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07/30/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
White Rabbit

“The other day when I was walking through the woods, I saw a rabbit
standing in front of a candle making shadows of people on a tree.”

- Steven Wright
(b. 06 Dec 1955)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

     There are some cute little bunny rabbits that often play in our front yard here in Fayetteville.  They're not white, but.....

BONUS #1 - - White Rabbit and Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane appearing on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 1967

BONUS #2 - - White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane with Disney movie clip



"White Rabbit" is a psychedelic rock/acid rock song from Jefferson Airplane's 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow. It was released as a single and became the band's second top ten success, peaking at #8[1] on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was ranked #483 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,[2] #27 on Rate Your Music's Top Singles of All Time and appears on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

“White Rabbit” was written by Grace Slick while she was still with The Great Society. When that band broke up in 1966, Slick was invited to join Jefferson Airplane to replace their departed female singer Signe Toly Anderson, who left the band with the birth of her child. The first album Slick recorded with Jefferson Airplane was Surrealistic Pillow, and Slick provided two songs from her previous group: her own “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love”, written by Darby Slick and recorded under the title "Someone to Love" by The Great Society. Both songs became breakout successes for Jefferson Airplane and have since been associated with that band...[3]



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

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

  Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

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

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



   Page hit # 107,500 was made on Friday, July 29, 2011 in the evening while I was attending a block party with my neighbors.




Monday, July 29, 1861

There was a special meeting of Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet in Washington DC today. Besides the cabinet members themselves, those in attendance included Gen. Irvin McDowell, who proposed to attack the Army of Northern Virginia at Manassas, and Gen. Winfield Scott, whose notion was to send an expedition to immediately retake the Mississippi River. McDowell won.

Tuesday, July 29, 1862

Near Warrenton, Va., today a woman was arrested. Unusual as that was during the Civil War, even more odd was the charge: espionage. While a semi-sanctioned system of mail exchange existed throughout the war by officials under a flag of truce, this lady was running a considerably less official mail exchange service, directed at supplying Stonewall Jackson with information on Union troop movements. Belle Boyd was confined in Old Capitol Prison for a time.

Wednesday, July 29, 1863

One of the earliest expectations of the Confederate government had been diplomatic recognition from Europe, particularly Great Britain. As the main foreign consumer of Southern cotton, the logic seemed inescapable. It had escaped Queen Victoria’s government, though, which had declared neutrality in the dispute. Today, in yet another blow to the beleaguered Rebellion, Victoria renewed the statement, saying there was ‘no reason to depart from the strict neutrality which Her Majesty has observed from the beginning.”

Friday, July 29, 1864

First it was Antietam. The next year it was Gettysburg. The people of southern Maryland and Pennsylvania were learning to get very nervous as midsummer approached. Their misgivings were well-founded as Jubal Early and company crossed the Potomac today, continuing the excursion which had briefly threatened the very gates of Washington itself. Union cavalry was pursuing, and there was little opportunity for Early to commit much outrage. Folks were fearful nonetheless and those who could afford to, sought to be elsewhere for awhile.




Tuesday, July 30, 1861

He had asked once before and gotten no answer, so today Gen. Benjamin Butler wrote to Secretary of War Stanton again: what was he to do with the black refugees who had come into his camp at Ft. Monroe, Hampton Roads, Va? Under the provisions of the Fugitive Slave Laws they were property, and he was legally obligated to return them to slavery in the South. His solution was to declare them “contraband of war” and put them to work building fortifications. This followed the law while still denying the slaves' services to the Rebellion, but a stamp of government approval would still be nice.

Wednesday, July 30, 1862

The citizens of New Orleans, in a last act of desperation as the Union forces closed in on the city, had donated every bit of brass they had to be melted down and made into cannons. Even the bells of local churches were taken down. Before they could be recast, the city fell, and military governor Benjamin Butler again confiscated the material as contraband of war. Today the bells were sold at auction in Boston, where he had shipped them.

Thursday, July 30, 1863

Ever since the Union army had started allowing the enlistment of Negro soldiers, there had been confusion as to their exact status. Paid less than white troops, the rumor was common that if they were captured they would be returned to slavery even if they were freemen. Abraham Lincoln ruled today that the Union would stand by all her troops, and if any were sold or enslaved due to their color there would be retaliatory punishment of Confederate POW’s.

Saturday, July 30, 1864

The 48th Pennsylvania regiment was made up primarily of men who had been coal miners in civilian life. As the siege of Petersburg dragged on, the idea arose to dig a tunnel under the Confederate lines. It was dug, and filled with gunpowder, and today the fuse was lit. The result was disaster...for the Union. The initial explosion killed some 280 Confederates, but the subsequent Battle of the Crater was mishandled and poorly led. Casualty totals were 1500 Confederates to 4000 Union killed. This does not include wounded or missing.



      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/07/11 - "Gerber Baby Photo Contest -   April Ann Stokes" AND    From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 07/09/11 - "Gerber Baby Photo Contest -  Greyson":

   Here's the deal, Chickadees: we'll carry both babies' links here through the end of the month:

Gerber Baby Photo Contest


  From Kenny Branch ('62) of AR - 07/28/11 - "New Address":

I want to inform you of my new e-mail address:

Old: ________@__________.___

New (use this one): ________@__________.___

   GOTCHA! Thanks, Kenny - give Becky my love!


       From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 07/28/11 - "Pictures of Newport News": 

I had not seen this before. It was sent to me by
  Debbie Rozzelle DeHart ('70 - of NC).

   Thank you, Carol - and Debbie! Yes, the video was made by Bill Sasser (Hampton HS - '61 ) of VA. Many of the images were taken directly from our site; we've had it posted on the opening pages to Our Old Stomping Grounds for three years now:


   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 07/28/11 - "NNHS Class of '54 - Health Trends":

As we mature in age, we come to realize that many of the items we consumed as a child, teenager and young adult, have come back to haunt us. We believed that everything that was approved by the FDA and placed on our grocery store shelves was good for us. Many still do today. However, this is not the case. With the rise in diseases including cancer and heart disease, something is amiss. The addition of chemicals to our food and beverage supply seems to be the culprit. The U.S. is ranked 43rd in health and Japan is #1. Maybe we are doing something wrong, do you think? The answer is to become better educated on what contributes to good and bad health. The product addressed in the attached newsletter this month is one that most of us consumed throughout most of our life, and many still do. We eliminated this item from our diet 8 years ago and feel better than when we were 30. However, this is not the only change that has drastically improved our health. Other changes will be addressed in future additions of "Health Trends".


Alvin & Jean Mizelle
"Health Educators"

"NNHS Class of '54 - Health Trends"
August 2011

Soda - Disease in a Can

Weight Gain / Liver Damage

Osteoporosis / Tooth Decay

Kidney Stones / Chronic Kidney Disease

Diabetes / Gout

Heartburn & Acid Reflux

High Blood Pressure / Mental Health Problems

Heart Disease / Hypertension

Impaired Digestion / Risk of Cancer

Increases obesity risk by 60% / diabetes by 85%
One can = 10 tsp. sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mgs. of sodium. Each can is loaded with food colors, sulfites, and high fructose corn syrup.

Diet soda: Contains Aspartame - world's best ant poison. Diet drinks actually cause you to gain weight, not lose it.
Aspartame destroys the nervous system and escalates Alzheimer's disease.

Very acidic! Cancer thrives on acid. To neutralize one glass of cola with a pH of 2.5 (that of battery acid),
it would take 32 glasses of alkaline water with a pH of 10.

A scientist for one of the major cola manufacturing companies refused to let his family drink it.
Resource: Personal interview with daughter of the scientist.

First grader study: Soft drinks caused an astounding 432% increase in behavioral problems.
They are compared to nicotine in cigarettes.

Coke manufacturers have announced that they are pulling their soft drink machines from all school systems - 2010 news release.

The state of North Carolina passed a law to have all soft drink machines removed from their school systems by the end of 2010.

Soft drinks are the fourth worst thing to consume. They are rated behind sugar, white flour and trans-fats.
Leading doctors advise against soft drink consumption.

Alvin & Jean Mizelle
"Health Educators"

   AHA! I guessed correctly! Whether it's the sweetener (Aspartame OR Splenda) or the carbonated water, I don't know. I do know that when I avoid soda altogether, I feel remarkably better. Thanks so much, Jack!


      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 07/29/11 - "This is serious, PLEASE READ!":


Retired Navy pilot friend, almost 90, sent this to me and ask me to get it to as many people as possible. I realize it may be too late, but I think it needs to be printed anyway. Hope others will agree !


PLEASE read and forward to all your e-mail contacts, and post on your Face-book page if you have one... This is getting serious.
Dear Mr. President,

I heard you say you will not guarantee Social Security checks if the debt ceiling isn't raised.
Why is it the scare always has to do with SS, Medicare, & our Soldiers pay?
Why not stop your pay, your staff, or Congress and the Senate to save more money for our country?
Why use Seniors, Soldiers, and our Needy as examples?
Take the money from those who take no risks and reap the benefits!! Repost if you agree.
Instead of threatening to withhold Social Security, VA and disability payments of people who really need the money,
let's hold the paychecks of all house and senate members, then see how fast they resolve the debt ceiling crisis !!!!!
If you agree repost this & keep it going across the whole USA.
Thank you.
   Thank you, Dimples! I spent 30 or 40 minutes trying to locate more information on this subject to no avail. Perhaps some of y'all will know more about this...


   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 07/29/11 - "A HOLLYWOOD WE WILL NEVER SEE AGAIN":


After you have viewed the video, read the remarks under it.  This event took place a long time ago (about 1974) but it sure is fun looking at it...over and over, again.  It brought back a flood of memories.

For all us old folks and those who are younger:  here are the people who made our lives brighter and happier in the long, long ago of our youth.

"Last Night When We Were Young"

   WOWZERONI! I just sat here gawking! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Jack - what a delight!


From My Friend, Emily of NC - 07/29/11 - "Shampoo- funny":

Just too cute not to send to you.  Enjoy! 


PS:  I am now taking my shower with Dawn.  Will let you know Sunday if it works. HaHa

I just discovered this important info below.

Please share with all your friends.

I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner!!!!!

It's the shampoo I use in the shower!

When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and (duh!) printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning,


NO wonder I have been gaining weight!!!

Well!! I have gotten rid of that shampoo and I am going to start using Dawn dish soap instead, their label reads:


Problem solved!

If I don't answer the phone...I'll be in the shower!

     That's IT! It's my Aussie Volumizing Shampoo coating me with blubber - of course! I should have known! Thanks, Miss Emily!



From - 07/28/11:

Johnny, why do you always get so dirty?" asked the teacher.

"Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are," he replied.


1. Thursday, August 4, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pun AND the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News.  DETAILS:; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at - OPEN REUNION!

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

5. Saturday, August 27, 2011, NOON - Mike O'Neil's Irish Pub, Warwick Shopping Center - Reunion Luncheon for the 97th Rifle Company, USMC

6. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/05/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11


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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309



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White Rabbit

Words and Music by Grace Slick (b. 30 Oct 1939)

Recorded by Jefferson Airplane, 1967

One pill makes you larger
and one pill makes you small
and the ones that mother gives
you don't do anything at all -
go ask Alice, when she was just small.

And if you go chasing rabbits
and you know you're gonna fall
tell 'em a hookah
smoking caterpiller has given you the call
for Alice, when she was ten feet tall.

While men on the chessboard
get up and tell you where you go
and you've just had some kind of mushroom
and your mind is moving on - go ask Alice - I think she'll know.

When logic and proportion
have fallen - sloppy dead
and the white knight is talking backwards
and the Red Queen says
"Off with her head," remember what the Dormouse said:
"Feed your head. Feed your head."


"White Rabbit" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/06/09

Image of "White Rabbit" courtesy of - 07/30/09

White Rabbit Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/30/09

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

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

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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