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03/24/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Stand by Me

“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel
drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series
of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.”

 - Samuel Johnson
(18 Sept 1709 - 13 Dec 1784)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's Newsletter theme is being repeated from nearly four-and-a-half years ago, though whatever the images were then, there're long gone now: 

BONUS - - Ben E. King - Stand by Me

   Normally, when I "rerun" a theme, it is on the anniversary of its first appearance, which greatly simplifies my life. I'm using it out of order today because of the following note:


        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 03/23/09 - "great musical video":

I think this link is so great that I want to share it. Wish I had it on DVD.
Here’s a version of the Ben E. King classic “Stand by Me” for our times:  

   Oh, WOW!!! I can't do anything about providing you with a DVD, but I can let this fabulous video star on today's Newsletter!

  Thanks, Gorgeous!



1. and 2.   From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/21/09, 2:35 PM - but somehow neglected to be carried by ditzy webmistress until today!  - "   Monty (Phillips - '62 - of VA) and   Jerry (Allen - '65 - of VA) update":

Greetings friends and family,
This past week has been interesting to say the least.  A lot of life's lessons have been confirmed.  The main ones are: "you can do what you have to do as long as you just do it", "God will help you through it", and "friends and family praying for you provides the insurance policy".
Monty's liver scan went pretty well, but the results are not yet known.  His biopsy scheduled a 10 AM was bumped up to noon due to emergencies.  Then it was cancelled due to unfavorable blood work results (clotting factors).  I took him to see the gastroenterologist in the afternoon.  He ordered more blood work and said that he would get him in next week for an endoscopy.  After I took him to IHOP for some food (he had not eaten and it was almost 5 PM), I took him home. 
On the way home, I stopped at Riverside Hospital to pick up Jerry who was being discharged after two days of x-rays, CT's, EKG, echocardiogram, bloodwork, ultrasound and MRI.  I had taken him to ER after picking him up at work on Wednesday.  He had symptoms that could have been signs of stroke.  When all was said and done, the verdict is TIA.  He was very tired on Friday, but much better.  We did enjoy a wonderful dinner celebrating 3 birthdays--   Cookie's (Phillips Tyndall - '64 - of VA),   Richard Marshall's ('66 - of VA) and our daughter, Kelly's. Now, he has a cold which he got in the hospital.  Today, we are taking it easy.  He is still pretty tired.  We did go to Cracker Barrel and get brunch.  That is one of his favorite spots. It is a beautiful day and we enjoyed getting out, but I think we will both take a nap now.
I called Monty and he is having a good day.
Thanks again, everyone.  Love and prayers for Janice and Fred.  Hang in there!

3.      From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 03/23/09, 9:30 PM - "Another Good Day Monday March 23rd":

There was so much improvement today from yesterday....two good days in a row!!!!

He even walked 4 times really wears him out quickly...but the more he does, the more strength he'll have.

A physical therapist will start working with him tomorrow.

Another higher grade air mattress was ordered....but had not been put on his bed when I left at 7:30 pm. Hopefully it will be placed by the time he gets in the bed for the night.

He gets his finger pricked every two hours.....his sugar level should be 130 to get off the insulin....but the last result was over 180. They also x-ray him every morning at 5:00 am....and do blood work around 6:00 shots of heparin in the stomach area. Not much rest for him!!

He does look so much better.....still he is NOT supposed to talk....and that's about the hardest thing for him right now.

Thanks for care and prayers.....we all appreciate to all .....Janice & Family

   SUPER NEWS all around! Thank you, Judy and Janice! We're still praying!



    A Beary Happy Birthday  today to   Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    the late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007) AND      Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND   Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

26 -   Gene Collins Glave ('60) of SC;

28 - Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 and '68) of VA;

29 -   David Hatchett ('65) of VA;

31- Webb Edwards ('57)  AND       Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL AND   Tina Crowder Adderholdt ('65) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/23/09 - "DATES TO REMEMBER":

In the interest of accuracy … the 64/45 reunion is sked for Friday and Saturday, 9 & 10 October … not 10 & 11.....

   OH NO!!!!! That means I've messed up all the Newsletters all the way back to who knows when! ARGHHH!!!! Thanks for letting me know, David! I've fixed the last couple of issues, and I'll fix those older editions as soon as I'm able.....


 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/23/09:

Hi Carol! 

Hope you’re settled and feeling fine!!! 

I am so glad you added the music and words to May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You!  I hadn’t heard this in a long time!  I love it!  And it’s really neat you added the link about Meredith Willson!  Thanks! 


   Thank you, Sarah Sugah! That's one of the added benefits for y'all of my having such obsessive compulsive tendencies! The lyrics and outrageously thorough credits have been Newsletter staples since the git-go, and with the development of Wikipedia and YouTube, background information on practically everything and everyone as well as BONUS videos are added whenever possible.

   Today's edition is no exception. As I frequently tell people, if you haven't scrolled down as far as possible on each page, chances are excellent you've missed a great deal of information - which may or may not prove valuable (or at least interesting) to you!


From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 03/23/09 - "KARRIN IS RETIRING ON 31 MAR 09 SO WILL HAVE A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS":

Dear friends and family: 

I will be retiring from the US Army Corps of Engineers after 24.5 years of service on 31 Mar 09.  I have had a great time working here at Craney Island and am hopeful that my title of “Queen of Craney” will be retired as that was given to me by Col. Carroll

If this office was over on the peninsula, I’d work until Joe (Dickson - '66 - of VA) can retire at 62 in Jan 2010.  However, the 28 mile ride to work everyday (one way) just has gotten too much.  I will also be going in for left knee replacement  on  22 Apr at Mary Immaculate Hospital so I can be back to normal so I can ride our 2001 Honda Goldwing to Maggie Valley, NC on 21 May and out to our annual Honda WingDing in Tulsa, OK on 27 Jun.

My home email address is _________________ so please send any emails there and NOT to the work one AFTER 27 MAR! If you would like to call me, my home number is ___-____ or Verizon cell ___-____.

Thanks again for a great 24.5 years.


a.k.a. “Queen of Craney Island”

a.k.a “Motorcycle Mama”

VA-O Williamsburg

   Congratulations once more, Karrin! Enjoy your well-earned retirement; let me know if you'd like your email addy published!

   Let us know how your knee surgery goes, too!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/23/09 - "The Tree": - We All Need a Tree!

   Thank you, Shari! What a valuable reminder for us all!


  From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA - 03/23/09:

.....We (some members of the Class of 1967) were together Friday night as we try to have a dinner w/locals every 3 months or so.....

Thanks so much for all your hard work keeping us informed of fellow Typhoons.  We love it & hope things are going well with your new location :-)


   How delightful! When I first moved back east seven-and-a-half years ago, I had envisioned something like that! Alas, it didn't happen as often as I'd have liked because I ended up too far away from The Sacred Soil, but it still always delights me when I hear of others taking advantage of that opportunity!

   Thanks again for your help, Marty!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/23/09 - "A diver calls his sister after having a bad day at work ( Funny)":

"Hi Sue,

"Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother.  Last week I had a bad day at the office.  I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not so bad after all. 

"Before I can tell you what happened to me, I first must bore you with a few technicalities of my job. As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea.  I wear a suit to the office.  It's a wetsuit.  This time of year the water is quite cool.  So what we do to keep warm is this:

"We have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful temperature. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose. Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I've used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wetsuit. This floods my whole suit with warm water.  It's like working in a Jacuzzi.

"Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it.  This only made things worse. Within a few seconds my butt started to burn. I realized what had happened. "The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now, since I don't have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn't stick to it. However, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate. When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into the crack of my butt. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. 

"His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with five other divers, were all laughing hysterically.  Needless to say I aborted the dive. I was instructed to make three agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling thirty-five minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression. When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet. As I climbed out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't poop for two days because my butt was swollen shut.

"So, next time you're having a bad day at work, think about how much worse it would be if you had a jellyfish shoved up your butt.

"Now repeat to yourself, "I love my job, I love my job, I love my job."  And whenever you have a bad day, ask yourself: is this a 'jellyfish bad day?'


   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Shari! It's good to keep a healthy perspective!


    From John Murden ('60) of VA - 03/23/09 - "Stonewall Jackson Data Update":


I can add a little information re: Tommy Koger - for the Stonewall Jackson elementary school picture and data.

Tom moved to Middlesex after the 10th grade at NNHS. He played both football and basketball there; I used to follow his exploits via the Daily Press.

I know he attended the Apprentice School. I believe he still resides in the NN-Hampton area.

Hope you are doing well and enjoying the warm teasers of spring!  It is getting warmer out there in the mid-west, ain't it!

Keep up the great work; your efforts are truly appreciated (and amazed at!)!


   Thanks so much, John! I filled in those blanks on the Stonewall Jackson School page:


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/23/09 - "NNHS 64/45 Planning to Attend":

Maurine Burnett Frank of VA

   Thanks, Brown Eyes! I've added her name to that page:


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/23/09 - "  Cookie's (Phillips Tyndall - '64 - of VA) Birthday":

Here is Cookie celebrating her ?? birthday.  Isn't she just beautiful?  She looks more like she is from the Class of '84 rather than '64.
Compliments of her proud cousin.

   That beautiful Cookie always looks fabulous and far younger than she's "posta" by all that's fair! Thanks so much for this happy photograph, Judy Dear!


    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 03/23/09 - "reunion":


  It is this story about the "four horsemen of NNHS" that makes me proud of my school and your hard work.

I really loved the before pictures over the after pictures. Perfect. You know these guys really look good. Gives me hope for when I get THAT old.

Al, Don, David, and Ed, "you done good", and thanks for inviting us to your Reunion. I enjoyed it as much as being there; I'm still smiling....

Linda May ' 66


   Thanks, Linda May! I'm glad you enjoyed Don's entire account - and the pictures - as much as I did!


 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/23/09 - "Saunders Stadium":

Ok, girlfriend, I have SO been taught a lesson!  I was just reading yesterday’s newsletter and it is the FIRST I’ve heard of the Navy tearing down the stadium.  HOW SAD!!!  It hurt my heart!  Guess I’d better keep up!  The pictures are really great.  Thanks,        Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA), and others who took those pics!  Guess I should have never left!  You go away, you come home and half the town is gone and they give away your high school!  I wonder how close we can get to the stadium now. 

Also, get yourself well!  That’s an order!!  Stay well!!! 


   Thanks, Sarah Sugah! I don't know how much publicity has been given to the demolition of the now unsafe stadium. Those who were given the last tour of NNHS/Huntington Hall in conjunction with the Reunion for the Class of 1968 were told the sad news - and I thought I announced it here after that; perhaps I didn't. I understand the demolition is scheduled to begin on April 1.

   I'll try to stay well, Lady!



   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 03/12/09 - "Have a Giggle (#9 in a series of 13)":

Hi Carol!
Glad you are settling in to your new home!
After hearing me complain about my doctor getting on me about losing another 10 pounds my wife sent me the attached email for future excuses I can give him!
Have to admit I never thought of these and may use them next visit, when I know I will have probably gained another 10 pounds.
In case you need some newsletter filler sometime, I included the "Herman" comic attachments also!

Hope you enjoy them, and thanks again for keeping us in touch with our glory days.

Best to all!
Butch Ragland, NNHS '63
Colorado Springs, CO

   GIGGLES!!! These are great, Butch - thanks!



1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 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

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

5. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964


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   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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Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

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Stand by Me
Written by Ben E. King (28 Sept 1938), Jerry Leiber (b. 25 Apr 1933), and Mike Stoller (b. 13 Mar 1933)
(Ben E. King), 1961

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we'll see
No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh, now now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin', darlin', stand by me-e, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me


"Stand by Me" midi courtesy of - 11/29/04

"Stand by Me" lyrics courtesy of - 11/29/04

Friendship Bears clip art courtesy of - 03/23/09

Teddy Bear Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 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!

Embarrassed Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/01/09

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

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

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

Animated Head-Bonking Smiley courtesy of - 02/20/09

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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