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06/26/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Abner Doubleday's 189th Birthday

"I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game."

 - Walt Whitman
(31 May 1819 - 26 Mar 1892)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

Today's birthday celebration and its accompanying theme song comes to us via a phone call suggestion from one of my favorite people,        my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS
, IL - '97) of IL, on 06/18/08. 

  Thanks, Nathaniel!

  Today's not to be missed Bonus Clips are quite varied and are all delightful - sometimes even bizarre!

BONUS #1 - - Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, 1949

BONUS #2 - - Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Carly Simon (slide show)

BONUS #3 - - Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Yiddish Baseball Song

BONUS #4 - - Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Harpo Marx - I Love Lucy Show, May 9, 1955

BONUS #5 - - Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Ozzy Osbourne and the Chicago Cubs

BONUS #6 - - Take Me Out to the Ball Game - A musical hands (manualism) rendition performed by Bruce Gaston, AKA Mr. Handman, and Ken Purcell

BONUS #7 - - Take Me Out to the Ballgame - Hammond A100 - SING ALONG!

   Go Cardinals!


Abner Doubleday
(26 June 1819 - 26 Jan 1893)

"His most lasting claim to fame is the popular myth that he invented baseball, which has been debunked by almost all sports historians, although Doubleday himself never made such a claim."

   WHAT?!? Next they'll be trying to tell us that King Arthur, Romeo and Juliet, and Robin Hood were all fictional characters! Pshaww!

Happy Birthday today to   Fred Eubank ('64) of TX!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL AND      My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

28 - Andrew Puckett ('57) AND    Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA;

29 -
  Carolyn Frizzelle Hogge ('61) of VA AND     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA;

30 - Blaine Crum ('57);

01 -   Julius Benton ('58) of VA AND    Linda Ray Letchworth Enochs ('60) of TX;

02 -
   Fred Mays ('60) of VA !

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1.      Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA:

    From Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 06/25/08 - "Jimmy's stroke":

Dearest Carol,
Thanks so much to you and 
  Judy (Phillips) Allen ('66 - of VA) for all your concern on Jimmy's behalf. He had a TIA stroke on June 17th after cutting the grass. I was coming in the door from work when I saw him struggling to get into the house. After two days in the hospital he was discharged and doing well, with PT and speech therapy lined up. But at home his symptoms got worse, and his stroke progressed. We went back to the hospital Sat. night and yesterday he was transferred to Riverside Rehabilitation Institute on Chesapeake Avenue (the old Mary Immaculate Hospital). He has already improved after just one day, but he has a long way to go. His right side is affected, making it difficult to walk without aid, and his arm and hand are weak. His speech is better, but he still has difficulty swallowing, so he is on a yummy puree diet.

Now he must face major lifestyle changes - his blood sugar and blood pressure must be controlled at all times. He has vascular disease to fight. I thank the good Lord each night for not taking him from me.

As we drove to the Rehab Hospital, we went down 16th Street all the way to the water, and Jimmy enjoyed pointing out to me where each person lived that he grew up with. We passed the Stuart Gardens apartment that we lived in as newlyweds.

I keep you in my prayers, Carol, as well as 
  Jerry Allen ('65 - of VA) and the rest of the Typhoons on the prayer list. Please keep Jimmy in your prayers, too. He really is a keeper.

Love to all

Melody Clendenin DeBerry

   Thank you so much, Sweet Melody! We'll continues praying for you both, because you're quite right - he is a keeper!

   Oh, yes - be sure to check out today's Beacon pages below!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 06/26/08 - "    Jim DeBerry ('64 - of VA)":

I was most saddened to read in the most recent newsletter of Jim's stroke. With all sincere hope and prayer I hope that his recovery is quick and complete.
I've known Jim and    Wayne (DeBerry - '65 - of VA) since we played Little League Baseball together more years ago than I want to admit or can actually remember! I do sincerely send my deepest desire and hope to Jim and      Melody (Clendenin DeBerry - Warwick HS - '66 - of VA) for that quick and complete recovery.
Get well soon!!
Take Care!
R. Wayne Stokes

   Thanks, Wayne Honey! I'm much encouraged by the tome of Melody's note!

2.      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/26/08 - "Something Unexpected":

Thank you very much to all who have prayed, for me. In time, I should be back to me. All pieces of the abscessed tooth have been removed, but my gum has been torn quite badly, exposing 3 pieces of jawbone, as well as a very bad unhealed area in my mouth. My dentist in Christiansburg was quite kind and did not hurt. He claimed the tooth removal was a "nasty job", leaving me in a bad situation for another 6 weeks, he estimates. On top of that, I have a large dry socket.... yuck!  Anyway, he was nice enough to even extend a home number, due to the gravity of the injury. I will still need a heart workup done in a couple weeks to a month and to recoup from a months time of high dose antibiotics. I do not have cancer and the bone looks "not infected", but I have to take precautions that the exposed bone does not become infected. The pain could be greatly reduced by removing more bone, but then I would not have enough jaw bone left for an implant.
..... What a trip of an ordeal to experience over a crack in a filling.
Anyway, thank you, again for your prayers..... Thank you also for those who prayed for my cousin and the family members he left behind. Please let me serve as a warning and check your teeth frequently.....
                                                         Have a nice day!,

   Thank you for the update, Shari - at last, a light at the end of the tunnel!

From One of My Favorite Sweetie-Pies - 06/21/08 - "May you be blessed":



It only takes 2 minutes and it's worth it...

   Thank you so much for this beautiful, peaceful video, Sweetie!  I was unable to view it until Sunday morning, but what a perfect way to begin the Sabbath Day - with a calm assurance that all is (or soon will be) well! It meant a great deal to me, and the timing was perfect!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 06/24/08 - "How the Internet Began":

 This is just the cutest thing I've gotten!  I hope you enjoy it.
 Joyce Cahoon
                        And all this time, some thought Al Gore actually invented it, as he claimed!

   Thanks, Joyce!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/25/08 - "BEACON - 10 APRIL 1964 (Part one of two)":

Friday, April 10, 1964 Friday, April 10, 1964 Friday, April 10, 1964 Friday, April 10, 1964
Page Three - TOP Page Three- BOTTOM Page Four - TOP Page Four - BOTTOM


   Thank you, Brown Eyes!

  From John Murden ('60) of VA - 06/25/08 - "Email address change":

 My new email address is _______________________.

Please update my information accordingly so I can continue to get your important messages to me!


    John Murden

   GOTCHA! Thanks, John!

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 06/25/08 - "Death of a Friend":

I wasn't sure if you had seen the Death Notice in the DP for   Dell Rogers Laws.  She was the mother of Paul, Martha, Debbie, Phillip and the late    Joe Laws.  Mrs. Laws lived on the corner of 53 rd Street and Huntington Avenue for many years.  She was very active in Noland Memorial United Methodist Church for many years.  My mother always loved spending time with Dell as she was always so full of life.  I have pictures of her in our home for several birthday parties wearing her beautiful smile.....
I'm still here reading your notes every day, always glad to receive a new edition. 

Someone once asked me if I was paid by Riverside Hospital to read the obituaries every day.  I think it would probably pay more than my retirement.  Thankfully, we can still afford electricity.

Linda L. Lane

   No, Linda- Linda, I surely missed it, or more accurately, I read it with eyes that refused to see.  I frequently do this, especially when deaths occur in clusters such as we've experienced this week.  If Memorial Editions have not been posted by the morning of the first day they appear, that's a sure sign I have not caught them. 

   Thank you so much for showing me this. I created it early this morning and backdated it:

     From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 06/26/08:

I know it's rare that I respond to your wonderful newsletters, but the death of Bill Helms awakened my memory of my first day of gym class at NNHS. It was September of 1956, and Helms was calling the role. When my name was called, I proudly raised my hand. Instead of going to the next name, Helms hesitated and asked of me, "Is    Hinton Parker ('55) your brother"?

Thrilled to be acknowledged, I loudly replied, "Yes, Sir."

Helms shook his head and stated, "S__t, another one!"

The entire class laughed out loud, leaving me humiliated. For the next six years I did my very best to make Helms as miserable as possible. Even after graduation from HS, his three little words followed me forever. Maybe now, in his death, I can let it go. Sorry, but my memories of him are not good ones. The death of any person usually saddens me... this one does not.

You have my permission to include this in your next newsletter, should you dare to do so.


   Jimmy Darlin', as much as I like to emphasize the positives in life, not all of our high school memories are pleasant ones. Sometimes the ones which burn brightest in our minds are the ones which brought us the most pain. I see no value in denying the existence of such things. I didn't post this on Coach Helms' Memorial Newsletter, but I did add it to his teacher page. My failure to do so would not only be dishonest, but would invalidate your experience - and I'll not do that. 

   Of course, I've no idea what motivated Coach Helms, but I've often wondered why people blurt out thoughtless remarks as he did.  Do they not consider the consequences? Do they think they're funny?  Do they intend to inflict pain, or are they just not thinking at all?  It's always troubled me.  I'm sorry his remark haunted you for so many years.


   Thank you, Jimmy-Jimmy!

    From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 06/26/08 - "Preachers Tell the Best D__n Jokes":

I spent the ninety degree day in LaGrange e-mailing churches within a hundred mile radius on H&DE, begging them to come here for a tour.  Some of the vignettes in the gardens are religious in nature, like the boxwoods carved in the shape of the Grapes from the Land of Caanan, or the word God, and therefore a good "hook" to grab a church group's attention.  Yes, I'm a Mercenary Marketeer, but hey...   A few of the churches, I called on the phone, to get contact information, and with one church, I had the following conversation:
"First Presbyterian, may I help you?"
"Good afternoon, I'm Bill Black, and I'm with Hills & Dales Estate, the Calla-"
"Bill Black, did you say?  My name is Black.."
 "Oh really?  You mean after all those years of listening to old Kingston Trio records, I'm finally talking to 'The Reverend Mister Black'?"
( laughing heartily ) "Well, yes, you are.."
"Do you ride easy in saddle, are you tall and lean?"
"Well, I used to be, but old age has a way of catching up with you.  The Kingston Trio were quite a group, weren't they?"
"Absolutely!  And you know, this is the first time since I came to Jaw-guh that I can hear banjo music in my mind and not being scared..."
( uncontrolled guffaws all around...  much manly coughing and clearing of throats)
We took care of the business part of the conversation in case my phone really is tapped by a spy at the Foundation Office ( they do, in fact, open my mail ), and then he cracked me up with his last comment, about where our families were from:
"Well, my family is all here in Georgia, but my granddaddy always told me not to investigate the family tree too closely.."
"Why's that?"
"Because I might find out that some of our ancestors could have been swinging from those limbs by their tails, or by their necks."
I nearly fell out of my chair!  Preachers do tell the best jokes.

   Thanks, Bill!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 06/26/08 - "Dr Phil's Rx for Inner Peace":

I am passing this on to you because it definitely works, and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives. By following simple advice heard on the Dr. Phil show, you too can find inner peace.

Dr. Phil proclaimed, "The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished."
So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished, and before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of White Zinfandel, a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream, a bottle of bourbon, a package of Oreos, the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake, some Doritos and a box of chocolates. You have no idea how freaking good I feel.
Please pass this on to those whom you think might be in need of inner peace.

   I must say I didn't see that one coming! 

   I've been earnestly trying to tie up loose ends in my life for several months now, but as there were so very many, I've had only marginal success.  In addition to MANY items for both the Newsletters and the site itself, I thought of five or six crocheted afghans, countless cross-stitch projects, scrapbooks, and a plethora of organizational tasks which need to be completed- all of which flashed rapidly and hatefully through my guilt-laden mind in the split second before I reached the punch line. Thanks for the laugh, Ronnie!

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: 04/28/08; update of 06/23/08 - surgery on right eye -  07/01/08; surgery on left eye to follow several weeks later as financial goals are met

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: 06/18/08

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

5.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE ABOVE

6.       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; update of 06/19/08 - SEE: 06/19/08; update of 06/26/08 - SEE ABOVE

7.      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

8. 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

9. 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.:

10. 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

11.   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)."

12. 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. "

13. 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

14. 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"

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

16. 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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  Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Words by Jack Norworth, 1908
(5 Jan 1879 - 1 Sept 1959)

Music by Albert Von Tilzer
(29 Mar 1878 - 1 Oct 1956)

(1927 version)

Nelly Kelly loved baseball games,
Knew the players, knew all their names,
You could see her there ev'ry day,
Shout "Hurray" when they'd play.
Her boy friend by the name of Joe
Said, "To Coney Isle, dear, let's go,"
Then Nelly started to fret and pout,
And to him I heard her shout.

"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."

Nelly Kelly was sure some fan,
She would root just like any man,
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along, good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Nelly Kelly knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the game sing this song.

"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/26/08

First Image of Abner Doubleday courtesy of - 06/26/08

Second Image of Abner Doubleday courtesy of - 06/26/08

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

Baseball Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/14/03

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!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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!

Animated Army Flag courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

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