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05/12/09 - NNHS Newsletter
Burt Bacharach's 81st Birthday

“I started a little band at school. It was a good way to meet girls.”

 - Burt Bacharach
(b. 12 May 1928)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

     Oh, goody - another birthday celebration!

BONUS #1 - - Medley - Burt Bacharach with Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Wes Montgomery, Liza Minnelli and the Baja Marimba Band - A&M '67 All-Stars, Dec. 12, 1967

BONUS #2 - - Close to You - Burt Bacharach with Barbra Streisand - Mar. 14, 1971

BONUS #3 - - That's What Friends Are For - Burt Bacharach with Dionne Warwick, Steve Wonder, Burt Bacharach, Gladys Knight, Elton John, 1986                 



   Happy Birthday today to  Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 -      Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA;

19 -         David Whitley ('67) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 05/11/09 - "Birthday of    Helen Shelton ":


Did you get my e-mail with the correct address for Helen Shelton?  The web site is still showing the old one.  I had a lovely visit with her Saturday afternoon.  She had just spoken with her son Robert of Northern VA. and was so happy he would be spending Mother's Day with her.  She looked great for her age, very petite. She told me a lot about her life and how she and her husband Red would go to a lot of the NNHS football/basket ball games. One year in the 50's, they even drove all the way to Roanoke for a championship game.  She described her move when NNHS closed to going across town to Ferguson.  Mrs. Shelton has some physical problems but seems to be very active.  She had a lovely arrangement of flowers from her "God Daughter Anne" who is one of our Typhoon family.  The cards she had received were spread around her living area with more to open.  I had such a good time and could kick myself for not visiting her sooner. This was a reminder to me after working  a number of years with the elderly, how much a visit, card, or phone call can mean to someone. I'll do better!

PS I wouldn't recommend calling Mrs. Shelton.

   Such happy news! Thanks, Linda-Linda!

  Yes, I did get your note, but I noticed the address was only a slight change - a move down the street. Shall we try it once more?

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently training in GA) - 05/09/09 - "Washing clothes":

This is from my pal, Gary Chambers.  It is a nice reminder of the good ease of life today.  I know, Mom, that you especially thought highly of your washer and dryer, and thought you'd enjoy this! 

love bh

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

Washing Clothes Recipe


Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe:

This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook - with spelling errors and all.


Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.

Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.

Sort things, make 3 piles
1 pile white,
1 pile colored,
1 pile work britches and rags.

To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.

Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.

Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.

Hang old rags on fence.

Spread tea towels on grass.

Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water. Turn tubs upside down.

Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.
Paste this over your washer and dryer Next time when you think things are bleak, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks. First thing each morning you should run
 and hug your washer and dryer, also your toilet---those two-holers used to get mighty cold!

For you non-southerners - wrench means rinse. 


   You mean, just because I named my washer and dryer, "Beloved" and "Adored"?!?

   But you're quite right, Brent, I consider doing laundry a grand form of therapy.  When everything else in life is raging out of control, you can always start a load of laundry and know that at least the laundry is under control!  

   Back in the old days when all seven of you "young 'uns" were still living at home, I did seven loads of laundry every single day - not counting sheets and curtains. I fiendishly sort five different loads though - whites (hot water, cold rinse, bleach, casual cycle); light-weight light colors (warm water, cold rinse, delicate cycle); heavy-weight light colors (warm water, cold rinse, regular cycle); light-weight dark colors (cold water, cold rinse, delicate cycle); and heavy-weight dark colors (cold water, cold rinse, regular cycle).

   And I think my love of my automatic washer and dryer must have been genetic. In the last thirty or forty years of her life, I think every single prayer  my mama              the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) uttered included the phrase, "Thank you for all of our modern conveniences."

   Thanks so much, Brent!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 05/10/09 - "NNHS Newsletters":

Hi Carol,

The last newsletter I received was Saturday, 5/2/09.  I haven't had a gap like that since your move.  I pray that you are OK and if there is a problem, it is on my end and not yours.

Go Blue and Gold
Sydney Dearing

   YIKESARONI!!! I have been sick, but I did issue a few Newsletters since then, including one just a few hours before you wrote:
- Class of 1962

   I think your spam filters have decided to protect you from the Evil Me. You may have to just check the Newsletter link each day..... Sorry! Thanks for telling me, Sydney!

   I understand there's some way to "White List" subscribers from whom you wish to receive mail, but I'm afraid that's over my head.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/10/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION - LODGING":


Please place this in an upcoming newsletter and also add it to the 64/45 Reunion page on the site.

Hope you got thru your flu with minimal distress.



Our arrangements with the Newport News Marriott City Center are now in place. We have reserved a block of 10 rooms for both nights, October 9th and 10th. If those rooms fill, Marriott will continue to book rooms at the Group Rate, as long as rooms are available for our reunion dates.

The room group rate is $119.00 per night plus tax, and you may make your reservations, as follows:

Reservations must be made by September 9th, 2009, to guarantee the group rate.

The group block is now in the Marriott online reservation system.

Click on the following link or cut and paste it into your web browser:

You will be directed to the Marriott City Center home page with the correct code already entered in the appropriate field.
Enter your arrival/departure dates and the number in your party and click “FIND” to begin the reservation process.

If you wish, you may call the Marriott  reservation system at 866-329-1758 and ask for the Newport News 1964 group block.   

Please let us know, if you have any difficulty in making your reservations:

TYPHOON Regards,
Your Reunion Committee

   Certainly, David, I just posted this for you:

   And thank you, Brown Eyes, I kept myself so loaded with aspirin and cough medicine, I usually managed to sleep through the more annoying aspects of this latest round of flu.

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 05/10/09 - "FOR TRUE CAR LOVERS":

FOR TRUE CAR LOVERS - "Each one was a thing of beauty and a work of art."

   BOY HOWDY!!! Thanks, Glenn! I posted this link on Our Old Cars:

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/11/09 - "ORIGINAL CLUB":

Have you been awaiting a “Way Back Then” image for the Original Club?

At last, I received the PC from EBAY and scanned it. 

The postmark on the card was dated 1930. Back then, it was named the Tidewater Club, and it was a private club associated with the shipyard. In a Hill’s Directory, Homer Ferguson was listed as the President. 

I never had occasion to attend the Original Club, so I would be curious to know if it looked much different than this PC in the 60s.

The Tidewater Club

   Ooooh, yes, now that's better - thanks, Captain! I re-colored the page a bit to match your postcard: 


   I myself never went there either, so we'll turn the assignment over to the rest of the class.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 05/11/09 - "Conflicker":

Dear Carol - 

Thanks to
  Ron Miller ('59 - of NC) from us all for his advice about the "Conflicker Virus", all of which is good except for the final part of the final sentence to wit; ".. or re-format the hard drive and start over."

"Not all AV's will find it, so if your computer still is doing crazy stuff after a full scan, either take it to a pro to have it cleaned, or re-format the hard drive and start over."

IMO his sentence should stop at the word 'cleaned.' Please folks don't go around re-formating your hard drive(s) unless you are up to the consequences.
I think that maybe Ron mis-spoke.

John London, CNE, MCSE, MCT


   Thanks, John! Unless you're a professional such as you and Ron, don't try that at home alone! The very words strike fear in my heart and provokes shivers up and down my spine, but I truly need the procedure performed myself, and my live-in tech support has scheduled it for next week - EEK!!!!

From - 05/11/09 - "Learn the Feng Shui Lifestyle":

Feng Shui - Isn't Feng Shui Just About Placement?
By Pat Heydlauff, Apr. 14, 2009


Feng Shui is thought to be three to four thousand years old, originating in Ancient China. It is based on specific principles of living in harmony with your environment and your environment being in harmony with you so your life can be balanced, abundant and joyful. Out of those simple principles grew a way of life that lead to prosperity and longevity.

Today there are at least four basic Feng Shui schools or philosophies and they don’t always agree on everything or sometimes, even where to begin other than your front door. The couple of things they do agree upon is you should strive for balance in your life and you should unclutter your world, making it more peaceful and filled with joy.

Somewhere along the way over the last few thousand years Feng Shui got tagged with the concept that it was all about placement, not an overall lifestyle. Even though placement is important because that is part of what determines the flow of energy throughout your home and your life, it is really about living a lifestyle that creates calm and peace in your life.

My simple definition of Feng Shui is the use of positive energy in your environment to bring about the results you desire such as better health, improved income, less stress, even better relationships. Feng Shui is actually a tool that you can use to improve your life and help you create the life you want.

A Four Part Plan for Living

Feng Shui is really a four part plan for creating the life you want to live with less stress and not being a victim of circumstances. It’s a way to improve your lot in life without conflicting in any way with existing religious beliefs and customs since most forms of Feng Shui do not contain a religious element. Be aware however there is a religious component to at least one of the schools being taught.

Part 1 always begins with un-cluttering your front entrance and then your home so fresh new positive energy can not only find your front door but always be welcomed inside to help you energize your life your desires and dreams. If the clutter is on the outside, life giving and life improving energy cannot enter. If the clutter is on the inside, energy gets stuck and stagnant everywhere clutter is located causing disharmony. Think of it in terms of your digestive system. If you put food (positive energy) in but it gets stuck (constipation) and can’t get out you become physically ill. If old energy stays in your house year after year and gets stuck, new ideas, new thinking and new opportunities cannot enter because the clutter is keeping them out and you from improving your life. Make un-cluttering a priority.

Part 2 is where the placement comes in. Once you’ve un-cluttered your home you look at the flow of energy throughout. In order to prevent energy from moving through too quickly you can place pieces of furniture or a rug in its way to encourage it to meander in all directions throughout your home. You also do not want to prevent energy from flowing by having dead end corners and long unlighted corridors. Most of these things can be remedied by the placement of lamps, pictures on walls and even the color the walls are painted. Placement matters but it is only one step of the plan.

Part 3 is about enhancements. This is a process by which you use things you love to focus energy onto specific areas of your life. For example, it you want to encourage more money to enter your life, place a healthy upward shooting green plant in the east area of your living room. Add to it a small wooden money pot, placing into it 7 gold coins (US silver dollars or gold dollars work just fine). There are numerous enhancements you can do throughout your home to focus energy onto a number of desires or aspirations. Sometimes enhancements can be confused with the placement of things because focusing energy on specific areas of your life needs to be done in specific locations in your home.

Part 4
is often the missing link. You need to also Feng Shui your thinking. It’s really great to have a home that is in perfect balance and provide you supportive uplifting energy but it can’t work in a vacuum. If you haven’t un-cluttered your mind and thinking from all of those negatives you’ve carried around with you for years and replace those negatives with positive thinking, you’ve only won half the battle. Take time to reflect, meditate or journal and really explore your core values and inner operating system. Find those thoughts that are no longer relevant to the future you want to create and delete them from your thinking. Aligning your inner thinking with your outer actions is the best way to create a peaceful joy filled life.

Feng Shui is so much more than just the placement of things. It truly is a lifestyle that aligns your thinking internally with your actions externally to help you realize your hopes and dreams and to create the future you are seeking.


Author's Bio

Pat Heydlauff, president of Energy Design, helps people eliminate chaos and stress at home and within oneself. As a consultant and speaker, Pat uses color, design and organization principles to transform clients' lives. Her proven methods remove clutter and disorder, while enhancing personal growth, improved relationships, prosperity, and joy. Her new book, "Feng Shui: So Easy a Child Can Do It," provides changes that lead to personal success and abundance. For information on her consulting, speaking and artwork, visit or call: 561-799-3443.

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.

WEBMISTRESS' NOTE:  Inclusion of this article should in no way be considered either a personal endorsement or a rejection of Feng Shui, but simply as an extension of general education. edification, and enlightenment.


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 05/10/09 - "hilarious song": - "If My Nose Was Running Money" by Aaron Wilburn

   Thanks again, Glenn!


1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/06/09

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
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  
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That's What Friends Are For

Written for the movie Night Shift, Words and Music by Carole Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach, 1982

And I never thought I'd feel this way
And as far as I'm concerned
I'm glad I got the chance to say
That I do believe I love you

And if I should ever go away
Well, then close your eyes and try to feel
The way we do today
And then if you can remember

Keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for

Well, you came and opened me
And now there's so much more I see
And so by the way I thank you

Whoa, and then for the times when we're apart
Well, then close your eyes and know
These words are comin' from my heart
And then if you can remember, oh

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
In good times, in bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
Oh, that's what friends are for

Whoa... oh... oh... keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for

Keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me, oh, for sure
'Cause I tell you that's what friends are for
For good times and for bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for (That's what friends are for)

On me, for sure
That's what friends are for
Keep smilin', keep shinin'

"That's What Friends Are For" midi courtesy of - 05/12/09

"That's What Friends Are For" lyrics courtesy of - 05/12/09

First Image of Burt Bacharach courtesy of - 05/08/09

Second Image (May 4, 2003) of Burt Bacharach courtesy of - 05/08/09

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/06/09

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

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!

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

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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!

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

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

Animated Sick Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy o
f - 02/17/09

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