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06/27/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Bob Keeshan's 81st Birthday

"It requires more strength to be gentle, so it's the everyday encounters of life
that I think we've prepared children for and prepared them to be good
to other people and to consider other people. "

 - Bob Keeshan
(27 June 1927 - 23 Jan 2004)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   You may be too young or you may be too old to appreciate Captain Kangaroo, but I myself am just right!  The show premiered on CBS-TV on Monday, October 3,1955, five weeks after my eighth birthday. 

BONUS #1 - - 14 Second Clip from the Premiere Episode, 1955

BONUS #2 - - a Classic Opening

BONUS #3 - - Captain Kangaroo with Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit - and Ping Pong Balls! (a later episode)

BONUS #4 - - Captain Kangaroo with Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit's Machine, early 1980's

BONUS #5 - - Captain Kangaroo -12/08/1984 closing minute of the last show



Happy Birthday today to    Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL AND      My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL!!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Andrew Puckett ('57) AND    Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/26/08 - "RE:06/23/08 -  Jack Castle":
hank you very much.  Virginia (Mae Dick Castle - '52? of VA) does not have internet use at his time, so either Lita (wife of       Rennie Dick - '54 - of VA) or I can send it to her.

   It was my privilege, Shari. I just finished updating it at last with all the Guest Book entries:

From Webb Edwards ('57) - 06/24/08:

Just to let you know that Richard Prince ('57) is retiring...his last sermon will be July 27th...will get further details...


   WOWZERS! Thank you, Webb, we'll look forward to hearing more!

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OH - 06/24/08 - "New Family Picture":

     Oh, COOL!  Thank you, Bethany! I love the way Jimmy has his nose wrinkled up in both these shots!

   Why do those children all look so much older now?!?

   It's only been six months since y'all were here.....

Monday, June 23, 2008
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Brent, Tom, Eme, Jimmy, Joe, Jacob, and Bethany Harty CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Jacob, Eme, Jimmy, Tom, and Joe Harty

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 06/25/08 - "The Gratitude Campaign":

This is pretty neat.....(30 second video)... Have you ever seen one of  our military walking past you and wanted to convey to them your thanks, but weren't sure how or it felt awkward?

Recently, a gentleman from Seattle created a gesture which could be used and has started a massive movement to get the word out.

Please everybody take just a moment to watch . . . . The Gratitude Campaign

   Thanks, Norris! I did this very thing just the other day while I was out shopping! I was rewarded with a nod and a big ol' smile to match my own!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 06/26/08 - "Thanks":

You're very nice to use The Covert Letter anytime you like.  I'm flattered you think these columns are worth reading.  Thanks for using my April piece.  I am in awe of the up to date news you have from Typhoon land.  You do great work.

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Harry! I'm honored that you let me reproduce them here!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 06/26/08 - "animal world!":

I can identify--sometimes!

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Judy, I think we all can relate to these!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 06/26/08 - "Harry Covert - The Covert Letter ":

Harry Covert - The Covert Letter

Nolan Dawkins: His 'Incredible Day' in Virginia

Posted: 25 Jun 2008 08:17 PM CDT



When Nolan Dawkins was growing up, he and his childhood playmate couldn’t get a drink of water outside of their homes in Alexandria, Va.

In those days, the city was part of the old-time south where drinking fountains, public facilities and public schools were racially separate and allegedly equal.

Dawkins and his childhood chum, Bill Euille, grew up in the Parker Gray neighborhood. As adults they have been leaders of change in the city and have distinguished themselves, Dawkins as an attorney and jurist and Euille as a businessman and political leader.

Today, things have indeed changed. It was never more evident than on Thursday, June 12 when Dawkins became Alexandria’s first African American Circuit Court judge and the 18th judicial circuit’s third judge. He joins Chief Judge Donald M. Haddock and Judge Lisa B. Kemler, both native Alexandrians.

William D. (Bill) Euille, now mayor, was among the first speakers at Dawkins’ swearing-in ceremonies, first as friend and second as the city’s leader. He and Dawkins grew up on Columbus Street. Dawkins was one of seven African Americans who broke the color barrier and entered George Washington High School, graduating in 1965. Euille tagged along but graduated from T. C. Williams High School in 1967.



And, 43 years after graduating from high school, Dawkins was accepting the well-wishes from a packed audience of more than 300 well-wishers in the Franklin P. Backus Courthouse for his seating.

Del. Brian J. Moran (D-46) read Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s official proclamation naming Dawkins to the Circuit Court. It was Moran who spearheaded the eight-year term through the General Assembly in March in an often sticky political struggle.

THE INVESTITURE APPEARED almost like a homecoming for the respected Judge Dawkins. His wife Lorraine and three daughters, Kelli, Kimberly and Ashley participated in the judicial "robing" of the new judge. Dawkins was greeted by his fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Mabel Lyles. She beamed with pride listening to the accolades for her pupil at the city’s Lyles-Crouch Elementary School. His first grade teacher was unable to attend.

Rev. Dr. Elbert J. Ransom Jr. set the stage for the ceremony as he invoked "Divine favor" on the Dawkins judgeship.

Retired Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court chief judge Stephen W. Rideout praised the selection of his colleague, noting how they worked together and often thought alike in the development and growth of their court.

"This is an incredible day," Dawkins said later. "A little piece of me will always be with the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court. But, it’s very different up here. I am looking forward to the work. Alexandria is a wonderful city."

The ceremony was marked by family and friends. As conversations raised the decibel level in Courtroom No. 2, bailiwick of Judge Haddock, the noise was so loud that Deputy Sheriff Walt Travers, the veteran bailiff, had to call the court to order with a booming voice.

Sitting and retired local, state and federal judges, the city’s elected Constitutional officers and attorneys all filled in the courtroom.

ACCOLADES MADE IT an ever grander day for Judge Dawkins. Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, responsible for courthouse security and also an Alexandria native, said: "There is no one more deserving of this position than Judge Dawkins. He has earned this because of his outstanding reputation in our community both professionally and personally. Plus he has a great sense of humor."

Semonian said, "He’s given a ton to this community. I had the pleasure of swearing him in the first time (as judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court). And I was glad to do it again." Semonian, also a native Alexandrian, is a 1951 graduate of George Washington High School.

Dawkins was passed over in 2004 when his nomination was stymied by a politically divided General Assembly.

"He never complained and never made a fuss," Dr. Ransom said. "This is his time now."

Copyright 2008 Harry Covert

   We have witnessed some amazing changes in our lifetime, have we not?? Thank you so much for this column, Harry!

  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 06/26/08 - "Coach Helms/Conn":

I was distressed to read about my class of 1962 classmate's,     Jimmy Parker's (of VA) experience with Coach Helms. One can never know why he said such a thoughtless thing.

I had a very similar experience with NNHS icon 
  Coach Julie Conn. It was my second day in high school, 8th grade, and Coach Conn was issuing new gym uniforms. When he got to me and I told him my name, he pondered a bit and asked me if I had a brother who had went to NNHS a few years previously. I said that I did and he looked at me and said, "god d_____ it, I hope you are nothing like him."

Startled, I, of course, said nothing in reply. Although I never forgot what he said, I eventually concluded Coach Conn forgot what he said as soon as he said it. He certainly showed me no ill will in gym or anywhere over the years and like everyone I came to admire him. I think Julie was just being Julie. Some gym teachers, males, just seem to love to spout off and could be thoughtless but I think most often harmless.

I think most of us have a small number of teachers we had some trouble with yet other students loved them and fared well under them. All of this, I think, just falls under something called "life".

Carol, I hope things are on the up and up with you and your family. Often I go online thinking there is "no way" you will have anything new for us. But you do!!! You provide joy and pleasure to all of us. We are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO LUUUUUUUUUUUcky to have you! Thank you from the depths of my heart.

Ed Nichols, NNHS Class of 1962

   Thank you so much, Eddie! You've raised some interesting points and expressed them very well.

   We can never know what causes a person to say certain things, what experiences they've brought with them that would make them react in ways we do not understand.  Sometimes they're simply guilty of letting down their guard, of removing "filters" on their mouths and speech that should be firmly in place.  Sometimes personalities just clash.

   A few years ago we had a friend who had just graduated from high school.  She was relating to us how very much she had loved her third grade teacher.  One of our sons was in that very same class that very same year, and that teacher was the only teacher he did not like throughout the entire time he was in school!

   I'm reminded of the old verse:

I do not like thee, Doctor Fell,
Just why it is, I cannot tell,
But this I know, and know full well,
I do not like thee, Doctor Fell.

   Thanks again, Sweetie!

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: 06/26/08

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: 06/26/08

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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Captain Kangaroo Theme Song ("Puffin' Billy")

Music by Edward G. White, 1952

Midi of Captain Kangaroo's theme song courtesy of  - 09/26/08

First Image of Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo - with Bunny Rabbit! - courtesy of - 06/26/08

Second Image of Bob Keeshan courtesy of - 06/26/08

Little Brown Bunnies clip art courtesy of - 03/22/05

Animated Multi Dot Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/01/06

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

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

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!

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

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