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04/15/08 - NNHS Newsletter -

"I've never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though
some are painful. I don't understand people who hide from their past.
Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now."

- Sophia Loren
(b. 20 Sept 1934)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Nat King Cole was singing to me again last night.  As always, he made it seem so very effortless - just like this.

BONUS - - Stardust - Nat King Cole


1.   Sue David Kline ('68) of ? - 04/14/08 - "Hi":

Hi Carol,
   Frank Blechman ('65 - of Northern VA) told me about the NNHS website and it is so much fun.  My brother,   Buddy David ('61 - of VA) is married to Frank's sister,    Libby Blechman David ('61 - of VA).  I graduated in '68.
I'm so glad to know about your site now, and will enjoy so much perusing all the neat entries.
Sue David Kline

  Sue! I was just thinking about you the other day.....

  I've added your name and junior portrait to the Alumni page for your class:

   Welcome aboard, Sue - and thanks, Frank!


   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 - David Jones ('57);
18 -
  Monty Phillips ('62) of VA AND    Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA;

21 -         My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of OH!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  

From the Daily Press - 04/11/08 - "Ella Fitzgerald Way to jazz up part of 24th Street":,0,6795396.story

   This article and photograph showing the former Walter Reed School in the background is now posted:

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/13/08 - "A Virginian Heroic Story":

HeroicStories #747: 12 April 2008        

A Class Act                                                Story Editor:
by Catherine Granger Glover                                          Joyce Schowalter
North Carolina, USA

There were eight of us, for five years, back in the late 1980's and early 1990's. I had adopted three boys born of my ex-husband's first marriage. I also had my daughter, and my two nieces and nephew, staying while their mom left an abusive relationship, and me. We were a mixed family, but full of love and luck.

For the holidays, I started picking up little things in February, so I'd have something for each child. Working four 10-hour days weekly gave me one weekday to shop while they were in school.

Each year we carefully filled out "adopt a family" forms asking each child's age, height, weight, favorite color and sports team, and desires. Thanks to various giving organizations, I didn't have to budget money for holiday dinners.

We often received very nice gifts for each child, however most were clothes or very generic items. The kids were always thankful to have new items. My 'big bucks went to finding a special gift for each (usually a thrift store, dollar store, or clearance item), which they would know was purchased just for them.

In 1991, my daughter was 7 and wished for a baby doll more than anything in the world. She knew Santa would bring her a baby doll, carriage, and all the tools to care for her baby. I found an inexpensive umbrella stroller, a cheap doll, and even some clothes and a bottle, but feared they would break quickly. She was thrilled, as were all the kids with their 'big' presents.

Then it came time to open the 'charity' gifts. There was more than one for each child, which confused us but was fun. Each child opened what it expected to be a piece of clothing, or generic dollar store toy. As the wrappings came off, whoops of pure joy resounded around the room, and I sat in stunned silence.

Each child had received something just for them! My daughter received a wonderful baby doll with a full set of clothes, and everything to take care of it -- bottles, diapers, bibs, etc. The boys each received a regulation-size ball and a correctly sized team jersey for their favorite team. My nieces received 'real' versions of the items they had asked for. There was even a present for me, a small photo album to hold photographs.

I don't remember the exact class that adopted us that year, only that it was from Springfield High School, Virginia. We didn't know how they raised the funds to buy the presents, or why they adopted a whole family rather than just contributing gifts to a drive.

I only know that whenever Christmas comes around I send my thanks out once again for that wonderful year. 16 years later we still talk of the joy that class brought to our whole family. About the year that not only were our needs met, but a caring respect for us as individuals was added.

   What a beautiful story, Shari! Thank you so much!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/13/08 - "Amazing Way To Lose Weight!":

Why hasn't someone told us about this before?  From now on I'll never weigh myself any other way!!

Very important, do not delete......

I'm glad I found this out.

How to weigh yourself...

I can't believe I was doing it wrong all these years...

We must get the word out. 

 Joyce Cahoon

   That's it! At last, a solution to one of my greatest problems! Thanks so much, Joyce! Why, this will fix everything!

    From Linwood Wright ('65) of VA - 04/14/08 - "NASA Photo! Don't Delete!":

  Dear All:

This photo is a very rare one, taken by NASA. This kind of event occurs once in 3000 years.

This photo has done miracles in many lives.

Make a wish ... you have looked at the eye of God. Surely you will see the changes in your life within a day!

This is a picture NASA took with the Hubbell telescope.

Eye of God

Called "The Eye of God," it is ...awesome, and worth sharing.

During the next 60 seconds, Stop whatever you are doing, and take this opportunity.

(Literally it is only One minute!)

Thank GOD for keeping his eye on you and praise Him for all he does !

   WOWZERONI!!!  What an incredible image! And I never turn down an opportunity to say a quick prayer - especially one of gratitude. Thanks so much, Sweetie!

From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 04/14/08 - "Hello to         Nancy Dearing Berry ('62 - of TX)":

Delighted to see Nancy Dearing Berry ('62 - of TX)  is on the NNHS site.  We were Woodrow Wilson classmates a 100 years ago.  She was always such fun and had beautiful hair and a contagious laugh. 

"Those were the days".

Eva Ellis Madagan

 One hundred years?? Has it been that long since we were all in elementary school?!? No wonder I feel so crummy!

   Thanks, Eva!

    From Johnnie Bateman ('67 / '70) of VA - 04/14/08 - "Class of 70 marriage":


A couple from the class of 70 got married this past Saturday 4/12/08.

   No kidding?!? Well, congratulations to the happy pair - whoever they may be!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/14/08 - "Letter From a Farm Kid":



Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well.  Hope you are.  Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile.  Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled. 

I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 AM, but I am getting so I like to sleep late.  

Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing. Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water.

Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food plus yours holds you till noon when you get fed again.  

It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much. We go on 'route marches,' which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A 'route march' is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks. The country is nice but awful flat. The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none. 

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys.  I have to be real careful though, they break real easy.  It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home.  I'm about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6' and 130 pounds and he's 6'8' and near 300 pounds dry. 

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in. 

      Your loving daughter,  

 Joyce Cahoon

   Thanks again, Joyce!

  From Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC - 04/14/08 - "ATC":

I noticed Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59)  made a comment about Atlanta Air Traffic Control Tower.  In the 22 years I worked there a lot of interesting things happened.  Some funny and some not so funny. 
Have a great day and I appreciate your work on the newsletters.
Retired in Asheville, NC
Alan Nesbitt (64)

   I would imagine you pretty much saw it all, Alan! Thanks so much!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/15/08:
"Dumb Luck" - Funny!
An appropriate song for me this week.....
Christina Aguilera -- FIGHTER

The Black Death

In the book Killing Giants, Pulling Thorns, Charles R. Swindoll writes about the Black Death and the superstitions that resulted from it.

"Someone came up with the foolish idea that polluted air brought on the plague.  So, people began to carry flower petals in their pockets, superstitiously thinking the fragrance would ward off the disease. Groups of victims, if they were able to walk, were taken outside the hospitals.

Holding hands, they walked in circles around rose gardens, breathing in deeply the aroma of the blooming plants. In some cases, the patient couldn't get out of bed, so the attending physicians filled their pockets with bright-colored petals from English posy plants. While visiting the patient they walked around the bed sprinkling the posy petals on and around the victim.

As death came closer, another superstitious act was employed with sincerity. Many felt if the lungs could be freed from pollution, life could be sustained. So, ashes were placed in a spoon and brought up near the nose, causing a hefty sneeze or two. But neither flowers nor sneezes retarded the raging death rate. Not until the real cause was discovered, the bite of fleas from diseased rats, was the plague brought in check.

The awful experience gave birth to a little song which innocent children still sing at play. It was first heard from the lips of a soiled, old man pushing a cart in London, picking up bodies along an alley:

Ring around the roses,
A pocket full of posies;
Ashes, ashes, We all fall down."

~Submitted by Maria Pupillo, Broadview Heights, OH~

   Thanks, Shari! I heard twenty years ago that this nursery rhyme descended from the plague, but the version I heard differed slightly.  "Mine" said the "ring around the roses" denoted the pustules themselves which later developed rings around them, and ashes referred both to the grey color of the victims' skin, and the fact that they were soon going to the grave - "ashes to ashes".  "All fall down" indicated that plague victims would literally fall as they sickened.  Maybe both versions are valid, and perhaps the truth is no longer to be found - or is it?? 

   Snopes, anyone?

   OH, WOWZERS!!! I'm crushed!!! Another favorite myth of mine shattered! Sigh.

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 04/14/08:

   This is quite interesting and informative! Thank you, Dicky Darlin' - for everything!

  From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 04/14/08 - "Thanks, Babe!":

Thanks for including my subtle plug...  And the "Boogah-Bear"  line is great!  I'll have to include it in something...  Humm.. Now what will THAT play be about? 
And take more naps.  They're good for you.

   Certainly - glad you like that line; I always thought it was hysterical! And don't worry about my getting enough naps, Honey! It's staying awake that's becoming a problem!

   Thanks, Bill!

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal

3. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups.....

6.   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - gallbladder surgery on 03/12/08

7. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever

8. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08; update of 03/22/08: recovering nicely

9. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08;  update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"

10. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"

11.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008; update of 03/17/08: still needing our prayers; update of 04/14/08 - SEE ABOVE

12.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08; update of 03/10/08: still being sedated while not on the ventilator, but made it for nine hours on 03/09/08; "holding his own"; update of 03/17/08: not much progress, but no regression, either; update of 03/24/08: "some good days and some bad days; the doctors caring for Herbie are just taking a wait and see approach and playing it by ear day by day"; update of 03/31/08: stays awake longer, off the ventilator longer, now enjoying his beloved opera, card shower requested;  update of 04/07/08: "He is still about the same, but some days better, some worse; stays off the vent for as along as eleven hours"; update of 04/14/08 - "will blink his eyes if Heidi asks him to, but response. The doctors are puzzled. "

13. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA - recovering from surgery on her ankle; update of 04/05/08: "has had a cast reapplied and then replaced in the past 2 weeks, and will have to have the pin in her ankle replaced on April 22nd.  She is in good spirits and gets around on a little scooter.  She can't use crutches because of back surgery fairly recently.  She has a lot of pain and discomfort with that, too"; update of 04/14/08: "doing better and sounded great (on 04/12)"

14. Jesse Kersey ('58) of VA: update of 04/14/08 - "remains hospitalized, continues to undergo tests, and doctors suspect the problem may be thyroid related"

15. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain; update of 03/13/08: "better, but still a bit away from 'good'"

16. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08; update of 03/13/08: "is doing very well.  She is taking some kind of cardio rehab therapy and she is feeling well enough that she has gone back to work.  She's only working 1/2 days..."

17.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

18. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!

19. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"

20.   Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA - update of 03/30/08: emergency appendectomy caused by ruptured appendix; will be in the hospital 3 - 4 days

21.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08

22. All of Us

1. Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 22nd Annual "Almost World Famous" Sertoma Sock Hop, Lakeland, FL  

2. Saturday, April 26, 2008 -  the Mary Christian Auditorium, Thomas Nelson Community College, reception at 6:30, reading at 8:00, Q&A with the playwright -    Bill Black (a.k.a. Jim Quinn) ('66) of GA, director, and cast afterwards - 757-224-8937;

3. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958: - 03/18/08

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/31/08 - "Don't do this" (#7 in a Series of 23):

I hope you get all the pictures!!!  Also notice that most all the pictures have men in them!!  And they say women are dumb!!!  These guys don't even have the "blonde" excuse.
 Joyce Cahoon

These are very good examples of things that we should NOT do at home, work, or any where else for that matter.

   YOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Joyce!

Who needs a truck?

   Being unable to operate much above automatic pilot level at the moment, I am still working on the great new entry that    Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC sent me - in two different formats - on 04/13/08.  I think I'm definitely making progress, but it still isn't done.  I know he thinks I'm a blithering idiot, but that's only because ..... it's so true.

   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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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Words by
Mitchell Parish (10 July 1900 - 31 Mar 1993)
Music by
Hoagy Carmichael (22 Nov 1899 - 27 Dec 1981), 1929

(Nat King Cole, 1957)
(17 Mar 1919 - 15 Feb 1965)

And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that were apart

You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by

Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song

Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
A paradise where roses bloom
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love's refrain

"Stardust" midi courtesy of - 04/15/08

"Stardust" lyrics courtesy of - 04/15/08

"Stardust Confetti" Image courtesy of - 04/15/08

Purple Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/15/08

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

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 Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

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

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