07/09/05 - Old Style NNHS Newsletter - Computer and Reunion Updates


Dear Friends and Classmates,
   It's way past time for some updates of all kinds, so even though I'm readying to leave for the peninsula this morning, and this operation under present conditions will take me about five hours, here they are.
From Melody Clendinin DeBerry (WHS - '66) of VA - 06/29/05:
Hi, Carol
I've silently read all your newsletters since last year, and first of all let me tell you Jim and I are so saddened about the passing of your beloved brother-in-law, Miles (Nowitzky - Granby HS - '50).  We know Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and your family miss him terribly, but take great comfort in the fact that God has a new special angel in His Kingdom.
Also, I'm sorry you have been so very sick - and your computer, as well.  I'm glad to hear your are much better now - and you have a new, shiny, but not yet "born" computer.  I can relate, since my hard drive crashed and I had terrible withdrawal until my technology specialist friend from the school I retired from came over and installed a new hard drive and re-installed my programs.  However, I lost all my files and digital pictures.  Some I had on disks, but not all.  Lesson well learned:)
When you are able to "birth" your computer, please put our e-mail address on the list by Jimmy's name: jimmel25@cox.net
By the way, I never told you what a beautiful family you have.  I know holidays and visits are a special joy for you and your husband.  We have four grandchildren, and they all live within 25 miles of us, so we consider ourselves blessed to be so close.  We see them often, and attend pageants, cheering competitions, t-ball games and wild birthday parties;)  Being a grandparent is an awesome blessing.
Bless you - take care of yourself.
Melody and Jimmy DeBerry
P.S.  Are you going to send out birth announcements when the computer is "born"?
   Ah, Melody - thanks so much!  I've missed you!  I so enjoyed meeting you last October!  I think I must have known you before we were born.  You seemed so very familiar to me.
   I think it's safe to say that I am now in heavy labor with this new computer.  It's now up and internet connected, and even has PhotoShop installed.  I'm beginning to think I'll have to have a Cesarean this time, though.  For its next complication, my beloved scanner (yea, verily; I have long since come to love my scanner) won't interface with it, so I'll have to buy a new one of those too.  ARGHHH!!!
   Cute Stuff has promised that he'll have my hard drive backed up on CDs and ready for transfer (as the first two transfer methods failed) by the time I return from Virginia.  Of course, I did have to bribe him by saying I'd chaperone Youth Conference in Wilmington on July 14-15.  Ah, the prices we must pay in life.....
   See, the thing is, I never expected this "labor" to last so long.  With all my other babies, I averaged about two hours.  I wasn't much good at pregnancy, but I was really, really good at labor, delivery, and recovery.   (Everybody's gotta be be good at sumpin', right?!?)  These long labors are as Gwen Stefani says, "Bananas - B-A-N-A-N-A-S!"
   And another thing - remember that standardized career test we took in high school?  As I recall, a vast number of y'all were told to find something which would allow you to work outside, construction, perhaps.  Mine said to stay inside (whew!) and as I had "infinite patience", perhaps I should consider something tedious - like watchmaking.
   Okay, I don't know where all that patience went, but it seems to have vaporized.........
   But yes, Melody, boy howdy, will I be sending out Birth Announcements!!!
PAGE HITS: Hit # 36,000 was made sometime on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 when I was being too bratty to look at the computer, much less my stats ("Okay, if you won't play the game the way I want, I'm not gonna play at all!")
   (Y'all grew up; I chose to remain being a kid - and a very spoiled bratty one, at that.)
   I shudder to think how many we've missed.  I just realized I missed Frank Blechman's ('65 of Northern VA) for the first time in forty-eleven years 'cause I was in such a snit.  Sorry, Frank (and eva'body else); hope it was delightful, and that the Tooth Fairy brought you lots of chocolate bunnies.  No, wait a minute, that's not right....
   (I'm not even gonna look at that birthday list right now.  It'll just depress me further.....)
    Say, ya wanna know what I have been doing all week?!?  Scrapbooking!  That's right!  I've spent about 14 hours a day all week making page after page in my albums.  My Creative Memories consultant is delighted with me!  I thought it would be fun to bring Volume IV (September 1963 - June 1965) along with me to the reunion.  Then I realized that most of my Newport News memorabilia is in Volume II (December 1952 - December 1957) and Volume III (January 1958 - August 1963).  I thought I just might have them organized by October's reunion.  The fact that I decided to try for this one is an indication of just how far my insanity has progressed.
   Well, they're not ready, of course (primarily due to my insistence on keeping them in historical perspective with world events), but I'm carting them along anyway.
   Tonight's the Big Night!!!
CLASS OF 1960:
   The 45th Reunion of the Class of 1960 will be held on Saturday, July 9th, 2005 at 6:00 PM at The Warwick Yacht & Country Club, 400 Maxwell Lane, NN.
   This is not an open reunion, due to size constraints, but Dave Spriggs ('64) and I were graciously invited to attend as guests of the Class of 1960, so we're looking forward to seeing many of y'all there tonight!  And yes, I'm excited!!!
CLASS OF 1965:
   The 40th Reunion of the Class of 1965 will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2005 at the Point Plaza in NN, and is open to all NNHS Alumni. 
   Y'all turn in your reservations.  Have them submitted by September 15, and save yourself some money!
   I hope y'all know how much fun we're going to have when I really do have everything back up and running.  It'll take me forever and a day, but some of y'all have sent me some really cool goodies in these last few weeks.  The last ones to arrive were images from that Sock Hop sent by Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL.  Thanks, Raoul!  I'm looking forward to sharing them!
   Okay, I really must finish packing and "git outta Dodge" so y'all have fun, and take care of each other!
                                                Love to all, Carol


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Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9305

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