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07/30/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
My Girl

A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.

- Joseph Addison
(1 May 1672 - 17 June 1719)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme was originally run over two-and-a-half years ago:
   At that particular time for our Newsletter themes, we were following along the fabulous Reunion CD's assembled by our Wizard of Wonderment,
       Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA (You DO have your own CD's, doncha?!? They're yours for a modest donation to the treasury of the Class of 1964!)

   Today we're using this song for "My Girl", who is turning 21 today.  When she was a toddler, her six big brothers inexplicably nicknamed her (among many other things, just as goofy), "Cloudy Day" - and would sing this song to her on a daily basis.  

   Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

BONUS #1 - - My Girl - The Temptations, 1965

BONUS #2 - - My Girl - The Temptations (NBC Miniseries Version, 1998)


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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario AND    Anne Sawyer Turpin ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

01 -        My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC AND    Betty Burton Gary ('65) of VA;

02 -
  Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND   Eddie Beasley ('64) in Ethiopia;

04 - The United States Coast Guard - 1790;

05 -  Frank Friedland ('60) of VA;

06 -   Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1.   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ - 07/30/08:

Wednesday 07/30/2008 6:49:49am
Name: Mary Massey Lyle
Homepage: http://Class of 1961
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Voorhees, NJ
Favorite Teachers Mr. Coach Powers~he made US History interesting to me, & gave me a love that I still continue to have for it.
Miss Crane~I always loved her dramatics & love for the theater. Kicking up her heels in class as we sang Oklahoma!
Hobbies Reading~TV watching~baseball~golf! Enjoying my time with my 2 grandchildren, grandson Corey age 3 & granddaughter Lia Fontaine Lyle, age 4 months.
Comments Carol, I thank you for all that you do to keep everyone posted on what's going on with our fellow alumni's. Keep up the good work. You are appreciated.

   Thank you so much, Mary!


    From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL - 07/29/08:

   Rachel has had her 2nd physical therapy appointment. It is looking pretty good. She still limps and so we are working on getting the swelling out of her ankle and exercising it daily. The physical therapist hasn't told us if she will have any restrictions in P.E. when school starts or not, or how long she will be in physical therapy.


   Well, that's not quite as good news as I initially thought, Miss Mary..... Thanks for keeping us posted; we'll keep Rachel on our Prayer Roll a bit longer!

From TIPS for Extraordinary Living! - Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD - - 07/27/08:

The Fundamentals of Success

In life, and in business, there are only a few fundamentals that make life work out well, and they have never changed. Too often we pretend that technology and education have created "new rules" or that modern systems permit us to cut corners and find short-cuts that didn't exist in the past. While there may be examples where that is true, in general, I don't believe it.

The fundamentals of living well, achieving our dreams and creating wealth have not changed. The path to success today is remarkably similar to the path walked by generations past.

What are the basics? You might have your own list, but I would suggest at least the following:

1. Personal Integrity. Socrates recommended, "Know thyself" and Shakespeare added, "to thine own self be true." Knowing who we are, what we value and making sure that our words and actions match is fundamental. Doing unfulfilling work or living in an environment that doesn't suit us will surely undermine our long-term success. Too many of us live "lives of quiet desperation" and that is NOT a foundation on which to build a life!

2. Clear Thinking. Many of us grew up in the "feel good" generation and we are confused about the role of thought (education, planning, skills and tools) verses emotion. We let our hopes, wishes, fears, or "hang-ups" run our lives. High achievers take time to think clearly, seek expert advice, plan wisely, and learn from the mistakes of others. The Old Testament says that "wisdom comes from a multitude of advisors." Some strategies just work better than others. Buildings are always designed and "blueprinted" in advance. Our lives should be designed just as carefully.

3. Unfailing Optimism. This is not shallow "positive thinking", but a clear-headed, conscious faith in the future and in your own potential. "Where there is a will, there is a way," or as Hannibal said over 2000 years ago, "We will find a way, or make one." High achievers believe in their skills, in their plans, and in their futures. They forge ahead with confidence built on integrity and careful planning.

4. Hard Work. Ben Franklin observed, "Early to bed, early to rise makes a man (or woman) healthy, wealthy and wise." I've heard people say achievement should be "effortless" and I agree that sometimes enormous amounts of work can flow easily and quickly, but I also know that creating a great life usually requires dedication, personal discipline, attention to detail, and effort.

5. Patience and Persistence. A great life is rarely built in a day. It takes time develop a life of one's own. There will be mistakes and wrong turns along the way, and highly successful people are neither surprised nor disheartened by this. They simply get a good night's sleep and start again in the morning. They learn from their mistakes, correct them, and move on with better skills and more effective strategies.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/28/08 - "The Old Man and His Moped":

The Old Man and His Moped

An elderly man on a Moped, looking about 100 years old, pulls up next to a doctor at a street light.

The old man looks over at the sleek shiny car and asks, "What kind of car ya' got there, Sonny ?"

The doctor replies, "A Ferrari GTO. It cost half a million dollars! "

"That's a lot of money," says the old man. " Why does it cost so much?"

"Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!" states the doctor proudly.

The Moped driver asks, "Mind if I take a look inside?"

"No problem," replies the doctor.

So the old man pokes his head in the window and looks around. Then, sitting back on his Moped, the old man says, " That's a pretty nice car, all right....
but I'll stick with my Moped!"

Just then the light changes, so the doctor decides to show the old man just what his car can do.  He floors it, and within 30 seconds. The speedometer reads 160 mph.

Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear view mirror.  It seems to be getting closer !
He slows down to see what it could be and suddenly, WHOOOOSSSHHH !

Something whips by him going much faster!

"What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?" the doctor asks himself.

He presses harder on the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 250 mph.

Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it's the old man on the Moped !

Amazed that the Moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it more gas and passes the Moped at 275 mph and he's feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him AGAIN!  Astounded by the speed of this old guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 320 mph.

Not ten seconds later, he sees the Moped bearing down on him again! The Ferrari is flat out, and there's nothing he can do!

Suddenly, the Moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear end.

The doctor stops and jumps out and unbelievably, the old man is still alive.

He runs up to the banged-up old guy and says, " I'm a doctor.... Is there anything I can do for you?"

The old man whispers, " Unhook my suspenders from your side view mirror".

      Thanks, Joyce!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS, '59) of VA - 07/29/08 - "Longevity predictor":

Age Predictor
This is pretty interesting. Watch the age prediction, on the top right of the screen, change as you answer the various questions.
Click here:

   Oh, thanks, Norris! This one is waaay cool, with delightful depictions of "The Real You" as you progress.  And according to this version, I'll keep "progressing" until I'm 80! WHOO-HOO!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/29/08 - "NASA":

Dear Carol,

Our neighbor-across-the-street, Jim Fay, father of Cathy (68) and Jo Anne (69) worked at NASA. If my memory serves (which it don't always do ), the girls referred to their dad's work as "N-A-S-A," rather than "Nasa," which we hear today. I think my father referred to it as "Nasa" also. He was from Connecticut and worked in aerospace. I wonder if the different pronunciation was regional...
A very nice midi version of REM's "Man on the Moon" and many interesting songs.

   Thanks, Chris! I just so happen to actually remember the answer to your question! Prior to July 29, 1958, the facility at Langley was the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics or "N-A-C-A", for short.

   After it's conversion, it was naturally called "N-A-S-A" for a while until the easier "NASA" acronym gained precedence among the local residents.

   And thanks for the midi and theme idea, too, Chris! Stay tuned.....

  From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 07/29/08 - "Camping in the Wasatch National Forest 7-08":

Hi Carol,

I am sending a few of the pictures from this weekend's camping trip in the Wasatch National Forest in the Uinta Mountains.  I hope these pictures may give my typhoon friends a view of the rest of the country.  

We camped at Lost Creek which is approximately 10 thousand feet.  It was 70 degrees during the day and very cold at night.  The moose was at our camp site for most of the day.  I fished the Bear River but could not find any fish! 

Anyway, I hope someone enjoys the photos.



Phil Hammond ('64) of UT Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66)
of UT
Saturday, July 27, 2008
Sunday, July 28, 2008

   That is such breathtakingly beautiful country out there! Thanks for sharing these great images with us, Phillip! "Very cold" would be a refreshing change of pace for many of us right now.  Here in Fayetteville we're headed for another week of scorching temperatures. :o(

   I posted these on your page (yes, I'm still saving room for those I've neglected for lo, these many months.....):

  From Polly White Bevins ('63) of VA - 07/29/08 - "Jerry Smith":

Hi Carol,
Just noticed the note about Jerry Smith and his brother.  Jerry did pass away in his twenties.  His brother    Ronald ('65) is a good friend of mine from NNHS days. He was for quite some time Manager of Peninsula Funeral Home, but is no longer there.  (I saw him way too often at funerals - but miss him now).  I've lost touch, but maybe some of his classmates know how to reach him.
Hope this helps.
Polly White Bevins

   Oh, thanks, Polly, I didn't realize that they were brothers!

   Ron moved to Scottsville, VA a year or so ago.  He was with Thacker Brothers Funeral home there for a time, but I believe now he has just retired to the life of a gentleman farmer.  I rather think my emails no longer reach him, but then with an AOL addie, one can never tell.

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

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - update of 07/25/08 - SEE: 07/25/08;  - update of 07/28/08 - "Jerry's HOME!!! He is ... feeling much better. He will still have to tackle some health issues, but we are getting there!"

2.   Julius Benton ('58) of VA - diagnosed years ago with Pick's Disease; update of 07/18/08 - SEE: 07/19/08

3.   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

4.   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

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

6. 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

7. Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA suffered heart attack on 07/25/08, fell on sidewalk during attack, breaking his nose and cheekbone and losing a tooth; is in critical condition in Mary Immaculate ICU

8. Carol Cook Campbell ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - heart catheter; at home now and doing fine

9.       My Niece, Shari, of VA - hospitalized 07/19/08

10.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08; update of 07/02/08 - SEE: 07/03/08; update of 07/26/08 - "went home July 10th and is doing GREAT; walking each night, having therapy a few times a week and progressing very well"

11.   Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - knee surgery with complications on 07/01/08 - update of 07/10/08 - SEE: 07/12/08; update of 07/20/08 - SEE: 07/21/08

12. 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; update of 07/06/08: SEE: 07/07/08; update of 07/27/08 - "has completed her physical therapy, and is now totally healed!"; update of 07/29/08 - SEE ABOVE

13.Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - hip surgery - at home now and doing fine

14. Bitsy Heath ('57) of VA - 07/02/08 - abdominal aneurysm requiring surgery; also having other issues with breathing and pulmonary output;  SEE: 07/03/08

15. 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

16.   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).

17. 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."

18. Marsha Rice ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - knee surgery - at home now and doing fine

19. 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

20. 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"; update of 07/19/08 - finished her radiation treatments and is now cancer free !!!!!  - will be having reconstructive surgery in August.

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

22. All of Us


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND PERHAPS OTHERS:  - 07/23/08

   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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My Girl

(The Temptations, released 21 Dec 1964)

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside I've got the month of May.
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl).

I've got so much honey the bees envy me.
I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees.
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl).

Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey

I don't need no money, fortune, or fame.
I've got all the riches baby one man can claim.
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl).

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day
with my girl.
I've even got the month of May
with my girl (fade)

"My Girl" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks, Dave!  WOWZERS!!!  This is a goodie!

 "My Girl" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Image #1 courtesy of - 01/23/06

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Image #2 courtesy of -  01/23/06

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

Rising Sun Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/07/05

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

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!

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