  Hit #58,500 was made sometime on the morning of Wednesday, March 21, 2007 when I wasn't paying attention.

  From Bobby Callis ('64) of WV - 03/17/07:

Hi, Carol,

..... Also on a different subject, you got my birthday and    Bobby Bloxom's ('64) switched. His is the 18th and mine is the 20th of February.

Thanks for the great job you do for all Typhoons.

   You know, Bobby, I was afraid that by not writing down that "Bobby-Bobby-Bobby" birthday story when you told it to me on 09/30/06 that I'd confuse it, and sure enough, I was right!  Oh, dear!    I'm sorry about that!  Well, I've changed it at last - quite belatedly, I must say, but it's done.

   On the other hand, I still haven't finished writing the Newsletters for 02/14 and 02/16 (not to mention 02/07!), so when I finally do, it'll appear as though I had my facts straight all along!

       02/07/07 - IN PROCESS

       02/14/07 - IN PROCESS

       02/16/07 - IN PROCESS

   Thanks, Sweetie!

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/19/07:

Hey, I just got this on my return from the dentist's office where I heard the good news that my bridge is BROKEN and we will have to do it all over again!!! SO, if I send this out as requested my BROKEN bridge will fix itself, and my dentist won't be able to vacation in Europe this year!! Besides, I couldn't stand another year of bad luck, maybe you can? I know it's late, but I just got it, that's what counts. The Leprechaun did dance his jig, what a guy!

I wish that I had had this on Friday or Saturday to send to you.  It looks like your kind of email.


Hope the Leprechaun dances his jig for you!



   The little leprechaun is dancing his heart out, Wayne Honey, so I hope he was able to magically mend your broken bridge! Thanks for sending him my way; I could stand a little bit o' the Luck o' the Irish meself!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/19/07 - "Tuesday thinks":

Pick The Picture that you like best according to the heading for a little personality profile at the end.
   WOWZERS!!!  This was fascinating - of course, I love stuff like this.....

Click on for 4 of each music types, in each category. Artists range from Elvis Presley, B-B King, Celine Dion, to Eninem.

   WOWZERONI!!!  This is SUPER cool!  In fact, I like it so much, I'm adding it to my Cluckmeat web page!

Interactive Mona Lisa - a couple of the faces are funny.

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  This is a hoot!

   Thanks for all three of these, Shari!

  From Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 03/19/07 - "What I've learned from Noah's Ark":


Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark. 

ONE: Don't miss the boat.

TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat.

THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

SIX: Build your future on high ground.

SEVEN: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

EIGHT: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

NINE: When you're stressed, float awhile.

TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.

   I really like this, Tommy - thanks!

From My Friend, Maurine (ummm, some HS somewhere in ID or UT..... - '65), of NC - 03/20/07 - "music that will bring back memories.....mmw":

For wonderful memory music click the year you want to hear and enjoy!!!!!!!;-) at this website...:


"Though we take things as we find them, we can always leave them better."
- Emily Bissell

   WOWZERONI!!!  How cool is this?!?  I'm adding this to my Cluckmeat web page, too!

   Thanks, Maurine!

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 03/20/07 - "Why you should shut your computer down at night":

When you go to bed at night and forget to shut down your computer, I think you ought to know what actually goes on. It's 2 AM and do you know where your icons are and what they are doing? Click on this site and you will see what happens when you leave the computer on during the night.  Turn up sound! 

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Actually, Judy, I only shut off my computer when the storm warnings approach - and then I do so very begrudgingly.  But I do turn of my monitor at nights (and assorted other times), because my monitor (like its owner) is showing some serious signs of aging!  Thanks, Lady!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/20/07 - "Wow..":

"On My Own" took me right back to Providence Performing Arts Theater where I had the privilege of seeing Les Mis several times.  I also saw it in New York with my daughter Becky years ago.  What a wonderful show.  I have the CD...and yes I sing around the house all the time.  My children used to get quite embarrassed because I have been known to sing in the grocery store..."she who sings prays twice".  Did you know that sometimes stroke victims who cannot talk can sing?  Yes it is true...a different part of the brain is engaged.  I have no idea how it works but somebody out there probably knows...

   I'm so glad you enjoyed the song, Jean!   We do seem to have remarkably similar tastes in many things!  You might like to see Lea Salonga singing it "live":

   No, I didn't realize that about stroke victims, but I do find it strangely comforting - thanks!

   And speaking of strokes (and brain damage).....

    From Bill Campbell of VA - 03/20/07 - "Campbell, not Anderson":

Hi Carol,

It's actually Bill Campbell, not Bill Anderson.

BTW, have you had the opportunity to listen to my CD, the one I gave you the last time I saw you? If so, what do you think of it?

Bill Anderson is a country musician, but I don't think he went to NNHS. Take care,
Bill Campbell

   EEEK!!!  Oh, somebody please just shoot me now!

   There's a long, involved explanation for this which I started to make, Bill, but as it explains nothing - not even to me - I'll dispense with it.  Suffice it to say, I knew it would happen eventually, and it will probably happen again.  It has something to do with a short-circuit in my so called brain, and absolutely nothing to do with you, or my memory of you, or my knowledge of who you really are, or Bill Anderson, or anything whatsoever,  I'll just say with a very red face that I'm deeply sorry.

   Actually, it gets worse.  Before I corrected it, I noticed that wrong name was linked to something which did not pertain to you - or him.  This means I lifted it intact from somewhere.  That in turn means that it exists somewhere else on the site in the same screwed-up form, and I've no idea where that place may be.  GRRRR....

   But - I now have your real name linked to your real web site on the Alumni Page:

   Your portrait, by the way, was always labeled correctly - and still is.

   I just checked TYPHOONMART to make certain it was properly linked there, only to discover I never added anything there whatsoever. 


   BUT - I do enjoy the CD very much - it's beautiful, very soothing and restful!  In fact, I'm listening to it right now (not that I ever become wildly agitated or anything....)

   And so at long last, I have added the CD - along with ordering instructions - to TYPHOONMART.  I also added details for ordering a copy of the PBS American Experience DVD: "The Living Weapon", in which   Norman Covert ('61) of MD, who served as public affairs officer and Command Historian at Fort Detrick (1977-1999), appears.

   I can personally highly recommend both of these products to y'all!

   (I have no doubt neglected to add several more items to this list which I had intended, so please send me those reminders......)

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 03/21/07 - "USS New York LPD-21":


My wife and I just got back from New Orleans, and a visit with my brother Buzzy (Blanchard - Kecoughtan HS - '68 - of LA). Buzzy works at Avondale shipyard. I have enclosed a picture of the USS New York LPD-21. The picture I have enclosed was taken on Feb. 19, 2007. As you can see, she is not ready to set sail yet. Buz says they are shooting for 9/11/2007 as a launch date. I hope they make it. The picture shown in the last newsletter is of the USS New Orleans LPD 19.

Monday, February 19, 2007
USS New York LPD-21

TYPHOON for life. Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62)

   WOWZERONI, Jerry!  What incredible timing you have!  Thanks so much for the update and the image!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/21/07 - "Happy Spring! and The Bell":




The Bell

Just up the road from my home is a field with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.  This alone is amazing.  If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell.  Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to her halter is a small bell.  It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.  As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray.  When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges.  God watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.  Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.

Good friends are like this.  You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.
   Author unknown-- GOD BLESS US

   Thank you again, Shari! This is a beautiful reminder!

  From Barbara Brewer ('69) of VA - 03/21/07 - "Add me to the list, etc.":

Hi Carol,
I have been delinquent and I apologize.    Bill Hobbs NNHS '66 (of Northern VA) has a birthday coming on the 25th and I would like to wish him a Happy Birthday.  It should also be noted that Kathy Vellines Plank ('72 - of VA) is a proud grandmother of Chloe, dob 3-20-07.  My birthday was on St. Paddy's Day, and in the true Irish tradition, I continue to party.
I wish everyone a Happy Spring! 
Barbara Brewer NNHS 1969

   YOU'VE been delinquent?!?  This is one one those case when the pot can hardly call the kettle black!  I was wondering why you asked to be added to the list, when "clearly" (to me, anyway!) you've been there for quite some time:

   Then I just checked the document on which I keep all the mailing list addies (and then some!), and guess what?!?  You weren't there!

   I've added you back where you belong, with once again no knowledge of how things can simply disappear.

   Yours was actually one of the very few birthdays in 2007 I actually managed to address on time - ACTUAL "on time", at that!

   So thanks for checking back in with me, Barbara - and warmest congratulations, Kathy!

  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 03/21/07 - "Hope you are better now":

Hi Carol.

Glad to hear you are feeling a little better. I sure have missed the old you and all those funny letters. Just in case you are feeling a little stressed after all those bouts with the Seasonal Ills, I thought you might like this little Stress Reliever that a friend sent to me.

Catherine Hudson

Just in case you are having a rough day, here is a stress management technique recommended in all the latest psychological journals.

Just follow the 7 steps below. The funny thing is that it really does work.

1. Picture yourself lying on your belly on a warm rock that hangs out over a crystal clear stream.

2. Picture yourself with both your hands dangling in the cool running water.

3. Birds are sweetly singing in the cool mountain air.

4. No one knows your secret place.

5. You are in total seclusion from that hectic place called the world.

6. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.

7. The water is so crystal clear that you can easily make out the face of the person you are holding underwater.

See? It really does work. You're smiling!

    Thanks so much, Cathy! You're right, you know - I am!


1.   From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 03/16/07 - "Re: HELLO":

Hi Carol,

Here I am again asking for another favor. Would you please post on your website how much we would love to find our 1962 classmates? I know that lots of folks that read your website, much more than our small 62 website. Our reunion is getting close (September 22) and we really would like to find as many as we can. We had a recent mailing and quite a few came back to us, such as wrong address, moved, etc. so sure would appreciate you putting that up for us.

You know also that you are always invited to attend our reunion. We really would like to invite all the classmates from 1960 to 1965 to attend our Friday night affair. Soon we will have a webpage with all the information and invitation on it.

I appreciate all you do and hope things are doing good for all of you now.

Again, thanks for the help. Keep up the GREAT WORK!

Brenda Williams
Typhoon Forever
"Be the change you wish to see in the world". -Ghandi

   Why, certainly, Brenda!   In fact, if you'll send me a list of your "missing", we'll post it and begin to search for them individually.

   Thank you for the invitation!  I'm delighted to see that you've opened your Friday night to include the two classes on either side of you.  It will be a fun time for all, and I'm glad to help you in any way that I can.

   I've posted your note here on your page:


2.     From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 03/18/07 - "60th Birthday Party":

If you would be so kind as to post this on your site, we would certainly appreciate the assistance.
The NNHS 1965 Reunion Team is back in action!  As much as we may not like it, we must face the fact that the majority of us will have our 60th birthday this year.  Even though we've only been out of school "a few years", we have verified that 60 is the correct number.  The 55th picnic was well received, so we're going to do the same thing for the 60th. 
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 30, 2007.  We'll be meeting at Shelter #4 at Newport News Park on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.   After some discussion among the Reunion Team, we decided this would be an open event with all NNHS classes welcome.  If you haven't yet reached 60, it will afford an opportunity to practice.  If you have, you can act like Jack Benny and move back a few years.  No matter the case, all are welcome.
It's never too early to make plans, so mark your calendar today and we'll follow up shortly with further information.  If you have any questions please contact Dave Arnold at (757) 618-6646.  We look forward to seeing you in June!

Dave Arnold

   YIPPEE!!!  Certainly, Dave!  I made you a brand new page, and our Wizard of Wonderment,    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA picked the perfect music for it:

   This information is now posted on the main page of the web site, and will be carried in each Newsletter from now until then.

   Thanks, Dave! Sounds like fun!

3.   From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA) - 03/18/07 - "Buckroe & Crossroads Entertainment Complex":

Supporters for saving Buckroe's Lots B as a professionally designed Bayfront city park.  with ample off-street public parking,  need to be aware there is still action you can take in the latest attempt to save Buckroe's Lots B as a magnificent bay front city park.
Even though Council picked Option B for Lots B on January 24, and Option B calls for the development of two of Buckroe's Lots B with residential housing, those lots cannot be sold to any developer without first going through a public hearing.   Until that time arrives, Hampton City Council needs to continue hearing from the public, and the public as a whole needs to know there is still hope.   Option B can be viewed on
The latest hope to save Lots B as a park has come up because of Hampton's new $200M Plan for the Crossroads Entertainment Complex which is scheduled to be developed in the Coliseum/Convention Center area.  
A Daily Press story on February 16 indicated Crossroads is going to need every ounce of help, vision and imagination a city government can commit in order to vie with the other entertainment venues in the area because, with seven, Hampton Roads  is thought to have more live-performance theaters per capita than any market in the country.
The following Letter to the Editor was printed in today's Daily Press.  It may explain the situation a little better but it also outlines what actions can be taken by anyone still concerned about saving Buckroe's Lots B for our now and future generations.
Why can't Council see the immense value of having both a Crossroads and a beautiful Bay front park, two uniquely different visitor-welcoming attractions,  to tout versus only one?    Further, if Buckroe is destroyed for thousands  by this Council and city staff, and if Crossroads doesn't make it, what unique attraction is Hampton going to be able to offer visitors and tourists in the future?
Why can't Council recognize visitors and tourists want beaches,  and if they don't find something welcoming and attractive in Buckroe they are going to travel to Yorktown or Virginia Beach.   And, believe me, after tourists have spent a long tiring round-trip to those beaches, either through the tunnel or on the interstate, they are not going to want to attend anything that night, no matter how entertaining.
How much better would it be for Hampton and the Crossroads Entertainment Complex to be able to advertise:
Please let Hampton City Council hear your thoughts on developing Buckroe into a welcoming, attractive world class city park to market along beside the Crossroads entertainment complex, and vice versa.  
Thank you.  Sandra Canepa

March 18, 2007

Crossroads & Buckroe

I applaud the Hampton City Council for considering everything the new Crossroads entertainment complex is expected to do for Hampton. The Daily Press reports that Hampton is looking for Crossroads to be "an attempt to make Hampton a destination" and is "looking for people to come in." ("Hampton's $200M plan," Feb. 15)

Buckroe Beach and Lots B have been the goose that has laid, and continue to lay, golden eggs in the form of attracting thousands of people and thousands of dollars in revenue to a proven destination. Now the council wants to cut up, sell off and destroy this known attraction in hopes its "new goose," the Crossroads complex, will lay the golden eggs for Hampton in the future.

How much more sense would it make for Hampton to have two major attractions to tout; one tried and true, but improved into a magnificent bayfront park with ample off-street parking, and the other, new and untried but needing all the help possible to compete with the other six entertainment complexes in the area.

The council is doing the XL Development Group a huge disservice by not doing all it can as the hosting city to help ensure it a success. Why would the council destroy one financially proven "one-of-a-kind" destination spot to lay all the onus on an unproven Crossroads in "an attempt to make Hampton a destination" when together the two certainly would be a winning ticket and better for everyone involved?

Doesn't it make good business sense for the council to reconsider its earlier vote on Buckroe's Lots B (view Option B at

Contact the council at 727-6315 or, and let them hear your thoughts on developing Buckroe along with the Crossroads complex.

Sandra Canepa


   Thank you so much, Sandra!  I'm delighted to see there's still hope and that you and your committee are still working so diligently to save this for all of us.

   Now, y'all do your part, too!


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1965 will celebrate their 60th Birthdays
 on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at Shelter #4 at Newport News Park on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News from 2:00 - 6:00 PM.   This will be an open event with all NNHS classes welcome. 
If you haven't yet reached 60, it will afford an opportunity to practice.  If you have, you can act like Jack Benny
and move back a few years.  No matter the case, all are welcome.
It's never too early to make plans, so mark your calendar today and we'll follow up shortly with further information. 
  We look forward to seeing you in June!

 CONTACT: Dave Arnold at or call him at 757-618-6646.


The NNHS Class of 1960
will hold a
Typhoon Informal Reunion

on Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at the lovely beach
home of Mary Ann Edwards Elliot on Willoughby
Spit. This will be an afternoon into evening beach
party with covered dish dinner.

Karen Weinstein Witte
14314 Wadsworth Dr. Odessa, FL  33556


The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast
on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!

  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/02/07 - "Amazing chalk drawings on the road"
(#18 in a Series of 28):


Hi Carol ... check out these pictures! They would be good to use one at a time for your newsletter.

Take care!


More chalk drawings from Julian Beever.  Incredible!!!!!  Julian is an English artist who's famous 
for his 3D art on the pavements of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium.
Girl in Swimming Pool seen in Reverse from Opposite Side of Drawing

   That they would; they're incredible!  Thanks, Babe!

   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

All by Myself

- Eric Carmen, 1975

(Frank Sinatra)

When I was young
I never needed anyone
Making love was just for fun
That day is done

Livin' alone
I think about the friends I've known
But when I dial the telephone
Nobody's home

All by myself
Don't wanna' be
All by myself
All by myself
Don't wanna' live
All by myself

Never too sure
Sometimes I'm so insecure
The love that's distant and obscure
Remains the cure

All by myself
Don't wanna' be
All by myself
All by myself
Don't wanna' live
All by myself


All by myself
Don't wanna' be
All by myself
All by myself
Don't wanna' live
All by myself

When I was young
I never needed anyone
And making love was just for fun
Those days are gone

"All by Myself" midi courtesy of - 03/20/07

"All by Myself" lyrics courtesy of - 03/20/07

John Tobin Digital Image, "...It's all gone...All alone...", courtesy of - 03/20/07

Tiny Purple Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of one of the 32 pages of - 08/20/05

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

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/060

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

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

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

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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