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06/18/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Paul McCartney's 66th Birthday

"I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was weird.
I suddenly realized that anyone doing anything weird wasn't weird at all
and it was the people saying they were weird that were weird."

Sir Paul McCartney, MBE
(b. 18 June 1942)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

  As most of us here are definitely from The Age of the Beatles, we would certainly be remiss if we failed to observe this birthday today.

BONUS #1 - - Paul McCartney and the Beatles, 1965

BONUS #2 - - The Beatles - Yesterday - live from Tokyo, Japan, 1966

BONUS #3 - - Official Dance Tonight Video - Paul McCartney, 2007 - wonderfully wacky and weird, and seems to have been posted on YouTube by Sir Paul himself!



Happy Birthday today to Tim Whitt ('66) of VA AND Mike Leonard ('68) of VA AND Kathy McDaniel Adams ('71)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jill Douglas Schumacher ('57) AND  Doris Landon Lewis ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

20 -   Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA;

21 - Ralph Goldstein ('57)
AND    Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA AND    Terry Haney ('66) of VA;

22 -   Jim Cobb ('66) of VA;

24 -     My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA;

25 - David Lundquist ('57) AND     Glenn Dye ('60) of TX AND      Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1.       From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 06/17/08 - "NNHS Prayer list":

Carol -

Thanks so much for including me in your prayer list. I really appreciate it and felt the prayers. I am now a few weeks into what seems to be a very long recovery. I, like you, don't like to whine, there are so many that are dealing bravely with more serious issues than I am.

Please feel free to remove me from the prayer list to make room for others if needed - and please take good care of yourself!

As always - Thanks for all that you do and for all that you are.

Love from - John London

Well, the first thing we gotta do is get them wagons in a circle.


   AHA - THERE you are, John! Almost I was tempted to call you and ask how you were doing now, but I do seem to have such an aversion to phones, doncha know....

   I'm so glad to hear you're recovering, even if the process is slower than we'd like.  I've removed your name from the list below, but with reservations.  Several times lately I've felt so well I almost removed my own, mistakenly believing I was all well - only to be whopped down again with a frightening ferocity.  It occurred to me that perhaps on those days when I was feeing so well, it was because of the prayers being offered on my behalf.  Therefore, mega-wuss that I am, I'll just keep my name there a while longer and try not to whine but so much.  Still, though, no one has ever accused me of bravery.....

   Thanks for the update, John! We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers, all the same! 

  From Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - 06/17/08 - "Long Time, No Contact":

Hello, Carol,

Congratulations on the birth of your new grandson,   Buckley (Harty - born 06/14/08 - of MA).  I was excited to read of his arrival, because I knew you would be so thrilled!

   I am that, Betty! I can scarcely wait to hold and kiss the little fella, but I suppose I shall have to remain patient for a while.

Last December, an MRI discovered a stress fracture in my right hip.  It had been causing lots of pain in my legs.  After canulated screw fixation surgery in which the doctor installed 3 screws, I was good to go with a walker for 3 weeks.  Then, on my first night with a cane, I fell in my home and the entire hip broke!  Thankfully, Doug (hubby) was home, called 911 and I was taken to hospital.  As I lay in the floor that night, I experienced the worst pain of my life, and that includes childbirth!  After another operation where my doctor had to make a special metal plate himself, install that and numerous screws, nuts, bolts, etc., through a 10 1/4-inch incision, I had a week's stay in hospital and 2 weeks at a Physical Therapy center.  Moore Center is a wonderful rehabilitative services place in Farmville.  I have progressed remarkably well, although there is still a lot of pain.  Doctor says that should all go away in time - it was a very complicated operation. 

   YOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! I'm so glad to hear you're on the mend at last, but I'm so very sorry you had to endure so much pain and trouble!

Great news:  my son, David, his wife, Jen, and their 3 babies are coming to visit next Saturday from Massachusetts.  Sharon is almost 4, Jason 2 1/2 and baby boy Marshall, whom I haven't even seen yet, is 4 months.  I am ecstatic!  Having had only one child, I can't imagine how I would have handled 3 - and that close together in age, to boot!  I'm sure you can identify, and I admire you greatly!

   Actually, I cannot imagine having only one, but I can clearly remember having three, and I have a funny story for you to share with Jen.  This story took place in the spring of 1974, just before my third son arrived.  Bear in mind that       Randolph (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '92 - of IL) was The World's Easiest Baby, because he slept MOST of the time.  He slept an eight-hour night the night he was born and switched to twelve-hour nights when he was two weeks old - and he wasn't too keen on staying awake during the daytime, either, bless his heart.

   My closest and dearest friend at that time had four children; her two daughters were the same age as my first two sons, and she had two sons who were just older, all about two years apart.  Marcia (I shall not reveal her last name, as since this incident transpired, her brother-in-law has become an exceedingly well-known figure) was one of the truly sweet people of the world.  That is an adjective I do not employ freely; I've only known about seven truly sweet people in my life, and the rest of us all have occasional moments of sweetness, if that.

   On this particular day, we had the babies laid out on the floor, changing their diapers.  She turned to me with that sweet face of hers and smilingly said, "Just think, Carol, when your third one arrives....."

   At this point I thought she was going to make some reference to the holy calling and eternal nature of motherhood, something worthy of being spoken from the pulpit.

   Not exactly.

   She continued, "Just think, Carol, when your third one arrives, you'll think you've gone straight to hell."

   And she was RIGHT!!!

   I had always intended to apply for a government grant to study why raising three children was so much more difficult than two - or four - or seven, but I never seemed to find the time.  Neither was I ever able to tell whether it's simply a matter of having older ones to help with the younger (which I doubt), or if your parenting skills improve with wider experience (which is possible), or if it has something actually to do with the number three itself (which I've always deeply suspected), but I can can testify to you that having three children - whether they are quite young or nearly grown - is the most stressful period in a mother's life - bar none!

Please feel better soon.  I keep you in my prayers and ask for brighter days ahead for you.  I would love to actually meet you someday!


Betty (Brockwell McClure - '58)

   Thank you so much, Betty! I'll remember you in my prayers as well!

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66 / '67) of VA - 06/17/08 - "congrats":

Congrats on the new grandson...what a neat name! I know you are proud...

   Thanks, Cheryl - yes, I think that's a safe assumption - GIGGLES!!!

We are finding out about this special blessing... Our new grandson Carson Monroe Hope has a unique name in that his parents met when his dad was stationed at Ft. Carson. They were married at Ft. Monroe, where   John (Howard - '66 - of VA) and I actually met.
May you have many more to come!
Peace & Blessing,
Carson Monroe Hope
Thursday, May 22, 2008

   Why, then, that is a wonderfully meaningful name, as well!

   I hope you're giving that darling little baby enough kisses, Cheryl, as he is obviously just begging for more - what a Sweetie-Pie he is!

   WAIT A MINUTE!!! Y'all met at Fort Monroe, not in high school?? What am I missing here?!? How can this BE??

  From John Murden ('60) of VA -  06/17/08 - "Animator vs. Animation!..":

When you don't have anything else to do, check this out ....

Just click on the link below, click on play, then leave the mouse alone. Then sit back and enjoy a piece of creative brilliance. Somebody spent A LOT of time here!

 This is pretty wild, check out the whole thing.

   This is both fascinating and amazing! Thanks for sharing it with us, John!

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 06/18/08 - "Warning":

:::   BREAKING NEWS   :::
In 2009 the government will start killing
all the mentally ill people.

I started crying when I thought of you.

Run little buddy, run



      Thanks, Judy!

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.   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - broken hip - early this year; still recovering and in pain; update of 06/17/08 - SEE ABOVE

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

5.       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; update of 06/11/08 and update of 06/12/08 - SEE: 06/12/08; update of 06/13/08 - SEE: 06/14/08; update of 06/15/08 - SEE: 06/17/08

6.      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

7. 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; update of 06/15/08 - SEE: 06/17/08

8. 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"; update of 06/14/08 - Her leg is healing much faster than the doctor had expected. She is in a waterproof walking cast now for 3 weeks, then this cast will come off and she will have physical therapy.:

9. 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"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

10.   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)."

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"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

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

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

   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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- Paul McCartney (Although credited to "Lennon/McCartney", the song was written solely by McCartney.)

Despite never being a UK number one single, "Yesterday" was voted the best song of the 20th century
in a 1999
BBC Radio 2
poll of music experts and listeners.

(The Beatles, 1965)

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away!
Now it looks as though they're here to stay,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be!
There's a shadow hanging over me,
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she had to go I don't know; she wouldn't say,
I said something wrong now I long, for yesterday.

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play!
Now I need a place to hide away,
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Why she had to go I don't know; she wouldn't say,
I said something wrong now I long, for yesterday-ay-ay-ay.

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play,
Now I need a place to hide away,
Oh, I believe in yesterday!

"Yesterday" midi courtesy of - 10/03/04

"Yesterday" lyrics courtesy of - 10/03/04

First Image of Paul McCartney (1964) courtesy of - 06/18/08

Second Image of Paul McCartney courtesy
of - 06/18/08

Guitar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 02/01/05

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

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!

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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