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05/28/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Ian Fleming's 100th Birthday

“I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.”

- Ian Fleming
(28 May 1908 - 12 Aug 1964)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Not only were you around in the Age of the Beatles, you were around in the Age of the Great James Bond movies, which glorified all the wrong things and every conceivable vice in pursuit of the greater good for the free world, but impacted our society nevertheless.





   Happy Birthday tomorrow to our Two-Fer:    Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA;

   Happy Birthday this week to:

30 -    Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL;

31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND    JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC;

01 - Dawn Yevak (Hampton HS - '6_) of VA;

02 -     Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA;

03 -     Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR;

04 -     
  Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND    Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  



1.  Jeff Wise - 05/27/08:

Tuesday 05/27/2008 9:08:34am
Name: Jeff Wise
Marital Status divorced
Favorite Teachers I went to Mt. Carmel Elementary School and my first grade teacher was Mrs. O'Hara.
Hobbies Golf, Fishing and Learning about History. (All of these things you can do growing up in Hampton.)
Comments Our family grew up at 774 N. First Street on Buckroe Beach. It was the best place to grow up. We had the beach, the water, and all the other kids - the Staley's and the Bicouvaracuses' and of course, the Amusement Park. That was the highlight of each summer --going to the Park. The pier shown in the top left panel for the first pictured brochure, is the pier where I learned to fish, and some of the rides pictured, I actually road. Every Kid should be so lucky. God Bless America!

   Amen to all that! Thanks, Jeff!



      From My Niece Shari of VA - 05/26/08 - "* A SILENT KILLER *":

PLEASE BEWARE - THIS CAN KILL..... I need prayers, as I am the sickest and in the most pain I have been in since my staph infection from the spinal epidural.  If this has turned into staph, the doctor said it could kill me.
Caring for Emily with this radical a surgery has left me very tired and out of it. For maybe two or three weeks I have been feeling so tired and run down......  Yesterday, I noticed I had a very large sore in my mouth which under my 10 X mirror allowed me to see a crack in the back of my molar. It became evident I have a tooth abscess...yuck, but I knew that could be serious..... Emily kept having more lows than highs, and I was on overdrive, feeling so tired and so overwhelmed.
As things are supposed to be coming together and Emily is doing a lot better,  I was not sleeping, eating hardly anything, or thinking well. I just felt so bad that when I would lie down I'd wake back up.....  I felt so bad, that literally I felt I was about to die. The doctor told me today I was about to, and he cannot tell me if the infection has gone on too long that that may still happen, and why I'm telling you all this. My fever is over 103, my jaw, sinus cavities and right eye are full of infection, my face swollen to my mid-forehead, and my right eye is visually impaired and very different looking than the other. The doctor told me in his 30 years of practice he has never seen anything like this.
***Please though beware of this. Evidently tooth abscesses kill a lot of people. I would not have known and knew I felt bad, but not that I was so elevated in body temperature and these symptoms went from bad to worse in less than 24 hours.  He did comment that I had such a great blood pressure for the throbbing in my neck.  that let him know my pain was very strong The low reading is due to odorless garlic gel caps and may be helpful to another. This was a very kind doctor and I really appreciate his help and compassion. Great when they are kind and their heart is in the right place. Thank you so much for the prayers, and be careful, this has made me feel so bad that I can not even explain.

   YOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! Shari, we're so sorry you're not well, and hope and pray that things will all be better for you soon!


  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 05/26/08 - "Wagner":

Carol and especially     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL,
I have long been a fan of Wagner, however I am not one anymore, thanks to the history provided by Joe Madagan.  I had not known that Wagner was involved with that vilest of all enemies that we have ever faced.  I am in total agreement with what Joe has said, including his personal feelings about the subject.  It is hard for people who have not experienced combat to understand how a soldier feels about things of this nature and I don't think that any explanation to them will ever really convey the feeling but we keep on trying anyway.  I was too young to remember the soldiers going to war for WWII but comparing to my feelings about those who supported the enemy in "my war" (Vietnam), I fully understand the depth of those feelings. 
In my war Jane Fonda was one of the biggest focuses along these lines and while I can forgive the soldiers who we fought, I find it hard to forgive her.  Never mind that she is a attractive and intelligent woman and a good actress, when I see her the memories of her support to our enemy immediately surface and I feel nothing but revulsion for her.  John Kerry is another - not his dubious war record but rather what he did after he came home.  I can excuse those who were college students as they were caught up in a movement mainly because of the ignorance of their youth but Kerry was a former soldier and an officer besides and should have known better.  He broke a camaraderie and near sacred trust that soldiers usually have for each other and that is simply unforgivable.  There are proper ways to disagree and seek change but the public spectacle and in the case of Jane the actually consorting with the enemy do not fit into those ways.
Hope I have not started any additional firestorm but I feel very strongly about this and needed to say my piece on it.
Al Simms
NNHS Class of 1960 and
SP5 Radar Mechanic, 1/14th Arty, 198th LIB, Americal Division, Vietnam 1967-68

   Thank you very much, Al! I started to mention Jane Fonda myself earlier in this whole discussion, but my mouth was already so crowded with one foot in there that I was fearful my jaw might break with both feet in there.  Now I've decided there's not that much left to lose anyway.

   For most of my life I took the position that it did not matter to me what public people did in their personal life; I was much more interested in how they performed whatever skills, talents, leadership or service for which they were being compensated.  Can a singer sing?  Can an actor act?  Can an artist paint?  Can a teacher teach?  Can a physician heal?  Can an executive maintain his integrity?  Can a statesman lead?

   This policy still basically holds true for me.

   But I'm not an overly consistent or necessarily logical person, so two events occurred which altered my opinion on that somewhat.

   The first was about 35 years ago, when a man whose spirituality and opinion I greatly admired pointed out that for a nation to be led in righteousness, it must have righteous leaders, otherwise they would not be subject to receiving divine inspiration to help them make wise decisions.

          "Where there is no vision, the people perish..."

          - Proverbs 29: 18

   The second was the whole Jane Fonda affair.  While I can recognize her obvious talent, and I enjoyed her performance in Cat Ballou (1965), after her treasonous actions, I can think of no extenuating circumstances which would ever compel me to watch her act in anything else again.  I'm just not interested.  Period.


  From Steve Burns ('65) of MN - 05/26/08 - "RE: 05/25/08 - Emerson's 205th Birthday":

Hi Carol,

Didn’t know whether or not you knew this but Emerson is my great-great-grandfather.

Steve Burns

   NO WAY!!! Well, obviously, YES way, but no, I did not know! That is way cool!

   No, Steve, I don't believe I ever knew that; surely I would have remembered.  I remember your having an amazing knowledge of the British Royalty at an early age.  (Was it fifth grade? Seventh grade? Okay, so I can't quite recall that either, but I remember your making an impressive class presentation without notes on the subject somewhere along in there...)  And speaking of James Bond, I remember going to see Goldfinger (1964) with you when it first hit town.

   Thanks so much for letting me know, Steve! If you could send me the lineage in your spare time, I'd love to see it! Is it on your mother's side or your father's side?  And hey, I remember them, too!


  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 05/26/08, 1:59 PM - "Hi!":

Hi Carol,
I can't connect to any of the nnhs65 pages. I'll get my computer geek (aka husband Harry) to check it out, but wanted to let you know in case it's a widespread problem.
Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying a peaceful Memorial weekend.

   YIKES!!! It was working in the the morning!  If they're ALL down, my server,, must be working on their site.  Perhaps it won't be long.

   Thanks, Chris - peaceful, no; memorable, yes!


      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 05/26/08, 2:16 PM:


Foxfire can't find the server to open today's Newsletter, I am in great any ideas !   Glad you are back putting letters out every day, you must be feeling better !  I always save them until last, because they are sooooo special !


   Yeah, they're working on that server, all right. They tend to do routine maintenance work on holidays, as it's generally less disruptive.

   Feeling better, no; trying harder to cope, yes! Thanks so much, Dimples!


      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 05/26/08, 5:52 PM:


At 5:51 p.m. Firefox finally found the Newsletter, I feel much better !    Good job, by the way !


   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! Thanks again, Dimples!


    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 05/26/08 - "Hey, I like      Bill Black's ('66 - of GA) idea...":

"soon you will be sending breakfast, lunch, and supper e-mails telling us the best place to get all three"  or something like that...

   GIGGLES - that would be great, Lady, except for two things: One, the Newsletters are generally of a better quality if I have two days to work on each one (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and either Saturday or Sunday would probably be ideal for us all!). And two, it's that announcement situation problem again.  If I were simply to post them online and y'all were all to bookmark the site and check it without reminders, that might be a wild possibility (especially if I were to simplify them to allow for such a thing). But I'm now sending the Newsletter announcement through (even though they appear to be generated from  Gmail only allows me to send to a maximum of 500 people per day.  As I now have about 520 people on the current mailing list, I'm forced to send those last 20 people their announcements through  That's just for one mailing per day; obviously, multiple daily mailings are not possible. 

   Sorry, Sweetie-Pies!

I have been trying to find out just those things about the good ole peninsula for awhile now...the chains have taken over, all of our old haunts are gone...I miss The Ranch House, Shoney's, and a few other places that I forget the name of right now...when I go "home" I like to go to the Surfrider, even though it is in HAMPTON, Southampton still looks much the same, as does Merrimac Shores and the area down near the Hampton Yacht is comforting to see those old familiar buildings still there...I have a hard time going downtown just makes me too sad to see what is NOT THERE ANYMORE!  We go to Rocky Mt. BBQ up on Jefferson (because it seems to always stay the same), Steak and Ale, even though it is a chain, I guess I should just mention the chocolate malts at Sonic and the thickburgers and real shakes at Hardee's...I went to Mama Rosa's in Phoebus recently on the advice of a friend and it was pretty good.  The Lunch Bell in City Center is family owned and has very good food. 

   As we do not have a Sonic here or a Hardee's I have go get my fill of those while on the sacred soil...but then we have plenty of New England clam chowder, clamcakes, fish and chips, steamers and lobsters! Y'all come!

   I personally still try to make it a point to visit The Oasis in Hampton and Doumar's in Norfolk - not to mention Pierce's Pitt Barbeque "up the road a piece" each time I return - for nostalgia's sake, if nothing else.

   Thanks, Jean!


      From Me ('65) of NC - 05/28/08 - "And Speaking of (Whatever .....)":

   For the past several days, I've been on the computer probably only about one-third of my usual time.  My mail has a tendency to roll and hide if I don't keep a constant eye on it, so I'm relatively certain I've overlooked many things.  Soon I'll search it all to see what I may have missed.....

           My Beautiful Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA is arriving today from the sacred soil for a three-day visit.  We are all planning to relax and goof off and forget all our problems in life and enjoy each other and ourselves immensely.

   Life's too short.  I recommend y'all do the same!


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.       My Niece Shari of VA - 05/26/08 - dangerous abscess in mouth

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

6. 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.

7. My second granddaughter,      Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential

. 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"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"

9. 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)."

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

11. 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. "

12. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"

13. 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"

14. All of Us


1. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 AND OTHER NNHS ALUMNI  

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

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

3. Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, 2008 - NNHS CLASSES OF FEBRUARY AND JUNE 1948:

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

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


   Remember, there's so much more to come - soon - REALLY-REALLY! 

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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James Bond Theme


"James Bond Theme" midi courtesy of - 05/27/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

Both Images of Ian Fleming courtesy of - 05/27/08

 Animated James Scroll clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 05/27/08

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!

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

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

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

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