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05/15/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

"Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain
upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts."

- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, 1860
(7 Feb 1812 - 9 June 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I'm sure there's some perfectly logical reason why only a few days ago I selected this song for today.  Perhaps it was just for a dramatic change of pace, or maybe it was for the obvious play on words of recent Newsletter themes - "blue eyes", "rain" - who knows?? Certainly not I!

BONUS #1 - - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Sons of the Pioneers - my fave!

BONUS #2 - - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Hank Locklin

BONUS #3 -  - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Elvis Presley, 02/07/76

BONUS #4 - - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Willie Nelson

BONUS #5 - - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Shania Twain, 1993

BONUS #6 - - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Sheryl Crow, 2004


   Happy Birthday this week to:

19 -         David Whitley ('67) of VA;

20 -    Chuck Ragland ('66) of VA;
21 -   Faye Merritt Houk ('66) of VA;

22 - Judy Blechman Morenoff ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 05/14/08, 11:48 AM - "NNHS Reunion ALERT -- PLEASE READ AND PASS ON":

Our Friday night gathering has been moved to the Williamsburg Marriott due to predictions of Thunder Storms.
Please pass the word to other classmates.
Time:  4:30 - 10:30pm
Buffet dinner will be served at 7pm.
Casual attire
Those checking into the Marriott will be informed of the change upon check-in.
For those who do not get the word (there will always be a few), a note will be posted on Jesse Kersey's door directing them to the Marriott.
See you there.

   Thunder Storms?!? For the Noble Gathering?!? Oh, say it isn't so!

   Four-and-a-half years ago, 1963's 40-Year Reunion had to be postponed for a month:

   Thanks, Joe! Y'all have a splendiferous time, and don't let the weather dampen your spirits!

    From Johnnie Bateman ('67/'70) of VA - 05/14/08 - "Birthday time again":


Thank you so much for the candle. I tried to blow it out but without any success! (Ha Ha). So today (May 14) is the 60th birthday of Israel and the 401st birthday of Jamestown. I would like my candle also dedicated to these two eventful and glorious occasions.

May God Bless you and all our fellow Typhoons!

PS Also - Please don't forget the flames for our dear friend and the 67 Class Hottie
        David Whitley on his Birthday coming up.
Again God Bless you All!


   Thanks, Johnnie! We celebrated Israel's Birthday earlier using the Hebrew calendar:

   I'm aghast, though, that I made no mention whatsoever of Jamestown!   I suppose Frank Sinatra must have that effect on me now. I'm so embarrassed.....  

   But of course, I could never forget the everlastingly gorgeous David Whitley. He is Freakin' HOT, after all. Hmmm.  Flames, you say? Something like this?  Or perhaps these??

   Okay, I'll see what I can do. Thanks again!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/14/08 - "Ferguson Park":

Hi, Carol:
The exchange of messages recording memories of Ferguson Park is very interesting. When the interchange at Warwick Boulevard and U.S. Route 17 was built the last portion of the remaining structures of Ferguson Park on the North side of U.S. Route 17 were demolished. I do not recall when this construction took place, but I am sure someone can give us a time frame.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   I hope so! Thanks, Adonis!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 05/14/08 - "Please Keep This Going ~":

We have all been touched by cancer somewhere in our lives; please read below and keep it going.  

I have been asked to keep this going and hope you will keep it moving, too.

Pass this on to all of your friends. There are many women out there who have
breast cancer.  Let's do all we
can to support this cause. 

The New
M&M colors
- New Pink & White

The maker of
M&M candies has teamed up with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to raise funds through the sale of their new 'pink & white' M&M candies.

For each 8-ounce bag of the special candies sold, the makers of
M&M (Masterfoods) will donate 50 cents to the foundation. The next time you want a treat, please pick up a bag (now sold in stores nationwide) - you will be donating to a great cause and satisfying your sweet tooth.  Just think ... If each of us buys one bag or two ... how much will be donated.  Buy a bag for a friend...........   ;

Please pass on to all
  your family and friends.

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 05/14/08 - "Wal-Mart application":

This is the greatest application ....what a guy!!! He should live to be a really old fella with that attitude!

This is an actual job application that a 75 year old senior citizen submitted to Wal-Mart in Arkansas.
They hired him because he was so funny.....

: Kenneth Way (Grumpy Old Bastard)

: Not lately, but I am looking for the right woman (or at least one who will cooperate)

: Company's President or Vice President. But seriously, whatever's available. If I was in a position to be picky, I wouldn't be applying here in the first place

: $185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael Ovitz style severance package. If that's not possible, make an offer and we can haggle.

: Yes.

: Target for middle management hostility.

: A lot less than I'm worth.

: My incredible collection of stolen pens and post-it notes.

: It sucked.

: Any.

: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Yes, but they're better suited to a more intimate environment.

?: If I had one, would I be here?

Of what?

I think the more appropriate question here would be "Do you have a car that runs?"

?: I may already be a winner of the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, so they tell me.

?: On the job - no! On my breaks - yes!

?: Living in the Bahamas with a fabulously wealthy dumb sexy blonde supermodel who thinks I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I'd like to be doing that now.

....7 miles

Oh yes, absolutely.

*** Old People Rock! ***

      Thanks, Glenn!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 05/14/08 - "05/14/08 - My Way":


The Frank Sinatra issue is wonderful.  It almost brings me to tears.  

   Thank you, Norris! I'm glad I wasn't the only one who felt that way, If I hadn't already lost it initially, this homework assignment just about finished me:

I can remember when I was at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, I read a paragraph in the Daily Press that described how Frank was singing in the Sands casino and was given a large comp of chips. He made 15 straight passes on the crap table and got into an argument with a casino manager and punched the manager.  The manager retaliated and knocked out Frank's two front teeth.  I never knew the rest of the story.  

Frank was brought out of retirement by the Magnavox Company in a TV special entitled "Old Blue Eyes Is Back" around 1977.  I never saw him in person, but did attend a Dean Martin show at the Sands in 1980 in Las Vegas, which I remember well.  A large part of Dean's show was talking about Frank; it was wonderful to be there and very entertaining.

   WOWZERS - how cool! Thanks again!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 05/14/08 - "Happy Belated Mother's Day!":

I have been down to the "sacred soil" to visit my Mamma, who is very frail.  Spent a week doing things that needed to be done.  Came home to find my red rhododendrons blooming!  Catching up now on the newsletters. 

   Oh, NO!!! I hope your dear mother's feeling stronger by now; the stories of her life are such an inspiration to all of us who find ourselves growing older.....

Glad to see some input from    Buz Groshong ('63 - of Northern VA).  I was friends with and went all through Woodrow Wilson and NNHS with Carol ('64) and spent many afternoons at their house.  Always had fun. 
I should remember the soda shop on the corner of Pear Avenue and 25th Street but do not recall it...of course Pear was the beginning of HAMPTON...maybe that is why!
I believe the building of the Parkview Presbyterian Church that moved to Roanoke Avenue is still there but I do not know the name of the congregation.  The former Church of the Brethren on Briarfield and Roanoke has been beautifully renovated and serves a congregation.  Maybe        DAVID (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) would take a photo when he is in the neighborhood!
Love, Jean

   Maybe he would! Oh, Da-vid.....

   Thanks, Jean!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 05/14/08 - "Woodrow Wilson School":

Hi Carol,
If I had known you were going to add the Microsoft Virtual Earth picture of the Woodrow Wilson School block with my notations to all those links I would have tried to be a little neater.  Looking at it now, I see I was a little sloppy.

   Sydney Dear, you're such a HOOT! SLOPPY?!? I can scarcely tell you how happy I was to have those long-gone places defined for me again!  I suppose I didn't see the area at all after I moved away in 1968 until 2000 - and possibly not that particular locale until 2003 - and then I'd look at what was left and just see an awful blur, and think, "HUH?!? How can this be??? What was where?!?"

It's possible that the reason you don't remember the Evans Soda Shop at 25th Street and Pear Avenue is that perhaps it was closed by the time you were going to the Dairy Queen.  I was frequenting the Soda Shop from about 1951 to 1956 when I graduated.  I don't know how long it may have remained open after that.  I was after all, a major contributor to their business (ha, ha).
   I'm hoping some one else will remember - at least to confirm your question of its name. Either way, I'll create a new page for it in the next day or so to preserve what we do know.

On the Woodrow Wilson School picture of Mrs. Scoll's 1954-1955 2nd grade class, the girl on the 1st row, 3rd from the left is my 1st cousin Mary Earl Scruggs.

Sydney Dearing

   Thanks again, Sweetie! I added her name to the image.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 05/14/08 - "Classified Paper Ads":


My favorite is the last one.


These classifieds were really put in the paper - a smile for your day.

8 years old.   Hateful little bastard.  Bites!  

1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbor's dog.  

Mother, AKC German Shepherd.  
Father, Super Dog . . able to leap tall fences in a single bound.


Looks like a  rat. Been out a while.  Better be a big reward.  

Also 1 gay bull  for sale.

NORDIC TRACK. $300  Hardly used, call Chubby.  

GEORGIA PEACHES. California grown - 89 cents lb.  

Must sell washer and  dryer $300.

Worn once by mistake.  Call Stephanie.

And the best one:  

Complete set of Encyclopedia  Britannica, 45 volumes.  Excellent condition.
$1,000 or best offer..  No longer needed, Got married last month.
Wife knows everything. 

      Thanks again, Norris!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/14/08:

Thank you for the funny picture of the one and only Baba              (the late Maxine Frix Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25). She was such a funny, loving lady and I'm most certain serving in some angelic fashion!

   No doubt!

Fall 1977
Maxine Frix Buckley
(JMHS - '25)

On a more serious note.. thank you ever so much for prayers for Emily, as I am sincerely concerned. I do pray for your site members. It's the best gift we can give to one another, most often.. A mighty plus of  Internet Access!

   Amen to all that! Thanks, Shari!

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"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good.  The PET scan will be in the next few weeks.  We are expecting good results." update of 05/05/08 - "scheduled for two more chemo visits; will have the first chemo on Thursday, May 8th followed up by an injection on Friday to boost his immune system"; update of 05/08/08 - "did pretty well with the chemo today in spite of the risky business with the procedure without the pic line that was removed due to a clot"

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; update of 04/28/08 - SEE ABOVE

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

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

4.      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..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08

5. 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; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08.

6. 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"

7. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston)."

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

9. 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!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated. "

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

11. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"

12. All of Us


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

2. Sunday, May 18, 2008 - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

The Athletic Hall of Fame of the Virginia Peninsula Is Inducting    Bucky Keller ('58), 6:30PM at the Hampton Coliseum:
Saturday, June 7, 2008 -

4. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1961:

Mini reunion at the home of    Buddy and     Libby Blechman David of VA

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

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

   Remember, there's much more to come - next time - REALLY! 

   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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Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

Words and Music by Fred Rose, 1945
(24 Aug 1897 - 1 Dec 1954)

 In the twilight glow I see her
Blue eyes crying in the rain
As we kissed goodbye and parted
I knew we'd never meet again

Love is like a dying ember
Only memories remain
Through the ages I'll remember
Blue eyes crying in the rain

Now my hair has turned to silver
All my life I've loved in vain
I can see her star in heaven
Blue eyes crying in the rain

Someday when we meet up yonder
We'll stroll hand in hand again
In a land that knows no parting
Blue eyes crying in the rain

"Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" midi courtesy of - 05/14/08

"Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" lyrics courtesy of - 05/14/08

Cry-Love Image courtesy of - 05/21/06

 Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/07

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
Thanks, Al!

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

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05

Animated Huge Candle clip art courtesy of - 05/21/06

Animated Fire Ball courtesy of - 01/06/05

Animated Flaming Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 07/06/04

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

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

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

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

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