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06/07/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Tom Jones' 68th Birthday

“I always feel a bit guilty when Catherine Zeta Jones talks to me
and I can't converse with her in Welsh.”

Sir Thomas "Tom Jones" Jones Woodward , OBE, Kt
(b. 7 June 1940)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Back to our birthday celebrations.....  Well, maybe you had to be there back in 1965.....  And maybe it would have helped if you were a teenaged girl.....

BONUS #1 - - Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual (Studio Live), 1965

BONUS #2 - -  Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual (This Is Tom Jones, 1969)

BONUS #3 - - Tom Jones - Delilah, 1968


"If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing."

- Kingsley Amis
(16 Apr 1922 - 22 Oct 1995)


   Happy Birthday today to     Fred Field ('45) of CA AND   Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

10 -         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN;

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57) AND       My #3 Son,  Randolph Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '92) of IL;

14 - The United States Army - 1775 AND  Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX AND Cindy Konstant of VA (wife of   George Konstant - '65 - of VA) AND    Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66) of PA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


   The Classes of 1957 and 1961 are both holding reunions today. Y'all have fun!

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


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 06/06/08:

Hello dear Carol.....

I have been sooo busy lately and have not responded to so much I wanted regarding your outstanding newsletter. 

I want to inform you that I now have a GRANDSON....born 06/05/08 at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, VA (same hospital where I was born).  His name is Reed Wilkerson Mays, the middle name being that of my father, Fred Wilkerson Mays.  Our son, Erick and his wife, Tara, are so excited.  They already have a beautiful daughter, Payton Lyn Mays, who is 4-1/2 years old.  Tara did quite well in the delivery, which had to be a C Section due to his being in breach position. 

Our daughter, Ansley Mays Trice, was married last summer and does not have children yet.  We are so blessed and I just wanted to report the exciting news. 

Take care, Fred Mays

   WOWZERONI-RINI - Congratulations, Fred!!! Newborn babies are the most beautiful, wonderful blessings of all! We'll look forward to the pictures!

  From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 06/06/08:


Sorry for the confusion.  Add next to my name on the (Contact Page for the Class of 1964),  and keep it on the mailing list.  Also add next to    Sylvia Hall Hammond class of 66 as well as on the mailing list.


   AHA! I have it now; your addies are now safely in my mailing list and posted on the site itself:

  From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC to        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/05/08 - "Miss Marie Suttle":

I noticed the recent references to our two Miss Suttles and had a flash back to my 3rd grade teacher Marie Suttle at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

She was a beautiful and very caring teacher who made me the the "official record player operator" as I was on crutches and couldn't dance (which she loved to do.) She also introduced
   Jimmy Hines ('64 - of Northern VA) and me to the Peninsula Civic Opera when we were attending NNHS. I wrote her often until I left VA in the mid 70s.

She lived at 707 Riverside Drive, NN, VA. Attached is a copy of our our school newspaper in which I referred to her. I'm retiring at the end of this month and now I often find myself "remembering when."


Paw Prints
March 2008

A little while ago we started school. I mean I started school fifty six years ago. So much has happened in that brief time. So many blessings and so many neglected thank you cards hang over my head.  Mrs. Shelton attempted to teach a short big eared youngster to read while Mrs. Nelson tried to keep him from talking all the time. Miss Suttle kept his ego inflated by making her crippled boy the sole operator of the record player. Mrs. Graham instilled confidence to do long division while Mrs. Walker tried to improve my handwriting.

Upon entry into high school     J.P. Wilson picked up the challenge and made me practice the cornet and become a moderately successful musician. Somewhere in the hormonal times of my teen years a lot of educators prepared me to attend college where Mr. Usery saved me from failure by teaching me how to study and pass the History of Western Civilization 101-102.  

Of course I would never have attended college if Susan Stalnaker ('64) had not finessed me into completing an application. A simple inquiry into my plans and an offer to pick up an application on a warm spring day did the trick. No male worth his salt could tell Susan “I don’t plan to go.” I wonder if the admissions office staff noticed that the required picture was cut from my high school yearbook since I owned no other portrait photos.

  Thommy (Rowell Snead - '64 - of NC) sure noticed I always seemed to need encouragement to stay the course. She even made the “ultimate“sacrifice and married me. It certainly is amazing how having a wife and kids gets your attention and inspires dedication. It also helped me understand what is really important in this life. I guess you’ve figured out the “rest of the story” by now without reading a summary of my forty years serving children.

If I were to enumerate the army of friends and teachers who made my life worth living this article would never end. I face retirement with an IOU list longer than Santa’s bill of lading. You, my family, friends, coworkers, and students have made it all worth while. When I gaze upon our Hendersonville Elementary School I see a safe and nurturing environment that reflects my vision of a thank you card life. I owe so much to so many who have helped me along the way.

Know that your actions today will be memories tomorrow. Put your mark on our creation for our children’s sake.

Remember to work hard, play hard, and keep your eyes on the ball. If you land on your feet at the end of the day thank a teacher, your family, and your friends. I do.

Thank you all for oh so very much.  


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to    Charlie Snead ('64) of NC- 06/06/08 - "RE: Miss Marie Suttle":

Hi Charlie,
Thanks for the recollection. I am sending it along to
  Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of VA).

Unless you e-mail her immediately, she will likely publish your remarks in the next newsletter. I have included your remarks in Paw Prints. You had better tell her whether or not to include it in the newsletter, as well.

Also, congratulations on your impending retirement. I am surely enjoying mine. Today, I met   Tom Flax, Ray Staton, and    Charles Forrest (all '64 - of VA) for our monthly lunch get-together.  

TYPHOON Regards,

Dave Spriggs

   Okay, Charlie, I gave you your chance, and sent you fair warning, and waited a full day, and you did not say, "NOOOO - donchuprintdat!" Now you know I have but little will power, and I certainly could not withstand the temptation to publish such an inspirational article, so you may now find it on the Thomas Jefferson School page:

   Thanks so very much - I loved it! And thank you, David, for knowing that I would!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 06/04/08 - "Lady Named Irena":

Check out more on this:

There recently was a death of a 98 year old lady named Irena. During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive...

She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being German).

Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of her tool box she carried, and she carried in the back of her truck a Burlap sack, (for larger kids). She also had a dog in the back, that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in, and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids/infants' noises. During her time and course of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, and arms, and beat her severely. She kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out, and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents who may have survived it, and reunited the family. Most of course had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes, or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize....

She LOST. Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

   WOWZERONI - what a story! Thank you, Norris!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 06/06/08 - "Magic Gopher":

OK campers, here's one for ya! Now, you have to THINK just a touch, not much... YOU can do it! The question is: How does that goofy Gopher do it?

      This will drive you nuts!

This is really unique!

I haven't a clue how this is done.

Just click here:
If you figure out how it works let me KNOW!!!!

   I know, Wayne Honey, I know! I figured it all out with my advanced mathematical skills! It was EASY! The answer is - IT'S MAGIC! YES!
   Thanks, Wayne Honey,
and if you're trying to drive me nuts, you're too late.  Far, FAR too late!

    From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 06/06/08 - "Miss Gildersleeve at the 30-Year Reunion of the NNHS Class of 1960":

This passage from the excellent D-Day memory in Friday's Newsletter resurrected another memory of my own.
"the self conscious student helper who dragged the microphone onto the stage and tested the PA system.

As was traditionally the case in our assemblies, some opening remarks were made by Dean of Girls Ethel Gildersleeve. She then very quickly introduced our Principal, Lamar R. Stanley." 

It indicates that there was a PA system being used and that Miss Gildersleeve introduced the principal.  I wonder if she even used the PA system or if she did there what she did at our 30-Year Class of 1960 reunion in the summer of 1990.
Miss Gildersleeve attended and spoke at that reunion.  We picked her up in a white stretch limousine and brought her to it.  When it was her turn to speak on the stage in the large room that we were using at the Omni Hotel, she was handed the microphone and immediately the PA system started squealing a little bit.  She looked sternly at the mike (and I bet that some of her can remember her looking at YOU that way) and it chirped once again.  She then threw the microphone across the stage and onto the floor and the noise from that woke up anyone who was sleeping, that I can tell you!  Then she said in that big voice that she had that she did not need a microphone and nobody really did if they would just speak to the back of the room. 
She proceeded to give a fairly lengthy but thoroughly enjoyable, partly funny and partly serious message without the assistance of that microphone which she said she never liked or trusted and I can tell you that everyone heard it easily whether they were on the front row or in the very back of the room. Even at the age of 92 and just a year before she died her voice was strong and her mind and wit was sharp!  Truly a great lady who is missed by all.
Al Simms

   WOWZERS - thanks for sharing that with us, Al! I posted it on her page:


       From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 06/06/08:

Carol and Typhoon Family....

I do remember Froggie, he was no Irish Tenor, but in the hall lowered his voice; he knew how irritating he could be full volume !  A very considerate man ! 

Dimples aka Sepi

   GIGGLES - thanks, Dimples!

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"; update of 05/28/08: has chemo again on 05/29/08

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; update of 06/06/08 - back right upper tooth has to be cut out on 06/09/08, as it dangerously impacted

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; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that."

. 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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It's Not Unusual

Written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills

"'It's Not Unusual' is Tom Jones' signature song. It was the second Decca-single Jones released, and reached
number one in the UK charts in 1965. It was also the first hit for Jones in the US, peaking at #10 in May of that year."

It's not unusual to be loved by anyone
It's not unusual to have fun with anyone
but when I see you hanging about with anyone
It's not unusual to see me cry,
oh I wanna' die
It's not unusual to go out at any time
but when I see you out and about it's such a crime
if you should ever want to be loved by anyone,
It's not unusual it happens every day no matter what you say
you find it happens all the time
love will never do what you want it to
why can't this crazy love be mine
It's not unusual, to be mad with anyone
It's not unusual, to be sad with anyone
but if I ever find that you've changed at anytime
it's not unusual to find out that I'm in love with you

"It's Not Unusual" midi courtesy of - 06/06/08

"It's Not Unusual" lyrics courtesy of - 06/06/08

First Image of Tom Jones courtesy of - 06/06/08

Second (2005) Image of Tom Jones courtesy of - 06/06/08

 Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/06/08

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

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

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

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

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

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