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04/08/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
This Nearly Was Mine

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: 'It might have been.'”

- John Greenleaf Whittier
(17 Dec 1807 - 07 Sept 1892)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Perhaps it was all the conversation about our varied interpretations of Paradise, I'm not sure, but my newly activated Magic Shower quite clearly sang this song to me yesterday.

BONUS - - This Nearly Was Mine - Mario Lanza, 1956

BONUS - - This Nearly Was Mine - Jerome Hines

BONUS - - This Nearly Was Mine - José Carreras, 1986

BONUS - - This Nearly Was Mine - Paolo Szot

BONUS - - This Nearly Was Mine - Paul Austin Kelly with The Kenny Clayton Trio


     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 04/07/09, 8:31 PM - "Fred at Home 5th day":

Good Evening.....although it still feels like it should be morning...the day goes by SO fast.....last night was not ideal....I won't go into all the details....but we had a rough time from 7:30 until about 12:30 am.....and then Fred was up 3 more times during the night...we were able to sleep solid from about 6-9 am.
He IS doing better.....but it's going to take a long long time......I don't think I have ever been so tired in my life....(at least when I've been well).....I'm not complaining....but I could sure use a nice warm sunny day at the beach in a beach chair watching the clouds go by and the waves roll in.
Thanks for the prayers.....there are still needed.....we sure don't want him to have to go back into the hospital.  The home nurse came this morning and she could see a big difference in him since Friday.....and was pleased at my nursing skills as far as keeping dressings clean and dry.
We see the surgeon tomorrow.....and I think Fred is excited about another little car ride....I'm trying to build him up for the walking he must do tomorrow just to get into the doctor's office!

I hope tomorrow that our "schedule" is what I want it to be.

Thanks for the prayers...they are still needed!!! to all...Janice

   OH, MY! Our prayers continue with you both in this newest stage of your journey to Fred's recovery, Janice!


   Happy Birthday this week to:

10 -   Skip Wood ('65) of NC;

11 -      Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA AND   Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA AND    Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA;

12 - Harvey Weinstein ('57) AND   Richard Rawls ('71) of VA;

13 - Gil Hughes ('64);

14 -   Linda DeShazo Hatchett (’65) of VA;

15 -   George Helliesen ('61) of MI!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 04/07/09 - "Re: The Man Who Knew Too Much":

Hi Carol,
Well, you are right of course.  I mentioned that Alfred Hitchcock was my favorite all time film director and I have a number of books about his films and every one of them says The Man Who Knew Too Much starring James Stewart and Doris Day was released in 1956.  I also own almost all of his movies on either DVD or VHS.  My confusion came from looking at the movie cover instead of one of my books for the date.  The box said copyright 1955 which in this case was the year before the movie was released to the public.  My apologies.
Go Blue & Gold
Sydney Dearing

   Oh, not at all, Sydney! Dating movies is often a tricky question, not only for the copyright reason which you cited, but because often we remember so clearly when we first saw them. That might be misleading, as movies are frequently released at year's end, and we might not see them until several weeks or months later, but that date is firmly engraved on on our hearts and minds.

   Curiously, I myself have had that movie laid out by my bed to watch for a couple of weeks now. I've watched (again for the umpteenth time!) The Trouble with Harry (1955) and Saboteur (1942); The Man Who Knew Too Much is fast approaching!

   Thanks, Sweetie!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 04/07/09 - "Be-Lo Page":

You may want to also add the Jefferson Avenue address of the old Be-Lo store there to the heading of your page - which may be more relevant to NNHS people?
Thanks for adding it to the site!

   Thank you for catching that oversight, Eric - and for all the research you did on Be-Lo's!

   Not being able to find my way out of a paper bag myself, I would have no knowledge of the relevance to others among us. I'm sure my own family shopped at many places, but at the moment I personally can only recall buying groceries at the Colonial Store in the Stuart Gardens Shopping Center, Bud's / Jim's, and Sammy's.

    From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 04/07/09 - "        Renee (Dick Romulus - Booker T. Washington HS - '80 - of Northern VA)":

Hi Carol,

I don't want to leave out
      Eleanor's (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) daughter, Renee, and her three girls,   Ashley, Laura, and Shannon. They were all at both     Mom's and  Dad's funerals. And I will be eternally grateful that they made time to come.

Love to all,

   Thank you, Jean! We were all thankful that we could be there with your families, too!

   I still miss talking to your mama on the phone, giggling with her, and generally engaging in random goofiness! We used to see who would be first to call the other on Christmas morning to sing the Pogo Christmas Carol to each other:

Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Washington and Kalamazoo.
Nora's freezing on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower, Alley Ga-Roo!

   So few people remember the classics anymore. Sigh.

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 04/07/09 - "Response to     Jean (Atkinson Mallory - Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65 - of VA) and others":

I just read the sweet note from your cousin, Jean.  What a special person she must be. I thank her for thinking of us and remembering us in daily prayer.  It is so wonderful to have these wonderful people plugged into the website.  I feel so much better knowing that I am connected to so many special people.  It truly is a special family.  I have received so many nice emails of encouragement and love.  I feel so close to so many people that I am about to burst with LOVE.  You guys are the greatest!
Remember, I pray for you all, too.
God bless you.....every one.

   Thank you, Dearest Judy! You're right - she is! And the family we've all become here is quite incredible, too! I used to have strange dreams where all the people I knew or ever knew were all interacting together, and now it seems - they are!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 04/07/09 - "John W. Daniel School":

Somewhere in the back of my mind is the thought of John Daniels School being a bad school that no one wanted  to go to. I remember going to Walter Reed School and thought I was going to be transferred to Daniels but it never happened. But I was told that it was a bad school. Anyone else ever get that same info?

Glenn Dye

   "A BAD School?!?" Oh, WOW, I don't remember ever hearing THAT one! I doubt any of its numerous graduates among us would agree with that assessment, either! I imagine we'll be having a mighty onslaught of defenses quite soon now!

   I should think that's probably one of those "SEZ WHO?!?" issues, often conceived from a biased perspective:

   My school's better than your school.
My school's better than YOURS!

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

   Thanks, Glenn - this one ought to be fun!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/07/09 - "Quotations and the Last of My Weird E-mail Titles":

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"
 --Mary Anne Radmacher
"Not everything that can be counted, counts and everything that counts be counted."
- Albert Einstein


the last of my weird e-mail titles..........

I'm not four flushing

Newbie's mind explodes! Gross!

All Tattooed And No Place To Go

The blackberry jam tastes fishy

Woot Woot Webinar (webinars are educational, not "woot woot")

Do you suck at making money?

The Burning Bra of Freedom

Super Chicken

Are you eating the web?

Avoid Stinky Mops

Baking Away Bitterness

Oh The Irony!

Pull The Motorized Bar Stool Over

Wanted: Overweight Women Ages 30 to 60

Are you an Obama momma?

A Certified Phone Wussy...

Bump Bump Bump Bump Man

A face worth fifteen bucks

Are you a lonesome loser?

Here's the Money Honey

Want 9 ways to dress up your ebooks? (remember when there were paperdolls?)

The Dreaded Combover

I can teach you how to flirt

Flush pounds of black tar TOXIC waste out of your intestines (ew)

Do you have $$$100,000 to spare?

It tastes exactly like you would expect.

The dirt on your face comes from graveling in the mud

twinkle twinkle flush flush

Don't Pity The Fool

Cash Cow MEGA Cash Cow

In 48 hours, POOF

Oops just a little gas emission

WARNING You've been downgraded- okay never heard of them before

Let's just say that I have issues

No it's not some crappy freebie

Light Of Death

You're invited.........Just You (sure and whoever else is on the mailing list)

   Thanks, Shari!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/07/09 - "NN Neighborhoods":

All this discussion about the location of NN ‘hoods got me to researching. I found this page, which places NN streets in their named neighborhoods.

Once I found it, I searched (using the PDF search) for “Warwick Gardens” and “Betsy Lee Gardens”. The hits were streets in those ‘hoods, which I located on a map and, thus, placed the ‘hood.

Bottom Line:

Warwick Gardens is roughly bounded by Jefferson Avenue, Gloucester Drive, Marshall Avenue, and Nansemond Avenue.

Betsy Lee Gardens is roughly bounded by Jefferson Avenue, Briarfield Road, Marshall Avenue, and Ellen Road.

   This IS a fun little page, Captain - thanks! I added this new resource to the introductory pages, plus those boundaries to the two pages in question:


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/07/09 - "Bizarre Courtroom Testimony":

Bizarre Courtroom Testimony

Q: You say the stairs went down to the basement?
A: Yes.
Q: And these stairs, did they go up also?

Q: Can you describe the individual?
A: He was about medium height and had a beard.
Q: Was this a male, or a female?

Q: Now, Mrs. Johnson, how was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?

Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies have been performed on dead people.

Q: Could you see him from where you were standing?
A: I could see his head.
Q: And where was his head?
A: Just above his shoulders.

Q: What is the meaning of sperm being present?
A: It indicates intercourse.
Q: Male sperm?
A: That is the only kind I know.

Q: What is your relationship with the plaintiff?
A: She is my daughter.
Q: Was she your daughter on February 13, 1979?

Q: Were you acquainted with the deceased?
A: Yes, sir.
Q: Before or after he died?

Q. Did you ever stay all night with this man in New York?
A: I refuse to answer that question.
Q: Did you ever stay all night with this man in Chicago?
A: I refuse to answer that question.
Q: Did you ever stay all night with this man in Miami?
A: No.

     Thanks again, Shari!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 24, 25, and 26, 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:

Your NNHS 64/45 Reunion Committee is pleased to announce that musical entertainment has been arranged for our Reunion.

On Friday evening, we will dance to the tunes of DJ, Susan Voss. Those of you who attended our “Turning Sixty” Party in 2006 at Spirit Events will remember Susan’s talent and energy.

On Saturday night we have engaged the band, LP & Company, headed by L.P. Butler. I could tell you how great they are, but you can see for yourself on the video at their web site:

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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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This Nearly Was Mine

Music by Richard Rodgers
(28 June 1902 - 30 Dec 1979)

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
(12 July 1895 - 23 Aug 1960)

From South Pacific, 1949

One dream in my heart,
One love to be livin' for,
One love to be livin' for
This nearly was mine.

One girl for my dream,
One partner in paradise,
This promise of paradise
This nearly was mine.

Close to my heart she came
Only to fly away,
Only to fly as day flies from moonlight
Now, now I'm alone,
Still dreamin' of paradise,
Still sayin' that paradise
Once nearly was mine.

I'll keep rememberin' kisses
From lips I've never owned,
And all that lovely adventures
That we have never known.

One dream in my heart,
One love to be livin' for,
One love to be livin' for
This nearly was mine.

Close to my heart she came
Only to fly away,
Only to fly as day flies from moonlight.

Now, now I'm alone,
Still a-dreamin' of paradise,
Still sayin' that paradise
Once nearly was mine!

"This Nearly Was Mine" midi courtesy of - 04/07/09

"This Nearly Was Mine" lyrics courtesy of - 04/08/09

Pink Roses Bouquet clip art courtesy of - 04/04/05

Pink Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/04/05

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!!

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

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy, of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tommy!

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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

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