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07/01/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Leslie Caron's 77th Birthday

"In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness -
otherwise how would you know when you're happy?"

 - Leslie Caron
(b. 1 July 1931)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   How could this darling girl possibly be turning 77 today?!?

BONUS #1- - Louis Jourdan singing to Leslie Caron - Gigi, 1958

BONUS #2 - - Gigi, 1958 - Surprise! - from

BONUS #3 - - Leslie Caron singing Hi-Lili Hi-Lo, Lili, 1953

BONUS #4 - - Leslie Caron dancing in An American in Paris, 1951


Happy Birthday today to     Julius Benton ('58) of VA AND    Linda Ray Letchworth Enochs ('60) of TX!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Fred Mays ('60) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -      Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


      From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 06/30/08 - "RE: 06/30/08 - Bridle Thy Tongue":

    (Jimmy) Smith ('62 - of VA) is absolutely correct, and I find myself quite embarrassed. In checking my '57 annual I found that Helms was not in it. My brother   (Bubby Parker) graduated in 1955, and Helms did not arrive at NNHS until September of 1957.

So who was it that made the comment I remember so vividly? And I do remember the comment quite vividly. Why I accused Helms of the statement I will never know. Was it because he harassed for most of the five years I was in his class? I know that now, some fifty years later, my memory is somewhat fuzzy, but I do remember the cruel statement being made in gym class before the entire class. The comment directed to me is not something one makes up or imagines. The obvious fact that Helms did not make the statement still does not leave a warm place in my heart for him. But I do make sincere apologies for falsely accusing the man, and may he rest in peace.

So who made the statement? The possibilities are narrowed somewhat: Coaches Chambers,   Conn,   Nuttycombe, Range, or Robinson. I doubt it was Chambers, or Nuttycombe, certainly not Robinson, so that leaves either Conn or Range.

Maybe the comment was made in jest, and not meant to cause any harm, but in this case it obviously did. I hope I did not cause you any grief over this.


   Any discomfort I felt over this incident pales in comparison to the pain you suffered for over half a century, Jimmy-Jimmy. I hope this discussion has helped alleviate some of that.

   The comment may well have been made in jest, but some things just are not all that funny, as you learned first hand. Thank you so much for this clarification, Sweetie! I amended his page:


    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 06/29.08 - "Nowadays...vs. back then":

Nowadays a teacher or coach would be fired for saying those things (that coach said to       Jimmy...)  Of course kids can abuse teachers all they want with little consequence...if I was raising kids today I would either choose home schooling or private school.  I have good friends who are dedicated and conscientious teachers and you would not believe the crap they have to put up with. 


   "Everything changes....."  Thanks, Jean!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 06/30/08 - "stuff":

My dear Carol,

There were so many words in your last newsletter that I found myself asking myself, have we pushed you too far? Burdened you with too much?

I love you, Carol,  All you need do is what YOU do.

Linda May '66

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Honey, I've been over the edge for years! It's just that this time, two of my knee-jerk triggers were ignited at once - "careless words" and "hurt feelings". It's like that classic vaudeville routine, when the trigger words were "Niagara Falls":


     "Slowly I turned...step by step...inch by inch...,"

BONUS #1 - - Slowly I Turned - The Three Stooges

BONUS #2 - - Slowly I Turned - Abbott and Costello and Sid Fields.

I was just feeling        Herb's loss the very day you wrote this. Sometimes it is overwhelming and I never even met him.

   As for my Darlin' Herbie, I've only just barely reached the point where I can usually make it through a day without crying - and only then if I don't pause to think.....

   Thanks so much, Linda May!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 06/30/08 - "Harry Covert - The Covert Letter":

Harry Covert - The Covert Letter



Posted: 29 Jun 2008 02:47 PM CDT

A Special Report


There is no evidence that Americans truly care about the rising gasoline prices.

I donít see any citizens holding the government accountable including the Current Resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, or those who prattle under the Capitol Dome on either side of the aisle. Nor are we really angry with the oil companies. Iím no economist but we ought to be more than somewhat irate with those to whom we trust our lives.

Gas prices keep creeping up. Except for an occasional blip on television; itís business as usual for Americans. Itís acceptable now to believe the old axiom that talk is indeed cheap.

It seems to me the high oil costs ought to be a major part of the currently outrageous presidential political campaigns and the races for the House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate.

While the average American does want change, Mr. and Mrs. America have simply been lulled and dulled into accepting the status quo.

Iím convinced the politicians and their cohorts are in a win-win situation. They really donít care what it costs taxpayers even though they feign interest and move on to those topics, which seem to be merely subject changers -- obfuscations -- the floods in the Midwest, the fires in California, the idiotic global warming stuff, same-sex marriages, criminals gone wild in the District of Columbia and no energy self-sufficiency. The obfuscations are so evident that no one wants to talk about accomplishing any thing that makes a difference. A policeman was killed last week in Prince Georgeís County, Maryland, adjacent to the District line. A gun didnít kill him but it came at the hands of a 19-year-old in a stolen truck.

Why is no one angry?

Iím beginning to believe that we Americans are suckers.

In this time when we wail at the alleged failing of Social Security which government wizards tell us is going broke; that seniors wonít get their money; then they tell us no one in the government can do anything about escalating gasoline prices; that the government canít do anything about the outrageous prescription drug prices; that the government canít do anything about illegal aliens; that the government canít do anything about . . . The list goes on. Tell me, what is it that the government can do?

If the truth were known, the coming Presidential elections ought to be just one ticket of candidates, Ticket Number One: John McCain for President and Barack Obama for Vice President; Ticket Number Two: Barack Obama for President and John McCain for Vice President.

Neither would make a difference for the United States come January 20, 2009.

We are led to believe the nation is in peril because of international terrorists, the oil cartel, the Iraq war, the Afghani war. Iím a bit cynical of course. Every American ought to be suspect these days. Our leaders have all become status-hungry eunuchs.

We complain among friends, and ourselves. The fire that was in the bellies of our forefathers seems nearly extinguished.

A humorist wagged a few years ago, "an honest politician is one that when heís bought, he stays bought." That seems a bit true today.

Take a look at the latest fund-raising figures from the Federal Elections Commission. The Presidential candidates received $968.1 million through June Ė- let me repeat -Ė thatís 968.1 million US dollars. And they say the economy is tanking.

Letís break it down even further. The nation canít be suffering too much if the political candidates are raising these exorbitant amounts of money. We must admit, this amount of money is outrageous and probably sinful. You may ask who gets it all Ė campaign workers, advertising outlets and fund-raisers and others.

Of that total, Democratic presidential candidates received contributions of $605.5 million. The Republican candidates got $362.6 million.

So, letís feel sorry for ourselves in this awful economy.

Senator Obamaís coffers have received, through June, $244,212,855.54; Senator Clinton received $229.4 million; and Senator McCain came in with $111.3 million.

So, itís business as usual in the 50 states. The average American donated $3.22 to the presidential campaigns, not enough for a gallon of gas in the nationís capital. Copyright 2008.

   Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Harry! I truly appreciate your words!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 06/30/08 - "New Carjacking Scheme":

True? Why take a chance?
New Carjacking Scheme
 From an Acquaintance: 

Just last weekend on Friday night we parked in a public parking area.  As we drove away I noticed a sticker on the rear window of the car.  When I took it off after I got home, it was a receipt for gas.  Luckily my friend told me not to stop as it could be someone waiting for me to get out of the car.  Then we received this email yesterday:


Heads up everyone!  Please, keep this circulating...You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside.  You start the engine and shift into Reverse.  When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window.  So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view.  When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off.  They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.

And guess what, ladies?  I bet your purse is still in the car.  So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and you are stranded far from your they have plenty of time to get there and rob your whole identity is  now compromised!

BEWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED.  This can happen during the day or at be very careful...especially if you have a small child or baby in the car with you...they will take them too...or toss them out on the open road somewhere...

If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away.  Remove the paper later.  And be thankful that you read this email.  I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women.  A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.  Please keep this going.

     Thanks, Wayne Honey! Just be careful out there!

    From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 06/30/08 - "Please watch this clip":

Not only is the music beautiful, but the message makes me know how blessed I am.
The following video clip hit home with me today. It caused me to reflect how deeply BLESSED I am... Hopefully you too will have a similar response after viewing it... Please keep them in your prayers.

   Thank you so much, Buster! This beautiful video really struck home with me.  Just before I read it last night, I talked to two friends of mine on the phone.  The first, a woman with three little girls, told me her husband had just walked in the door twenty minutes earlier with the news that he would be leaving this morning at 5:00 AM.  He couldn't say where he was going or when he would return - and he had only very recently returned from a lengthy deployment. 

   The second woman's husband has been gone five months.  He'll return home in September for a few short days, then back he'll go until sometime in December.

   A couple of weeks ago, a third friend found out on Wednesday that her husband would be leaving that Saturday morning for a year's deployment to "the lands dark and dusty" - his third (at least).

   These men and their families are truly remarkable people.  The hardships they suffer can scarcely be comprehended by the rest of us.  They should remain in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/30/08 - "Laugh for the day (Smarter ) Senior Driver":

An older lady gets pulled over for speeding...

Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?

Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding.

Older Woman: Oh, I see.

Officer: Can I see your license please?

Older Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one.

Officer: Don't have one?

Older Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago for drunk driving.

Officer: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.

Older Woman: I can't do that.

Officer: Why not?

Older Woman: I stole this car.

Officer: Stole it?

Older Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.

Officer: You what?

Older Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see.

The Officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.

Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle please! The woman steps out of her vehicle.

Older woman: Is there a problem sir?

Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.

Older Woman: Murdered the owner?

Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.

The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.

Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?

Older Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers.
The officer is quite stunned.

Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.

The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer.

The officer examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.

Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.

Older Woman: Bet the liar told you I was speeding, too.

Don't Mess With Old Ladies

Thanks, Glenn - excellent advice!

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   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

2.   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

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

4.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08

5. 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

6. 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.

7. 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

8.   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).

9. 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. "

10. 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

11. 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"

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

13. 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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Words by Alan Jay Lerner, 1958
(31 Aug 1918 - 14 June 1986)

Music by Frederick Loewe
(10 June 1901 - 14 Feb 1988)

Am I a fool without a mind
Or have I merely been too blind to realize
Oh Gigi
Why you've been growing up before my very eyes
You're not at all that funny awkward little girl I knew
Oh no
Overnight there's been a breathless change in you
Oh Gigi
While you were trembling on the brink
Oh Gigi
Have I been standing up too close or back too far
When did your sparkle turn to fire
And your warmth become desire
Oh what miracle has made you the way you are

While you were trembling on the brink
Was I out yonder somewhere blinking at a star
Oh Gigi
Have I been standing up too close or back too far
When did your sparkle turn to fire
And your warmth become desire
Oh what miracle has made you the way you are

"Gigi" midi courtesy of - 07/01/08

"Gigi" lyrics courtesy of - 07/01/08

First Image of Leslie Caron courtesy of - 7/01/08

Second Image of Leslie Caron courtesy of - 07/01/08

Animated Blue Flame Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/08/06

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

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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!

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

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Animated United States Marine Corps Flag clip art courtesy of  - 06/18/03

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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