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06/09/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Cole Porter's 117th Birthday

"My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director."
(press interview Feb. 8, 1955)

- Cole Porter
(09 June 1891 - 15 Oct 1964)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's birthday celebration tends to repeat each year because I'm one of Cole Porter's biggest fans:

BONUS #1 - - Cole Porter Documentary Film Footage

BONUS #2 - - Cole Porter - SURPRISE - GIGGLES!!!

BONUS #3 - - So in Love - Clip from De-Lovely (2004) ( Love and Life of Cole Porter )


   Shavuot begins tonight at sundown.


   Isn't it fun to be back in school?!?


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to          Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

16 - Jane Hoffman ('57) AND Kay Walker Gray ('57) AND        Nancy Dearing Berry ('62) of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA -  06/09/08 - "NNHS 1958 Classmate Jim Wilson recovering from surgery":

Jimmy and Angela Wilson gave no hint at our class reunion that Jim was scheduled to undergo prostate cancer surgery.  They wanted to enjoy that weekend and maintain the festive atmosphere.
The good news is that Jim is recovering from last Monday's surgery at home and all indications are that the cancer had not spread.
Jim wants to encourage the guys to make sure they get regular checkups including the PSA test.  Prostate cancer is very curable when discovered early and as there are generally no symptom in the early stage, an increase in the PSA is the best precursor.
The latest surgical technique is the Robotic prostatectomy that has been performed at Norfolk General since about 2004.
In Jim's case, it was outpatient surgery (he went home the day of the surgery).  There is a recovery period that can take from several weeks up to several months before you system returns to normal.  No word yet on when Jim will be playing his alto sax.
Contact information (is available upon request from Joe at 

Oh, we're very sorry to hear this news, Joe!  We've added Jim's name to our prayer list below, and wish him a speedy recovery!


  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 06/08/08 - "yearbook":

Hi Carol,

Do you know where I can get a 1966 yearbook? I never got mine.


   YOWZERONI - how sad! I dunno, Jamey, but perhaps someone else has a spare.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to        Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 06/06/08 - "RE: Magic Gopher":

C'mon, Wayne, this one is easy.

Regardless of the two numbers you select, the result of the process will always produce a number which is a multiple of "9".  Now, take a look at the symbol array. "9" and all of its multiples have the identical symbol. The gopher can never get it wrong.


   Uh-huh, just as I said - "IT'S MAGIC!" I already KNEW you were magic!

   Seriously, I'm beginning to wonder if they didn't just omit those mathematical cells from my brain altogether when they sent me here to earth.....

   Thank you, Captain!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 06/07/08 - "Answer to the magic gopher.":

I can't take credit for the answer to "How Does He Do That" but I do have the answer, courtesy of my 15 year old grand-daughter, Sunni 


How does the Magic Gopher game work?


Magic Gopher Explanation

When you follow the instructions, your number goes through the following formula: xy - (x+y), where x is the first digit, and y is the second. (For example, for 53: x = 5 and y = 3... -> 53 - (5+3) = 45.

This formula always produces multiples of 9 (0, 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81). If you look at the symbol chart, the symbol for multiples of 9 are always the same, but the chart itself changes every time you play again. Next time you see the symbol chart, look at the symbol for 9. Any number that you originally picked will result in that symbol.

All our grandchildren are far more computer savvy than we are!  Of course, they have had them all their lives.  Consequently they know where to go to find the answers to most everything.  In this case it was, WikiAnswers.  I wish computers had been commonplace when we were in school.  Kinda sad though, it took away the possibility of MAGIC!!  Oh well. another illusion shot down!!  Have a great day!!

 Joyce Cahoon

   Thank you, Joyce. My personal opinion is that anyone who can deal with math over an elementary level IS MAGIC! WILD SAD GIGGLES!!!

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 06/07/08:


The answer to       Wayne Stokes' ('65 - of VA)
is actually very easy.
Easy for you; difficult for me.....

As every number in any position is limited from 0 - 9 when you add a two digit number together and then subtract the sum from the original number you get a new number that when added together always adds up to "9." The pictures on the answer board always change each time that you use it. That is merely done to make you think that the gopher is actually guessing your symbol. Take one number and do the required math several times and you will see that the symbols actually are changing each time for the same, but at the same time the same symbol is appearing for each number that adds up to "9." For example "9, 18, 27, etc."

   Oh, "do the required math"! Oh, yes, I see, well, that would be the secret! Hmmm. I wonder if I once did have those brain cells and they just disappeared.......

   Thanks, Edna!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 06/06/08 - "The Biblical Equivalency to the 911 Number":

Emergency Telephone Numbers

These are more effective than 911

When -
You are sad, phone John 14
You have sinned, phone Psalm 51
You are facing danger, phone Psalm 91
People have failed you, phone Psalm 27
It feels as though God is far from you, phone Psalm 139

Your faith needs stimulation, phone Hebrews 11
You are alone and scared, phone Psalm 23
You are worried, phone
Matthew 8:19-34
You are hurt and critical, phone
1 Corinthians 13
You wonder about Christianity, phone
2 Corinthians 5:15-18
You feel like an outcast, phone
Romans 8:31-39
You are seeking peace, phone
Matthew 11:25-30
It feels as if the world is bigger than God, phone
Psalm 90
You need Christ like insurance, phone
Romans 8:1-30
You are leaving home for a trip, phone
Psalm 121
You are praying for yourself, phone
Psalm 87
You require courage for a task, phone
Joshua 1
Inflations and investments are hogging your thoughts, phone
Mark 10:17-31
You are depressive, phone
Psalm 27
Your bank account is empty, phone
Psalm 37
You lose faith in mankind, phone
1 Corinthians 13
It looks like people are unfriendly, phone
John 15
You are losing hope, phone
Psalm 126
You feel the world is small compared to you, phone
Psalm 19
You want to carry fruit, phone
John 15
Paul's secret for happiness, phone Colossians 3:12-17
With big opportunity/ discovery, phone
Isaiah 55
To get along with other people, phone
Romans 12

For dealing with fear, call
Psalm 47
For security, call
Psalm 121:3
For assurance, call
Mark 8:35
For reassurance, call
Psalm 145:18


   This is way cool - thanks, F.A.!

      From Me ('65) of NC - 06/07/08 - "Updates"

   You may have noticed a change right at the top of this Newsletter.  You may now donate to the Child Health Site and the Hunger Site each day with a simple click, just as you can for Funding Free Mammograms.  I spent waaaay too much time adding these features, which steadfastly refused to cooperate, but I thought it important.  The look is almost just what I wanted now.....

Using the Daily Press Archives, I found the account of Miss Gildersleeve's death and her obituary:

  Then I tried to find something about Mr. Maidment - which brought me instead to a Parke Rouse article about the Grand Reunion of 1996

In redoing that page (because I really didn't know what I was doing back them when those early pages were created), I noticed the ad for Suttle Motor Corporation on the program - so I made (or rather, began) this page, too:

From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 06/07/08 - "Hello":

Rules from God for each day

Wake Up !! Decide to have a good day.
"Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it"
Psalms 118:24

Dress Up
!! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart." I Samuel 16:7

. Shut Up
!! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul." Proverbs 13:3

Stand Up
!!  For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." Galatians 6:9-10

Look Up
!! To the Lord. "I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Reach Shut Up
!! For something higher. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6

Lift Up
!! Your Prayers. "Do not worry about anything; Instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING." Philippians 4:6

Brighten someone's day, and remember: God answers Knee-Mail.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance...

   Thanks so much, Eva!

  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 06/08/08 - "  Claude Hale":

Dear Carol:

Just wanted to thank you for posting the Obituary for my Cousin (Claude Hale) I don't know if his family is aware of your web site, but it is a nice thing that you do keeping up with all the former members of NNHS when they pass and keeping all of us informed. Claude's mother Violet Hale was my father's sister. Dad now lives in Richmond and is 91 and doesn't get around as much as he used to. I will let him know that you posted the Obit. 

Thanks again for all the nice things that you do.  

Catherine Slusser Hudson

  Oh, wow!  I of course had no way of knowing all that, Cathy, so thank you for telling me.  Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your loved one. I've added your comment to that Memorial Newsletter:

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."

8. 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. Jim Wilson ('58) of VA recovering from prostate surgery on 06/02/08

15. All of Us


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

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

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

   As I published no regular edition of the Newsletter yesterday, we have another backlog of entries, so 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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You're the Top, What is This Thing Called Love, Let's Do It, I Get a Kick Out of You,
My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Begin the Beguine, Night and Day

Why pick one, when there are so many?

Howsabout a medley? Runs for 9m46s.

Cole Porter selection includes, You're the Top, What is This Thing Called Love, Let's Do It,
I Get a Kick Out of You, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Begin the Beguine, Night and Day.

Lyrics:  Forget 'em. Too many songs. Everybody knows the words, anyway, right?

Well, they certainly should!!!

Cole Porter Medley for Piano midi courtesy
of at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/08/06
Thanks so much, Dave!

Both Images of Cole Porter courtesy of - 06/08/06

Brown Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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 Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

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

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