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08/04/10 - NNHS Newsletter
Dueling Banjos

“Poetry is a rich, full-bodied whistle, cracked ice crunching in pails,
the night that numbs the leaf, the duel of two nightingales, the
sweet pea that has run wild, Creation's tears in shoulder blades

- Boris Pasternak
(10 Feb 1890 - 30 May 1960)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    I hope you're not dueling the heat and humidity the way we are here in the St. Louis area:

Today: Sunny to partly cloudy. Hot and humid. Heat index near 110F. High near 100F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms developing late. Humid. Low 76F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

BONUS #1 - - Dueling Banjos - Clip from Deliverance (1972) - The submitter describes this as, "The best scene in one of the greatest movies of all time."

   Personally, I've never seen the movie.  The descriptions alone always struck me as - well, strongly disturbing.....

   And if you thought THAT was strange.....

BONUS #2 - - ?!?


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/30/10 - "BIRTHDAY CRUISE":



I just reviewed my contract with the Spirit of Norfolk. I must give them the final attendee count and final payment no later than 23 September. That means that I must receive your reservation and check no later than 20 September.

However, keep in mind that I cannot guarantee you a seat, after the first 40 seats are reserved.

 BOTTOM LINE: Send your reservation now, if you want to be assured of a seat. - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - updated 07/30/10!

         NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc -

        - updated 08/03/10!

   Thank you, David!

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 05/11/10 - "Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion - Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!":

Contact Dave Arnold at

 - updated 08/03/10!

   Thanks, Dave!


   Happy Birthday today to The United States Coast Guard - 1790 AND Colleen Luke Barton ('57) of England!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Barbara Kemp Bostwick ('57) AND  Frank Friedland ('60) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

07 - Elaine Ferrell Taylor ('57) AND    Kenny Branch ('62) of AR AND Judy Fertitta Gibson (Hampton HS - '62) of VA AND    Anne Davidson Matthis ('64) of NC;

08 -   Virginia Deuell DeBerry ('46) AND Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA;

09 - Katherine Adams Barbrey ('57) AND      Hunter Todd  ('57) of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

     From Me ('65) of IL - 07/13/10 - "My Anniversary Gift to You (continued from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday)":

   I decided to actually work on the site itself and do some long overdue scanning.  As a result, these pages are either entirely new or newly fleshed-out with images: 

      - brand new page!

      - brand new page!

   Why, you may well wonder, did I concentrate solely on the Class of 1967??  That's because         David Whitley ('67) of VA graciously loaned me his 1967 Anchor back in the Fall of 2006 and it's high time to return it to him!

   Thanks again, Gorgeous!

NOTE: I had planned to finish several more sections, but this is taking even longer (and making me even nutzier!) than I had anticipated, so I'll be working on this for the next few days.

   See, the reason I'm making all these individual pages of our beloved teachers is so you can share your memories of them!


August 04, 1944 - The Holocaust: a tip from a Dutch informer led the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse where they found Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and others. Anne, a teenager at the time, was one of the eight people arrested. Her diary would be published after her death. The last entry in the diary was on this day. 

TODAY IN 1965:

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - The Constitution of Cook Islands came into force, giving the Cook Islands self-governing status within New Zealand.

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - Crime writer Dennis Lehane was born in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - Fredrik Reinfeldt, the 42nd Prime Minister of Sweden, was born in Österhaninge, Stockholm County, Sweden.

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - Actress Crystal Chappell was born in Silver Spring, Maryland.

  From Kenny Branch ('62) of AR - 08/03/10 - "RE:    W. E. Branch":

Thanks, Carol, for the acknowledgment of my brother. You just have an abundance of information in your newsletters. I think you're a replacement for Google.
Kenny Branch '62

   Thank you so much, Kenny, it was my honor. Again, you have my deepest condolences.

   Back in 2003,           my #6 son, Dale (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of MA) described our site this way: "My mom's high school web site - The Internet, minus the Porn."

   Of course, that was long before the daily Newsletters, long before anyone (least of all MOI!) had any notion whatsoever of the gargantuan proportions to which it would eventually grow.....

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) - 08/03/10 - "Vote for Grace":


(My friend) Laura’s dog Grace is trying to win a spot on the package of a brand of dog treats called A Dog’s Life. Grace will win if she can get your help by voting each day through August. The dog with the most votes ends up on the packaging.

You can vote each day, and from each computer you have. So vote now, and VOTE OFTEN!

Grace thanks you!

   Thanks, Norris! I voted for Grace today because any friend of your is a friend of mine!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 08/03/10 - "Beacon/Anchor":

I was surfing the site map today and I noticed that the sections for the Beacon Staffs and the Anchor Staffs (which list the Editor-in-Chief and the Faculty Advisor for both publications) only go back to 1942.

   Ja, that's 'cause those are the only Anchors I have here at my disposal, Sydney!

 It brought to mind that my mother (  Lena Mae Scruggs, class of Feb 1936) (11 May 1917 - Feb 1979) had told me once that she was on the staff of one or the other of the publications, I couldn't remember which, so I dug out her old annual. I had completely forgotten that in 1936 the annual was also called The Beacon. I looked up her senior picture where she was credited as being the Type Editor for the Beacon Weekly and on the advertising staff of the Beacon Annual. So apparently sometime between 1936 and 1942 the annual publication had a name change to The Anchor.

   We have an inside authority on this question:

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 02/10/09 - "The 1948 Anchor was the first to cover both the Feb. and June graduates in a single issue..... the '42 Beacon "Annual" - the last one published with that name.  The June '42 was the first to be call Anchor."


I found that the class Valedictorian, George Sands, was the Editor-in-Chief of the February 1936 annual. The Faculty Advisor is not specifically identified in the yearbook but it was dedicated to Dr. Cornelia W. Segar who is called "...our friend and adviser,..." So if there was an official Faculty Advisor for The Beacon, Feb 1936 it could have been Dr. Segar. Another possibility is Miss Annye Burbank who is depicted and listed as the Class Sponsor.

   I'm planning to do some more work on the Anchor Staffs page in the coming days, Sydney. You'll notice that the Classes of 1960 to 1966 remain undone. That's because they have multiple entries, and will need individual pages rather than simply a single image linked to their years. Meanwhile, I've added what you sent us:

On another note, I noticed a month or so ago that an old friend and neighbor from my school days was added to your mailing list. I would like to welcome    Helen Avant Neal ('57 - of VA) who lived diagonally across the Wilson School football field from my house. If she happens to see this I wonder if she might recall the actual name of the soda shop on the corner of 25th Street and Pear Avenue that was owned or run by Mr. & Mrs. Evans. She might also recall a hypnotism session that I was the subject of which took place in the soda shop because I'm pretty sure she was there. I can't remember the name of the young neophyte hypnotist who was also an amateur magician but he was a friend of Billy (Howard) Ford.

Ah, memories!

    Let's find out! Oh, He-len.....

   Thanks, Sydney!

  From Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA - 08/03/10 - "":

Hi Carol,

The other night while I was web surfing (do people still say that?...I do) in search of some hard to find folk music I stumbled onto a site that really impressed me and, if you don't already use it, I hope you'll check it out for yourself and tell all your readers about it it forward.

It's called and has been around for a number of years but apparently a lot of music lovers still don't know about it. You can call up nearly all the recordings many artists ever made and click to play them all non stop or create your own play lists, sort by album, title or popularity and even download them to your computer. Lots of options, you don't have to "register" and the best part is that it's absolutely free. Go and enjoy it!

Congratulations on your 
 newest grandchild!!!

You and
     Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) stay well and happy and please try to keep in touch from time to time.

You'll probably never get to visit us but you can check out our little home on Google earth........we do our traveling on-line also these days.   :-)  :-)

Best wishes always,
Dustin & Roberta

   WOWZERS! This is WAAAAY cool! Thanks so much - for everything!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 08/03/10 - "Boogie Woogie #2":

We had some great dancers during our days at sacred NNHS - me not among them and I can prove it! - but I would hide any trophies-- those dancers may have-- after watching this!
From   Don Chaney ('66 of MD).


   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Those two are spectacular! Thanks, Wayne Honey - and Donnie Sweetie!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/02/10 - "MONDAY":
Funny Commercial

"What Is Going On Here?"

When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering.

I told her that it looked like a mess from where I was. As from the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat. She would smile at me, look down and gently say, "My son, you go about your playing for awhile, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side."

I would wonder why she was using dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass and then I would hear Mother's voice say, "Son, come sit on my knee." This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower on a sunset.

I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy.

Then Mother would say to me, "My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing."

Many times through the years I have looked up to God in heaven and said, "What is going on here? What are you doing?" He has answered, "I am embroidering your life." I responded, "But it looks like a mess to me down here. It seems so jumbled. The threads seem so dark. Why can't they all be bright?"

"My child, a powerful voice from above said, you go about your business of doing My business, and one day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on My knee and you will see the plan from My side."

~~Ari K, from Jerusalem

This is Rex Barker, contemplating the master plan and reminding you all we know is that we don't know. But we do know that in the end, everything is for good. It is just our lack of understanding that makes us perceive it otherwise. So when something challenging happens, look at it from this perspective that it is part of your growth, part of your healing, part of your reason for being here and part of the Divine plan. Then smile to yourself.

A Wink

We have all had those times. They are the times when one bad thing after another seems to crash into your life. Your heart feels bruised, your soul feels weak, and your body feels tired. Then just when you think that you can’t handle one more bad thing, two more bad things hit you from either side.

I was going through one of those times recently. I was driving home in a mood that would have had to climb 50 feet just to reach dejected and depressed. As I rounded the last curve before my house I noticed that my car’s antenna had smashed into a butterfly. Seeing that beautiful creature’s wings crumbled around it was the last straw.

Butterflies had always been special to me. My mom had loved their simple beauty and delicate grace. Seeing them always reminded me too of her own lovely and loving spirit. Now I was going to have to peel a dead one off my car. After I stopped I walked sadly around to the antenna. I reached over, gently touched the tip of the butterfly’s wing, and lifted it away from the antenna. Suddenly, to my utter delight the butterfly moved. It hadn’t been crushed at all! It fluttered its wings and flew happily up into the air. It swirled around my head and then floated off to find a good flower to feast on.

I was left smiling and laughing with joy. It felt like God and my mom had found the perfect way to remind me that I was still watched over and still loved. Squire Rushnell calls these moments, "Godwinks." They can be a coincidence, an answered prayer, or a second of great happiness that reminds you that God loves you and is forever one with you. My life didn’t instantly get any better after this moment, but my soul sure did. In that wink I was shown once again that God’s eyes are upon us and His love is with us forever.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella Copyright © 2010 ( --submitted by: Joseph Mazzella

   Thanks, Shari!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

From ArcaMax Jokes - 08/03/10:


Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman--already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet--who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.

"I don't know," he said. "She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown."  

1. Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 was going to hold its 40-Year Reunion, but due to limited response,
the reunion plans sadly have been canceled. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

3. 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 detail, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

4. Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 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.

5. Saturday, August 14, 2010 - The Class of 1966 will hold its first Planning Meeting for their 45-Year Reunion at 6:30 PM at Angelo's Restaurant, J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News - CLASS OF1966

6. Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

7. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - SEE: - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

8. Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

9. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2" - from 10:00 AM and onwards at CNU Parking Lot N - SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966 AND THE SPD; OPEN TO ALL - -

10. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview at Yorktown from 5:00 PM to 10:PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

11. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 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.

12. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - SEE: - - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

13. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at and SEE: -NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - - - CLASS OF 1964

14. Saturday, April 30, 2010 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

15. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/17/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Dueling Banjos (Originally titled "Feudin' Banjos")

Written by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (b. 01 Apr 1921), 1955

Used in
Deliverance (1972) without the composer's consent

 "Dueling Banjos" midi courtesy of - 08/04/10

"Eight Banjos" Image courtesy of - 08/03/10

Animated Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

Animated United States Coast Guard and Army Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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!!

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

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