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05/05/11 - NNHS Newsletter - The Way Old Friends Do

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days.
An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it
meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.”

- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th and current  Dalai Lama
(b. 06 July 1935)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's Newsletter theme comes to us by special request:

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/03/11 - "Newsletter Theme Suggestion.":

Hi, Carol:

May I suggest a theme for one of your fine Newsletters?
The Way Old Friends Do by ABBA, featured in their album
Super Trouper.
ABBA is one of my favorite vocal groups. When they were entertaining the proceeds from albums and tours provided them with an income greater than the Gross National Product of Sweden, surpassing the taxes paid to Sweden by Volvo.
Maybe you have already used this theme, and if so maybe you might consider reusing it.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   What a great idea - thanks so much, Joe!

BONUS - - The Way Old Friends Do - ABBA


  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 05/04/11:

... Well, kinda, sorta. Long story.  In Jan 2010 I was duck hunting in the Chesapeake Bay extremely rough water, boat pounding the waves, etc. Injured my back.  Went to many doctors.  MRI's, xrays, ct scans, etc, finally in Oct 2010 I was diagnosed with lymphoma of the hip.  Totally unexpected, really and accident as it was not what they were looking for.  Since then have undergone 5 chemo treatments and other stuff.  Lost weight and all the other nice things that happen in these circumstances.  Chances are good for success in treatment, except when I feel sorry for myself.

Now I am extremely remiss in not getting back to you and thanking all the people who participated in voting for    GRACE in the dog food contest.  Frankly I was never so glad to have something expire as when the contest was over.  Grace did win for Oct, but I have never seen her picture on a bag of dog food.  Apparently the dog that won in CA was supported by an office population of hundreds of computers.  Too bad we didn't have those resources.  Guess I could say that project went to the dogs.  Anyway, THANKS TO ALL that voted.

All the Best


   Norris Sweetie, I had a feeling something was wrong, but this certainly isn't what I had in mind. I'm so sorry for what you've been going through!

   I've added your name to our Prayer Roll; you've already been in my own prayers.


    Happy Birthday today to Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) AND (according to Plaxo)    Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL AND     Van Rowell ('65) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

07 - Judy Abbott Copes ('57);

08 -   Frank Gibson ('63) of VA;

09 -   Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA;

10 - The late    Mrs. Helen Hardy Shelton (10 May 1917 - 19 Mar 2011) AND Barbara Johnson Hansford ('57) AND My Cousin,     Clarke Booth (Wakefield HS - '57) of FL;

12 -  Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


   Hit #105.000 was made on Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 10:33 AM by my cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA:

      From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 05/05/11, 10:34 AM - "105,000":

Dear Carol,
Just went to your site and I am number 105,000.  Just wanted you to know.
Love ya,

   Congratulations, Jean! You hit the Magic Number at last! I have your gold star laid out, awaiting a red ribbon...and an envelope... and a stamp...


Sunday, May 5, 1861

Security around the capital was a constant worry for the United States for very nearly the entire war. Troops to protect the government were now being brought in by ship, as the rail lines were either in Confederate hands or in constant danger from partisan saboteurs. Today Gen. Benjamin Butler improved the situation somewhat by capturing the Railroad Relay House on the B&O line. This effectively secured the line from Washington, through Annapolis, to Baltimore.

Monday, May 5, 1862

The Union Army, having taken Yorktown without a fight when Gen. Joseph Johnston withdrew, got a little ahead of themselves today. Units of the Army of the Potomac came upon the rearguard of Longstreet and Hill, in trenches dug earlier by Magruder. What was essentially a fighting retreat turned into pitched battle as more and more soldiers piled in. Winfield Hancock’s men eventually outflanked the Confederate line. Only with the fall of night were the Southerners able to complete their withdrawal.

Tuesday, May 5, 1863

As morning dawned today Gen. Lee prepared to launch another attack on Hooker’s Union army, but found that they were in full retreat across the Rappahannock and cancelled the plan. Both sides had more than enough to do in treating the wounded, burying the dead, and tallying the survivors. In three days of battle in Fredericksburg and around the Chancellor house the bloodshed had been horrific: from an army of 134,000 the Union had suffered around 17,000 casualties. The southern losses were lower in numbers but higher in percent--12,800 out of an army of 60,000, including the irreplaceable “Stonewall” Jackson. He was on injured reserve after surgeons decided the wound in his shoulder was so severe as to require amputation of the limb.

Thursday, May 5, 1864

The first great battle of the year got underway quickly today in the thick underbrush of the Wilderness. The Union 5th Corps under Gouvernor K. Warren was battling the Confederate 2nd Corps under Ewell on the Orange Turnpike as Meade and Grant raced to bring up the Union Second, Sixth and Ninth as fast as possible in hopes of flanking the Confederate right. Both sides entrenched for the night.



     From Me ('65) of IL:

   Two-and-a-half years ago we suddenly and unexpectedly moved to back to Illinois from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Now we are even more unexpectedly moving back to Fayetteville.  One month from now we will already be there.


From Yahoo Finance - 05/04/11 - "AT&T Capping Download Amounts": 

   In light of this "revolting new development", as our household is one of those Major Users of Bandwidth, the remaining regular issues of the NNHS Newsletter for the next thirty days or so will revert to Old Style - i.e., mostly imageless.  This will not apply of course to Memorial Editions.

     Oh, crum!


     From Me ('65) of IL - 05/05/11, 11:30 AM:

   ProFlowers just delivered a beautiful unsigned bouquet of lilies and a box of chocolates to my door.  So far no one has claimed responsibility.  Could it have been YOU?!?  Thank you so much!


  From Jim Elliott ('61) of AK to    Eva Ellis ('61) and Joe ('57) Madagan of FL - 05/03/11, 7:09 PM - "  Gene Ellis":

Eva and Joe,
I was truly saddened to learn of Gene's passing. As you know, Eva, you, your brother, and I were friends during high school. I enjoyed going places back then with Gene in your father's 1958 Chevy. I, also, remember practicing the shot put with Gene in your parents' back yard. He made his first shot put by melting lead fishing weights, as I recall, and pouring the molten lead into a spherical mold that he had made. I remember, too, that Gene played the electric guitar, and that he loved to play chess.
When I saw you at our 45th NNHS reunion, I expressed my disappointment that Gene decided not to attend the reunion. I was hoping to see him at our upcoming 50th reunion in August. i.e., if we both were able to attend.
I understand from what you told me, Joe, that in retirement Gene enjoyed playing tennis and, not surprisingly, he was good at it. Gene was a very good athlete. As you may recall Eva, Gene wanted to be a running back in football, but NNHS coaches insisted he play another position. As a consequence, Gene quit football, and NNHS lost potentially a very good football player.
If I am able to attend, I hope to see you at the NNHS Class of 1961's 50th reunion. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
Yours truly,
Jim Elliott
Anchorage, Alaska

   Thanks so much, Jim! I forwarded your note to the family; you have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your friend.

        From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 05/04/11, 6:58 AM - "  Gene Ellis":

To    Libby (Whitcomb Ellis - '63 - of FL) and sons,     Eva Ellis Magadan ('61 - of FL) and the Typhoon Nation,
I am very, very sorry to learn about the passing of Gene, a dear friend whom I first got to know when we were both sophomores in high school.
Last night I laid awake most of the night thinking about all of the good times we had as young men growing up on the Peninsula.  We mainly did the same things that most boys our age did, chase girls and street race not so fast cars, Gene drove his father's new fifty-eight Chevrolet and he later bought an all white fifty-nine Chevrolet convertible.  We all chipped in to help with the gas when we went riding.  Gene, Archie Dail,   Jim Elliott ('61 - of AK) and I were the "gang" or at least we thought so.  We spent many nights at Buckroe watching the girls dance and wishing we knew how and had the courage to do so.  We went to the car races at Langley and Emporia hoping to learn something that we could use on our own cars to "hop-them-up".  We all liked girls, but Gene had a favorite one who lived in downtown Newport News and we would sit in his car in front of her house for hours hoping to catch a glimpse of her.  At least Gene had this hope; the rest of us just wanted to go riding and fights almost broke out over this scenario.  Gene always won because it was his car.  If I was driving mine we wouldn't go near that end of town.  
Gene, Jim, and I participated in sports and this helped our bond grow stronger.  Archie went to electronics school and became an electrician after high school, Gene became a graduate of the Apprentice School and Jim and I became teachers.  We remained close friends for many years and I last saw Gene and Libby in their beautiful home in Lakeland, Fl about two years ago.  When it was time to say good-bye after having had lunch we both had to fight back tears.  Somehow we knew we might never see each other again.  Some things you never forget.  I called him several times after that and he finally got ill to the point that he just didn't want to talk about his illness any more.  I understand Gene!
Gene was a very caring person and I never heard him say a harsh word against anyone or about anyone and I never heard him curse.  If he saw you needed help he was always there.  We liked to hang out together for we were alike in many ways yet different in some.  Gene you are a good person and I hope you can learn to play that guitar in heaven. You have the Best Teacher with you.
Thank you for being a friend and God bless your family.
George Helliesen 

   Thank you so much, George! I forwarded your note to the family; my deepest sympathies on the loss of your friend.

From Suzanne Mason Haff (NNHS / Warwick HS - '61) of NC - 05/04/11 - "How are you?":

I have missed our newsletter but I have missed your personality and love of life that shows through even more.

Thinking of you,
Suzanne Mason Haff Class of 1961

   What a sweet thing to say! Thanks so much, Suzanne! I don't know how I keep disappearing from your Inbox; we're both using gmail.  Apparently gmail thinks that "I R A SPAMMER"!  Check your Spam folder. Perhaps you'll find me lurking there.

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 05/04/11 - "FORT MONROE UPDATE MAY 2011":


Below is information concerning how all those interested in a Fort Monroe National Park can help to make that possible. Thanks so much to all of you for your help.

Adrian Whitcomb, NNHS '67
Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park


CFMNP (Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park)


Important Request for e-mails & letters to Congressional Delegation

In case you haven't written to a member of the Congressional delegation about Fort Monroe, please try to write before May 15, by which time the scope of a Fort Monroe National Park may be decided.  Here is a letter expressing our basic message that you can put in your own words.  Thanks!

Dear [Congressman or Senator], 

Fort Monroe has belonged to the American people for almost two centuries, and it should retain its public character through the creation of a substantial Fort Monroe National Park. I fully support the Fort Monroe Authority's concept of a National Park with boundaries around the entire property and, within those boundaries, substantial green space in addition to the fortress area designated for National Park Service management. I hope that eventually more Fort Monroe property can be transferred to the National Park Service for its management.

Beyond this, there are good economic reasons for a National Park at Fort Monroe of this scope. The more emphatic the National Park presence, the greater the appeal to tourists. Hampton can become a destination city for national and international tourists, as well as for repeat regional tourists who want to enjoy a great urban national park. Also, businesses and residents are attracted to areas with the beauty, status, and stability that a larger National Park would provide.

I urge you to continue your efforts in support of a substantial National Park at Fort Monroe.


Contact Information and Links

Senator Webb

Use contact form at

Washington, DC Office

248 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-4024, Toll Free: 1- (866) 507-1570, Fax: (202) 228-6363

Virginia Beach Office

222 Central Park Avenue, Suite 120, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone: (757) 518-1674, Fax: (757) 518-1679


Senator Warner

Use contact form at

Washington, DC Office

459A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-2023, Toll Free: 1- (877) 676-2759 [VA residents only], Fax: (202) 224-6295

Norfolk Office

101 W. Main Street, Suite 4900, Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: (757) 441-3079, Fax: (757) 441-6250


United States Senate

Contact information for any United States Senator at

 Representative Scott Rigell, Virginia, 2nd

Use contact form at

Washington, DC Office

327 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-4215, Fax: (202) 225-4218

Virginia Beach Office

4772 Euclid Road, Suite E, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone: (757) 687-8290, Fax: (757) 687-8298

Representative Bobby Scott, Virginia, 3rd

          Use contact form at

Washington, DC Office
1201 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-8351 | FAX (202) 225-8354

Hampton Roads Office
2600 Washington, Ave, Suite 1010, Newport News, VA 23607
(757) 380-1000 | FAX (757) 928-6694 

Representative Robert J. Wittman, Virginia, 1st

Use contact form at

Washington D.C. Office
1317 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-4261, Fax: (202) 225-4382

Yorktown Office
4904-B G. Washington Mem. Hwy, Yorktown, VA 23692

Phone: (757) 874-6687, Fax: (757) 874-7164

Representative J. Randy Forbes, Virginia, 4th

             Use contact form at

Washington D.C. Office
2438 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225 – 6365, (202) 226 - 1170 (fax)
Chesapeake District Office
505 Independence Parkway, Suite 104, Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 382 – 0080, (757) 382 - 0780 (fax)

List of Links for Representatives (by state) at

House of Representatives

Contact information for any United States Representative at


We encourage you to send a copy of your e-mails and letters to

or Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park, PO Box 097, Fort Monroe, VA 23651.

Leaseholds at Fort Monroe

As you may have heard, the Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) is taking a close look at the feasibility of leasing as its exclusive means of filling its managed properties with revenue generating residents and businesses. State law currently disfavors any fee simple sales of Fort Monroe lands.  CFMNP has long been an advocate for all of Fort Monroe remaining in the hands of the public, with no sell off of precious public lands, while supporting leasing of properties to generate revenue needed to sustain Fort Monroe. 

A consultant for FMA has raised a number of issues (availability of financing, access to secondary markets and availability of mortgage insurance, as well as general marketability) with respect to one kind of lease that FMA had been interested in, the long-term, prepaid residential lease.  FMA has eyed these leases for its most appealing historic residences and as a means of generating up front funding for near term infrastructure needs.

FMA has established a Leasehold Feasibility Working Group to look closely at the prepaid leasehold and make recommendations to the full FMA on the subject, no later than November 2011.  FMA Chief Operating Officer John Hutcheson heads up the group, FMA member Bob  Aston is a member, and CFMNP's Mark Perreault and Louis Guy are members, among others.

The issues before the Working Group are in many respects highly technical but, in other respects, are simple and fundamental. CFMNP will be working on this issue, like all issues at Fort Monroe, with the intent of assuring the long term protection and sustainability of Fort Monroe as a grand public place for the nation and region.

The issues raised by the consultant do not arise with commercial leases or short term residential leases, so the use of those leases is not at issue.

An Invitation to Attend the 150th Anniversary Celebration

Escape for Freedom: From Slave to Contraband

Fort Monroe May 21 and 24, 2011

More information at or call (757) 325-0678


   Thanks so much, Adrian!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently deployed to "the lands dark and dusty") - 05/04/11 - "Civilian Friends vs. Veteran Friends Comparisons":

Civilian Friends vs. Veteran Friends Comparisons

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you're too busy to talk to them for a week.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will happily carry on the same conversation you were having the last time you met.

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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Have cried with you.


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will kick the crowd's a-- that left you behind.


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Are for life.


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no civilian could ever dream of.


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you've had enough.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the place and say, 'You better drink the rest of that before you spill it!' Then carry you home safely and put you to bed.

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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will talk c--- to the person who talks c--- about you.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will knock the he-- out OF THEM for using your name in vain.


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will forward this.


A veteran - whether active duty, retired, or reserve- is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The Government of the United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including my life'.

From one Veteran to another, it's an honor to be in your company. I salute and honor, your sacrifice, and your service.

   Thank you so much, Brent! I'm not a veteran, but I played one once in a skit!

1978 - Farmington, MO
Carol, Joshua, Brent, Lewis, and Randolph Harty


     From Me ('65) of IL - 05/05/11, 5:30 PM:

  My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany (Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX just confirmed that my flowers and candy were sent by         My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently deployed to "the lands dark and dusty")!  What a Sweetie-Pie! Thanks so much, Brent!


From - 05/05/11:

I heard this story in the late seventies. Just prior to a manned launch an insect was heard in the superstructure of the rocket. The risk analysis and decision had to be made to launch or to delay the launch and purge the insect. The risk was negligible so the rocket launch. The insect was dubbed the Gemini Cricket.


1.  May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - 

2. Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 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.

3. Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 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.

4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 05/05/11

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



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The Way Old Friends Do

Written and Composed by Benny Andersson (b. 16 Dec 1946) and Björn Ulvaeus (25 Apr 1945)

Recorded by ABBA, 1980

You and I can share the silence
Finding comfort together
The way old friends do
And after fights and words of violence
We make up with each other
The way old friends do
Times of joy and times of sorrow
We will always see it through
Oh, I don't care what comes tomorrow
We can face it together
The way old friends do

You and I can share the silence
Finding comfort together
The way old friends do
And after fights and words of violence
We make up with each other
The way old friends do
Times of joy and times of sorrow
We will always see it through
Oh, I don't care what comes tomorrow
We can face it together
The way old friends do

We can face it together
The way old friends do

"The Way Old Friends Do" midi courtesy of - 05/05/11
at the suggestion of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/03/11
Thanks, Joe!

"The Way Old Friends Do" lyrics courtesy of - 05/05/11
also at the suggestion of
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/03/11
Thanks again, Joe!

"Why Do We Need Friends?" courtesy of - 05/05/11

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!!

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!

Pink and Red Hearts Divider line clip art courtesy 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

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!

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Animated Bratty Girl courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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