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07/29/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Painting the Roses Red

“I know a little garden close
Set thick with lily and red rose,
Where I would wander if I might
From dewy dawn to dewy night.
And have one with me wandering.”

- William Morris
(24 Mar 1834 - 03 Oct 1896)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme was suggested on 07/12/09 by         my daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, American School, IL) of IL, who has always been a big Alice in Wonderland fan.  Thanks, Baby Girl!

BONUS #1- - Painting The Roses Red (Alice In Wonderland)

BONUS #2 - - Surprise!

NOTE: I'm having difficulty capturing the MIDI file, so for the moment, just watch the above videos.


Tuesday, July 29, 1969 - Mariner 6 began transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars (I think...).

Tuesday, July 29, 1969 - The Jet Propulsion Laboratory lost contact with Mariner 7.


  Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Don Chaney ('66) of MD AND         My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, American School, IL) of IL!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

31 -   Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario AND   Anne Sawyer Turpin ('65) of VA;

01 - Bette Heath ('57) of VA AND          My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL AND   Betty Burton Gary ('65) of VA!

02 -   Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND   Eddie Beasley ('64) in Ethiopia ( or somewhere equally exciting) AND  Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65) (deceased 03/11/99);

04 - The United States Coast Guard - 1790 AND Colleen Luke Barton ('57) of England;

05 - Barbara Kemp Bostwick ('57) AND   Frank Friedland ('60) of VA!

Many Happy Returns, One and All!

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/28/09 - "Rush and More Rush":

Thanks for the Rush!

I have been a Rush fan since I first heard them in Toronto more than 30 years ago. They must have been about 19 or 20, and they weren't nearly as good a band then as they are now, but they had something. I was with friends-- all of us mid-20's, teachers and counselors with master's degrees up there for a conference and staying a few extra days to wander around (one grumbled, Why aren't we in MONTREAL? Toronto might as well be ALBANY or BOSTON! ) All of us had had more alcohol than was good for us, and someone said "Hey Domi, don't make eyes at the bass player, I don't think he's out of high school yet, and they'll take away your professional certifications."  I wasn't making eyes-- I was just in full attention mode. I think I have everything ever they've recorded, on vinyl, tape, or CD.

Not this year but last year daughterling, daughter-in-law (who writes on-line reviews of obscure bands, mostly Eastern European death-metal) and my sons gave me two tickets for Rush at the Verizon, Manchester, NH. I went, with my friend Pat, a widow my own age, who had no idea who or what they were but gamely agreed to go. One of her sons gave her a package of earplugs when he heard we were going to a Rush concert. 

It was terrific-- we had a wonderful time. Daughterling had not planned to go but a friend of hers had an extra ticket so she was sitting with him about 6 rows behind Pat and me. Daughterling, of course, was brought up on Rush; she and I sang along with everything. Pat shrieked and yelled, and never put the earplugs in.

Good stuff!


   Thanks, Domi, I'm glad you enjoyed them! Prior to 2003, I didn't allow any music to be carried on the site that was written after 1965 (that OCD problem again). As we began expanding, I loosened that self-imposed rule, and now there are no such silly limitations. (This came in very handy after we started attaching music to the Newsletters late in 2004.)

   I never know who likes what, so I try to offer as broad a base in musical selections as I can, rotating from decade to decade as much as possible.  And though in this genre I myself am more of a Metallica fan, I am warming to Rush after all these years. I think it's even probable that we will be featuring more of their songs in August!

  From Sue David Kline ('68) of ? - 07/28/09:

Do you remember that wonderful cake that was homemade in the cafeteria.  I think it was a yellow cake and it normally had chocolate icing.  But on Valentine's Day, for example, the icing was pink.  It was the best cake ever!  I wonder if anybody has the recipe?

Sue Kline

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Sue, what a memory you have! Let's see what we can learn!

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

    From Dale Parsons ('48) of VA - 07/28/09 - Lucky Dog":

Okay... do you have Kleenex available?

Lucky Dog....

Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't, and you may even decide you need one!

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named "Lucky".

Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit, they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.

Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.

It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this fact; she was just sure it was fatal.

She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will feel abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him! The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.

The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated, and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.

Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap.

Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.

When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.
He had covered her with his love. Mary forgot about dying.

Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. And Lucky? He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box, but Mary remains his greatest treasure.
 every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care for us.

If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours! Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer. Amen.

..... In memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by cancer or is still fighting their battle.

   Thank you so much, Dale! <


  From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ - 07/28/09 - "Have a Redbull...":

Hey Cuzz,

How's everything over there in the middle east? Or is Illinois just considered the middle? Here lately, every time I try to punch into your site, my internet security indicates that your site is being used as an "attack site". You been cavorting with terrorists again or are they simply victimizing you : )

  I am the innocent man, Jim!

  Anyrate, here's a pic of my Texas (Kingsville locality) red bullsnake. He's a brute of a yearling, already five feet long and looking to be an absolute nine foot behemoth someday. He'd make a much better product mascot than some bovine anyway but that's my biased opinion...

   Thanks, Jim! You make a valid point for your product mascot choice. That baby red bull snake is a real beauty, and surely much more suited for the task. I'm just everlastingly grateful for the fact that YOU are guarding and protecting him, and not MOI!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

   Wait a minute! Did you say YOUR snake - as in "pet"?!? Not just one of your charges?!? YOWZERONI-RINI!!!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/28/09 - "T. Sends":
CUTE Wedding.

   YOW! This gives a whole new meaning to "wedding rehearsal"!
Strange Epitaphs
What would you do?


Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.
~African Proverb~


Random Fact:

There are more chickens than people in the world.


The Bitter Soldier

The soldier serving in Iraq was annoyed and upset when his girl sent him a "Dear John" letter, breaking off their engagement and asking for her photograph back.

The serviceman went out and collected from his friends all the unwanted photographs of women that he could find. Then he bundled them all together and sent them back to the girl with a note saying: "Regret cannot remember which one is you - please keep your photo and return the others."


How To Beat Traffic

If you want to beat traffic. . .

Pick some fruit!!

Yesterday it took me an hour and fifteen minutes to go 10 miles.

I was frustrated.
I was powerless.
I was exhausted.
I was grateful.
I was victorious.
I was energized.

Heavy traffic volumes are a fact of life in any big city. Many of the local governments fund road improvement programs, only to close lanes as they improve the roads.

Lanes close, traffic increases, people get more frustrated and distracted, they have accidents, they cause more traffic pile-ups.

It's a vicious cycle.

It is often said that a person's first reaction in times of crisis tells a lot about that person. I say that a person's reaction while traveling six inches per minute tells even more about that person.

Sitting in traffic is one of the best times to pick some fruit.

Pick some patience. . .
You'll be able to relax. After all, you'll be sitting there for a while anyway.

Pick some peace. . .
Try something different --- instead of listening to the radio traffic reports about the traffic you're sitting in, turn the radio off. Play a classical CD. Or better yet, just enjoy the quiet time.

Pick some kindness. . .

Smile at the person in the car next to you. Now that's really different!

Pick some love. . .
Start a conversation with your spouse or child about something you know is bothering them. Time spent driving can be time spent talking and understanding each other.

Pick some joy. . .

Be thankful that you're not the person involved in the calamity that's causing the traffic.

Pick some faith. . .
Take this time to look up at the sky, observe the trees, marvel at the birds. Think about your own life. Then you'll know for sure that there is a God.

Pick some gentleness. . .
I know you have a cell phone, so pick it up and call someone you haven't spoken to in months. You still remember the number.

Pick some goodness. . .
Plan a good deed that you'll do for someone as soon as you get out of the traffic. Maybe there's something you can do immediately to help the person on the side of the road.

Pick some meekness. . .
No matter what kind of car you're riding in, understand that it's not by your own works that you were able to obtain it.

Once you pick your fruit, your frustration, powerlessness, and exhaustion will transform into gratitude, victory and energy.

You'll have a new outlook on life all because you pulled over,

. . . and decided to pick some fruit.

~A Mountain Wings Original by C. Elijah Bronner~

   Thanks so much, Shari!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/23/09 - "CLEAN FUNNIES FOR TWISTED PEOPLE (#6 in a Series of  9)":

   Joyce Cahoon

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/24/09 - "~ Friendship~ (#5 in a Series of  8)":


   OOOH! Thanks, Shari!



1.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

Attached is the two-sided brochure.... It has an order form on it. All former CNC students (whether or not they got a degree from CNC) can get the $5 alumni discount if they order the book with this form. They will need to write on the order form "alumni discount" and put $24.95 in the blank beside $29.95. They will have to pay S&H also and (if in Virginia) 5% Sales Tax.

Attached also is an ad we ran in the Daily Press, which lists places where the book can be bought in the Tidewater area. Except for the CNU bookstore, there is no discount price for these copies. However, buyers can get signed copies at all of these places EXCEPT the CNU Bookstore, which did not want signed copies.  Signed means signed by all 3 authors: Chambers, Hubbard, and Wood.

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


Attention all 1964 TYPHOONS:

If we have a current mailing address for you, then your 45th Reunion package was mailed to you on 23 June. In it you will find a letter detailing our plans for the reunion, a reservation form to be completed and returned to us no later than 1 September, and an input form for the 2009 Edition of the Old Rusty Anchor.

If you do not receive this package (or put it aside and misplace it - - yes, it happens), then you may find these same documents available to you on the NNHS web site at this address:

These documents are in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the free Adobe Reader, you may download and install it from this address:

You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!


From ArcaMax - 07/28/09:


At the beginning of the school year, one seventh grader was reflecting on his chance at being the 8th grade valedictorian. He said his dad was valedictorian, his mom was valedictorian, and his sister was also valedictorian.

He paused, leaned back in his chair and said, “Looks like the end of an era!”


Going Out?

I was driving around and around a parking garage in search of an available space. Nothing. Then I noticed a couple walking ahead of me.

“Going out?” I called to them hopefully.

“No,” said the man. “Just friends.”


Elevator Keys

A woman walked into the elevator tossing her keys up in the air and catching them. After one too many tosses, she dropped the keys, and we watched as they disappeared into the crack between the open doors and the floor.

I felt terrible for her. Or I did until she cried, “Oh no! Not again!”


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact - WHS CLASS OF 1959

3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion
For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at - CLASS OF 1970

5. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/16/09

BLOG: - updated 07/23/09

 Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty  

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Painting the Roses Red

Words by Bob Hilliard
(28 Jan 1918 - 01 Feb 1971)

Music by Sammy Fain
(17 June 1902 – 06 Dec 1989)

(The Mellomen in Disney's Alice in Wonderland, 1951)

Bum bum bum bum
Painting the roses red
We're painting the roses red
We dare not stop or waste a drop
So let the paint be spread!
We're painting the roses red
We're painting the roses red!

Oh, Painting the roses red
And many a tear we shed

Because we know

They'll cease to grow

In fact they'll soon be dead!

And yet we go ahead
Painting the roses red!

Painting the roses red
We're painting the roses red!

Oh, pardon me
But Mister Three
Why must you paint them red?

Well the fact is, miss
We planted the white roses by mistake!

The queen
She likes them red
If she saw white instead
She'd raise her voice
And each of us would quickly lose his head!

Since this is the thought we dread
We're painting the roses red!

Oh, dear, then let me help you!

Painting the roses red...

We're painting the roses red!

Don't tell the queen that's what you've seen
Or tell her what we've said!
We're painting the roses red

Yes, painting the roses red!

Not pink...

Not green...

Not aquamarine!

We're painting the roses red!

"Painting the Roses Red" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/29/09

Image of Matthew S. Rucker's 1997 Painting, "Painting the Roses Red", courtesy of - 07/29/09

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I can't seem to find it now.....

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated United States Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

Animated Fat Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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